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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

by , 04/27/14

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

by , 04/26/14
filed under: Food,Health,Kids

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Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development, and can have an effect on both their learning and growth. While it may not seem like we have much control over the types of foods and snacks our children have at school (especially if they attend public school), we recently spoke with Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and learned that quite the opposite is true. We also found out more about the Coalition’s involvement in establishing NYC’s first vegetarian school, and how the kids at that school have been faring academically since the change. Read on for Amie’s tips on what you can do to ensure that your child’s school lunch is as nutritious as what you give them at home, and see an example of how a healthier, plant-based diet even boosted test scores at one school.

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NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

by , 04/25/14
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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In honor of Earth Day, New York Restoration Project teamed up with JetBlue airlines to host the seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green,” a tree-planting event that’s moved New York City another step closer to its MillionTreesNYC goal. The event, held last Saturday, gathered over 250 volunteers to Woodside in Queens to plant over 100 trees. Since 2008, the airline’s “One Thing That’s Green” annual event has brought 3,000 volunteers together to plant over 3,500 trees and clean up nearly 3 tons of trash.

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In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

by , 04/24/14

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Well, it’s finally happened—cats have achieved what their doggy nemeses have been reveling in for years: a place alongside their human subjects at designer cafes. The Purina One Cat Cafe is a new pop-up coffee shop that welcomes anyone to come and meet adorable, adoptable cats while enjoying a cup of joe. It’s happening in Manhattan this weekend, so if you love kitties as much as you love caffeine, head on over for some love! Cuddly furry friends from Long Island’s North Shore Animal League will be the stars of the show, so get ready for some ankle-twining affection if you plan to stop by.

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

by , 04/24/14

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Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change, which we as a society are unequipped to deal with. So how can we improve our children’s health and well-being while also teaching them environmental literacy so that they are able to respond to looming ecological problems? How can classrooms be made less toxic and more environmentally friendly? How can school food be made healthier? With these topics in mind, Inhabitat is hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming NYC Green Festival to tackle the challenges faced by parents today when trying to choose the best education for their kids. Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating the talk and will be joined by Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition For Healthy School Food; Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Teacher and Co-Leader of Go Green Committee at Manhattan Country SchoolVéronique Pittman, editor and moderator of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) web platform; and Elea Robinson, teacher and founding faculty at the new, eco-friendly New Amsterdam School.

WHEN: Saturday April 26th @ 11:30am
WHERE: NYC Green Festival, Community Stage

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Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

by , 04/24/14

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

by , 04/24/14

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This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the biggest update to the city’s Air Pollution Control Code since 1975 at an Earth Day event in Union Square. The plan will focus on updating regulations for pollution sources that currently have little or no emission control standards. ”The air today in New York City is cleaner than it’s been in more than 50 years. And we’re going to work to make it better still. And for that reason, I’m proud to announce today that we’ll be updating and strengthening the city’s Air Pollution Control Code,” said de Blasio.

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New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

by , 04/24/14
filed under: Architecture,Urban Design

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“After I became an architect, I was quite disappointed by my profession,” 2014 Pritzer Prize winner Shigeru Ban told New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the 2014 NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference on Monday night. “Because mainly we are working for privileged people,” he continued. “The people who have money and power – power and money are invisible. So they hire us to make monuments in order to show their power and money to the people. I’m not saying I’m not interested in making monuments but I was hoping to work for the public or people who lost their houses due to natural disasters. Not only working for privileged people.” Ban then went on to talk about why he actively seeks out pro bono projects in disaster areas (many of which he finances himself) and what he feels is the key to a building’s permanence. We were also lucky enough to ask Ban about his thoughts on sustainability after the discussion. Read on to see what he said.

