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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!

by , 03/29/14
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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 zones planned for the island.

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

by , 03/28/14
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Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

by , 03/28/14

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 forward because of climate change). The MTA and Port Authority projects would harden infrastructure and improve transit network resiliency to better ensure that commuter railroad access into and out of Manhattan is not disrupted during severe storms.

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

by , 03/28/14

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

by , 03/27/14

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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 Bill de Blasio to improve public paths for people walking and biking along the Rockaway Freeway (which connects the eastern end and western ends of the Rockaway peninsula). Read on to see how you can support their cause!

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

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

by , 03/26/14

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 16 acres on a shuttered dumpsite. Estimated to produce 5 megawatts of power, the new project will provide up to 3,000 homes with clean energy and produce much-needed jobs for Connecticut’s largest city.

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Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

by , 03/25/14

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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 nursery, Dimitri Gatanas of the Urban Garden Center is on a mission to raise $50,000 to revive the defunct business and restore it as a community resource. Click through to find out how you can help support Gatanas reach his goal.

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6 Edible Plants to Forage for in New York City

by , 03/25/14
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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

by , 03/25/14
filed under: Green Space

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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 Chief Planning and Development Officer in Raleigh, North Carolina to step into the new position. Though he was just appointed, the commissioner has already discussed plans to redistribute wealth in the city to create new parks in poorer areas of the five boroughs.

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Citi Bike Reportedly Needs Millions in Funding to Stay Afloat

by , 03/24/14
filed under: Biking,Manhattan

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NYC’s Citi Bike system is in hot water, and the program’s leaders are scrambling to raise tens of millions of dollars to keep it afloat. The Wall Street Journal reports that the bike share program ran into financial and operational challenges after its equipment was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and constant winter storms and low temperatures in the city have also put a damper on the program’s profits.

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Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

by , 03/22/14
filed under: Biking,Parks,Queens

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Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land have released new renderings illustrating their plan to turn a stretch of train tracks in Queens into a High Line-style public greenway. Although the new QueensWay images are still preliminary, they give us an early peek at what the elevated park, which would span from Rego Park to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, could look like if it comes to fruition.

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SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Opens Next Month

SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Opens Next Month

Northern Territory was named after the Australian region of the same name, which is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. Toll, who is originally from Australia, explained that while he wanted to pay homage to his homeland, he was

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Futuristic New Renderings Show What LaGuardia Airport Could Look Like in 2021

Futuristic New Renderings Show What LaGuardia Airport Could Look Like in 2021

Newly released renderings of a revamped LaGuardia Airport show what it could look like in 2021 – the year that the Port Authority is expected to complete its $2.5 billion redevelopment of the outdated and overused facility. Although an architectural firm for

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Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

You’ve probably seen the excitement surrounding the restoration of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, but did you know that you’ll soon be able to visit the iconic World’s Fair structure yourself?  New York State Pavilion Paint Project, who has been

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Con Ed Increases Energy Savings Incentives Ahead of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Shutdown

Con Ed Increases Energy Savings Incentives Ahead of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Shutdown

In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant station rather than renew its expiring license. To keep up with demand, Con Ed is significantly increasing its energy savings incentives to help offset about 20 percent

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Journal Squared, Expected to Be New Jersey’s Tallest Residential Complex, Breaks Ground in Jersey City

Journal Squared, Expected to Be New Jersey’s Tallest Residential Complex, Breaks Ground in Jersey City

Acres of asphalt will be repaved into a sweeping tree-filled plaza with space for farmers markets, bicycle parking, and evening film projections. The entrance to the station itself is planned to be a rendition of the Spanish Steps, with a set of low stairs

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IKEA Unveils PS 2014 Collection Filled with Space-Saving Furniture and Double-Duty Designs (PHOTOS)

IKEA Unveils PS 2014 Collection Filled with Space-Saving Furniture and Double-Duty Designs (PHOTOS)

One of our favorite pieces in the collection was this charming corner cabinet. It will be available in either salmon or white for $99.

“The IKEA PS 2014 collection focuses on the young urban residents that have ever-fluctuating living situations, whether

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Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Fifty Three turned to Laura Gonzalez Fierro of +ADD to ask for a space with what Fierro described as, “honest materials and exposed confidence.” The design team’s combination of reclaimed wood, rich walnut cabinetry, black steel, glass, stained concrete

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Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Health officials are warning New Yorkers to take caution as a new outbreak of measles has infected residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. So far, there are 19 confirmed cases of the illness, including a 63-year-old senior citizen and children as

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The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

Green tech startups now have a new place to call home in downtown Brooklyn. The Urban Future Lab - which was unveiled last week by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering - will be

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Is Google Opening Its First Retail Store in Soho?

Is Google Opening Its First Retail Store in Soho?

The high-end retail shops of Soho may soon have Google as a neighbor. The tech giant is rumored to be looking for its first brick and mortar store on cobble-stoned Greene Street. If and when it does come to fruition, the Google storefront is expected to rival

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