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Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

by , 04/03/14
filed under: Food,Manhattan

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After two years of renovations and a series of hold ups, Central Park‘s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally set to reopen this month. Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that their revamped version of the dining landmark, which dates back to the 1880s, will be ready to open its doors on April 24th. Eaters eager to delve into the Tavern’s new menu, which will feature local foods, can start booking their reservations right now.

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LOT-EK Wins Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize

by , 04/02/14
filed under: Architecture

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Architecture studio LOT-EK’s founding partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recently named the winners of the annual Lawrence Israel Prize by the Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The firm, which is an Inhabitat favorite for their innovative shipping container architecture, was praised by the jury as a “keen role model for all students of design, particularly the students at FIT.” To celebrate the award, Tolla and Lignano will discuss their work in a free and public talk titled “O+O (Objects and Operations)” on Tuesday, April 22 at 6PM at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at FIT.

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

by , 04/02/14

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NYC residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting an extra helping hand as the city plans to reallocate $100 million in funding towards rebuilding homes destroyed in the storm. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new rebuilding leadership team that will help get homeowners the funds they need faster by cutting through the administrative red tape. At a news conference in Rockaway Park, Queens, the mayor, alongside Senator Chuck Schumer, appointed three new city officials to a senior leadership team that will oversee and execute the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

by , 04/02/14
filed under: Green Products

Stop! Before you throw out that busted lamp or that broken paper shredder, bring them over to the Pop-Up Repair shop for a chance to get them working like brand new. The roving repair center will be opening up a new shop in Manhattan this week. If you’ve got household items that need some TLC, bring them over to save them from the trash pile.

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

by , 04/02/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

by , 04/01/14

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On Monday, the New York City Council approved a new plan to replace Central Park’s controversial horse-drawn carriages with human-powered Citi Bike pedicabs. The decision came as a welcome surprise to animal rights activists as well as to Citi Bike, which has been looking for additional sources of revenue to help with its bleak finances. Like the bike-share program’s existing blue cycles, the new people-pulled “Citi Pedi” carts will be available for daily or weekly rent, but annual members will not be able to use their current keyfobs to undock the new pedicabs.

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Commuters Panic as Sergey Brin’s Google Glass Catches Fire on NYC Subway

by , 04/01/14
filed under: April Fools,Manhattan

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A southbound E train was suspended this morning due to an accident involving Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The incident began when an unidentified iPhone user stood up and called Brin a “glasshole” for wearing his Google Glass on the subway. According to the FDNY, another nearby passenger drinking a Pepsi found the insult so hilarious that he proceeded to spit the liquid all over Brin’s Glass, causing it to short-circuit.

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower

by , 04/01/14
filed under: April Fools

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Photos of Greenwich Village’s favorite resident, the luscious Leo DiCaprio, in his infamous vitamin C-infused shower have just been leaked, and we’re thrilled to be the ones to show you these scintillating green design pics. The eco-conscious actor recently nabbed the sustainable property at Sixty-Six East Eleventh Street, which boasts luxe, health-centric amenities like the famed vitamin-C shower. DiCaprio is clearly a fan of soaking in the invigorating waters, as you can see from these sassy photos of the star.

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NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

by , 04/01/14
filed under: April Fools,Brooklyn

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Last year, Inhabitat reported on a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that hides a secret portal to the NYC underground, but it turns out that wasn’t the only thing off about the building. The NYPD was recently called to the faux home when MTA workers stationed inside complained of “something strange in the neighborhood.”

