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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

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Prefab “Mini-Me” House Acts as an Adorable Smaller Sidekick to an Upstate New York Home

by , 07/06/14
filed under: Architecture,Upstate NY

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Did you know that houses can have sidekicks too? When the owners of a sprawling home in Carmel, New York asked Archi-Tectonics to help them design a suitable guest house, they ended up getting an adorable miniature version of the larger dwelling. Appropriately called the “Mini-Me” home, the smaller house was prefabricated off site and fit together to mirror the aesthetic of its big sister.

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Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

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New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

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Chickens have come to roost at P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to a new coop. The green elementary school classroom was already home to a plotted farm and greenhouse + kitchen, and now its flock of fine-feathered friends will help educate children about the life cycle of food. The school plans to use the fowl to teach students the importance of sustainable food.

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MAP: Where to Charge Your Phone for Free at AT&T’s Solar-Powered Street Charge Stations

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Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

by , 07/02/14

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Get a rare glimpse into Brooklyn’s burgeoning construction scene at this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards™, taking place on July 23, 2014. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will spotlight recently completed construction and renovation projects that have positively impacted the Brooklyn neighborhoods where they are located. Of this year’s 13 building honorees, 7 have significant sustainable features! The awards ceremony and cocktail reception will be held on July 23, 2014 at Williamsburgh Savings Bank – click here for tickets.

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

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With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not at least make it more energy-efficient while it’s on? If you think about the fact that there are over 3,000,000 households in New York City, and many of them are running their ACs at the same time, you can imagine how much electricity is necessary, putting immense strain on our grid. If you want to chop down your summer utility bills and do your part to conserve electricity, the folks over at NYC Air Conditioning Repair Company have 3 simple tips to help you save energy this summer. Read on to see them all.

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Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

by , 07/01/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Parks,Politics

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BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope resident Daz Ryan recently posted a Change.org petition asking the city to end public grilling at the popular green space. The petition, titled “Help Make Prospect Park Toxic Free By 2015”, calls attention to the charcoal fumes and “toxic smoke” caused by grilling, labeling it an “environmental issue.”

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Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

by , 07/01/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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North Brooklyn Farms needs your help to continue their mission of activating vacant lots into vibrant urban farms, and they’re hosting a party this Friday for supporters.The first NBF farm opened at an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory site last year as an interim space and has provided the community with fresh produce and food education ever since. But since the Domino urban farm is just temporary, they need to raise $15,000 in the next five days to find and build a new home. If you’d like to contribute, please visit the North Brooklyn Farms Kickstarter page here and attend the NBF July 4th BBQ Picnic at (6 to 10 p.m. at Havemeyer Park at Kent Avenue and South 3rd Street). There will be music, Brooklyn Brewery beer, food by Sweet Deliverance and a view of the East River fireworks!

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

by , 06/30/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Water

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Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island sewers also unintentionally spewed black water out of the sewer overflow pipe at West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. Some Coney Islanders are reporting that the sludge is even washing up onto Kaiser Park beach and ruining the local habitat.

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Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

by , 06/30/14
filed under: Manhattan,Parks

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New York’s Financial District is changing its buttoned-up image this summer with a pop-up urban beach and other fun activities to enjoy. The Downtown Alliance recently opened their newly transformed strip of Water Street between Whitehall and Wall as part of its Game On! Summer series. In addition to the seasonal festivities, visitors will be able to sip some brews at an outdoor beer garden and play a round of mini-golf.

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Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio’s Small Space Secrets!

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Do Urban Bees Produce Better, Healthier Honey? (VIDEO)

by , 06/27/14
filed under: Animals,Features,Food

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Urban beekeeping is quite the rage right now in New York City, but is honey produced by city bees actually healthier as well? A video produced by Marta Franco for TIME takes a look at why honey from urban apiaries might be better for you than its country counterparts. Check out the video after the jump.

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

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SNEAK PEEK: The Living’s Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower Opens Tomorrow at MoMA PS1

by , 06/26/14

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Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

The Pearson’s three vertical wind turbines are produced by Urban Green Energy and are capable of providing power for all of the building’s common areas. While many New York City buildings are crowded by neighbors, The Pearson sits right next to a large train

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Enter the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Contest for a Chance to See Your Design Come to Life

Enter the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Contest for a Chance to See Your Design Come to Life

If you’re an aspiring designer who has always dreamed of seeing your visions come to life, FIGMENT’s City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition is now accepting submissions for their fifth annual contest! The contest partners with the Emerging New York

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Eye-Catching Pyramidal Treehouse by Luderowski Architect Rises Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

Eye-Catching Pyramidal Treehouse by Luderowski Architect Rises Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

We’ve seen our fair share of eye-catching treehouses at Inhabitat, but this beautiful tiered treehouse in upstate New York really stands out from the pack. Designed by Swedish builder Nils Luderowski of Luderowski Architect, the gorgeous pyramidal treehouse

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Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers in Albany have passed a bill that would extend tax breaks for New York City properties that install solar panels. If the legislation is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the incentive program would run through January 1, 2017. Since the

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PHOTO TOUR: Inside NYC’s First Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units

PHOTO TOUR: Inside NYC’s First Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units

During our visit to the shipping container-esque living accommodations, OEM housing recovery program manager Cynthia Barton told Inhabitat that the homes come prefabricated and shipped directly from Mark Line Industries in Indiana. Designed by Garrison Architects, the

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New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

Last Friday, the New York Legislature officially banned the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the state. On top of cracking down on the ivory and horn trade in New York, this new legislation enhances federal efforts to tighten a ban

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

Brooklyn-based builder Mark Jupiter is nationally acclaimed for his fine craftsmanship, commitment to sustainability, and his work with New World Home. All of Jupiter’s custom-made furniture is handcrafted right in the heart of DUMBO at his newly expanded

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The Stack: Manhattan’s First Modular Apartment Building Opens Its Doors to Renters

The Stack: Manhattan’s First Modular Apartment Building Opens Its Doors to Renters

Developed by Jeffrey Brown and Kimberly Frank, this innovative building’s 56 separate modules were first fabricated offsite in Pennsylvania by DeLuxe Building Systems before they were packed up and shipped off to Manhattan. The straightforward and efficient

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Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors Island? Spontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two

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Archaeologists Find “Elixir of Long Life” Bottle Buried Beneath Chinatown

Archaeologists Find “Elixir of Long Life” Bottle Buried Beneath Chinatown

The key to eternal life may have been hidden underneath Manhattan this whole time. According to DNAinfo, archaeologists from Chrysalis Archaeology recently unearthed a tiny glass bottle that once held an “Elixir of Long Life” beneath an excavation site at

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