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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy

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Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

Will Hart Island’s macabre past finally be laid to rest? Last week, Bronx Community Board 10 passed City Council legislation that would pave the way to transform the isolated burial ground section of the island into a city park. Under the new guidelines, the responsibility

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

The 10,923-square-foot condo is housed in the luxurious mixed-used building on West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues. At 1,000-feet-tall, One57 is currently the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere - at least for the time-being.

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What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

Ateliergeorges Studio’s design, From Infrastructure to Urban Renewal, focuses on connecting the city’s existing transportation systems into a new urban transit hub while simultaneously enhancing and interconnecting the surrounding green spaces and neighborhoods

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Open to grand views on three sides, “Villa for an Aviator” comprises raised and stacked vertical volumes that mimic the motion of an ascending plane. Rather than keep a plane’s streamlined form, Urban Office Architecture reconstructs the aeronautical components

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Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

If chosen for the event, Lockhart-Krause’s balloon swing would be located in a small clearing in the park adjacent to the East River in Long Island City. According to the architect, it was this particular space with its serene grove of trees that inspired

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN’s Matthias Hollwich, Brad Engelsman, Jerry Figurski, Fan Zhang, Brandon Conde and Andrew McBride designed the inventive structure in collaboration with YOTEL and Synapse Development Group, garnering inspiration from traditional architectural elements

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Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Thousands of people pass by Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue every day, but many are unaware of the unique “urban room” that lies within its block-long commercial base. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and completed in 2005, Beacon Court is

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Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Looking to turn a new leaf in 2015, Alta Bicycle Share has rebranded under the new name Motivate. It’s no secret that the organizers behind Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program in New York and New Jersey, were looking for a new start considering the

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Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

The New York Police Department has been ordered to release details on the covert X-ray vans they have been using to search for bombs around they city. The equipment in the vans is basically an older version of the backscatter machines removed from the nation’s

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City – is it legal or isn’t it? – but now it’s getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be holding a hearing about Airbnb on January 20th and they want to hear from

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “BKLYN Designs shows off the very best that Brooklyn has to offer when it

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“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one, but two entries as this year’s winners. As part of the ever popular FIGMENT festival

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Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

RES4′s Loft-Within-a-Loft is essentially a single, over-sized piece of millwork that divides up a large main room into three separate spaces: a new bedroom, a play space beneath it, and the existing living room. The main challenge was to create a stairway

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first sustainable steps towards compensating for the amount of energy and cost

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Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Hundreds of Co-op City residents met with Health Department officials on Tuesday to discuss a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease thought to be caused by a contaminated cooling tower in the Bronx complex. A dozen cases of the potentially deadly form

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported

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Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Here’s your chance to become a real card-carrying New Yorker. On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the launch of an ambitious identity card program for residents of all five New York City boroughs. The IDNYC

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Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Great news for Jersey City bike riders! New Jersey lawmakers and Alta Bicycle Share have announced that the city will soon be launching its own bike share program. Although no sponsor has been announced yet, the Jersey version is expected to be quite similar

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

Philip Johnson designed the Glass House as a weekend retreat for himself and his partner, art critic David Whitney. Set on a sprawling plot that was originally 47 acres and lined with forest, the Glass House was accompanied by a Brick House for guests, a pool,

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200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

H&M brand COS recently opened the doors to its new Soho store, but the clothes may be overshadowed by another feature in the space – a 200-year-old “haunted” well! Uncovered by Scouting NY’s Nick Carr, the historic brick structure is displayed rather

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NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

The dropping price of solar technology is sparking the interest of New York City real estate developers. The roof of the luxurious Atelier building on West 42nd Street was decked out with solar panels back in 2011, and many other buildings in the area are

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Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

The administration of New York City mayor Bill De Blasio announced today a ban on single-use styrofoam products starting on July 1st, 2015. The decision follows a long-awaited determination by the Department of Sanitation that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is

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Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

Repurposed buidings always make our hearts happy, but when they’re converted into learning spaces, well, we’re head over heels. The Bronx Charter School for Arts is a perfect example of an old factory turned new again for a great reason. Built with 80%

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NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

Get ready to double up on your long johns, folks. It looks like a major blast of frigid weather is about to bear down on the tri-state area. According to NBC New York, the most recent forecast is calling for “dangerously cold air” that could make for some hazardous

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PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

According to the Master Plan, 45 percent of future park area consists of garbage/landfill mounds. The North and South mounds are currently capped to prevent leaking of gases and toxic leachate from decomposing garbage. Capping of the East should be finished

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6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

LIGHTEN UP
Professional interior decorators have been saying this for ages, but it bears repeating – lightening up your floor color can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Just like in fashion, darker colors are “slimming,” and tend to constrict,

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Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHvTxzxlzPM

We’ve all heard the old cat-in-the-tree story before, but it never quite fails to pull on our heartstrings. Poor little Dorothy Gale, named after The Wizard of Oz, somehow got herself stuck in a towering treetop

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NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, but how many of us know where and how those garments come to be? Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel, is a film that explores the global supply chain centering around cotton, as well as

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Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

A group of Bronx residents is hoping to add a little green space and adventure to the borough by revitalizing its abandoned train tracks. Their innovative idea would allow citizens to utilize the patches of abandoned track to joyride in their own personal

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2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

With a new baby on the way, this family of four was outgrowing their two-bedroom apartment and wanted to expand. Their solution was to buy the loft apartment upstairs and completely renovate the space to create a new safe haven. wUNDERground and Design Development

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VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available.

The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he got the idea to re-use the top of a pizza box as plates for his friends

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Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Notice anything strange about these doors?

Located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, the too-perfect townhouses actually hide a four-story, 125,000-sq-ft Con Edison substation that cost $300 million to build. Con Ed made a conscious decision to disguise

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Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Image ©Albert Vecerka/Esto

The circa-1884 landmark building was a former soap warehouse, designed by architect George B. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Its large timber columns rise like trees to meet 16-foot beam ceilings, while brick lines

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How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

Flu shot, or not? DNAinfo recently spoke to naturopathic practitioner Nicole Egenberger, who said that it may not be necessary to turn to the syringe if you can augment your daily intake of natural immune boosters. In fact, taking the natural route in lieu

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Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Times Square will be thumping to the sounds of a more literal urban pulse this Valentine’s Day thanks to Brooklyn- based, Venezuelan-born design firm Stereotank. The firm’s installation, Heartbeart, was chosen as the winner of this year’s annual Times Square

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2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

The world-famous New Year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter and a whopping 11,875 pounds. To achieve its mesmerizing effect, the surface of the geodesic sphere is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which reflect and refract light. The crystals

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Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

One World Trade Center just opened its doors this fall, but the Port Authority may already be considering selling the entire WTC site. According to an extensive report released this past weekend, Governors Cuomo and Christie announced that the agency would

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the plans, which were originally proposed during the Bloomberg administration as

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