Phase 1 of Times Square Reconstruction Completed in Time for New Year’s Eve

Phase 1 of Times Square Reconstruction Completed in Time for New Year’s Eve

Times Square has been in the process of being transformed into a permanent pedestrian haven, and yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David

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Silent Lights: Noise-Activated LED Gates Illuminate Passageway Underneath Brooklyn Queens Expressway

Silent Lights: Noise-Activated LED Gates Illuminate Passageway Underneath Brooklyn Queens Expressway

“Silent Lights is a series of sculptural gates that line a pedestrian pathway under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway,” writes Urban Matter. “The gates are embedded with light and sound equipment: 2,400 LEDs and a microphone, controlled by an Arduino mega microcontroller.

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SuperPier Gearing Up for Renovation into NYC’s Premier Shipping Container Anti-Mall

SuperPier Gearing Up for Renovation into NYC’s Premier Shipping Container Anti-Mall

Pier 57 hosted a slew of art installations and events this past summer, welcoming New Yorkers to explore the space before it begins its transformation into a modular container powerhouse filled with food and entertainment. The $200 million project will begin

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Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Earlier this week, the much-anticipated Gowanus Whole Foods finally opened its doors to eager patrons. In addition to the super-green market’s rooftop farm and solar array, the new store boasts one of the most energy-efficient parking lots ever. The technology

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NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

On Thursday, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the completion of fourteen environmental cleanup projects in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan as part of the New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program. Bloomberg also revealed that the Office of Environmental

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PHOTOS: New Nelson Mandela Mural Goes Up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

PHOTOS: New Nelson Mandela Mural Goes Up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The new mural features a photo-realistic painting depicting Mandela’s warm smile set against a stark, white background. The work was completed by artist Jason Coatney. “You know, it could be a few people, but once I put his smile on there, he just has a beautiful

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Great Green Ways to Support NYC Arts Programs This Holiday

Great Green Ways to Support NYC Arts Programs This Holiday

Art is one of the foundations of modern culture, and programs that nurture and support the creative spirit are vital to any society. New York City is a bastion of the arts, and there are many fantastic organizations that help to fund children’s art programs,

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NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

New York City recently announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn. The waterfront, barge-based recycling center has the capacity to process 1,000 tons of metal, glass and plastic recyclables daily

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Get Your Local Holiday Shopping Done at Greenpoint’s Trippy Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Get Your Local Holiday Shopping Done at Greenpoint’s Trippy Brooklyn Night Bazaar

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar has been around for several years now, but recently moved to a new location at 165 Banker Street in Greenpoint. Inside, the 23,000 former bakery warehouse offers up four long rows of local, artisan-made goods from LEGO jewelry to

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Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Some of these holiday markets will be going strong until the 24th, while others are pop-up events that will only be open for a day or two. If you feel like braving holiday shopping crowds to check them out, you may find some fabulous, unique gifts that are

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Energy-Generating Fire Pit and LED Christmas Tree Illuminate Dumbo in High-Tech Style

Energy-Generating Fire Pit and LED Christmas Tree Illuminate Dumbo in High-Tech Style

Last night marked Dumbo’s 8th annual Christmas tree lighting since 2005. The Dumbo Improvement District organized the holiday bash and approached BioLite a year and a half ago to see how they could be involved. The result of the partnership was a scaled up,

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First Mods in Place at World’s Tallest Modular Building in Brooklyn

First Mods in Place at World’s Tallest Modular Building in Brooklyn

The first mods were hoisted into place yesterday at the B2 residential building at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. When completed in late 2014, the structure is poised to claim the title of world’s tallest modular building and will include 50 percent affordable

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BioLite’s Electricity-Producing Fire Pit Will Power Dumbo’s Christmas Tree Lights

BioLite’s Electricity-Producing Fire Pit Will Power Dumbo’s Christmas Tree Lights

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful – and Dumbo residents will soon be able emulate the song and warm themselves up next to Brooklyn start-up BioLite’s outdoor fire pit. The Jay Street-based company is working on installing

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Get Cool Perks for Helping Get Up and Ride Bike Tours Set Up Their Brooklyn Storefront

Get Cool Perks for Helping Get Up and Ride Bike Tours Set Up Their Brooklyn Storefront

Get Up and Ride’s Brooklyn-centric bike tours have already earned recognition as TripAdvisor’s most sought-after activity for visitors to the borough, but with their popularity, they’ve quickly outgrown their “headquarters” in a Williamsburg parking garage.

