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

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

by , 04/24/14

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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 or no emission control standards. ”The air today in New York City is cleaner than it’s been in more than 50 years. And we’re going to work to make it better still. And for that reason, I’m proud to announce today that we’ll be updating and strengthening the city’s Air Pollution Control Code,” said de Blasio.

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

by , 04/24/14
filed under: Architecture,Urban Design

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“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 working for privileged people,” he continued. “The people who have money and power – power and money are invisible. So they hire us to make monuments in order to show their power and money to the people. I’m not saying I’m not interested in making monuments but I was hoping to work for the public or people who lost their houses due to natural disasters. Not only working for privileged people.” Ban then went on to talk about why he actively seeks out pro bono projects in disaster areas (many of which he finances himself) and what he feels is the key to a building’s permanence. We were also lucky enough to ask Ban about his thoughts on sustainability after the discussion. Read on to see what he said.

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

by , 04/24/14

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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 allotted to us at recess and lunch breaks. Fortunately, times have changed, and both parents and educators alike are aware of how important it is for children to spend time out in nature, and to receive a more holistic education. We had the opportunity to interview Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Elea Robinson, founding faculty of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to find out how environmental awareness and a nature-based education can help to nurture our children’s minds and bodies, and create a greener future for everyone.

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

by , 04/24/14

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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 to Go is a bold new idea that the Brooklyn Roasting Company is currently piloting in partnership with DO School entrepreneurs. The cup-sharing program is the Dumbo coffee company’s attempt to cut down its paper cup waste. Read on to find out how it works.

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

by , 04/23/14

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

by , 04/23/14

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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 Garvin nearly a decade ago, in a new article entitled Brooklyn to Queens, but Not by Subway. In the piece, Kimmelman proposes a light rail line that would run north to south along the East River through the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria Park and Long Island City before crossing over Newtown Creek on a bridge (which would need to be built) to wind its way through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill with a final destination of IKEA Plaza in Red Hook.

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

by , 04/23/14

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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 that children need to engage with in order to fully understand what is happening in the world around them – and maybe even to help turn things around. Creating a sustainable learning environment is also critical for children’s health, well-being, and their ability to learn. We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Head Teacher and Co-Leader of the Go Green Committee at the Manhattan Country School, about how to implement an eco-conscious curriculum at your child’s school from an early age starting with just a couple of small steps. Read on for our full interview with Aimee to see her thoughts about what makes a school “green,” the benefits of learning on a farm and how more traditional schools can be more like Manhattan Country School.

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

by , 04/22/14

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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 buy Bixi, which you might remember is the bankrupt company that supplied Citi Bike with its rather problematic equipment. The purchase now seems likely to go through, but what will this mean for the future of Citi Bike?

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

by , 04/22/14
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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

by , 04/21/14
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Horseless Electric Carriages Debut at the New York Auto Show

by , 04/21/14

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

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PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

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An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

by , 04/20/14
filed under: Art NYC,Public Art

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An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the guerrilla artist’s Rotten Apple project has been surprising and delighting passersby. Made up of simple recycled materials, the unexpected masterpieces are little doses of fun integrated right onto city streets.

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Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Swoon has worked on similar environmentally focused projects, such as her “junk rafts” made of salvaged materials that are also included in the Submerged Motherlands installation. The enormous constructed tree that acts as the installation’s focal point rises

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PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

CCNY originally created the Solar Roofpod as their entry into the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The solar-powered micro dwelling measures 750 square feet and along with providing enough space for a city dweller to live in, can produce

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Located at 951 Pacific Street, the R-951 residence is named for its resilience and high R-value along with its address. The relatively narrow rowhouse structure contains three homes, each with about 1,500 sq. ft. of space. The bottom residence is a two-bedroom

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

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When 6,000 Citi Bikes rolled onto the streets Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time nearly a year ago, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted that “we now have an entirely new transportation network without

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

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Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on the Asiatic dogwood trees, fragrant white magnolias, and dainty daffodils

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

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

If implemented, the East River swimming pool would be located off of the Brooklyn Bridge River Park, and would be accessible via a long pier-like walkway. The public pool would draw water right from the East River, which might sound off-putting to some, but

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