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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

by , 05/01/14
filed under: Water,Weather

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Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to the heavy downpour, many roadways were closed including the West Side Highway, FDR Drive, and Routes 3 and 17 in New Jersey. Elsewhere, cars were stuck in water on stretches of road such as the Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, and Cross County Parkway.

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Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

by , 05/01/14

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If you feel like life in New York is a constant battle against rent hikes, Coby Kennedy feels your pain. In response to the rapid gentrification and sky-high apartment prices that have engulfed areas the city over the past few years, the Brooklyn-based artist has created a series of post-apocalyptic weaponry made from street signs found around NYC. Called “In Service of a Villain,” the metal swords, shields and machetes imagine a distant future where chaos has taken over the streets and the focus is on survival.

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Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

by , 04/30/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

by , 04/30/14
filed under: Energy,Transportation

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are adding even more ways for NY commuters to access real-time train, subway and bus information with new solar-powered kiosks. The MTA and NYC Transit are testing a set of the sun-fueled units at Metro-North‘s Woodlawn station. From these terminals, riders will be able to check on train status information, making for a smoother (and even greener) commute.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

by , 04/30/14

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Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

by , 04/30/14
filed under: Art NYC,News,Parks

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Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement Clarke Moore Park in the Chelsea Arts District. The three larger-than-life sculptures were created using approximately 50,000 colored bricks and each is positioned with its arms lovingly cast around a park tree. Keep reading to find out what inspired this Sawaya exhibit and how long these Hugman will be spreading the love in Clement Clarke Moore Park.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Preview Brooklyn SLaB’s Artistically Reclaimed Wood Furniture

by , 04/29/14

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Hundreds of New Yorkers Wait Up to 4 Hours to Visit Purina ONE’s Pop Up Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

by , 04/29/14
filed under: Animals,Events,Manhattan

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Coil + Drift’s Rustic, Reclaimed Furniture Made in Brooklyn

by , 04/28/14

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

by , 04/27/14

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

by , 04/26/14
filed under: Food,Health,Kids

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Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development, and can have an effect on both their learning and growth. While it may not seem like we have much control over the types of foods and snacks our children have at school (especially if they attend public school), we recently spoke with Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and learned that quite the opposite is true. We also found out more about the Coalition’s involvement in establishing NYC’s first vegetarian school, and how the kids at that school have been faring academically since the change. Read on for Amie’s tips on what you can do to ensure that your child’s school lunch is as nutritious as what you give them at home, and see an example of how a healthier, plant-based diet even boosted test scores at one school.

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NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

by , 04/25/14
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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In honor of Earth Day, New York Restoration Project teamed up with JetBlue airlines to host the seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green,” a tree-planting event that’s moved New York City another step closer to its MillionTreesNYC goal. The event, held last Saturday, gathered over 250 volunteers to Woodside in Queens to plant over 100 trees. Since 2008, the airline’s “One Thing That’s Green” annual event has brought 3,000 volunteers together to plant over 3,500 trees and clean up nearly 3 tons of trash.

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In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

by , 04/24/14

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Well, it’s finally happened—cats have achieved what their doggy nemeses have been reveling in for years: a place alongside their human subjects at designer cafes. The Purina One Cat Cafe is a new pop-up coffee shop that welcomes anyone to come and meet adorable, adoptable cats while enjoying a cup of joe. It’s happening in Manhattan this weekend, so if you love kitties as much as you love caffeine, head on over for some love! Cuddly furry friends from Long Island’s North Shore Animal League will be the stars of the show, so get ready for some ankle-twining affection if you plan to stop by.

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

by , 04/24/14

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Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change, which we as a society are unequipped to deal with. So how can we improve our children’s health and well-being while also teaching them environmental literacy so that they are able to respond to looming ecological problems? How can classrooms be made less toxic and more environmentally friendly? How can school food be made healthier? With these topics in mind, Inhabitat is hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming NYC Green Festival to tackle the challenges faced by parents today when trying to choose the best education for their kids. Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating the talk and will be joined by Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition For Healthy School Food; Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Teacher and Co-Leader of Go Green Committee at Manhattan Country SchoolVéronique Pittman, editor and moderator of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) web platform; and Elea Robinson, teacher and founding faculty at the new, eco-friendly New Amsterdam School.

WHEN: Saturday April 26th @ 11:30am
WHERE: NYC Green Festival, Community Stage

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE EVENT BY SUBMITTING A QUESTION FOR OUR PANELISTS HERE >

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Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

by , 04/24/14

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the biggest update to the city’s Air Pollution Control Code since 1975 at an Earth Day event in Union Square. The plan will focus on updating regulations for pollution sources that currently have little

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New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

“After I became an architect, I was quite disappointed by my profession,” 2014 Pritzer Prize winner Shigeru Ban told New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the 2014 NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference on Monday night. “Because mainly we are

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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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Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

Considering that the average New Yorker can drink several gallons of coffee a day, you can imagine the amount of disposable java cups clogging up our landfills. So could a coffee cup-sharing program, like Citi Bike but for cups, be the solution? Good

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival NYC will take place from April 26-27 (10am-6pm) and will be a marketplace of 300+ green vendors offering up products for every aspect of your life from sustainable fashion to food to design to exercise. Bring your whole family and enjoy vegan

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Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

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Would a streetcar line running along the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens benefit your commute? New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman recently revived the idea, which was originally proposed by urban planner Alex

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

It’s no secret that New York’s Citi Bike program is in financial trouble, but the person who could help to save it might come as a bit of a surprise. Bruno Rodi, a Quebec businessman who deals in fine furniture, recently put in a $3.6 million (USD) bid to

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10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

Earth Under the Spotlight
Get up close and personal with Mother Earth as you collect rocks, survey soil, and study pond water in High Rock Park. Examine samples of these elements under microscopes, flex cams and other lab equipment like a professional scientist.

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

The Bronx Box replaced an older bungalow home on the waterfront of the Eastchester Bay. With views of the water and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the two story, 1,816 sq ft home sits on a narrow lot with set-back, height and flood plane requirements. The resulting

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