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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

O’Sullivan purchased the property, which dates back to 1840, in 2009, and has been renovating it with her partner, Mason Brown. The ongoing renovation project is largely funded by the artist’s hand-crafted upcycled sweater creations.

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts.

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Standing 45 feet high, the Long Island Green Dome is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world. Taking nearly 4 years to build, it features 16 specially designed high solar heat gain windows and vents that not only warm the interior but can be filtered

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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

Two window washers are likely pretty relieved this morning after being trapped on scaffolding at Manhattan’s newly opened 1 World Trade Center yesterday. The two experienced workers were left dangling 68-floors-up after their equipment malfunctioned.

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The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

Beets
Beets are one of the healthiest vegetables out there, but they can inspire a different breed of vegetable-hatred. With a few simple tips, you can transform these earthy bulbs into a delectable dish that even the surest beet-hater will love (we’re

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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing

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Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply Co., founded by former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental

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A High Line-Style Park May Be Coming to the JetBlue Terminal at JFK

A High Line-Style Park May Be Coming to the JetBlue Terminal at JFK

Tourists who missed the High Line while staying in NYC may soon be able to get a last-minute taste of the popular park right if JetBlue gets its way. The airline is hoping to create a snippet of the famous elevated park on top of its forthcoming international

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Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

MTA Arts and Design is showing a new photography exhibit that’s influenced by the gardens in midtown’s Bryant Park. Artist Portia Munson wanted to keep the park’s flowers blooming even as winter moved in on the city, so she photographed flowers in

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3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

LEIF

We’ve seen our share of electric skateboards such as the ZBoard, but what about an electric snowboard made for all seasons? Crazy as it might sound, that’s exactly what Aaron Aders and his cohorts at LEIF Technologies have created. The LEIF

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BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

Image: Wade Zimmerman

BIG designed West 57th for The Durst Organization, which is also responsible for the adjacent Helena residences (a LEED Gold-certified project). The design for West 57th emerged out of the European tradition of forming residential

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Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

“The new Fulton Center complex is another example of how we are rebuilding Lower Manhattan which will spur a resurgence throughout the area,” said Governor Cuomo of the newly opened transit hub. “This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and

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Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

This could be the ultimate tactic for those wanting to be left alone: disguising your home with a gritty facade. Believe it or not, behind this dingy, vandalized door is a sprawling, 72-room residence estimated to be worth up to $50 million! If you’re wondering

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Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Looks like Google’s got a taste for NYC’s sweet industrial buildings. The search engine giant has just scooped up yet another lease on a massive building at 85 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to the ever-popular High Line. The beautiful brick building, a former Nabisco

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CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

Pour Your Heart Out by LESLIE E. ROBERTSON ASSOCIATES

The 2014 NYC Canstruction exhibit is hosted by Arts Brookfield and features 30 gravity-defying sculptures made of close to 100,000 cans of food. All of the cans will be donated to City Harvest at the

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

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Found in many of NYC’s parks, red clovers make a tasty brew with a soothing, sweet punch. According to the foragers at Nona Brooklyn, the red clover is medicinally known to cure respiratory ailments and skin conditions, including eczema.

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Congratulations are in order thanks to the tireless work of non-profit Habitat for Humanity. On October 29th, HFH finished repairs on a Coney Island residence damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although all of the organization’s projects are significant, this

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Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

It looks like Craigslist ads are diversifying into new, more macabre sectors. No longer just for browsing apartments, used cars and creepy dating ads, the popular classifieds website is now being used to hawk burial sites for bargain hunters. Recently (most

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Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Brooklyn-based artist Robyn Rennee Hasty has teamed up with Jakitsch Gardner Architects to create Stilt City, an art residency program to be located in Rockaway Park. Design plans were unveiled as the program’s Kickstarter campaign kicked off in November

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World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

Thirteen years after the tragic 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center has officially re-opened its doors for business. On Monday, media company Condé Nast began moving into One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western

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Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Sustainable homes often feature high-tech bells and whistles but John Grzibowski’s clever house relies on the power of nature to keep it green. Located in Newburgh, NY, about an hour-and-a-half from NYC, the DIY earth-sheltered home strategically uses the

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Ray Villafane’s zombie pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012.

Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project,

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Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Special Halloween LED Light Show Tonight

Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Special Halloween LED Light Show Tonight

Last year’s LED light show

Don’t forget to take a break from trick-or-treating tonight to catch the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia’s special Halloween LED light show. Tonight’s event will mark the second year the Empire State Building has put on

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The frontrunners – one a Lucent Cube and the other a Self Growing Lab made of living

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World’s First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

World’s First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

From left to right: +POOL founders Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin and Archie Coates IV, musician Kanye West, Olympian Conor Dwyer, and +POOL founder Oana Stanescu. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Fans and supporters of +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering

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13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture’s Halloween Bash

13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture’s Halloween Bash

Stormy weather couldn’t keep guests away from dressing to the nines and traveling to the West Village where they entered a fantastical room filled with Christian Wassman air dressing balloons and Fellini’s 8 1/2 playing along the walls. Banality themed costumes

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Sky High? One World Trade Center Observatory Announces Admission Price

Sky High? One World Trade Center Observatory Announces Admission Price

The price of admission buys open access to the three-level observatory, which is located on the building’s 100th, 101st and 102nd floors, as well as a variety of casual and formal dining options. However, visitors to the observatory should prepare for an

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ODA Architecture’s Crazy Cubed Building Could Offer Private Green Space in Williamsburg

ODA Architecture’s Crazy Cubed Building Could Offer Private Green Space in Williamsburg

New York-based ODA Architecture’s long delayed cubic building looks like it might finally get off the ground. The project has been stalled for six years, but the crazy cantilevered apartment complex may have finally found a future home in Williamsburg.

With

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Learn How to Make These Awesome Mason Jar Handles and Other Cool Things With the Diwire Bender

Learn How to Make These Awesome Mason Jar Handles and Other Cool Things With the Diwire Bender

We first wrote about the Diwire, the world’s first desktop CNC wire bender, nearly a year ago and since then, the prototype has been able to move into production after its $100,000 Kickstarter campaign was funded in just one day. Pensa Labs began shipping

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Staten Island Brownfield Transformed into a Lush, Storm-Fighting Park

Staten Island Brownfield Transformed into a Lush, Storm-Fighting Park

Staten Island’s beautiful Heritage Park is now officially open for fall frolicking, but the lush green space wasn’t always so verdant. Set on the waterfront near Richmond Terrace, the park was reborn out of a former brownfield, creating a new destination

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House Tour: Historic Chelsea Townhouse Renovated with Multiple Patios and a Glittering Glass Enclosure

House Tour: Historic Chelsea Townhouse Renovated with Multiple Patios and a Glittering Glass Enclosure

The Italianate townhouse, located right next to Clement Moore Park, was first built in 1840, but had fallen into disrepair since then. Bill White and Bryan Eure saw the potential of the single-family home, and purchased it for $4.6 million back in 2012. After

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Citi Bike Announces Plan to Expand to New Neighborhoods as NYC Reaches Deal with REQX

Citi Bike Announces Plan to Expand to New Neighborhoods as NYC Reaches Deal with REQX

Citi Bike has announced plans to double its fleet by 2017 after the sale of its parent company, Alta Bicycle Share, to REQX Ventures, a real estate company affiliated with Related Companies. The expansion calls for 6,000 bikes and over 375 new stations added

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Fulton Street Transit Center Finally Set to Open in November

Fulton Street Transit Center Finally Set to Open in November

If it’s true that good things come to those who wait, the much-delayed Fulton Street Transit Center promises to be incredible. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Monday that the long-awaited Brooklyn transit hub is finally set to be

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Rutgers University Shoots For LEED Certification with Ambitious Campus Redevelopment Plan

Rutgers University Shoots For LEED Certification with Ambitious Campus Redevelopment Plan

Rutgers University has announced that it will be kicking off an ambitious campus redevelopment initiative that will aim for LEED Silver certification. The College Avenue Campus Redevelopment Initiative will see the implementation of a bevy of sustainable

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