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…

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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…

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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…

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NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

The 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queens has begun using a revolutionary biofuel process that employs glycerol (an ingredient that can be found in many soaps and perfumes)…

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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…

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Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Buying Hurricane Sandy Homes and Redeveloping Land

Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Buying Hurricane Sandy Homes and Redeveloping Land

For homeowners left devastated after Hurricane Sandy, financial relief may be on the way. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing to buy homes from Sandy flood victims in a program that…

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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…

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Massive Hunter's Point South Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground in Long Island City

Massive Hunter's Point South Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground in Long Island City

The Hunter’s Point project is part of Bloomberg’s $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan, which seeks to create 165,000 units of permanently affordable housing within the five…

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Build It Green!'s New Composting Program Lets People Scrap Food Right at Subway Station

Build It Green!'s New Composting Program Lets People Scrap Food Right at Subway Station

Composting some of the near 650,000 tons of food that New York City residents toss each year just became a little easier. Queens residents can now help in the effort to reduce food…

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"Green" Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

A natural dry cleaner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you've noticed "natural", "green" or "organic" dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood, it may be a sign that the area is…

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mark your calendars, design fans! In keeping with its other efforts to promote local goods and services, New York City recently announced the first ever “NYCxDESIGN” (NYC by Design)…

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Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project's Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project's Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Beginning on March 9th, the New York Restoration Project - a nonprofit organization founded by actress and environmentalist Bette Midler - will kick off their annual spring tree…

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NYC Pig Owners Fight to Keep Their Beloved Pets, Wilbur and Petey

NYC Pig Owners Fight to Keep Their Beloved Pets, Wilbur and Petey

Danielle Forgione and her family love their pig Petey, who is named after her brother who perished in a motorcycle crash last year. But the New York Health Department is citing…

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Miniature Pop-Up Libraries Appear Around Hurricane Sandy-Hit Neighborhoods

Miniature Pop-Up Libraries Appear Around Hurricane Sandy-Hit Neighborhoods

Urban Librarians Unite has been coming to the rescue of book-loving residents in many of NYC's Hurricane Sandy-hit neighborhoods. The literary Samaritans have begun installing…

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6 Things to Know About Winter Storm Nemo in NYC

6 Things to Know About Winter Storm Nemo in NYC

SIGN UP FOR NOTIFY NYC Notify NYC is New York's official source for alerts and info about emergency events and city services. It's free to register and you can get alerts via text or…

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Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are all for the redevelopment of the industrial Willets Point neighborhood next to Citi Field - as long as it includes a Las Vegas-style casino.…

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DomeStar is a Dazzling LED Party Pavilion That Invites Guests to

DomeStar is a Dazzling LED Party Pavilion That Invites Guests to "Dance Their Blinkin' Faces Off"

DomeStar is a 16-foot, two-frequency icosahedron decked out in 6,400 individually-addressable RGB LEDs. The LEDs are spread out over 40 strips of 5 meters each, and each RGB LED is…

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FEMA’s New Maps for NYC Add 35,000 Homes to Flood Zones

FEMA’s New Maps for NYC Add 35,000 Homes to Flood Zones

New York City flood maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday reveal that more areas further inland are expected to flood in the future. FEMA updated…

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MoMA PS1 Finalist TempAgency Wants to Upcycle Your Hair Into an Interactive Installation

MoMA PS1 Finalist TempAgency Wants to Upcycle Your Hair Into an Interactive Installation

TempAgency’s hair columns appear more like cotton candy than hair — which would not likely be the case should they actually execute the hair towers. Finalists in the YAP…

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CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with

CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with "Party Wall" Made of Skateboard Scraps

The renderings for Party Wall show a series of steel poles clad in a woven skin of waste wood. Polyester bags filled with water will be suspended within the structure and, rather than…

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Step Inside an Old Bank Vault at the New

Step Inside an Old Bank Vault at the New "How Much Do I Owe You?" Exhibit in Queens

Built in 1924, the Bank of Manhattan Building was the tallest structure in Queens until 1990 (you may have noticed its clock tower rising over Queens Plaza). The "How Much Do I Owe…

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Google Street View Begins Documenting Hurricane Sandy Damage for Updated Maps

Google Street View Begins Documenting Hurricane Sandy Damage for Updated Maps

Since Hurricane Sandy swept through the east coast last October, residents of affected streets have had to live among visual reminders of the storm's destruction. Burned facades,…

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Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Sunrise Yard consolidates the DOT's maintenance programs into one facility located in a residential area of Queens. Designed by Gruzen Samton • IBI Group, the 27,000 sq. ft. building…

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Hurricane Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month For Emergency Funds Thanks To House GOP

Hurricane Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month For Emergency Funds Thanks To House GOP

While many Americans are relieved that the country won't go tumbling off the much ballyhooed fiscal cliff (yet, anyway) there are thousands for whom relief is nowhere in sight. This…

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Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

A group called Friends of the Queensway is rallying support to transform a disused Long Island Rail Road track in Kew Gardens into a High Line-style park - and now a sizable grant has…

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