Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC's Short-Term Rental Debate

Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC's Short-Term Rental Debate

In a huge win for the sharing economy in New York City, Airbnb announced an important legal victory this week for those who rent out their spare rooms using the online platform. In May,…

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Life-Size Version of Mouse Trap Board Game is a 50,000-lb. Rube Goldberg Machine! (PHOTOS)

Life-Size Version of Mouse Trap Board Game is a 50,000-lb. Rube Goldberg Machine! (PHOTOS)

A regular-sized version of Mouse Trap is also part of the traveling exhibit. Mark Perez built much of his Life-Size Mousetrap by hand with the aim of using it to teach kids about…

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Maker Faire 2013 Brings Awesome Robots, Giant Board Games and More to Queens, NY (PHOTOS)

Maker Faire 2013 Brings Awesome Robots, Giant Board Games and More to Queens, NY (PHOTOS)

OpenFuge Karlin Yeh (who is still a high school senior!) developed his own low cost, open source centrifuge called the OpenFuge. Using primarily off-the-shelf-parts, Yeh developed a…

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8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

Ultimaker displayed its new Ultimaker 2 to the public for the first time this weekend. Although it looks very similar to Ultimaker’s first 3D printer, there are a couple of notable…

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Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway will soon receive a state-of-the-art new library to replace the current one, which was affected last year by Hurricane Sandy. Designed by leading architecture…

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Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Eero Saarinen's famous JFK terminal is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since…

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AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

Public outrage has prompted the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter to cancel their controversial tours of the new Rockaway beach buildings that were scheduled on the…

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Nine Miles of New Bike Lanes Coming to Queens

Nine Miles of New Bike Lanes Coming to Queens

It may seem like Manhattan and Brooklyn have been receiving the lion's share of bike-related privileges, but Queens residents have made it clear that they enjoy biking too, dammit!…

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What If 5 Pointz Could Be Preserved by Incorporating the Existing Graffiti-Tagged Facade into New High Rises?

What If 5 Pointz Could Be Preserved by Incorporating the Existing Graffiti-Tagged Facade into New High Rises?

What 5 Pointz looks like today. This solution would of course require working around and inside of 5 Pointz's existing facade and would likely be more complex than simply razing it…

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EXPO Colony: MoMA PS1's Pop-Up Mini Civilization Hosts Artists in Recycled Trailers and Tents

EXPO Colony: MoMA PS1's Pop-Up Mini Civilization Hosts Artists in Recycled Trailers and Tents

Part of MoMA's EXPO 1 series exploring "ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century", EXPO Colony focuses in…

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HONEY FEST 2013 Invites New Yorkers to Sample 100% Local NYC Honey

HONEY FEST 2013 Invites New Yorkers to Sample 100% Local NYC Honey

Exciting news for beelovers - Brooklyn Grange and Rockaway eatery Rippers are joining forces to throw the third annual NYC Honey Fest on September 7th! This super-sweet event is a…

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Sorg Architects’ Rockaways Water Dyke Concept Harnesses Surge Waters Themselves to Fight Flooding

Sorg Architects’ Rockaways Water Dyke Concept Harnesses Surge Waters Themselves to Fight Flooding

Earlier this March, MoMA PS1 challenged designers to rebuild the Hurricane Sandy-battered Far Rockaways in a more resilient way, and many of the responses were truly innovative. One of…

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PHOTOS: Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park and Urban Beach Opens Today in Long Island City

PHOTOS: Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park and Urban Beach Opens Today in Long Island City

Park Designers: Thomas Balsley Associates / WEISS/MANFREDI Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: Arup A collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi…

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Plans to Bring New Waterfront Park and Residential Buildings to Astoria Move Forward

Plans to Bring New Waterfront Park and Residential Buildings to Astoria Move Forward

Astoria's waterfront is about to undergo a massive green makeover. The City Planning Commission recently voted unanimously to rezone industrial areas in the Queens nabe into residential…

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Queens' 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Moves One Step Closer To Demolition

Queens' 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Moves One Step Closer To Demolition

In early 2012, Inhabitat reported that 5 Pointz, a Long Island City community icon and haven for graffiti artists, was slated for demolition. The building, a former record needle…

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WXY and DLANDSTUDIO Selected to Lead QueensWay High Line-Style Park Feasibility Study

WXY and DLANDSTUDIO Selected to Lead QueensWay High Line-Style Park Feasibility Study

Just two days ago, the QueensWay plan to convert an abandoned rail line in Kew Gardens into a new elevated park secured $1 million in funding towards feasibility research.…

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QueensWay High Line-Style Park Gets Even Closer to Reality with $1 Million in Funding

QueensWay High Line-Style Park Gets Even Closer to Reality with $1 Million in Funding

Plans to redevelop an abandoned rail line in Kew Gardens, Queens into the QueensWay, an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line, are chugging along. Today, the Trust for Public…

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay

This week, Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that Jamaica Bay will be home to a new environmental research center called the Science and Resilience…

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Four Finalists Selected in FAR ROC Competition to Design Storm-Resistant Rockaway Housing

Four Finalists Selected in FAR ROC Competition to Design Storm-Resistant Rockaway Housing

Each of the four finalists will receive $30,000 to take their initial design briefs to the next level. As part of the FAR ROC competition, they will receive a guided tour of the Arverne…

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Breadbox Cafe Boasts a Facade of 1,600 Rolling Pins in Long Island City, Queens (PHOTOS)

Breadbox Cafe Boasts a Facade of 1,600 Rolling Pins in Long Island City, Queens (PHOTOS)

Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Breadbox Cafe occupies an old Esso Standard Oil mechanic's garage from the 1950s. Today the eatery serves up carbs instead of servicing…

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West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in Queens and Staten Island

West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in Queens and Staten Island

Photo via Shutterstock New York health officials recently discovered the season's first batch of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in areas of Queens and Staten Island. No human…

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How to See the Solar Impulse Solar-Powered Plane In Person in New York City (PHOTOS)

How to See the Solar Impulse Solar-Powered Plane In Person in New York City (PHOTOS)

A photo of the tear in the Solar Impulse's left wing. The reason for the gash is still being investigated by the flight team. "For the plane that never sleeps, what other destination…

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Despite Technical Difficulties, Solar Impulse Completes Cross-America Flight in NYC

Despite Technical Difficulties, Solar Impulse Completes Cross-America Flight in NYC

Inhabitat has been eagerly following the Solar Impulse closely on its flight across the United States, and we were excited to learn that the solar-powered plane successfully landed in…

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New Plans for Jackson Heights and Corona Green Business District Unveiled in Queens

New Plans for Jackson Heights and Corona Green Business District Unveiled in Queens

A spiffy green upgrade could be coming soon to the streets of Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens if residents and business owners vote to approve a new business improvement district…

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CODA's Transforming

CODA's Transforming "Party Wall" Made of Skateboard Scraps Opens at MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

Going to a MoMA PS1 Warm Up party is something of a right of passage for New Yorkers, but there's a reason they named it that. The courtyard has a grey gravel floor and virtually no…

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