PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

The sophisticated system is made up of a complex network of pressure regulators, solenoid valves, sensors, and tracking cameras, all controlled by custom software designed by Random International. The grated floor allows for constant water recycling, and collects

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Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Inhabitat favorite Kim Holleman was there with her Trailer Park holding court at a prime location right in front of the New Museum’s doors and inviting guests to take a shady break and relax inside the plant-filled pop up park. After taking a load off, many

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Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

The New Museum’s Ideas City Festival has hit the Bowery again, with a slew of art and culture events lined up for this weekend. This year’s festivities include artistic projections onto the museum’s façade, panel discussions on subjects like innovative

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10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

Eco-Chick.com’s Sustainable Spring Fashion Party
Get a head start on your Earth Day party plans in style! Eco-Chick.com will be hosting a sustainable spring fashion presentation on the 18th featuring an array of local NYC designers. Take a gander at collections

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10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017 has taken another step in the right direction. At a press conference at Rockefeller University yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the PlaNYC Carbon

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The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

Josh Cohen has turned other people’s trash into a treasure all his own. Before launching his business, The Junkluggers, back in 2004, Cohen was making just over minimum wage as an intern at a commercial real estate firm. After discovering that a friend made

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Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

The project features sixty shipping container shops that will bring retail appeal to the former shipping industry pier under the unified name “Incubox”. For the first two years of operation (basically until the entire pier makeover is complete), retailers

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The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

Penafiel has had this fox for many years, but it wasn’t until recently that the fellow acquired his fancy haberdashery (thanks to a seamstress friend in the same building).

Even though she obviously has a knack for it, Penafiel wasn’t always in the thrifting

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Recalling 1993: NYC’s New Museum Transforms Old Pay Phones into Portals to the City’s Past

Recalling 1993: NYC’s New Museum Transforms Old Pay Phones into Portals to the City’s Past

The New Museum has hijacked the city’s pay phones and transformed them into time machines that allow city-dwellers to make calls 20 years into New York’s past. Anyone strolling along Manhattan’s streets can now walk up to a pay phone, dial 1-855-FOR-1993,

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WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

Mazzarella’s older works layer found materials like cigarette boxes, tomato can wrappers and photographs to create collages for the viewer to interpret for themselves.
INHABITAT: The show is really centered on “A Working Class”, your most recent piece, which

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Mayor Bloomberg’s New Legislation Tells Convenience Stores to Hide Their Cigarettes

Mayor Bloomberg’s New Legislation Tells Convenience Stores to Hide Their Cigarettes

Unshaken by his failed attempt to banish large sugary drinks in the city, Mayor Bloomberg is now after a different public health-related issue with a proposed bill that would require stores to conceal cigarettes. Introduced during a speech this week at the

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NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their boroughs. Citywide schools (both public and private) from grades K-12 can compete

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New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

A group of children from the Hewitt School’s Earth Committee are making waves in the city, calling for a plastic bag ban and working with leaders to make New York City a greener place to live. Through Change.org, the students have collected 1,616 signatures

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FEMA Implements Go Green Initiative to Reduce Environmental Impact One Paper at a Time

FEMA Implements Go Green Initiative to Reduce Environmental Impact One Paper at a Time

When natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike, reducing the amount of papers printed to brief Federal Emergency Management Agency staff on action plans hardly seems like a top priority. But now that things have calmed down a bit, FEMA’s New York Joint

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Curious Bookshelf Grows Out of Fallen Trees

Curious Bookshelf Grows Out of Fallen Trees

If you feel like this curious bookshelf looks like it’s growing right out of tree trunks, you’re not far off from the truth. Cazenovia, New York-based artist David Harper created the installation, which he calls “STACKS”, by recycling fallen logs. Built

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Mayor Bloomberg Stresses Greening of New York City in Final State of the City Address

Mayor Bloomberg Stresses Greening of New York City in Final State of the City Address

Yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address, and not surprisingly, the focus of his talk was on making NYC an even greener place than it is now. In the speech, Bloomberg spoke prophetically of a reduced carbon footprint,

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NYC Considers Banning Styrofoam at All Food-Service Facilities

NYC Considers Banning Styrofoam at All Food-Service Facilities

Photo credit: Flickr/dotpolka

New York City is continuing its war against trash, this time with a possible styrofoam ban. The legislation is being proposed by Ron Gonen, the city’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability and it would prohibit

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Thousands of Christmas Trees Upcycled to Protect Long Beach’s Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

Thousands of Christmas Trees Upcycled to Protect Long Beach’s Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

Image ©Kevin Krejci

Long after the glimmer of the holidays has worn off, thousands of Christmas trees in Long Beach, Long Island are being given new lives as protectors of the beach. The dried out pines were scattered along the shoreline as stand-ins

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Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Porcelanosa, a premiere European manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile, has announced its plans to renovate its flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown Manhattan. To complete the job, they brought in Foster + Partners to conceptualize

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SURE WE CAN Offers NYC’s Homeless a Safe, Welcoming Place to Redeem Cans and Bottles

SURE WE CAN Offers NYC’s Homeless a Safe, Welcoming Place to Redeem Cans and Bottles

Photo via Shutterstock

Collecting cans and bottles off the streets is an honest, legal and eco-friendly way to make some income, but many still see “canners” as a nuisance and an eyesore. SURE WE CAN is an NYC non-profit that aims to change that negative connotation, or at least make it easier and safer for people, a good number of whom are homeless, to redeem cans and bottles for money. Their Brooklyn site – the city’s only licensed, homeless-friendly can redemption center – offers canners a welcoming atmosphere and a sense of community that is more than just a place to trade in bottles.

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Village Green Becomes the First LEED Gold New Residential Building Below 59th Street in Manhattan

Village Green Becomes the First LEED Gold New Residential Building Below 59th Street in Manhattan

The Village Green is an eco-luxury building in the heart of the East Village. The façade is lined with floor-to-ceiling double-insulated windows, which flood each unit with natural light while reducing noise pollution from the city streets outside. The building

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NY’s Suffolk County Becomes First to Ban BPA in Receipt Papers in U.S.

NY’s Suffolk County Becomes First to Ban BPA in Receipt Papers in U.S.

New York’s Suffolk County has become the first one in the United States to ban retailers from issuing register receipts that contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). The legislation, called the Safer Sales Slip Act, will prohibit the harmful chemical, which has been linked

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Evergreen Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Reborn as Long Beach’s Holiday Christmas Tree

Evergreen Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Reborn as Long Beach’s Holiday Christmas Tree

Image: Skip Van Wert

Perhaps symbolic of how many New Yorkers are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy, a spruce tree that was also toppled by the storm has been given new life as a beautiful holiday tree for Long Beach Township. Raised by the Van

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Get Free Stuff at Load OUT! and Give Stuff for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Get Free Stuff at Load OUT! and Give Stuff for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Enjoy an afternoon of repurposing & recycling activities at Load OUT! this weekend in Manhattan. GET costumes, props, furniture & more. Whatever you decide to take away is FREE of charge! The general public will be charged a $5 entrance fee but artists

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The Chrysler Building Earns LEED-EB Gold Certification!

The Chrysler Building Earns LEED-EB Gold Certification!

Originally designed by William Van Alen for Walter P. Chrysler’s headquarters, the building first opened as New York’s tallest skyscraper in 1930, until it was beat out almost a year later by the Empire State Building. With managing company Tishman Speyer’s

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