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Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

by , 04/17/14
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department of Transportation to upgrade two forgotten spaces beneath the 7 train into vibrant public plazas. The new Sunnyside sites will be developed as part of the DOT’s NYC Plaza Program to create more public outdoor space in the city.

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Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

by , 04/16/14

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At Inhabitat, we’re all about downsizing to smaller spaces, but for many people, tiny living is less of a choice and more often a painful and necessary part of life. Photographer Annie Ling has captured this unfortunate reality in her photos of 81 Bowery, where Chinese immigrant laborers were housed in 64-square-foot cubicles. In addition to three other series that showcased everyday life in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Ling’s 81 Bowery photographs were recently displayed at the Museum of Chinese in America.

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Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

by , 04/16/14
filed under: Tiny Homes

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Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces. Apparently the bridge has become a popular “neighborhood” comparable to a shanty town with multiple denizens.

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City Harvest is Looking for Volunteers for Their Upcoming Queens Bridge Mobile Produce Market Team

by , 04/15/14
filed under: Food,Helping People,Queens

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Help City Harvest bring healthy food to neighborhoods that need it by joining their Mobile Market team! The Queens Bridge mobile market will be up and running behind the Jacob Riis Settlement House starting on April 26th, and City Harvest is currently scouting for volunteers. To join the team, click here or contact Brittany Erdman at 646-412-0712 or by emailing berdman@cityharvest.org.

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Brooklyn’s First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

by , 04/14/14
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

by , 04/14/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

by , 04/11/14
filed under: Green Space,Weather

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Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

by , 04/11/14
filed under: Architecture,Water

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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

by , 04/10/14

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The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane this summer. The DOT recently presented new plans before the Community Board 12 transportation committee to add a parking-protected lane along a one-way, southbound street on Fort George Hill. If all goes well with the community board, the city will install a bike lane with a three-foot buffer behind parked cars, giving riders an extra bit of security along Fairview Avenue between Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue.

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New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

by , 04/10/14

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LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

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MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

by , 04/09/14

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Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of the most interesting proposals, entitled “New Meadowlands,” comes from a team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The plan focuses on using existing marshlands to make vulnerable areas of New Jersey and metropolitan New York more resilient in the face of rising tides.

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SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

by , 04/09/14
filed under: Art NYC,Queens,Water

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A modern-day Noah’s Ark will be coming to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. While it won’t house animals or humans like its biblical counterpart, the hope is that the massive boat sculpture will get visitors thinking about the realities of climate change. Designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold, the fifty-foot wooden “SuralArk” will resemble an overturned ship, but will double as a shaded shelter for park goers. The ark will also pay tribute the area’s marine history and highlight its vulnerability to rising tides.

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TONIGHT: Cities by Water: Solutions from Copenhagen and New York Discussion at the Center for Architecture

by , 04/08/14

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The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented for many New Yorkers, but serious floods are nothing new for cities like Copenhagen. In order to open up a dialogue about important lessons we can learn from Copenhagen’s experience, the Consulate General of Denmark and AIA New York will be hosting “Cities by Water”, a keynote conversation between architect Bjarke Ingels and the City Architect of Copenhagen, Tina Saaby, with a panel discussion including Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor of the HUD/Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and Roland Lewis from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. The event will take place tonight from 6-8pm at the Center for Architecture in New York (536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012). Click here for more information and to register.

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

by , 04/08/14

While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new green roof atop Barclays Center designed by SHoP Architects. The entertainment and sports venue at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues has already achieved LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design and construction methods, and will now be topped off with a 130,000-square-foot planted roof.

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Rebuild by Design Competition Unveils Shortlist of Proposals for a Resilient Post-Sandy World

Rebuild by Design Competition Unveils Shortlist of Proposals for a Resilient Post-Sandy World

Announced last summer, the Rebuild by Design competition is an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The competition invited architects, landscape architects, and urban planners to

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New Jersey Brush Fire Causes Smoke to Waft into New York

New Jersey Brush Fire Causes Smoke to Waft into New York

If you’re waking up to the smell of smoke this morning, we’re sad to inform you a brush fire broke out in a central New Jersey state. The blaze burned down 30 acres of the Wharton State Forest, a large preserve northwest of Atlantic City. New York City’s

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Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

JoAnn Berman first made a name for herself in the 80s and 90s dressing musicians like Michael Jackson, Salt-n-Pepa and P. Diddy (back when he was just Puffy), and more recently, her refashioned garments have attracted the attention of stars like Rihanna. But

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Could This Proposed Tax Break Help Citi Bike with Its Financial Woes?

Could This Proposed Tax Break Help Citi Bike with Its Financial Woes?

It’s no secret now that Citi Bike is having financial woes, but New York Senator Charles Schumer has an idea that could help them out. Schumer has proposed an amendment to a tax bill for a Citi Bike commuter tax break. If passed, employees who commute via

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Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

After two years of renovations and a series of hold ups, Central Park’s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally set to reopen this month. Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that their revamped version of the dining

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LOT-EK Wins Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize

LOT-EK Wins Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize

Architecture studio LOT-EK’s founding partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recently named the winners of the annual Lawrence Israel Prize by the Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The firm, which is an Inhabitat

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

NYC residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting an extra helping hand as the city plans to reallocate $100 million in funding towards rebuilding homes destroyed in the storm. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new rebuilding leadership

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Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Stop! Before you throw out that busted lamp or that broken paper shredder, bring them over to the Pop-Up Repair shop for a chance to get them working like brand new. The roving repair center will be opening up a new shop in Manhattan this week. If you’ve

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

Guests are greeted by Yotel’s famous luggage-toting robot at the Tenth Avenue entrance, which uses its 20-foot arm to safely stores suitcases and bags. Automatic check-in kiosks also greet visitors on the ground floor. If its human interaction you crave,

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City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

On Monday, the New York City Council approved a new plan to replace Central Park’s controversial horse-drawn carriages with human-powered Citi Bike pedicabs. The decision came as a welcome surprise to animal rights activists as well as to Citi Bike, which

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