Starbucks Bets on Tea, Opens Teavana Tea Bar in New York City

Starbucks Bets on Tea, Opens Teavana Tea Bar in New York City

The charcoal effect of the store’s wood was achieved right in NYC, and Liz Muller, Director of Starbucks’ global concept design even helped out in the process herself.

Starbucks, which acquired Teavana nearly one year ago, plans to open 1,000 such tea bars

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Super-Skinny Skyscraper Taller Than the Empire State Building Gets Approval for Midtown NYC

Super-Skinny Skyscraper Taller Than the Empire State Building Gets Approval for Midtown NYC

It’s skinny, it’s taller than the Empire State Building and it’s coming to Midtown. SHoP Architects’ super-slim, 1,350-foot-tall tower just got the “ok, you can build it” from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and construction on the luxury

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition?

DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for Comprehensive Costal Communities) and we asked submissions to focus on

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See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It looks like Whole Foods is officially coming to Williamsburg. The organic-minded grocer has negotiated a $45 million loan to get the construction process rolling for a new storefront at 240 Bedford Avenue, which is situated on the corner of North 4th Street.

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Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Construction on Bright ‘n Green, the aptly-named net-zero energy building in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area, is nearly complete. The building is on its way to becoming one of the city’s highest-ranking green buildings, meeting LEED Platinum standards

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The Empire State Building Gets a 9,100 sq. ft. Green Roof by Xero Flor

The Empire State Building Gets a 9,100 sq. ft. Green Roof by Xero Flor

Xero Flor added greenery to the 21st floor east, 21st floor west, 25th floor northwest and the 30th floor west of the Empire State Building. Tenants on the 21st floor can enjoy their own personal sky garden and utilize the patio furniture to take lunch breaks

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NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

Hey New Yorkers!
Here’s your chance to meet some of today’s most influential designers and architects, participate in an exciting panel discussion about resilient design and enjoy a free lunch while you’re at it. We’re gearing up for an important webcast and

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Richard Meier Completes the First Building in Newark’s New Teachers Village Development

Richard Meier Completes the First Building in Newark’s New Teachers Village Development

230 Halsey Street is just one of eight buildings that make up the mixed-use Teachers Village in Newark. Located in Newark’s downtown district south of Market Street, the project will create a new urban core with walkable streets, retail, residences and schools.

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MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

Pettis said that the idea for the Digitizer came about when he wanted a 3D scanner but found no affordable or usable tools on the market, so they decided to make one themselves. The most important attributes they were looking for were for the 3D scanner to

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See NYC’s Most Coveted Real Estate on Dwell’s CITY MODERN Manhattan and Brooklyn Home Tours

See NYC’s Most Coveted Real Estate on Dwell’s CITY MODERN Manhattan and Brooklyn Home Tours

Want to know how NYC’s finest live it up in the Big Apple? Join us for the third annual CITY MODERN Manhattan and Brooklyn Home Tours hosted by Dwell and New York Magazine! Visit a selection of the city’s most coveted homes, designed and furnished by leading

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The Freedom Towers That Could Have Been: 7 Unrealized Designs For the WTC Site

The Freedom Towers That Could Have Been: 7 Unrealized Designs For the WTC Site

Studio Libeskind’s original submission, dubbed “the Freedom Tower,” proposed the iconic 1,776 foot spire. Libeskind also included Gardens of the World, as he feels gardens are a constant affirmation of life. The base of the site featured an elevated

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Midtown Equities Chosen to Transform Abandoned DUMBO Warehouses into Vibrant New Community Space

Midtown Equities Chosen to Transform Abandoned DUMBO Warehouses into Vibrant New Community Space

Midtown Equities’ larger proposed building plan for the Empire Stores buildings includes nearly 80,000 square feet of new space for restaurant, retail, and event space with an additional 300,000 square feet of office space. Midtown also hopes to achieve

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Lush Green Roof Tops Off New School’s Ultra-Efficient New University Center

Lush Green Roof Tops Off New School’s Ultra-Efficient New University Center

The New School’s new University Center is getting a little closer to completion every day, and recent photos taken by Susan Kramer of the Architect’s Newspaper reveal that a green roof has been installed around the perimeter of the building’s rooftop balcony.