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New “Snow Day” Maple Syrup-Themed Food Truck Will Provide Jobs to Formerly Incarcerated Youth

New “Snow Day” Maple Syrup-Themed Food Truck Will Provide Jobs to Formerly Incarcerated Youth

Drive Change was founded by social entrepreneur Annie Bickerton and Jordyn Lexton, a teacher who saw a need for change after teaching at Rikers Island for three years. Lexton explained that in New York, criminals as young as 16 years old are recognized and

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Cocktail Workshop and Pen+Ink+Neon Valentine Workshop

Cocktail Workshop and Pen+Ink+Neon Valentine Workshop

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COCKTAIL WORKSHOP WITH MORRIS KITCHEN
Love to throw parties but don’t want to be the host behind the bar all evening? Kari Morris of Morris Kitchen will share some essential tips on how to prep in advance and enjoy your party while

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Embellished Legging Workshop with Love Zilla

Embellished Legging Workshop with Love Zilla

Learn how to customize your leggings so you can keep warm in style this winter. Anna Bechtol of Brooklyn-based LoveZilla will give you the tools and guidance you need to walk away with a new pair of leggings that represent you and your style. This two-hour

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NYC Announces New Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice

NYC Announces New Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice

New York City is paying tribute to South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age 95, by creating a new high school called the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice. The school will be located in the Boys and Girls

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The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

Kids and adults alike will find lots to love at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. This year’s exhibition has even more miniature trains and landmark replicas made of twigs, leaves, bark and other plants than ever before. You’ll find a delightful

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Dramatically Sliced Carroll House Shipping Container Home Rises in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dramatically Sliced Carroll House Shipping Container Home Rises in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The diagonally-cut building will have a striking, sloped profile that rises out of the ground up to three stories tall. Thanks to the steeped nature of the building, each floor will have access to an open-air deck fitted with an outdoor table, a built-in BBQ

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Greenpointers Holiday Market!

Greenpointers Holiday Market!

Join Greenpointers at their annual holiday market featuring over 70 local crafters, artists and makers sharing their gift offerings as well as yummy locally-made food and beverages to keep you going as you shop. This year’s market will take place at Greenpoint

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Giant Buddha Made of Hats, Umbrellas and Other Hipsterish Stuff Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Made of Hats, Umbrellas and Other Hipsterish Stuff Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

“Queen Mother of Reality” is a 50-foot-long form that at first glance resembles a reclining deity like one you might see in Asia. Take a closer look though and you’ll find that the Buddha-like figure has an umbrella for an elbow, gold electronics for a necklace

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Citi Bike Coming to Queens…But Not for a While

Citi Bike Coming to Queens…But Not for a While

Here’s some good news for any Queens residents wondering why Manhattan and Brooklyn have been getting all of the Citi Bike love. City officials recently announced that NYC’s popular bike sharing program will be expanding to Astoria, but not until at least

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Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Whole Foods has announced that it will be opening its long-awaited Gowanus store on December 17th this year. In addition to putting the usual organic and artisan products on it shelves, the new location at 214 3rd Street will bring the local food trend to

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VIDEO: Robotic Church Orchestra Fills an Old Red Hook Worship House with Music

VIDEO: Robotic Church Orchestra Fills an Old Red Hook Worship House with Music

If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, how about hearing a band of robots make beautiful music? Artist Chico MacMurtrie’s eclectic collection of robotic sculptures is now performing for the first time on the East Coast at a historic

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