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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio’s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon

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New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

What it looks like when a combined sewage overflow happens (notice the greyish water overtaking the cleaner water). In Atema’s words, “Not real pretty.” Still image captured from “Poonami” video on YouTube.

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli teamed up with architectural

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New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

The first thing I noticed about the Meow Parlour is that these folks take their cat cafe operation seriously. We booked well in advance online and there is a bunch

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Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

The renovated brownstone bordering Hell’s Kitchen on 353 West 46th Street originally housed a brilliant geometric skylight on its rooftop terrace and Cezign foresaw its great potential. Cecilia Dupire, design principal at Cezign, made use of the unique prism

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NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

Purina One’s temporary cat cafe gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be last spring.

We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year,

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City’s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included

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NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The

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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC’s first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding trail with a new Kickstarter campaign looking to raise some green for the

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Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting

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This is now the world’s most expensive building

This is now the world’s most expensive building

It might not look like it, but New York City’s recently completed One World Trade Center is now the most expensive building in the world—by a very large margin. Although 1 WTC is a far cry from the world’s tallest skyscraper, the prismatic structure’s $3.9

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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

The studio apartment is always somewhat of a design challenge, with only one space to work with. JPDA built an amazing wood paneled central station that not only supports a lofted bedroom area but also contains the kitchen, bathroom and tons of storage space.

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC’s new Office of Sustainability

Mayor de Blasio announces NYC’s new Office of Sustainability

In a move meant to streamline the city’s climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with the Office of Environmental Coordination to create New York City’s new Office

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Steven Holl Architects’ Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Steven Holl Architects’ Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Located amidst the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, the Kennedy Center stands as an equally magnificent structure and a “living memorial” for John F. Kennedy. Rather than replicate Edward Durell Stone’s ornamental style, Steven Holl’s expansion comprises three

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

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

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

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Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

The list of things that can be 3D printed keeps growing and growing, and Yuichiro Takeuchi recently added gardens to the tally. The computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo has invented a way to use 3D printing technology to design,

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot structure boasts a host of sustainable features, many of which are not commonly

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NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

Bill de Blasio faced a lot of neighsayers when he first vowed to get rid of horse-drawn carriages in the city, and now the mayor is poised to follow through on his words. This past weekend, de Blasio met with City Council members to explain new legislation that aims

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Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it’s pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world — but was it enough to overload an entire waste processing facility? The Inhabitat

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting

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You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

MATERIALS:
- 5 plastic sushi takeout containers
- 12 pairs of wooden chopsticks
- black paint
- black paper
- a fork
- foil
- glue
- a knife
- A spatula or spoon
- FOOD! You can get pretty creative here and substitute whatever you like but here is

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

Harlem’s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

Real Life Church
Real Life Church serves up a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and thankfully this year, their volunteer registration is now completely full. If you still want to help, you can drop off dessert,

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

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East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean

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