East Harlem Lancaster Lexington Co-Op Offers Green Roof Garden Plots with Each Apartment

East Harlem Lancaster Lexington Co-Op Offers Green Roof Garden Plots with Each Apartment

The farm-to-table dining trend is getting an urban update this month at the Lancaster Lexington, a condo development at 117th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Each apartment in the 29-unit building, which offers a mix of affordable and market-rate

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Mayor Bloomberg Turns on NYC’s First Wind Turbine at a City School

Mayor Bloomberg Turns on NYC’s First Wind Turbine at a City School

This week marked the very first installation of a wind turbine at a New York City school. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited The Town School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Monday afternoon to activate a wind power system at the landmark nursery-

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Help The Water Tank Project Turn NYC Water Towers into Art!

Help The Water Tank Project Turn NYC Water Towers into Art!

We’ve written about the Water Tank Project – an initiative to transform some of NYC’s most iconic structures into revolutionary, water-themed art – and now they need your help to bring their vision to fruition! They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Solar One Announces Winners of the NYC School Green Lab Energy Challenge

Solar One Announces Winners of the NYC School Green Lab Energy Challenge

Solar One recently announced the winners of their 2012 Green Lab Energy competition, which challenged NYC schools to go head-to-head and see who could conserve the most electricity. Three lucky schools, PS/MS 194 in the South Bronx, PS 84-Steinway in Astoria

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IBM and CUNY Ventures Team Up To Turn NYC into an Urban Solar Power Leader

IBM and CUNY Ventures Team Up To Turn NYC into an Urban Solar Power Leader

Tech giant IBM and CUNY Ventures of New York have teamed up to form the Smart New York project, which aims to make the Big Apple a global leader in urban solar energy production, market analysis and sustainability. The scheme, which is supported in part

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Uhuru Creates Neat School-Inspired Desks Out of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Uhuru Creates Neat School-Inspired Desks Out of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Uhuru compiled their collective memories of elementary school desks to create this functional piece that can be used as a desk or table. As a twist, these Rhode Island School of Design grads used the metal from the scaffolding as the legs.

Uhuru is a design

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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 High Line Zoo is a Glow-in-the-Dark Animal Menagerie Along the Elevated Park

The High Line Zoo is a Glow-in-the-Dark Animal Menagerie Along the Elevated Park

What is going on here? We don’t even know.

The High Line Zoo is located atop a previously barren rooftop along the High Line, and consists of flat (but still ferocious) lions, elephants and monkeys. While the animals are a pristine white during the day,

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Intelligent Infrastructure: Designing Smart Buildings for NYC

Intelligent Infrastructure: Designing Smart Buildings for NYC

With New York City’s building stock eating up $15 billion in yearly energy costs and accounting for 75 percent of the City’s total greenhouse gas emissions, a sweeping effort is underway to make NYC’s buildings more efficient. Advances in information

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The UrBarn: Just Food Serves Up Sustainable Eats at the Great GoogaMooga

The UrBarn: Just Food Serves Up Sustainable Eats at the Great GoogaMooga

Just Food is a nonprofit organization that connects communities in all five boroughs with fresh, local grown food. Since 1995, they have championed the growth of sustainable food programs including CSAs, community-run farmers’ markets, and farm-to-food pantry

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Mayor Bloomberg Encourages Green Building by Lifting Zoning Laws for Rooftop Sunshades

Mayor Bloomberg Encourages Green Building by Lifting Zoning Laws for Rooftop Sunshades

Mayor Bloomberg has been on a roll supporting green design lately and last week, he announced a new bill that would allow buildings to construct sun-control devices on their roofs with no zoning issues. The devices can add up to two and a half feet to a building’s

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Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden Wins Daily News Best Community Garden Title

Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden Wins Daily News Best Community Garden Title

The Daily News has awarded its prize for best community garden in NYC, and we’re excited to say it’s one that’s near and dear to our hearts – the Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden. Located on Sixth St. between avenues A and B, the tranquil space beat

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Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Since the word got out that New York’s recycling rate has plummeted to embarrassing numbers, the Department of Sanitation has brought in a new leader with the hope of doubling the city’s rate by 2017. Ron Gonen will take on the dauting task of transforming

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Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street launched its green renovation last year, working with the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) to create a plan that would allow the Settlement to upgrade its aging buildings, built in 1827, on a budget. The goal is to create a model, complete with a

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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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Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

New York Cares Day
Spend Earth Day giving back to nature, New York, and your fellow citizens. Join 5,000 other New Yorkers for the annual New York Cares Day to beautify and clean our city’s parks and get them ready for the 2012 season. You can sign up with

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The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival hits the Big Apple for the first time this weekend, April 21-22 at the new LEED-certified North Wing of the Jacob Javits Center. The eco-conscious event is perfectly timed for Earth Day festivities and will feature talks from 125 authors,

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NYU Annual Earth Day Street Fair

NYU Annual Earth Day Street Fair

For the 13th year, New York University is closing off the street for its annual Earth Day Fair. Come out and celebrate Earth Day in the middle of NYU’s campus at the Street Fair, where we’ve brought together local artists, musicians, green organizations and

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How Conscientious Shoppers Change Business

How Conscientious Shoppers Change Business

Join ethikus & GreenspaceNYC this Friday at the Wix Lounge for an evening of free food, drink & networking to celebrate you, the ethical shopper!

Everyday people are the new brand managers. What an individual chooses to buy or say can change the

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Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

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To the horror of many, some of the wood in the famous Coney Island Boardwalk will soon be replaced by a mix of plastic and concrete. The Public Design Commission has approved a plan to remove the boards from Brighton

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Mayor Bloomberg Calls for RFP on Solid Waste to Energy Facility for NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Calls for RFP on Solid Waste to Energy Facility for NYC

New York City makes a lot of waste – 3 million tons to be exact — and it costs the city $300 million to export it away from our lovely city streets. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a roll trying to divert that waste from the landfill and has now put out a

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New Cupcake ATMs In Manhattan Will Make Sugary Indulgences Hard to Resist

New Cupcake ATMs In Manhattan Will Make Sugary Indulgences Hard to Resist

Cupcake lovers in Manhattan will be happy to hear that their sugar cravings can soon be satisfied 24 hours a day with new cupcake ATMs by Sprinkles Cupcakes. Set to be installed around Manhattan by this summer, the ATMs will dispense the irresistible treats

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Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

The U.S. Green Building Council has just declared Manhattan’s Hearst Tower as the city’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Gold for its new construction and LEED Platinum certification for its existing building. The tower serves as the Hearst

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Second Annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival Happening in Manhattan Right Now!

Second Annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival Happening in Manhattan Right Now!

The New York Vegetarian Food Festival is kicking off its 2012 edition this weekend (March 3rd and 4th) at The Metropolitan Pavilion.  The festival will be enticing vegetarians, vegans, and healthy eaters for the second year in a row, with a bevy of restaurants,

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Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no surprise when Cornell was chosen as the lucky educational institution to get

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