NYC AIDS Memorial Loses Plants But Gains Community Support

NYC AIDS Memorial Loses Plants But Gains Community Support

The canopy roof of the design now features a dip in the middle for distinctive views of the O’Toole Building, which now serves as a medical complex and round-the-clock emergency room. “The initial design was very heavy,” said architect and member of

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every

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Help Plant 2,400 New Trees in NYC with JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project

Help Plant 2,400 New Trees in NYC with JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project

Get your hands dirty with JetBlue Airlines and the New York Restoration Project as they host the sixth annual One Thing That’s Green day on Saturday, April 20th in Highland Park on the border of Queens and Brooklyn. The weekend tree-planting project will

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Newark Students Recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night Using 5,000 Bottle Caps

Newark Students Recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night Using 5,000 Bottle Caps

Students at South Street Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey are both artists and conservationists. After collecting over 5,000 bottle caps in their local community, the students arranged the caps into an eco-friendly 8-foot by 12-foot rendition of Vincent

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After Hurricane Sandy Devastation New York Aquarium Will Re-Open This Spring

After Hurricane Sandy Devastation New York Aquarium Will Re-Open This Spring

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island will be partially up and running come late spring, after months of rebuilding from the mighty blow of Hurricane Sandy. The storm caused roughly $65 million in damages and left devastating realities for the aquarium; many

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Inwood Hill Park’s Mobile EcoHouse Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation at Home

Inwood Hill Park’s Mobile EcoHouse Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation at Home

They may be too young to worry about mortgage payments and electricity bills, but the kids exploring the EcoHouse mobile museum at Inwood Hill Park aren’t letting those things deter them from learning about energy savings at home. The EcoHouse looks much

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WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

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Brooklyn Grange’s Queens Rooftop Farm Gets Solar-Powered Compost Bins

Brooklyn Grange’s Queens Rooftop Farm Gets Solar-Powered Compost Bins

The Brooklyn Grange is opening up their one-acre rooftop farm in Long Island City, Queens as a local hub for solar composting. The new system will repurpose food waste and scraps gathered from local restaurants and residents and turn them into valuable fertilizer

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NYC Planning Commission Approves Cornell Tech’s Sustainable Campus on Roosevelt Island

NYC Planning Commission Approves Cornell Tech’s Sustainable Campus on Roosevelt Island

Cornell University overcame a big hurdle in their proposal to build a new tech campus on Roosevelt Island when the New York City Planning Commission gave their plans the green light this week. The proposed campus was approved by the community board last

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NYC Mayor’s Fund to Provide $1.7 Million to Food Pantries Affected By Hurricane Sandy

NYC Mayor’s Fund to Provide $1.7 Million to Food Pantries Affected By Hurricane Sandy

Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City announced a new grant program yesterday that will provide more than $1.7 million in funding for city-wide emergency food networks that served communities in need during Hurricane Sandy.

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6 Beautiful Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

6 Beautiful Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

Fort Greene Park
Nestled in Brooklyn’s most distinguishing neighborhood, Fort Greene Park serves as a community hub for cultural diversity and public programming. One of the first parks built in Brooklyn, it originally housed forts during the Revolutionary

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Composting Poop Potties Planned for Prospect Park

Composting Poop Potties Planned for Prospect Park

Well House rendering via NYC Parks Department

Prospect Park wants to change the way you “go” at the park with a new system that will compost human waste. NYC has plans to build a $1.8 million composting green latrine in the park’s historic Well House building that will look much like a regular bathroom except it will use “eco-friendly foam” and very little water. Luckily, visitors won’t be subject to the smelly side of the new system as waste will be stored in the depths of the composting compartment in the bathroom’s basement, keeping it out of treatment plants and the Gowanus Canal.

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QueensWay High Line-Style Park Getting Closer to Reality Despite Resident Opposition

QueensWay High Line-Style Park Getting Closer to Reality Despite Resident Opposition

The controversial QueensWay plan to turn an abandoned Queens rail line into an elevated park resembling Manhattan’s High Line is getting even closer to fruition. The Trust for Public Land, the organization working to transform the 3.5 miles of land into

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“Heartwalk” Sculpture Made of Hurricane Sandy Wood Gets New Home in Brooklyn

“Heartwalk” Sculpture Made of Hurricane Sandy Wood Gets New Home in Brooklyn

Heartwalk in Times Square
The project was spearheaded by the DUMBO Improvement District and Situ Studio, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). Situ Studio was originally commissioned to create the piece for Times Square,

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Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait ’til you hear what was found on NYC’s green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham and the University of Colorado recently conducted tests

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8 Green Designs Included in AIA New York’s 2013 Architect Awards Winners

8 Green Designs Included in AIA New York’s 2013 Architect Awards Winners

Won Dharma Center, Claverack, NY – Architecture Honor Award Winner
This 22,000 square foot retreat built for the Won Buddhists of North America is outfitted with  geothermal heating and solar hot water and the  exteriors were covered in FSC-certified

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NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their boroughs. Citywide schools (both public and private) from grades K-12 can compete

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New Study Shows Link Between Obesity and NYC Nabes That Drink More Soda

New Study Shows Link Between Obesity and NYC Nabes That Drink More Soda

Adding some clout to NYC’s highly controversial soda ban, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, released new data showing the correlation between sugary drink

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Starving Artists Project Turns Cardboard Signs From NYC’s Homeless into Art for Social Change

Starving Artists Project Turns Cardboard Signs From NYC’s Homeless into Art for Social Change

The creators of the project, Nick Zafonte and Thompson Harrell, worked with world-renowned, award-winning photographer and film director Andrew Zuckerman to capture homeless men and women adjacent to their makeshift cardboard signs, and turn the images into

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NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

The challenge drew on the expertise of a panel of judges that included: Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky.com; Andrew McLaughlin, entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks; Majora Carter, founder of Startup Box; Jason Goodman, CEO and co-founder of 3rd Ward;

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Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Created as a contemporary garden terrace for Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices, the green roof features a plant collection consisting of several grasses, shrubs and perennials integrated with ipe decking. The rooftop also boasts a 3-hole putting

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Celebrity Chefs Join Fight to Keep Historic Fulton Fish Market Alive

Celebrity Chefs Join Fight to Keep Historic Fulton Fish Market Alive

Community groups and star chefs are banding together to prevent developers from tearing down the old Fulton Fish Market at the South Street Seaport. In a video encouraging the public to sign a petition to preserve the space as a public market where both

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Live Local Redux in LIC!

Live Local Redux in LIC!

Join the East River Development Alliance for LIVE LOCAL REDUX, a fundraising event that will gather local artists, musicians, and the community to celebrate the vibrant culture of Western Queens. LIVE LOCAL REDUX (LLII) will offer guests an opportunity to

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Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Company has a new vision for the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery on Williamsburg’s waterfront. The company bought the property in 2012 with plans to renovate, but has just released an alternative plan designed by SHoP Architects that

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Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Last fall, New York state announced it would fund the transformation of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 into a glorious new waterfront park. Although residents are excited about the park, they also wanted to be able to enjoy the area even sooner, so the Hester

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