 

Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

by , 04/01/14

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If you’re sick of dealing with rude New York City cab drivers, we’ve got some welcome news for you. Yesterday Mayor de Blasio signed a contract with Google to start bringing Google’s patented driverless cars into the New York Taxi fleet. The mayor’s office said that there would be 5,000 driverless cabs on New York City streets by 2014. The driverless vehicle, which first came onto our radar in 2010, has already been legalized for street-use in the state of Nevada and was just “driven” by a blind man through a Taco bell drive-thru. The driverless taxi cabs will be customized to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers, and each vehicle will come equipped with ATMs, food vending machines, and “better entertainment options” according to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

by , 04/01/14

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The LEED Silver-certified home of the Brooklyn Nets may soon be getting even more verdant with a lush green roof. Barclays Center chronicler Norman Oder recently uncovered the venue’s planted roof plan, which is described as “a secondary roof with a structural system to hold a green sedum tray system very similar to the sedum roof at the transit entrance in front of the Arena.” If installed, the new roof would add to the Center’s sustainable features, and could possibly even mitigate some of the sound pollution that occurs during concerts and events.

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

by , 04/01/14

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Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate enough revenue to offset the millions needed to clean up the heavily-polluted superfund site. According to Chinese architecture firm Duplitect, Little Gowanice would feature a main canal (which would be a restored and renovated version of the current waterway) as well as several smaller offshoot canals leading right into the heart of the neighborhood. Tourist attractions would include gondola rides, Venice-themed eateries and a “Tunnel of Love” ride.

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to NYC

by , 03/31/14

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In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags clogging landfills, the New York City Council introduced legislation last week to implement a 10-cent fee per bag at stores. The monetary incentive for customers to carry their own reusable bags is already in place in many European nations, and has had a proven effect on consumer behavior. If passed, city officials estimate the surcharge could also save NYC around $10 million a year.

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This Amazing 420-Square-Foot Transforming Apartment Can Be Yours for $995,000

by , 03/31/14

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

by , 03/29/14

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A 38-Foot-Tall Hill of Slides is Coming Soon to Governors Island Park!

A 38-Foot-Tall Hill of Slides is Coming Soon to Governors Island Park!

Things are sliding (literally) into place at the new Governors Island Park. Construction workers are working on erecting a 38-foot-tall hill that will eventually be covered with slides. Called Slide Hill, the play area will be just one of four themed waterfront

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Mathews Neilsen Unveils Plans to Revamp West Harlem’s 125th Street Corridor into a Lush Oasis

Mathews Neilsen Unveils Plans to Revamp West Harlem’s 125th Street Corridor into a Lush Oasis

At $14.5 million, the West Harlem makeover will be a costly one, but the hope is that it will make the area more visitor-friendly. The revamp, which will reclaim the streets between Old Broadway and the Hudson River, will create an idyllic connection between

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Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

New York isn’t taking its chances with future superstorms. On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a $4.9 billion plan to protect vital NYC transportation infrastructure from extreme weather (which scientists say will only occur more frequently going

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Daydream About Living in the Beautiful Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park Through These New Pics

Daydream About Living in the Beautiful Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park Through These New Pics

While not modestly priced (they start at $1.05 million), the first offerings of the gorgeous units have already sold out, with many potential residents interested in the next round of applications. Most of the apartments feature 18-foot ceilings met with glass

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Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

A group of students in Far Rockaway want to make a section of the Rockaway Freeway safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and they need your help to do it. Youngsters from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance after-school program have posted a petition asking Mayor

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New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

At the workshop, WXY Architecture and DLand Studios showed their designs for the project, which will renovate the former Long Island Rail Road track into a new linear path surrounded by nature. Friends of the QueensWay say their project will help spur more

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Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England’s Largest Solar Power Array

Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England’s Largest Solar Power Array

Garbage dumps don’t exactly have the greenest reputation, but one former landfill in Bridgeport, Connecticut is changing that with an exciting new solar venture. A recent City Council vote gave the green light for a 9,000 solar panel array to be built across

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Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

A local East Harlem business is picking up the pieces after it was destroyed by the devastating explosion that took place in the neighborhood two weeks ago. Undeterred by the broken flowerpots, caution tape and debris that now characterize his once bustling

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6 Edible Plants to Forage for in New York City

6 Edible Plants to Forage for in New York City

IMPORTANT GROUND RULES BEFORE FORAGING:
Foraging is a fascinating and rewarding pastime, but it can also be deadly if the right precautions aren’t observed. Many edible plants also have poisonous lookalikes, so it is of the utmost importance that anything

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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