Join Friends of the QueensWay for a Bike Tour Along the Proposed Elevated Park This Spring

Join Friends of the QueensWay for a Bike Tour Along the Proposed Elevated Park This Spring

We got a chance to walk the QueensWay for ourselves last fall, and soon even more people will be able to check out the abandoned rail line/proposed elevated park when it opens up for…

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5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

The winner of the competition was Carrie Wibert, a designer hailing from Paris, and her “Queensway Steps” concept. The 1st place design would reinvent the former Rockaway Beach LIRR…

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Queens Community Helps Save Iconic New York State Pavilion from Demolition

Queens Community Helps Save Iconic New York State Pavilion from Demolition

Preservationists let down by New York City's decision to seal off the world's oldest subway tunnel will be cheered to learn that community activism has helped save another city landmark…

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The Living’s Hy-Fi Towers Made of Mushroom Bricks Win MoMA PS1's 2014 YAP Competition

The Living’s Hy-Fi Towers Made of Mushroom Bricks Win MoMA PS1's 2014 YAP Competition

The planned Hy-Fi towers would be made of organic and reflective bricks: the organic bricks will make up most of the towers' structures while the reflective bricks would sit atop them.…

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Plans for Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink Skate Forward

Plans for Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink Skate Forward

Queens is set to drop the puck on a new roller hockey rink. Construction will begin this fall in Rockaway that will replace the outdated rink that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. City…

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Endangered Birds Halt Reconstruction of Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Endangered Birds Halt Reconstruction of Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Work to reconstruct the Rockaway Beach boardwalk since it was destroyed over a year ago has still not begun, and could now be delayed by another three years. Officials say that…

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Paper Factory Hotel Blends Industrial Chic with Creative Hospitality Concepts in Long Island City

Paper Factory Hotel Blends Industrial Chic with Creative Hospitality Concepts in Long Island City

Once notorious for its derelict factory buildings, Long Island City's recent resurgence as a cultural destination has been supported by gentrification and economic investments such as…

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Recycled Christmas Trees to Get Second Life as Dunes for Rockaway Beaches

Recycled Christmas Trees to Get Second Life as Dunes for Rockaway Beaches

The holiday spirit is being revived in New York as discarded Christmas trees find new homes along the beaches of Rockaway. The city plans to collect up to 3,000 trees during its annual…

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Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Bad news for nature lovers in Queens: the future of the proposed High Line-style Queensway park along the Rockaway Beach rail line is looking grim. The plan, which aims to transform…

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Mayor Bloomberg to Celebrate 7 Train Subway Extension with Ceremonial First Ride

Mayor Bloomberg to Celebrate 7 Train Subway Extension with Ceremonial First Ride

Image Credit: Frances L Fruit / Shutterstock.com This afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, members of the MTA, and other officials are scheduled to celebrate the upcoming completion of the…

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NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

On Thursday, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the completion of fourteen environmental cleanup projects in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan as part of the New York City…

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Order to Shoot Snowy Owls on Sight at JFK Airport Sparks Public Outcry

Order to Shoot Snowy Owls on Sight at JFK Airport Sparks Public Outcry

Yesterday, animal lovers everywhere were outraged to hear that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had added the majestic snowy owl to its airport kill list. The Port…

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Massive Village of 160 Gingerbread Houses Pops Up at the NY Hall of Science

Massive Village of 160 Gingerbread Houses Pops Up at the NY Hall of Science

Lovitch has been making his sweet architectural treats in his Bronx apartment since February, using over 2,200 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy and 400 pounds of gingerbread dough.…

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Steinway & Sons to Transform Parking Lot Into Green Stormwater Solution in Astoria

Steinway & Sons to Transform Parking Lot Into Green Stormwater Solution in Astoria

Famous piano maker Steinway & Sons is giving its massive parking lot a lush green facelift with the help of non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP). The 53,500 square-foot…

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New Renderings Show That Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Will Be Laced with Beautiful Blue Stones

New Renderings Show That Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Will Be Laced with Beautiful Blue Stones

After much deliberation and multiple redesigns, the NYC Parks Department has finally released new renderings showing what the rebuild of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk will look like.…

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Cross Country Skiing in Queens is One Idea for How to Use the Elevated QueensWay Park

Cross Country Skiing in Queens is One Idea for How to Use the Elevated QueensWay Park

As promised, Friends of the QueensWay has begun hosting workshops with the Queens community on how they want to build their own rendition of the High Line. If given final approval, the…

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Citi Bike Coming to Queens...But Not for a While

Citi Bike Coming to Queens...But Not for a While

Here's some good news for any Queens residents wondering why Manhattan and Brooklyn have been getting all of the Citi Bike love. City officials recently announced that NYC's popular…

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Federal Judge Says 5 Pointz Graffiti Artists May Be Entitled to Damages From Building Owners

Federal Judge Says 5 Pointz Graffiti Artists May Be Entitled to Damages From Building Owners

Artists grieving over this week's shocking 5 Pointz whitewash job may find justice in the form of cash damages paid out by building owners Jerry and David Wolkoff. The graffiti mecca…

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5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Gets Whitewashed Overnight, Horrifying Artist Community

5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Gets Whitewashed Overnight, Horrifying Artist Community

In just a few hours, the Wolkoffs wiped away nearly 30 years of New York art history as well as any hopes of preserving 5 Pointz through a landmark designation. Throughout the day, 5…

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Adorable Robot Dog Steals Our Hearts with His Wagging Antenna Tail

Adorable Robot Dog Steals Our Hearts with His Wagging Antenna Tail

Despite his retro appearance, Sparky's motions are quite fluid, and he delighted fair-goers young and old by zipping up to them on his wheeled legs and wagging his antenna tail back and…

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5 Pointz Could Be Saved Through a Visual Artists Rights Act Law Loophole

5 Pointz Could Be Saved Through a Visual Artists Rights Act Law Loophole

A few weeks ago, the fate of the infamously graffiti-tagged 5 Pointz building appeared to be certain doom. But in a frantic effort to save the Long Island City warehouse from becoming…

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GrowNYC Farmers Market Pops Up in the Middle of JFK Airport JetBlue Terminal

GrowNYC Farmers Market Pops Up in the Middle of JFK Airport JetBlue Terminal

Last month, travelers leaving out of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK airport were treated to the opportunity to shop for farm-fresh fruits and veggies right before their flights. The…

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Spatium Yamamoto: A Stage That Grooves to the Beat of MoMA PS1’s Summer Warm Up Series

Spatium Yamamoto: A Stage That Grooves to the Beat of MoMA PS1’s Summer Warm Up Series

The Principals designed Spatium Yamamoto as part of MoMA PS1's Warm Up series, a stage design initiative that puts on some of the raddest dance parties in Long Island City. A mash up…

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Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

If you’ve never been to one of BIG!NYC's Reuse Centers, they're basically like a Costco, except with reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the…

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JFK Runway Plans Modified to Save 800 Trees in Southeast Queens

JFK Runway Plans Modified to Save 800 Trees in Southeast Queens

Amidst protests by residents in southeast Queens, the Port Authority has announced that they will modify their JFK runway plans to avoid removing as many as 800 trees from Idlewild…

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