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Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

The list of things that can be 3D printed keeps growing and growing, and Yuichiro Takeuchi recently added gardens to the tally. The computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo has invented a way to use 3D printing technology to design,

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot structure boasts a host of sustainable features, many of which are not commonly

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NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

Bill de Blasio faced a lot of neighsayers when he first vowed to get rid of horse-drawn carriages in the city, and now the mayor is poised to follow through on his words. This past weekend, de Blasio met with City Council members to explain new legislation that aims

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Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it’s pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world — but was it enough to overload an entire waste processing facility? The Inhabitat

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting

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You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

MATERIALS:
- 5 plastic sushi takeout containers
- 12 pairs of wooden chopsticks
- black paint
- black paper
- a fork
- foil
- glue
- a knife
- A spatula or spoon
- FOOD! You can get pretty creative here and substitute whatever you like but here is

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

Harlem’s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

Real Life Church
Real Life Church serves up a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and thankfully this year, their volunteer registration is now completely full. If you still want to help, you can drop off dessert,

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

Marian Weyo Vejcik / Shutterstock.com

East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts.

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland

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A High Line-style park may be coming to the JetBlue terminal at JFK

A High Line-style park may be coming to the JetBlue terminal at JFK

Tourists who missed the High Line while staying in NYC may soon be able to get a last-minute taste of the popular park right if JetBlue gets its way. The airline is hoping to create a snippet of the famous elevated park on top of its forthcoming international

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Standing 45 feet high, the Long Island Green Dome is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world. Taking nearly 4 years to build, it features 16 specially designed high solar heat gain windows and vents that not only warm the interior but can be filtered

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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

Two window washers are likely pretty relieved this morning after being trapped on scaffolding at Manhattan’s newly opened 1 World Trade Center yesterday. The two experienced workers were left dangling 68-floors-up after their equipment malfunctioned.

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The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

Beets
Beets are one of the healthiest vegetables out there, but they can inspire a different breed of vegetable-hatred. With a few simple tips, you can transform these earthy bulbs into a delectable dish that even the surest beet-hater will love (we’re

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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing

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Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply Co., founded by former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental

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Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

MTA Arts and Design is showing a new photography exhibit that’s influenced by the gardens in midtown’s Bryant Park. Artist Portia Munson wanted to keep the park’s flowers blooming even as winter moved in on the city, so she photographed flowers in

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3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

LEIF

We’ve seen our share of electric skateboards such as the ZBoard, but what about an electric snowboard made for all seasons? Crazy as it might sound, that’s exactly what Aaron Aders and his cohorts at LEIF Technologies have created. The LEIF

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BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

Image: Wade Zimmerman

BIG designed West 57th for The Durst Organization, which is also responsible for the adjacent Helena residences (a LEED Gold-certified project). The design for West 57th emerged out of the European tradition of forming residential

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Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

“The new Fulton Center complex is another example of how we are rebuilding Lower Manhattan which will spur a resurgence throughout the area,” said Governor Cuomo of the newly opened transit hub. “This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and

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Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

This could be the ultimate tactic for those wanting to be left alone: disguising your home with a gritty facade. Believe it or not, behind this dingy, vandalized door is a sprawling, 72-room residence estimated to be worth up to $50 million! If you’re wondering

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Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Looks like Google’s got a taste for NYC’s sweet industrial buildings. The search engine giant has just scooped up yet another lease on a massive building at 85 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to the ever-popular High Line. The beautiful brick building, a former Nabisco

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CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

Pour Your Heart Out by LESLIE E. ROBERTSON ASSOCIATES

The 2014 NYC Canstruction exhibit is hosted by Arts Brookfield and features 30 gravity-defying sculptures made of close to 100,000 cans of food. All of the cans will be donated to City Harvest at the

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Congratulations are in order thanks to the tireless work of non-profit Habitat for Humanity. On October 29th, HFH finished repairs on a Coney Island residence damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although all of the organization’s projects are significant, this

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Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

It looks like Craigslist ads are diversifying into new, more macabre sectors. No longer just for browsing apartments, used cars and creepy dating ads, the popular classifieds website is now being used to hawk burial sites for bargain hunters. Recently (most

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Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Brooklyn-based artist Robyn Rennee Hasty has teamed up with Jakitsch Gardner Architects to create Stilt City, an art residency program to be located in Rockaway Park. Design plans were unveiled as the program’s Kickstarter campaign kicked off in November

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World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

Thirteen years after the tragic 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center has officially re-opened its doors for business. On Monday, media company Condé Nast began moving into One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western

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Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Sustainable homes often feature high-tech bells and whistles but John Grzibowski’s clever house relies on the power of nature to keep it green. Located in Newburgh, NY, about an hour-and-a-half from NYC, the DIY earth-sheltered home strategically uses the

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Ray Villafane’s zombie pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012.

Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project,

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