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Futuristic Williamsburg Hotel with 20,000-Sq-Ft Rooftop Farm Set to Rise Above Wythe Avenue

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If Williamsburg, Brooklyn doesn’t boast enough visual stimulus for you already, a futuristic new hotel set to rise at 55 Wythe Avenue will add yet another urban spectacle to the neighborhood. A tipster recently shared some new renderings of the Level Hotel project with Brownstoner in a sneak peek of the planned 22-story hotel, office, and retail complex. One of the Zelig Weiss-developed building’s greenest attractions is its 20,000-square-foot rooftop farm.

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

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Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

by , 05/07/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation

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A new investor could be stepping in to help Citi Bike expand to more neighborhoods. The Wall Street Journal reports that Alta Bicycle Share, which runs the bike sharing program, has been in talks with REQX Ventures, an investment firm formed by the Equinox fitness center chain and its parent company Related, about an investment agreement. Assuming the two companies can come to a deal, Citi Bike could finally secure the money it needs to spread out to new areas with more bikes and docking stations. According to sources close to the negotiations, the funds could also go towards improving Citi Bike’s software.

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Dr. Cow Opens Flagship Vegan Tree Nut Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

by , 05/06/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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Rejoice vegan food connoisseurs! Dairy-free delicacy maker Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese recently opened its first New York store in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The shop offers up creamy, animal-free cheeses as well as organic granola, mini vegan cheesecakes, yummy chocolate truffles and a roster of other cruelty-free pastries. The storefront may be tiny and take-out only (for now), but it’s chock-full of enticing treats.

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NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

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NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this week with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

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New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a $1.6 million investment towards making dams across the state more resilient to storms to help control flooding. According to the governor’s office, the eight NY Works projects will include upgrades and repairs to embankments and outlet valves, erosion control, expanding piping and raising the height of some dams to increase storm water storage capacity.

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Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

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Bush Terminal is getting a bit greener every day thanks to a project that’s turning the former toxic brownfield site into a public park. The latest addition to the site is a 1,200-square-foot, green-roofed comfort station made from shipping containers. Designed by Turett Collaborative Architects, the building will be a key amenity for parkgoers, and it will also house an administrative office and storage for sports teams and Parks Department maintenance crews.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

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Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

by , 05/02/14
filed under: Animals,Queens

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According to the airport’s own records, wildlife control contractors killed over 1,600 protected birds at JFK over the past five years. In order to ensure the safety of passengers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does have permission to shoot birds that interfere with flight patterns, but only seagulls, geese and mourning doves. Despite that limitation, documents show that 1,628 protected species such as snow egrets, red-winged blackbirds and American kestrels were also killed from 2009 to 2013 near the JFK runway.

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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

by , 05/01/14
filed under: Water,Weather

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Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to the heavy downpour, many roadways were closed including the West Side Highway, FDR Drive, and Routes 3 and 17 in New Jersey. Elsewhere, cars were stuck in water on stretches of road such as the Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, and Cross County Parkway.

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Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

by , 05/01/14

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If you feel like life in New York is a constant battle against rent hikes, Coby Kennedy feels your pain. In response to the rapid gentrification and sky-high apartment prices that have engulfed areas the city over the past few years, the Brooklyn-based artist has created a series of post-apocalyptic weaponry made from street signs found around NYC. Called “In Service of a Villain,” the metal swords, shields and machetes imagine a distant future where chaos has taken over the streets and the focus is on survival.

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Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

by , 04/30/14
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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

by , 04/30/14
filed under: Energy,Transportation

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are adding even more ways for NY commuters to access real-time train, subway and bus information with new solar-powered kiosks. The MTA and NYC Transit are testing a set of the sun-fueled units at Metro-North‘s Woodlawn station. From these terminals, riders will be able to check on train status information, making for a smoother (and even greener) commute.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

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Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Preview Brooklyn SLaB’s Artistically Reclaimed Wood Furniture

BKLYN Designs 2014: Preview Brooklyn SLaB’s Artistically Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Bowser’s background in sculpture and fine arts – she earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – is evident in each and every piece she crafts. But her approach is also practical. Take the Mothwing Lamp Table, for example. Before

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Hundreds of New Yorkers Wait Up to 4 Hours to Visit Purina ONE’s Pop Up Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of New Yorkers Wait Up to 4 Hours to Visit Purina ONE’s Pop Up Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Purina ONE and North Shore Animal League did a fantastic job of moderating the number of people inside the temporary cat cafe. As it was, the space was loud and a bit chaotic, with people crawling on their hands and knees sometimes to touch an elusive creature

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Coil + Drift’s Rustic, Reclaimed Furniture Made in Brooklyn

BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Coil + Drift’s Rustic, Reclaimed Furniture Made in Brooklyn

Sorensen-Jolink founded Coil + Drift two years ago with the desire to explore ordinary objects in an extraordinary way. Using the woodworking skills he honed at Makeville Studios, Sorensen-Jolink creates home furnishings using reclaimed and FSC-certified sustainable

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Urban Alloy Towers was also designed to use the “remnant spaces” of the surrounding intersection and elevated LIRR tracks. As such, those parts of the building extend outwards towards the street. From above, the towers sort of resemble a cross that’s

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development,

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NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

In honor of Earth Day, New York Restoration Project teamed up with JetBlue airlines to host the seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green,” a tree-planting event that’s moved New York City another step closer to its MillionTreesNYC goal. The event, held last

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In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

Well, it’s finally happened—cats have achieved what their doggy nemeses have been reveling in for years: a place alongside their human subjects at designer cafes. The Purina One Cat Cafe is a new pop-up coffee shop that welcomes anyone to come and meet adorable,

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change,

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Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

“Our aim is to circumvent traditional processes, and approach “making” with naivety and reckless experimental abandon,” write the artists. Off Centre’s glass art is handmade at the Brooklyn Glass and Urban Glass studios in New York City and is made to order.

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