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Did You Know That There’s a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

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Millions of people pass through the doors of Manhattan’s glassy Jacob Javits Center each year, but most have no idea what lies right above their heads. While it might not be obvious from below, the sprawling convention center is home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the United States. Durham-based company Xero Flor was responsible for transforming 292,000 square feet of the urban rooftop into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York.

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the Truck-a-Float Hotel offers four separate sleeping pods made out of old windowed truck cabs. The unique accommodations, moored at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, will only set you back between $60 and $90 per night.

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50,000 Bees Found Living in Woman’s Ceiling


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Frieda Turkmenilli wasn’t too perturbed when she noticed a few bees flying around her Queens apartment. However, other residents living in the Elmhurst building were a bit more wary of the buzzing tenants and informed the property manager. Upon closer inspection, an astounding 50,000 bees were found to be living in Turkmenilli’s ceiling!

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7 Amazingly Intricate Dollhouse-Sized Scenes of NYC by Alan Wolfson

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Newly Completed Hudson Woods Complex Offers Serene Eco-Living Deep in the Catskills

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VIDEO: IKEA’s Augmented Reality App Lets You Visualize Furniture in Your Home Before You Buy

by , 08/25/14

Buying new furniture can be a big commitment, especially given the cost and energy associated with shipping and setting up a large piece. What happens if you go through all of the pains of getting a new couch, table or wardrobe to your house, only to see that it just doesn’t look right in the space? IKEA is hoping to save their customers from these frustrations with their augmented reality app, which lets you visualize how pieces will actually look in your home. You can set up entire rooms and even send them to others to see what they think, saving time, money, fuel and headaches. We recently got a chance to see how the app works in person. Check out our video of it in action above!

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Only Two Weeks Left to See “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile” at MCNY

by , 08/25/14

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So-Called “Ugliest House in Queens” is Actually an Eco-Friendly Breath of Fresh Air

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Come Celebrate the Busy Bees that Keep New York Buzzing with NYC Honey Week

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The city will be buzzing September 8 – 14 as New York City honey week kicks off! Touted as the “Celebration of the busy bees who pollinate the city that never sleeps,” the event is a citywide celebration of the insects that keep the world humming. To celebrate, there will be honey tastings, cooking classes, tours and a daylong Honey Fest  with contests and a parade at Rockaway Beach.

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Far Rockaway Pipeline Project Moves Ahead Despite Community Concerns

by , 08/22/14
filed under: Energy,News,Queens

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Far Rockaway has not had the best luck as of late. The area is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and now a massive, underground gas pipeline is posing a new threat to residents. Al Jazeera America reports that the three-mile Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project will run beneath the popular Jacob Riis Park beaches and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, the pleas of concerned neighbors have done little to halt the construction process.

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A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

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Get out your reading glasses because a new floating library is coming to NYC next month! From September 6th to October 3rd, the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 will be transformed into a pop-up library on the water. Conceived by artist Beatrice Glow, the Floating Library will offer a reading deck with fantastic views of the city as well as a steady schedule of special programming, roundtable talks, performances and workshops.

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

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Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to “restyle” an old warehouse at 79 Quay instead of completely demolishing the beautiful brick building. The empty structure sits just a block inland from the Greenpoint waterfront and is slated to become a 60,000-square-foot residential building.

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

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Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students students to make the overall Citi Bike rental process more comprehensible, specifically focusing on new users. After spending many cold winter days observing and interviewing first-time users interacting with the unfamiliar system, the students presented their ideas to the bike rental company. Out of a sea of good ideas, two students’ innovative proposals stood out above the rest.

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Architecture,Energy,News

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Originally constructed in 1841 by Alexander Jackson Davis, The Octagon was an island retreat that featured a beautiful rotunda with a ‘flying’ spiral staircase. Then in 1894, it was converted into the Metropolitan Hospital and used as an asylum until 1955

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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That’s exactly what filmmaker Erin Bagwell decided to find out in her new documentary Dream, Girl.

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Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

The UN enlisted Stanton to help his followers gain a more global perspective, as well as to help bolster the Millennium Development Goals, a list seeking to better the world with humanitarian goals like halving extreme poverty rates and ending the spread of

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Tour Deke’s Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

Tour Deke’s Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

If Deke’s house seems familiar to you, it may be because it looks an awful lot like the real-life dumpster digs of artist Gregory Kloehn. Just like Kloehn’s, Deke’s place has a hand-crank mechanism that reveals a set of windows to bring daylight into the abode

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Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

The custom-designed wall bed can be flipped up to create a small open space that the resident uses for yoga, and the blue-tiled, spa-like bath is separated from the bedroom by an ingenious, floor-to-ceiling short wall of shallow drawers.

In the living room,

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This Dream Loft Home Used to be a 19th Century Schoolhouse

This Dream Loft Home Used to be a 19th Century Schoolhouse

The landmarked schoolhouse dates back to the 1880s and the developers made good use of the building’s original 16-foot vaulted ceilings. The living room is staggeringly large with tall windows draped with long flowing curtains. Adding to the rustic character

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Can You Spot All of the Symbolism in the New World Trade Center Logo?

Can You Spot All of the Symbolism in the New World Trade Center Logo?

Visitors to the 16-acre World Trade Center complex on Wednesday witnessed the site’s newest addition — a fresh logo that is part of a $3.57 million branding effort. Designed by Landor Associates, the new trademark consists of five bars representing the

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

Have an awkward bit of space between your wall and a refrigerator or other appliance? Transform it into a slide-out utility drawer using a Laiva bookcase and some side panels!

A freestanding bar or countertop can divide up a small living space and add

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Thousands of Dollars Might Still Be Buried at Coney Island Beach

Thousands of Dollars Might Still Be Buried at Coney Island Beach

Digging up the beach looking for buried treasure might sound like a fool’s errand, but it may not be as farfetched as you might think. The adventurous and generous duo behind the Twitter phenomenon @HiddenCash has reportedly hidden $2,500 in 38 Pez dispensers

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Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Chiao’s 800-square-foot loft is located in an old textile factory that’s been renovated into live-work spaces. The space has exposed brick walls and large floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the loft with light. Chiao wanted to maintain the openness of the

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