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Paula Hayes’ glittering terrarium gazing globes take over Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes’ glittering terrarium gazing globes take over Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes, “Gazing Globes”, 2015 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Polycarbonate spheres and mixed media, 3 feet to 6 feet high. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photograph by Yasunori Matsui

For the next two months, Madison

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New report unveils wet and wild climate future for NYC

New report unveils wet and wild climate future for NYC

According to a new NPCC climate change report released this week, NYC’s climate future is going to be increasingly hot and perilously wet. The paper, which is the first of its kind to provide climate predictions for the city until 2100, estimates that

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Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC

Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC

Photo via Shutterstock

This week marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and on Thursday, New York City’s Chinese population began ringing in the Year of the Sheep. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the new year this weekend, there’s

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Harlem’s tallest tower gets green light

Harlem’s tallest tower gets green light

Designed by ODA Architecture and developer Bruce Eichner, the 1800 Park Avenue tower will surely stand out not only for its towering height, but also for its bold, reflective facade, perhaps contrasting a bit too much with the brick-clad buildings that make

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New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

It’s been a busy week for Mayor de Blasio. First he launched the Green Buildings Technical Working Group to up the ante on the city’s ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan, and now he’s released a major report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) that

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Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests away to another world (PHOTOS)

Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests away to another world (PHOTOS)

The Paper Factory Hotel features 122 guest rooms ranging from affordable shared bunks to luxurious private suites, each designed to give a nod to the building’s past life. Located in Long Island City just blocks away from Astoria’s Kaufman Art’s District,

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Woodside man “avenges” neighborhood property by covering graffiti with art

Woodside man “avenges” neighborhood property by covering graffiti with art

What do you do when you see your beloved neighborhood covered in ugly graffiti? One man is taking matters into his own hands and has begun blanketing Woodside, Queens in a kind of anti-graffiti. He’s extended the self-motivated beautification process

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Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Photo: The Brooklyn Barge Bar

Brooklyn Barge Bar’s proprietor, Will Drawbridge (you can’t make this stuff up), told DNAinfo that he hopes the new destination will draw more visitors to the Greenpoint waterfront.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily think,

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Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC’s 80 by 50 objective

Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC’s 80 by 50 objective

Taking a huge step closer to NYC’s ambitious 80 by 50 goal, Mayor de Blasio recently announced the launch of the city’s green-minded Technical Working Group (TWG). The group is made up of more than 40 industry leaders, experts and advocates who will help

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Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

New York City’s recent decision to ban single-use styrofoam containers (which will go into effect on July 1st) was celebrated by many as a major step towards eliminating the ubiquitous but unrecyclable product. However, a small NY municipality has one-upped

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NYC DEP announces 6 super-soaking projects that will help prevent flooding and sewage overflow

NYC DEP announces 6 super-soaking projects that will help prevent flooding and sewage overflow

Yesterday, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection announced six exciting stormwater solutions that will help protect vulnerable parts of the city from future storms and flooding. The group of winning proposals from the competition will receive more

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Stereotank’s giant heart-shaped sculpture drums up the love in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Stereotank’s giant heart-shaped sculpture drums up the love in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Each year, the Times Square Alliance holds a design competition for invited design teams to submit a proposal for a Valentine Heart sculpture, which is judged by the Architectural League of New York. This year’s winners, Stereotank, are based locally but

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New MCNY exhibit brings New York architectural icons to life through animation and sound

New MCNY exhibit brings New York architectural icons to life through animation and sound

Next month, the Museum of the City of New York will invite visitors to experience NYC in a new, immersive way with an installation entitled Soundscape New York. The exhibit, which opens on March 10th, aims to enhance and elevate people’s experience

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OMA to design the High Line’s latest project

OMA to design the High Line’s latest project

OMA is the latest in a list of internationally acclaimed architects to contribute to New York City’s High Line. The architecture firm has been tapped by developer Related Companies to design a new project on West 18th Street. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas and partners

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This is what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet

This is what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet

Climate change is scary, people, and here’s a map that may give you a little chill down your spine. Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle resident with a background in geography and urban planning, visualized NYC in a “doomsday scenario” using actual geographic data.

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A sandy urban beach could be coming to the East River shoreline

A sandy urban beach could be coming to the East River shoreline

Civitas partnered with State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez to work on the report, focusing on potential designs to regenerate the currently derelict stretch of waterfront. With input from the community and the New York Harbor School, the study created designs

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Manhattan school becomes second in NYC to serve all-vegetarian lunch

Manhattan school becomes second in NYC to serve all-vegetarian lunch

Manhattan’s Peck Slip School has officially gone all veggie! Although the elementary school has been serving vegetarian fare for years now, it recently announced that it will be adopting a new completely meatless menu this week. Peck Slip follows the example

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New Essex Crossing renderings show what the forthcoming LES complex will look like

New Essex Crossing renderings show what the forthcoming LES complex will look like

The SPURA plan for the area around Delancey and Essex Streets has been met with mixed reactions, as it will drastically change the landscape of the Lower East Side. But with a growing population in the city, the project will provide new and greatly needed

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Bald eagles shack up in New York City for the first time in a century

Bald eagles shack up in New York City for the first time in a century

Exciting news avian aficionados! According to the National Audubon Society, a pair of bald eagles has decided to shack up on an uninhabited island off the Staten Island coast, marking the first time in 100 years that the majestic birds have nested in the

