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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Halloween Costume is a Must-See

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Wondering what to be for Halloween this year? Take a tip from actress Brooke Shields and copy her amazingly bizarre and wonderful Citi Bike costume from last year. For her one-of-a-kind getup, the actress donned a blue wig, head lamp and electric blue outfit emblazoned with the Citi Bike logo. What do you think of Brooke’s costume touting eco-friendly green transportation? Tell us in the comments below!

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Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

by , 09/24/14


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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of New York City’s energy-efficiency standards this week right on the heels of the world’s largest climate march this past weekend. The plan focuses most of its initiatives on NYC buildings (both public and private) since they account for the bulk of the city’s energy expenditure. The announcement is part of the mayor’s ballsy pledge to reduce NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

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New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not ‘The Big One’

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Bad news, folks. Although she completely clobbered the East Coast in 2012, Sandy was not the worst storm to ever hit the area and it looks like it’s not going to be the last. According to a new report conducted by Swiss Re, there is a very real possibility that another, much larger storm could cause 50% more damage to New York and New Jersey in the future.

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Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

by , 09/23/14
filed under: Energy

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The Rockefeller family – which built much of its empire on oil – is making waves with the announcement that it will be joining the fossil fuel-free divestment movement. Yesterday, the family’s $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, pledged to start selling off fossil fuel assets and in turn invest in cleaner energy alternatives in its portfolios. The news coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Summit, and the Rockefellers will join 180 other institutions that are participating in the divestment movement to transfer $50 billion into clean energy investments.

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“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

 

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As a fitting homage and send-off for Lonesome George, the world’s last giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, the American Museum of Natural History has launched a special exhibition centered around his life. The last member of his species and an international symbol of biodiversity conservation, George sadly passed away on June 24, 2012. However, thanks to the special talents of master taxidermists, his legacy is being celebrated at the Natural History Museum from September 19th, 2014 until January 4th, 2015.

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

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A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists are expected to converge in the city for the People’s Climate March. Already being called the “largest climate march in history,” the two-mile trek will head through midtown Manhattan in hopes of calling attention to the urgent need for vigorous climate change initiatives. Read on to find out everything you need to know to make history as part of this massive movement.

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East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

by , 09/19/14
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Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see how New Yorkers are decking out their temporary oases so stay tuned, and in the meantime, flip through our gallery to see photos from Park(ing) Days past. And if you have a tip about a can’t-miss Park(ing) spot, please comment below and let us know!

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is distributing the funds — with $1.6 billion going to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) projects,  $212 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and $200 million to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).

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Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

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Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored collages inspired by the arduous process of converting pulp into a beautiful paper product. The pieces are created from a variety of paper stock from the independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company, a 140-year-old American paper mill known for its long history of recycled paper manufacturing.

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC’s Fall Tree Giveaway!

by , 09/18/14

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Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+ giveaways across the five boroughs will distribute 4,500 fruit trees this fall. But hurry–this limited quantity of plants is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday’s Soiree (For a Good Cause)

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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan,Parks

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As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an inviting and relaxing mini respite for weary commuters. The pocket park was a way for the MTA to give back to the local community after years of construction on the delayed transportation project.

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Downtown NYC’s First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

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Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in Parsippany, New Jersey. Under the design leadership of international architecture and interior design firm Ware Malcomb, 38,000 square feet of warehouse space was converted to accommodate a café, elegant meeting spaces, interior glass garage doors and 16 service training bays. Click through to see this environmentally-friendly facility’s modern take on sustainable office design.

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Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?

Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?

We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure

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Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

picNYC is essentially an aluminum table frame with space inside that can we used as a planter bed. Cut and welded in the United States, the aluminum used is lightweight so it’s perfect for transient New Yorkers who are always moving from one apartment to another.

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center. “By not using the ground, we can still give the land a rest,” she explains.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the

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9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

To help guide visitors though the history of the site, Davis Brody Bond designed the museum around one central element dubbed “the Ribbon.” Envisioned as a gentle path, the Ribbon guides visitors down from the plaza to the bedrock level where the sheared base

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. The pools as are large voids, a visible

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

The letter — which was actually an invitation to a wedding rehearsal dinner — was supposed to go from Maine to California. Lawry Meister’s aunt dropped the red envelope addressed to her Los Angeles-based niece in the mail in Cape Neddick, after which it

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