Brooklyn Grange’s New Brooklyn Navy Yard Roof Farm Celebrates First Harvest with Mayor Bloomberg

Brooklyn Grange’s New Brooklyn Navy Yard Roof Farm Celebrates First Harvest with Mayor Bloomberg

The Brooklyn Grange began in Queens when Farmer Ben Flanner started his own small rooftop farm that catered to locals and caught the attention of a few passionate New York City restaurants. Soon enough, a number of farm-to-table fans banded together, gained

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Brooklyn’s Tiniest Apartment is Only 29 Inches Long

Brooklyn’s Tiniest Apartment is Only 29 Inches Long

Each of Jacobs’ carefully detailed dioramas is meticulously cut by hand with the fine sharpened end of an Exacto knife. No detail is spared, from vintage doorknobs to hardwood floors to tiny radiators, each object looks as though it was lifted from one of

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PHOTOS: Brooklynites Show Off Beautiful Gardens for the 2012 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Competition

PHOTOS: Brooklynites Show Off Beautiful Gardens for the 2012 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Competition

The free contest, a project of GreenBridge and Borough President Marty Markowitz, and sponsored by Brooklyn Community Foundation, is a borough-wide effort to bring blocks together to green and beautify Brooklyn.

“The contest has a life of its own,”

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Weekend Woodland Corps – Help Restore Brooklyn’s Forests!

Weekend Woodland Corps – Help Restore Brooklyn’s Forests!

Join volunteers at Prospect Park this weekend as they work on the ongoing restoration of Prospect Park’s more than 250 acres of forest. Meet at the Picnic House parking lot at 9:45 a.m.

Click here for more information.

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Brooklyn Couple Lives Comfortably in This Tiny 240 Square Foot NYC Apartment

Brooklyn Couple Lives Comfortably in This Tiny 240 Square Foot NYC Apartment

Small NYC apartments have been getting a lot of attention after Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan for an upcoming micro-apartment building in the city, but this Brooklyn couple began sharing their teensy tiny 240-square-ft. apartment way before it was in

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Brooklynite Spike Lee Gets Behind Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Soda Ban

Brooklynite Spike Lee Gets Behind Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Soda Ban

This week famed filmmaker and long-time Brooklyn resident Spike Lee voiced his support of Mayor Bloomberg’s highly controversial proposal to limit the size of sodas and other sugary beverages sold throughout the city. “I’m in favor of [the soda ban],” Lee said. “Look, when I was growing up in Brooklyn, we had no gym, and you had to run. You had some physical activity. Children today in public schools across the country are not being taught art, are not being taught music and they have no physical ed. Obesity is a major, major problem in this country. Americans — we’re just obese.” Clearly Lee is hoping that NYC will “Do The Right Thing,” and limit large sizes of sodas and other unhealthy drinks, but do you agree?

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The Ditch Plains Drop-In is a Green-Roofed Restaurant Box at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Ditch Plains Drop-In is a Green-Roofed Restaurant Box at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Ditch Plains Drop-In is a nice departure from your standard in-park concessions in both the fare it offers as well as its aesthetic appeal. Its sloping profile is almost hill-like in its appearance, with a free-growing green roof that keeps the interior

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Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Starting in late May, Pratt graduate students in the green infrastructure design + build course began learning green roof and stormwater management techniques. Preliminary designs for the green roof were completed under the direction of professors Gita Nandan

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PHOTOS: Colorful New Pop-Up Pool and Beach Open at Brooklyn Bridge Park

PHOTOS: Colorful New Pop-Up Pool and Beach Open at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The new Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool isn’t as large as McCarren Pool, measuring in at just 30’ x 50’ and 3.5 feet deep, but it makes up for what it lacks in size with tons of style. In addition to its azure swimming hole, the primary-colored space

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PICS: McCarren Park Pool Now Open To Swimmers in Brooklyn!

PICS: McCarren Park Pool Now Open To Swimmers in Brooklyn!

The original pool, built in 1936, has been transformed into a sprawling oasis which ranges from deep-end swimming to an ankle deep wading pool complete with squirting sprinklers for summertime fun.  McCarren Pool had not been used for its original purpose

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Help Garden and Green Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Help Garden and Green Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Help beautify Brooklyn Bridge Park by gardening along Brooklyn’s beautiful waterfront! The Brooklyn Bridge Park Green Team’s latest event will provide essential horticultural care to Brooklyn Bridge Park through projects like planting, mulching, and removing

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PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool Opens Today!

PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool Opens Today!

If you’re not familiar with McCarren Pool, it was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses back in 1936. The Greenpoint, Brooklyn pool closed up shop in the mid-80s but it then opened up again in 2005 as a repurposed concert venue. The unonventional spot

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Development of Massive Green Manufacturing Center for NYC

Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Development of Massive Green Manufacturing Center for NYC

Some great green news for NYC: The Brooklyn Navy Yard has announced that it’s developing a massive green manufacturing center for the city. The Navy Yard currently houses over 275 (mostly non-military) businesses employing over 6000 people, but the demand

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Brooklyn Industries Unveils Its New 100% Wind-Powered Store in Greenpoint

Brooklyn Industries Unveils Its New 100% Wind-Powered Store in Greenpoint

The new venue marks Brooklyn Industries’ fourteenth store, and continues their dedication to sustainability. The company upcycled their own garbage for much of the construction of the interior. Scores of their disused shipping pallets were recycled into

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The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

Turn all your unwanted clothes, gadgets and knick-knacks into cool new treasures with the Swap-O-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to swap and trade, rather than buy. Designed by New York City-based Lina Fenequito, the Swap-o-Matic was created as

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s New Green Roofed Visitor Center

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s New Green Roofed Visitor Center

Visitors enter the new facility through ornate white wrought iron fences, which swing open at a 90 degree angle and meet a sunken rain garden. The garden will catch storm overflow, and by summer should be lush with grass and plants. A short jaunt up a gentle

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Shipping Container Village ‘Photoville’ Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park this Summer

Shipping Container Village ‘Photoville’ Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park this Summer

This summer, photography lovers will be treated to a unique experience: United Photo Industries’ pop-up Photoville, which lands in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 22. The innovative photography experience will transform 30 shipping containers into a village

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Cook + Fox Reveal Renderings of Phase Two for City Point Complex in Downtown Brooklyn

Cook + Fox Reveal Renderings of Phase Two for City Point Complex in Downtown Brooklyn

The ongoing City Point project is transforming the Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. The first phase, a four story retail complex is already complete, and now the second phase – two residential towers – is in the works. Designed by Cook+Fox with

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OHNY openstudios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

OHNY openstudios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Go behind the scenes in the studios of dozens of New York City artists, architects, and designers with openhousenewyork’s third openstudios. This installation of the series takes places at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, inviting the public into one of the busiest

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Solar Panels Will Help F/G Train Straphangers Experience a Smoother Ride in Brooklyn

Solar Panels Will Help F/G Train Straphangers Experience a Smoother Ride in Brooklyn

photo © Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons

The MTA has turned to green energy to help make subway rides a little more pleasant for riders. A system of solar panels has been installed at the Smith-Ninth Street F and G train stop near the elevated Culver

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Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

The Sakura Matsuri of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens takes place on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The two-day event is the culmination of the month long celebration of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition

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Help Create a More Sustainable Food System at the Brooklyn Food Conference on May 12

Help Create a More Sustainable Food System at the Brooklyn Food Conference on May 12

On Saturday, May 12th, the Brooklyn Food Coalition, a grass-roots community based organization that works on creating a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn, will be hosting its annual Brooklyn Food Conference. First hosted in 2009, the humble and

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Brooklyn’s Old Stone House Teaches Students Permaculture, Urban Farming, & Local History

Brooklyn’s Old Stone House Teaches Students Permaculture, Urban Farming, & Local History

The Old Stone House, originally built in 1699, was part of the Battle of Brooklyn and was reconstructed in the 1930s by Robert Moses to serve as a tribute to colonial life. Today, the house functions as a museum and hub for the neighborhood Washington Park.

The

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Hayseed’s Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

Hayseed’s Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

When Inhabitat stopped for a visit, Meg Paska, aka the Brooklyn Homesteader, was tending to seedlings. What started as a love for homebrewing and gardening in Baltimore quickly evolved into a beekeeping enterprise after taking a course in 2004. For those

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

photo by Jessica Dailey for Inhabitat

Yesterday, competitive cyclist Joshua P. Rechnitz single handedly made the largest monetary gift to the NYC park system and made the widely longed for dream of an indoor velodrome within NYC come true. Rechnitz, the

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