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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

by , 04/24/14

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It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were allotted to us at recess and lunch breaks. Fortunately, times have changed, and both parents and educators alike are aware of how important it is for children to spend time out in nature, and to receive a more holistic education. We had the opportunity to interview Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Elea Robinson, founding faculty of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to find out how environmental awareness and a nature-based education can help to nurture our children’s minds and bodies, and create a greener future for everyone.

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Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

by , 04/24/14

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Considering that the average New Yorker can drink several gallons of coffee a day, you can imagine the amount of disposable java cups clogging up our landfills. So could a coffee cup-sharing program, like Citi Bike but for cups, be the solution? Good to Go is a bold new idea that the Brooklyn Roasting Company is currently piloting in partnership with DO School entrepreneurs. The cup-sharing program is the Dumbo coffee company’s attempt to cut down its paper cup waste. Read on to find out how it works.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

by , 04/23/14

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Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

by , 04/23/14

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Would a streetcar line running along the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens benefit your commute? New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman recently revived the idea, which was originally proposed by urban planner Alex Garvin nearly a decade ago, in a new article entitled Brooklyn to Queens, but Not by Subway. In the piece, Kimmelman proposes a light rail line that would run north to south along the East River through the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria Park and Long Island City before crossing over Newtown Creek on a bridge (which would need to be built) to wind its way through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill with a final destination of IKEA Plaza in Red Hook.

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

by , 04/23/14

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For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics that children need to engage with in order to fully understand what is happening in the world around them – and maybe even to help turn things around. Creating a sustainable learning environment is also critical for children’s health, well-being, and their ability to learn. We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Head Teacher and Co-Leader of the Go Green Committee at the Manhattan Country School, about how to implement an eco-conscious curriculum at your child’s school from an early age starting with just a couple of small steps. Read on for our full interview with Aimee to see her thoughts about what makes a school “green,” the benefits of learning on a farm and how more traditional schools can be more like Manhattan Country School.

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

by , 04/22/14

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It’s no secret that New York’s Citi Bike program is in financial trouble, but the person who could help to save it might come as a bit of a surprise. Bruno Rodi, a Quebec businessman who deals in fine furniture, recently put in a $3.6 million (USD) bid to buy Bixi, which you might remember is the bankrupt company that supplied Citi Bike with its rather problematic equipment. The purchase now seems likely to go through, but what will this mean for the future of Citi Bike?

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10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

by , 04/22/14
filed under: Green Space,Kids,Manhattan

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

The Bronx Box replaced an older bungalow home on the waterfront of the Eastchester Bay. With views of the water and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the two story, 1,816 sq ft home sits on a narrow lot with set-back, height and flood plane requirements. The resulting

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Horseless Electric Carriages Debut at the New York Auto Show

Horseless Electric Carriages Debut at the New York Auto Show

Animal Rights Group NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets) commissioned the model prototype in hopes of creating a permanent replacement for Central Park horse carriages. Rather than forcing horses to cart around tourists and New Yorkers,

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

The Invisible Barn is a vision for a site-specific wooden structure completely enveloped in reflective film to mirror the trees of Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park. The building would be assimilated into nature so well that, from a certain distance,

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PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

As most New Yorkers now know from reading the numerous anticipatory articles about the re-opening, Tavern On The Green was originally a sheepfold built in 1870 to house 200 sheep who used the adjacent Central Park’s Sheep Meadow as an eatery of their own.

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An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the

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Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Swoon has worked on similar environmentally focused projects, such as her “junk rafts” made of salvaged materials that are also included in the Submerged Motherlands installation. The enormous constructed tree that acts as the installation’s focal point rises

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PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

CCNY originally created the Solar Roofpod as their entry into the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The solar-powered micro dwelling measures 750 square feet and along with providing enough space for a city dweller to live in, can produce

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Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department

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Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

At Inhabitat, we’re all about downsizing to smaller spaces, but for many people, tiny living is less of a choice and more often a painful and necessary part of life. Photographer Annie Ling has captured this unfortunate reality in her photos of 81 Bowery,

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Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces.

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