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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Cross Country Skiing in Queens is One Idea for How to Use the Elevated QueensWay Park

Cross Country Skiing in Queens is One Idea for How to Use the Elevated QueensWay Park

As promised, Friends of the QueensWay has begun hosting workshops with the Queens community on how they want to build their own rendition of the High Line. If given final approval, the QueensWay project could turn a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of abandoned

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Get out and support the local mom and pop shops and other small businesses in your community this Saturday! Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event that lets you do good with your purchases by helping out

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Federal Judge Says 5 Pointz Graffiti Artists May Be Entitled to Damages From Building Owners

Federal Judge Says 5 Pointz Graffiti Artists May Be Entitled to Damages From Building Owners

Artists grieving over this week’s shocking 5 Pointz whitewash job may find justice in the form of cash damages paid out by building owners Jerry and David Wolkoff. The graffiti mecca was whited out with paint Tuesday morning, stunning the artist community,

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Harlem Roots: New Seed-Laced Artwork is a Living, Growing Tapestry

Harlem Roots: New Seed-Laced Artwork is a Living, Growing Tapestry

Brody created the paper craftwork for Harlem Roots by forming her own sheets of recycled paper. It’s a technique that’s helpful the to environment, but also allows Brody to employ old watermarking techniques to imprint the pages with designs. The method paints

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New Green Grade School To Open in East Village – Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf Inspired School

New Green Grade School To Open in East Village – Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf Inspired School

For New York City families with preschool-aged children, nothing strikes fear into the heart quite so much as the search for a decent school for your child, and this frantic search often starts in the toddler and even infant years. This situation might ring

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New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

Currently, the Tobacco Warehouse is an 18,000-square-foot open space surrounded by four bare brick walls. With St. Ann’s Warehouse in mind, Marvel Architects PLLC re-imagined the barren area into a new enclosed building with a flexible performance space.

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Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler has re-imagined NYC with town squares that could protect against flooding and power outages when the next Sandy-like storm strikes. The project is part of the global design firm’s Town Square Initiative, which aims to redesign open spaces in urban

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Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

If you’ve never been to one of BIG!NYC’s Reuse Centers, they’re basically like a Costco, except with reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, you can find just about anything you need to

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For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

The “Small Means & Great Ends” design originated from the philosophy to introduce a plan that incorporates small changes that are adaptable, feasible, affordable and smart. For starters, to help protect the coastline, White Arkitekter proposed building

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First ‘Solar for Sandy’ Back-Up Photovoltaic Panel Installation Goes Up at Red Hook Recreation Center

First ‘Solar for Sandy’ Back-Up Photovoltaic Panel Installation Goes Up at Red Hook Recreation Center

Today Global Green USA initiated the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn as the first official community facility to receive a back-up solar system as part of the “Solar For Sandy” resiliency initiative. The plan, originally announced by former

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Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Dedalus Foundation and Industry City are commemorating the resiliency of New York with an incredible pop-up art exhibition. “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” will transform a 100,000-square-foot

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Bushwick Inlet Park Brings a Swirling Green Roof to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront

Bushwick Inlet Park Brings a Swirling Green Roof to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront

Bushwick Inlet Park has been an emotional roller coaster ride for Greenpoint and Williamsburg denizens, who were promised a new outdoor space by Mayor Bloomberg back in 2005. Since then, the area saw an influx of residents, but the project was stalled for

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6 Smart, Flood-Resilient Home Designs Seen at NYIT’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Exhibit

6 Smart, Flood-Resilient Home Designs Seen at NYIT’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Exhibit

Operating in a similar fashion to a tide gauge, Esperanza Lucia Huerta’s Mantella Amphibious Housing concept uses the power of rising tides to elevate homes above the flood line. Instead of placing a home on top of stationary stilts that leave it hovering

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition?

DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for Comprehensive Costal Communities) and we asked submissions to focus on

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Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with the non-profit Osborne Association recently to unveil one of the nation’s first integrated blue and green rooftop systems. Located in the South Bronx, this innovative green infrastructure system

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New York City Council Approves Plan to Tear Down 5 Pointz and Build Condominium Towers

New York City Council Approves Plan to Tear Down 5 Pointz and Build Condominium Towers

After a long battle, it looks like Queens’ famous graffiti-tagged 5 Pointz building might officially be done for. This week, the City Council approved a plan to replace the long-abandoned warehouse turned hip-hop art house on Jackson Avenue with two condominium

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PHOTOS: Walk the Queensway, a Possible High Line-Style Park for Queens

PHOTOS: Walk the Queensway, a Possible High Line-Style Park for Queens

The Queensway is an elevated railway that originally belonged to the Long Island Rail Road and fell to disuse after 1962. For 50 years, the raised train path stood unused, allowing a corridor of trees to spring forth from a bed of dirt and dead industry. Today,

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Designed by the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm WEISS/MANFREDI, the BBG Visitor Center was envisioned as a seamless gateway between city and garden. The building is hailed as a model of energy-efficient design and includes sustainable features

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HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

When asked to design a building in Manhattan following the plans laid out for the Holy Tabernacle in the Torah, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) faced one major obstacle – space. Unphased by the problem, the firm found a solution and created a glittering design called

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The Hester Street Fair Finds an Indoor Home at the New Museum (and it Opens Today!)

The Hester Street Fair Finds an Indoor Home at the New Museum (and it Opens Today!)

We’re big fans of the Hester Street Fair, so we were absolutely ecstatic to hear that it’s found a new indoor home at The New Museum. Rechristened the Hester Street Café, the indoor eatery officially opened today for the colder months. The new spinoff,

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Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC’s Short-Term Rental Debate

Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC’s Short-Term Rental Debate

In a huge win for the sharing economy in New York City, Airbnb announced an important legal victory this week for those who rent out their spare rooms using the online platform. In May, Airbnb host Nigel Warren was fined $2,400 by the city for renting out

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NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

Hey New Yorkers!
Here’s your chance to meet some of today’s most influential designers and architects, participate in an exciting panel discussion about resilient design and enjoy a free lunch while you’re at it. We’re gearing up for an important webcast and

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Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway will soon receive a state-of-the-art new library to replace the current one, which was affected last year by Hurricane Sandy. Designed by leading architecture firm Snøhetta, the new library will be double the size of the former, offering a larger

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AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

Public outrage has prompted the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter to cancel their controversial tours of the new Rockaway beach buildings that were scheduled on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Originally included as a highlight in the

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