Charles Spurrier Creates Patterned 3D Paintings From Thousands of Pieces of Reclaimed Plastic

Charles Spurrier Creates Patterned 3D Paintings From Thousands of Pieces of Reclaimed Plastic

A canvas surface is usually off limits for viewers to ever touch, leaving the artist’s process a mystery. The tactile nature of Spurrier’s works brings art to a more engaging level, encouraging discovery and concentration of the materials used. He even occasionally

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Artist Gwyneth Leech Draws on 800 Used Coffee Cups to Create a Playful Hanging Art Installation

Artist Gwyneth Leech Draws on 800 Used Coffee Cups to Create a Playful Hanging Art Installation

At the base of the Flatiron Building, a glass enclosed prow comes to a point, creating an awkward interior space, visible from both sides of the street. Inside, Leech sits on work days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with art supplies and markers fanned out before

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HWKN’s Spiky-Armed Bright Blue “Wendy” Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

HWKN’s Spiky-Armed Bright Blue “Wendy” Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

The temporary MoMA PS1 outdoor installations are expected to provide shade, seating, and water, and designs are judged based on their creative attention to sustainability, recycling, and space and material management. YAP jurors picked the project submitted

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OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are one of the most grand and iconic landmarks in the city, but the plaza surround the massive staircase is anything but: the sidewalk is crumbling, the fountains barely work, and the trees are dying. At

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The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

As Giants fans crowd the streets today to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win, the confetti that will sprinkle down upon fans and players will be made of 100 precent recycled paper! Offices and recycling companies around the city have donated over 50 tons

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Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

The warehouse, located at 469 President Street, accepts computers, televisions, monitors, radios, printers, cell phones, and most other electronics. The facility, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s recycling program in general, does not accept media,

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First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York’s Discarded Billboards

First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York’s Discarded Billboards

What began as a personal fascination for creating hand made objects from found materials was largely inspired by Malbrough’s upbringing. “All the furniture in our house, my Paw Paw made. My grandma would reupholster things or make our clothes. Making things

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Community Reception at New E-Waste Warehouse

Community Reception at New E-Waste Warehouse

Come celebrate the opening of the Ecology Center’s E-waste Warehouse in Gowanus! You’ll have a chance to drop off your e-waste, tour the space, and learn about why we are going to go beyond recycling and start reusing. Light refreshments will be served. More

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Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

The days of planning your weekend so you can finally lug that hefty old computer to the occasional e-waste drop off are over. The Lower East Side Ecology Center, host of many electronic waste collections, has just opened a permanent drop-off site in Brooklyn.

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The New York Hospital Queens Goes Green

The New York Hospital Queens Goes Green

The New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), located in Flushing and serving a community of  about 115,000 people each year, is upgrading its 55-year-old infrastructure as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC ‘s green energy initiative. The hospital aims to

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Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Bank of America Building (One Bryant Park)
The most sustainable skyscraper in New York City, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is LEED Platinum certified, and it was the first tower in the world designed to achieve that rating. Designed by Cook+Fox

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Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

The Queens Library Foundation announced this week that it is partnering with the Community Environmental Center (CEC) of Long Island City to retrofit five branches of the Queens Library and create green education programs for the community. The $250,000 project

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Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Upon entering Bakeri, customers are welcomed by staff members outfitted in blue jumpsuits and a large case filled with freshly made breads, quiches, scones and cookies. The wood and glass case that holds the beautiful baked delights came from a neighboring

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Give the Gift of Philanthropy with an Ioby New York Gift Card

Give the Gift of Philanthropy with an Ioby New York Gift Card

What do you get the discerning eco-conscious, community-involved New Yorker who has everything for the holidays? Help them help others by buying them an ioby New York giving card. Your selfless loved ones can choose one of ioby’s sustainable neighborhood

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City Grow Encourages New Yorkers to Build Their Own Urban Gardens Through Free Workshops

City Grow Encourages New Yorkers to Build Their Own Urban Gardens Through Free Workshops

City Grow’s mission is not just to be a retail store, but to cultivate a community of passionate urban farmers that will influence the habit and diets of New Yorkers in the five boroughs. Each Saturday, City Grow’s Greenpoint location offers classes on

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Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

New York public schools are being challenged to save as much energy as possible as part of an initiative with the Green Design Lab program. The thirty participating schools will have the chance to win grants totaling $30,000, sponsored by non-profit Solar

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Brooklyn’s Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

Brooklyn’s Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

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BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 was originally constructed in 1857 by T.U. Walter, the same architect who designed the cast iron dome of the Capitol building. It served as domestic quarters within the Navy Yard. While much of the inside of the building was gutted, the original shell

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The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The cute East Village one stop shop, Sustainable NYC, has just won the Green America People’s Choice Award for Best Green Business. The general store meets boutique meets café has been providing sustainable goods and great fair trade coffee to East Villagers

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Materials For The Arts Upcycles Art Supplies for New York’s Non-Profits

Materials For The Arts Upcycles Art Supplies for New York’s Non-Profits

A bevy of materials are found and given away through MFTA. The warehouse includes aisles of craft supplies, a fabric center, a paint room, lumber, furniture, paper, and props donated by designer fashion houses, offices, lumber yards, retail stores and leading

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Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

The Hamptons are often written about because of the lavish summer homes and exclusive beach parties, but this past weekend, Southampton, NY made headlines by being one of the first summer towns to pass an extremely green initiative. As of yesterday, plastic

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Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

The Sustainability group now has a table and sign officially signalling their approval by the General Assembly to operate as part of the Occupy Wall Street ecosystem. Established about three weeks ago, the team is in charge of operations such as recycling,

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Liberty Island’s Retail Pavilion is NYC’s Fifth LEED Platinum Building

Liberty Island’s Retail Pavilion is NYC’s Fifth LEED Platinum Building

The sleek pavilion is encased in a sturdy steel frame, designed to withstand the weather elements and the heavy visitor traffic on the small island environment. The frame can also be easily disassembled and recycled should the building be deemed obsolete.

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Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The group was divided into teams of two and each was delegated one of the Eight Principles for Managing a Commons from Nobel Prize winning Economist Elinor Ostrom’s work. From each assigned principle, participants formed questions concerning the structure

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New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

Among the various offerings on display, a particularly unique project was the Bed-Stuy CommUnity Quilt Project for Peace. Initiated thanks in part to a grant from the Davis Projects for Peace, organizer Kioka Williams has mobilized her local community to get

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