Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Dazzling Fourth of July LED Light Show Set to “Empire State of Mind”

Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Dazzling Fourth of July LED Light Show Set to “Empire State of Mind”

New Yorkers who are used to seeing the Empire State Building illuminate nightly might wonder what will set the Fourth of July light show apart from any other day. The answer is that instead of just static colors, the holiday display will be a dynamic showcase

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Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

The Empire State Building is celebrating a collective $4.7 million in energy savings over the past two years since it received a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit. Five years ago, the famous landmark set out to cut its carbon emissions by installing

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Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials broke ground yesterday on a $150 million project that will transform Staten Island’s former U.S. Homeport Naval Base (inoperative for over twenty years) into a 36-acre mixed-use waterfront community in the Stapleton

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Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to announce a citywide composting plan that would divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Tested through a spring pilot program on Staten Island in which 43 percent of residents participated in composting

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100,000 sq. ft. Duggal Greenhouse Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard!

100,000 sq. ft. Duggal Greenhouse Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard!

The LEED-certified Duggal Greenhouse serves as the hub of Duggal Energy Solutions—a green corporation dedicated to resolving global electricity, water, and agriculture problems. Mr. Duggal began investing in the Brooklyn Navy Yard over a decade ago with

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Frank Gehry Set to Design Facebook’s New NYC Campus

Frank Gehry Set to Design Facebook’s New NYC Campus

Facebook has tapped renowned architect Frank Gehry to design the interior of its newly leased New York office, a 100,000-square-foot space set on two floors at 770 Broadway (a LEED Silver-certified building with ultra-efficient lighting and water systems).

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Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of Its Stores

Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of Its Stores

Smokers can say goodbye to lighting up in front of their favorite Starbucks because the coffee chain has officially banned smoking within 25 feet of their shops. The new policy took effect at all Starbucks locations in the U.S. and Canada on June 1, 2013

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NY Senate Approves Bill That Offers Big Tax Breaks on Environmentally Friendly Homes

NY Senate Approves Bill That Offers Big Tax Breaks on Environmentally Friendly Homes

Yesterday, the New York State Senate approved a bill encouraging the building of more green homes in the state. Initially ntroduced by Senator Mark Grisianti in 2012, the bill would allow local municipalities to authorize a 35 percent tax exemption on

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INTERVIEW: David Maundrell Gives Us the Scoop on aptsandlofts.com’s Beautifully Renovated Cobble Hill Office

INTERVIEW: David Maundrell Gives Us the Scoop on aptsandlofts.com’s Beautifully Renovated Cobble Hill Office

INHABITAT: For those who aren’t familiar with aptsandlofts.com, can you tell us a little bit about the services your company offers?

DM: aptsandlofts.com is one of NYC’s leading privately owned full-service real estate brokerages. Our team offers clients

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Cooper Union Announces it Will Begin Charging Tuition for the First Time in 150 Years

Cooper Union Announces it Will Begin Charging Tuition for the First Time in 150 Years

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has changed extensively over the past few years, and this morning the school announced that after 150 years of offering a free education, it is planning to charge a tuition. The prestigious school is

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How NYC Colleges Are Leading the Charge for PlaNYC Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

How NYC Colleges Are Leading the Charge for PlaNYC Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

Some of New York’s colleges and universities have been quietly making every day Earth Day with a series of efforts to boost sustainability and conservation. From adding green roofs to their buildings to installing new wastewater management systems, many

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Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy uses Edison bulbs to complement the majority of their chandeliers – sometimes up to 18 of them – which dangle at varying lengths from a ceiling mounted base. Most of the bases are made with reclaimed wood such as black walnut or Merbau, as well

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Holistic Spaces

Holistic Spaces

Anjie Cho Architect provides interior design and architectural services, with a focus on feng shui and green design. Anjie is a registered New York State Architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and practices BTB Feng Shui. For over a decade, she has been

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PHOTOS: Leo Villareal’s Twinkling New LED Art Installation Lights Up an NYC Lobby

PHOTOS: Leo Villareal’s Twinkling New LED Art Installation Lights Up an NYC Lobby

Villareal’s piece transforms the lobby of the Durst Organization into a crisp exhibition space. The twinkling “Volume (Durst)” is the artist’s largest three-dimensional work to date, spanning ninety feet long by twelve feet high and six feet deep,

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NYC’s New Soda Ban Gives Morning Coffee Drinkers the Jitters Too

NYC’s New Soda Ban Gives Morning Coffee Drinkers the Jitters Too

When NYC’s city-wide soda ban goes into effect next Tuesday, coffee-drinking New Yorkers might find themselves feeling burned as well. Macchiatos, lattes, frappes and other sweet beverages will also fall under the ban, which could mean that customers at food

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Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Created as a contemporary garden terrace for Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices, the green roof features a plant collection consisting of several grasses, shrubs and perennials integrated with ipe decking. The rooftop also boasts a 3-hole putting

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Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Company has a new vision for the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery on Williamsburg’s waterfront. The company bought the property in 2012 with plans to renovate, but has just released an alternative plan designed by SHoP Architects that

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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t wasting any time on combating climate change and greening the Big Apple as his third term comes to a close. Recently, he signed three new critical pieces of green legislation authored by Councilmember James F. Gennaro (D-Fresh

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Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

From outside of the home, the 5,300 square foot brick townhouse looks like a traditional Cobble Hill property. But once inside, the space gives way to a design and finish that is clean and contemporary with soaring ceilings and generous dimensions.

At 25-feet

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NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

BIG’s unusual sloped structure aims to combine two types of architecture – European low-rise apartment blocks and typical Manhattan towers. The 38-story building, currently known as W57, will link the rest of the street to the Hudson River, creating mini-neighborhoods

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Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are all for the redevelopment of the industrial Willets Point neighborhood next to Citi Field – as long as it includes a Las Vegas-style casino. Last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to overhaul the area into a LEED-seeking

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Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Adjaye Associates’ 13-story Sugar Hill housing complex is currently under construction in Harlem and, when complete, will bring 124 affordable housing units, a children’s museum, and an early education center to the neighborhood. Powered by funds from city,

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Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

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Brooklynites value their books, but some branches of the Brooklyn Public Library just aren’t seeing any play. Aging, in disrepair and underused, these satellite libraries were built in the early 1900s before most neighborhoods developed

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Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

The competition was part of a larger initiative to create more available units for one- and two-person households — some as small as 250 square feet, the largest at 370 square feet. The winning project, dubbed “My Micro NY”, focuses on quality and

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PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

We’ve long been fans of architect Michelle Kaufmann’s iconic Breezehouse prefab home ever since we first wrote about it back in 2005 (yes, we’re getting old). The Breezehouse was one of Kaufmann’s groundbreaking modern green prefab homes that helped generate

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