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Award-winning vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy reopens at new larger location

Award-winning vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy reopens at new larger location

After closing the doors to its East Village space last year, chef Amanda Cohen’s award-winning vegetarian oasis, Dirt Candy, reopened at a larger location at 86 Allen Street this week. Known for its menu of imaginative veggie-based dishes, the herbivore

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Disturbing DNA from bubonic plague to anthrax to cheese found in NYC subway stations

Disturbing DNA from bubonic plague to anthrax to cheese found in NYC subway stations

If you think the resident rat population is the nastiest part of NYC’s subway system, it looks like you’ve got another thing coming. A recent DNA examination of more than 450 subway stations across the city revealed an astonishing 67 types of disease-causing

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Tour Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building (PHOTOS)

Tour Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building (PHOTOS)

R-951 was named for its resilience and high R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) as well as its address at 951 Pacific Street. The first project of Further, Inc., a design/build development firm specializing in sustainable construction formed by eco-designer

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Actor building solar-powered private island home off NYC coastline

Actor building solar-powered private island home off NYC coastline

It’s no secret that privacy comes at a premium in New York, but how far would you go to get away from the hubbub of the city? Scouting NY’s Nick Carr recently discovered a mysterious island off the city’s coastline that’s about as secluded as it gets. The

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25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

Daniel Arsham uses the calm monochrome room for sleeping, dressing, studying, and storage, as it is part of a larger 2,500 square foot collaborative workspace that he shares with other artists and designers. So, while the “Box/Box” might not be the ideal home,

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Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying pavilion wins MoMA PS1′s 2015 YAP Competition

Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying pavilion wins MoMA PS1′s 2015 YAP Competition

MoMA PS1′s courtyard will come to life once again in June 2015 with the debut of Andrés Jaque’s giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year’s 2015 Young Architects Program Competition. Conceptualized by Jaque and his team

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Why are there USB drives sticking out of the walls of New York buildings?

Why are there USB drives sticking out of the walls of New York buildings?

What would you do, or think, if you saw a USB drive sticking out of a wall as you walked down the street? Some New Yorkers have already run into this conundrum as they’ve encountered Dead Drops, a project by Berlin-based artist Aram Barthall. Though they’ve

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Ferry service expansion to new NYC nabes could have you riding a boat to work

Ferry service expansion to new NYC nabes could have you riding a boat to work

If you’ve been jealous of your friends who have the option to take the ferry to work, you may be in for some good news. In his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new plans for expanded ferry service that will offer stops at

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You’re invited: Explore how tech is redefining fashion at the BF+DA’s Fashion Week events

You’re invited: Explore how tech is redefining fashion at the BF+DA’s Fashion Week events

From 3D-printed shoes to tweeting dresses to solar-powered jackets, examples of wearable technology are slowly but surely becoming parts of our everyday lives. Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator invites you to explore how technology is

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NYC bike map based on riders’ brainwaves tells you which routes are most stressful and relaxing

NYC bike map based on riders’ brainwaves tells you which routes are most stressful and relaxing

NYC is now considered one of the best cities for biking in the U.S., but resident cyclists know that navigating its streets can still be a stressful experience. MIT Media Lab’s Arlene Ducao is hoping to shed some light on which biking routes promise a more

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CUNY solar program wins $800,000 DOE grant to design resilient emergency solar energy systems

CUNY solar program wins $800,000 DOE grant to design resilient emergency solar energy systems

Exciting solar news, NYC! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the City University of New York (CUNY) has been awarded $800,000 to support the design and implementation of the university’s resilient solar electric system plan, Smart DG Hub, which

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Mayor de Blasio makes it through Groundhog Day without dropping Staten Island Chuck

Mayor de Blasio makes it through Groundhog Day without dropping Staten Island Chuck

Chuck, Staten Island’s famous season-predicting groundhog, did not see his shadow this morning, indicating that we’ll be treated to an early spring. The forecast, which contradicted that of Chuck’s Pennsylvania cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, was great news for

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DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

MATERIALS:
- a tote bag (one with sturdy, hard fabric will work best since you don’t want your wine bottles clanging into one another)
- a needle and thread or a sewing machine
- a pencil
- scissors
- a ruler or a box of foil

STEP 1:
Lay your

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12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook isn’t just for IKEA trips anymore. A new project called the Red Hook Innovation District aims to create a 12-acre mixed use area filled with offices, retail space, performance venues and a promenade. Los Angeles-based development firm Estate Four

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Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

Last Week, Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda outlined an ambitious new program for New York that would finally enable all state residents to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy. The program, Shared Solar, as outlined by the governor, would

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You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

If you have $5,000, you can now buy a part of the World Trade Center and own an iconic piece of New York City. The developers of Three World Trade Center are turning to crowdfunding to drum up excitement and help pay for the forthcoming building, which is

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Do you think you’d be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday movement and start their weeks off with an animal-free meal. The health and

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Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

Inhabitat editor and LES snowman neighbor Jill Fehrenbacher said: “I am so thrilled to see the big carrot-nosed guy back on the corner! We missed him until now since we didn’t have much snow, but it was with happy tidings that we welcomed His Frostiness back

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

The Weiners purchased their brick townhouse in 1990, but as time went on Lawrence, a renowned conceptual artist, began to outgrow his workspace within the home. To make more room, LOT-EK added a third floor onto the 2 story structure as well as a penthouse

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many

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