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NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

by , 07/15/14
filed under: Architecture,News,Queens

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Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion is finally getting the restoration funding it deserves. New York recently announced that it’s setting aside $5.8 million for the World’s Fair landmark in Flushing Meadows Park. The money will go towards restoring the Tent of Tomorrow as well as the site’s two towers, which you may remember from the first Men in Black movie.

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Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

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Would you pay $50 to eat food scraps in a dumpster? Grad student Josh Treuhaft’s supper club offered up exquisite culinary creations by chefs from the Natural Gourmet Institute – all made from vegetables bound for the garbage bin. Last month, Treuhaft organized the Salvage Supperclub in Williamsburg, where guests were invited to sit at a long dining table set inside of a dumpster for $50 a head. But the cuisine wasn’t garbage – instead, six delicious courses made by gourmet chefs using overripe fruits and vegetables that shops and farm stands would normally throw away were served to call attention to the waste we discard every day.

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6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

by , 07/14/14
filed under: DIY,Food,Tiny Homes

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ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

by , 07/14/14

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PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden’s Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

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You’re Invited: Sustainable Summer Fest Heats Up Underground Dance Venue Beef Cuts This Weekend

by , 07/12/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Things To Do

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Join the Ethical Writers Coalition this weekend at Beef Cuts, NYC’s newest underground electronic music venue, for a sustainable summer party of epic proportions. Venture into the newly built outdoor dance house in Bushwick and stop by the repurposed shipping container bar for an organic cocktail, local beer, clean energy drink or freshly cracked coconut. Then step onto a custom dance floor built with reclaimed wood provided by Build It Green! NYC as the best local DJs perch atop a reclaimed wood DJ booth spinning EDM beats. Make sure to work up an appetite because snacks from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop and locally-sourced, grass-fed sandwiches will also be served. 3-10PM on Saturday, July 12th. Tickets are $10 (cash only) at the door and RSVP is required: info@beefcutstudios.com.

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The Mystery of New York’s Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

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When the High Line opened back in 2009, many hailed it as the first park of its kind in New York City. But did you know that another elevated park existed long before its West Side successor? The New York Times recently re-opened the case of the elevated playground, which was inaugurated 100 years ago on the Lower East Side but then vanished sometime after 1923 for an unknown reason. They’re asking for your help piecing the mystery together so if you have any information, please give them a shout.

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New York’s Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World’s Tallest Residential Building

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It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC’s spire as a permanent feature, bringing the height to a symbolic 1,776 feet compared to Willis’s 1,451 feet. Now a new Midtown NYC residential building is set to become the world’s tallest residential building and will beat out Willis Tower again with the highest roof in the nation, topping out at 1,579 feet. A spire at the top of Nordstrom Tower will bring the skyscraper just one foot shy of 1 WTC at 1,775 feet.

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

by , 07/10/14
filed under: Energy,News

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After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an underwater drone. The plan is to deploy a camera-equipped robot to seek out the source of the radioactive leak next week. The issue was first discovered when elevated levels of tritium in two monitoring wells were found and it was noticed that radioactive material was leaking out into the groundwater below the plant.

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

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Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches, nosebleeds and vomiting, the cause was traced to fumes emanating from the nearby Fenimore landfill. The locals claim that their illnesses were caused by decaying Sandy wreckage dumped at the site, but an investigation has yet to confirm.

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Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

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Many of famed architect Louis Kahn’s works have an air of mystery about them, but his design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park may be the most enigmatic of all. Built four decades after his death in 1974, the posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies has today become one of the architect’s, and NYC’s, most popular urban spaces. While the memorial has been met with plenty of accolades for its seamless fusion of FDR’s core beliefs and Kahn’s signature style, its main inspiration is still unclear: Is it modeled after a boat’s prow referencing FDR’s love of the sea? Or is the shape speaking to something deeper? Recently unveiled sketches reveal that the design may have been influenced heavily by the masonic pyramid found on the back of the U.S. dollar bill.

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

by , 07/09/14

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Adorable 35-Sq.-Ft. Study Cabin Was Built for $400 Using Recycled and Salvaged Materials

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Would You Pay 50 Percent More for Citi Bike in Order to Save It from Failure?

by , 07/08/14
filed under: Biking,Manhattan,News

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New Yorkers are pretty used to fare hikes because of the MTA, but it looks like another form of transportation may soon be getting more expensive as well. The NY Daily News reports that the city has been in discussions to potentially raise Citi Bike’s annual membership fee by up to 50 percent. If enacted, the hike would increase yearly membership prices from $95 to $140 or even $155.

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Fordham Hill Apartment Complex’s Switch to Combined Heat and Power Can Save It $10 Million

by , 07/07/14
filed under: Bronx,Energy,The Bronx

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The Bronx’s sprawling Fordham Hill residential complex is making green news by shifting its systems to combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration – integrated power stations that generate electricity and recover normally wasted heat as useful thermal energy. The fuel source can include natural gas, biogas, biomass or waste heat. The conversion to CHP will save Fordham Hill $10 million.

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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

The original layout of the studio apartment.

“When we stumbled upon our current place in Boerum Hill, it was really just an empty rectangular studio space with a tiny kitchen and a bathroom (see the original plan) on one end, however there were a lot of

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Prefab “Mini-Me” House Acts as an Adorable Smaller Sidekick to an Upstate New York Home

Prefab “Mini-Me” House Acts as an Adorable Smaller Sidekick to an Upstate New York Home

Did you know that houses can have sidekicks too? When the owners of a sprawling home in Carmel, New York asked Archi-Tectonics to help them design a suitable guest house, they ended up getting an adorable miniature version of the larger dwelling. Appropriately

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Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

The lush Split-Rocker is perched above Rockefeller Center’s famous golden Prometheus sculpture, which guards the ice rink in the winter and the outdoor restaurant in warmer months. All throughout the summer, visitors are welcome to stop and smell the flowers

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New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

Chickens have come to roost at P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to a new coop. The green elementary school classroom was already home to a plotted farm and greenhouse + kitchen, and now its flock of fine-feathered friends will help educate children about

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MAP: Where to Charge Your Phone for Free at AT&T’s Solar-Powered Street Charge Stations

MAP: Where to Charge Your Phone for Free at AT&T’s Solar-Powered Street Charge Stations

“The beaches are the place to be when the weather gets warm and AT&T is excited to be able to offer even more solar mobile charging stations to beach-goers throughout the summer,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “Keeping people connected

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Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

Get a rare glimpse into Brooklyn’s burgeoning construction scene at this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards™, taking place on July 23, 2014. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will spotlight recently completed construction and renovation

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not at least make it more energy-efficient while it’s on? If you think about the fact that there are over 3,000,000 households

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Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope resident Daz Ryan recently posted a Change.org petition asking the city

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Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

North Brooklyn Farms needs your help to continue their mission of activating vacant lots into vibrant urban farms, and they’re hosting a party this Friday for supporters.The first NBF farm opened at an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory site last year as an interim

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island

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