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New Ice Skating Rinks Coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park This Winter!

New Ice Skating Rinks Coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park This Winter!

If you’re feeling blue that summer is coming to an end, maybe a winter of skating fun will give you something to look forward to. The NYC Parks Department recently announced that new ice skating rinks will be coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park this

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6 Easy Eco Escapes From New York City

6 Easy Eco Escapes From New York City

Buttermilk Spa
There are plenty of spas you could visit in the city, but walking out into the muggy, crowded city streets after your massage is a bit of a relaxation buzz-kill. At the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, you can indulge yourself in a serene Hudson

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New John Street Apartments to Fund Brooklyn Bridge Park Expansion in DUMBO

New John Street Apartments to Fund Brooklyn Bridge Park Expansion in DUMBO

According to Crains, the 100,000 square foot, 12-story residential building designed by Alloy is expected to fit right into Dumbo with its large windows and facade of metal panels. A mixed-use facility, it will also include cultural and retail space on the

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New Report Shows That NYC’s Greenest Building Actually Consumes a Ton Of Energy – Here’s Why

New Report Shows That NYC’s Greenest Building Actually Consumes a Ton Of Energy – Here’s Why

The paper points to flaws in the USGBC’s LEED certification process to explain the gap between what critics perceive as greenwashing and the building’s actual performance. Instead of waiting until occupants move in and set up their systems before certifying

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Shark Fin Sales to Be Banned in New York Starting in 2014

Shark Fin Sales to Be Banned in New York Starting in 2014

There’s little debate that cutting the fins off of living sharks and selling them as food is cruel and inhumane, but the state of New York is finally acknowledging its disapproval of the practice by banning the sale of shark fins starting in 2014. Sourcing

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The Taco Truck Serves Up Tasty Organic Mexican Goodness On-the-Go

The Taco Truck Serves Up Tasty Organic Mexican Goodness On-the-Go

The Taco Truck chain was born in Hoboken, NJ and combines delectable organic Mexican food with environmentally-friendly design.  Their tasty tortas and tacos can be enjoyed from one of their mobile trucks or inside one of their LEED-certified restaurants.

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Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Dazzling Fourth of July LED Light Show Set to “Empire State of Mind”

Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Dazzling Fourth of July LED Light Show Set to “Empire State of Mind”

New Yorkers who are used to seeing the Empire State Building illuminate nightly might wonder what will set the Fourth of July light show apart from any other day. The answer is that instead of just static colors, the holiday display will be a dynamic showcase

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Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

The Empire State Building is celebrating a collective $4.7 million in energy savings over the past two years since it received a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit. Five years ago, the famous landmark set out to cut its carbon emissions by installing

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Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials broke ground yesterday on a $150 million project that will transform Staten Island’s former U.S. Homeport Naval Base (inoperative for over twenty years) into a 36-acre mixed-use waterfront community in the Stapleton

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Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to announce a citywide composting plan that would divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Tested through a spring pilot program on Staten Island in which 43 percent of residents participated in composting

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100,000 sq. ft. Duggal Greenhouse Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard!

100,000 sq. ft. Duggal Greenhouse Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard!

The LEED-certified Duggal Greenhouse serves as the hub of Duggal Energy Solutions—a green corporation dedicated to resolving global electricity, water, and agriculture problems. Mr. Duggal began investing in the Brooklyn Navy Yard over a decade ago with

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Frank Gehry Set to Design Facebook’s New NYC Campus

Frank Gehry Set to Design Facebook’s New NYC Campus

Facebook has tapped renowned architect Frank Gehry to design the interior of its newly leased New York office, a 100,000-square-foot space set on two floors at 770 Broadway (a LEED Silver-certified building with ultra-efficient lighting and water systems).

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