DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

MATERIALS: - a tote bag (one with sturdy, hard fabric will work best since you don’t want your wine bottles clanging into one another) - a needle and thread or a sewing machine - a…

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first…

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and…

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Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

The administration of New York City mayor Bill De Blasio announced today a ban on single-use styrofoam products starting on July 1st, 2015. The decision follows a long-awaited…

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How to donate a coat to keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter

How to donate a coat to keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter

90% of NYC's homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the…

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Did you know NYC's compost is being dumped in landfill?

Did you know NYC's compost is being dumped in landfill?

With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it's pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world -- but was…

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State…

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Ray Villafane's zombie pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012. Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are…

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DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

Originally published in October 2012 Celebrate the spirit of New York City and crown yourself as a DIY rock star by making this kick-ass Chrysler Building costume! If you’ve got…

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Hand-Cut 'Factory Made' Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

Hand-Cut 'Factory Made' Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made --surprise!-- of…

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday's Soiree (For a Good Cause)

How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday's Soiree (For a Good Cause)

Anyone looking for a discount floral arrangement can check the Rebloom website to see what's in stock on any given day. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter and you'll be notified…

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Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Marynowski, who is a Freelance Visual Merchandising professional, originally came up with the idea as part of a store display in the Meatpacking District. After the promotion ended,…

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Head to Governors Island This Weekend for the FIGMENT Art Festival!

Head to Governors Island This Weekend for the FIGMENT Art Festival!

Summer is almost here, and that means it's time for the annual celebration of creativity known as the FIGMENT Festival!  The yearly event invites New Yorkers of all ages to hop on the…

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Bade Stageberg Cox Uses Yellow Reclaimed Chairs to Turn Times Square into a Street Theater

Bade Stageberg Cox Uses Yellow Reclaimed Chairs to Turn Times Square into a Street Theater

If you passed by Times Square today, you may have wondered about the groupings of bright yellow chairs scattered about the plaza. The seats were installed for design firm Bade Stageberg…

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CCNY Students Design Sustainable Yantalo House for Volunteers in Peru

CCNY Students Design Sustainable Yantalo House for Volunteers in Peru

Two City College of New York architecture students are using their design skills to support social good in Peru. Michele Flournoy and Tiffany Kimmel, third-year graduate students at…

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Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

If you feel like life in New York is a constant battle against rent hikes, Coby Kennedy feels your pain. In response to the rapid gentrification and sky-high apartment prices that…

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Don't Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival NYC will take place from April 26-27 (10am-6pm) and will be a marketplace of 300+ green vendors offering up products for every aspect of your life from sustainable…

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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…

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Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona is a collaboration between specialty cocktail goods company City of Daughters' Jay Schneider and Natalka Burian and Jay's brother Scott. The trio called upon interior design firm…

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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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Recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2015

Recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2015

New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York…

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SNEAK PEEK: Dirck the Norseman Transforms an Old Bag Factory into Brooklyn's First Brewpub

SNEAK PEEK: Dirck the Norseman Transforms an Old Bag Factory into Brooklyn's First Brewpub

What proper brewpub would be complete without lamps made of old kegs? Raven, a beer veteran who got his start two decades ago selling beer for Brooklyn Brewery, chose the old plastic…

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City of Dreams Pavilion Made of Thousands of Discarded Cups Coming to Governors Island This Summer

City of Dreams Pavilion Made of Thousands of Discarded Cups Coming to Governors Island This Summer

We may still be in the midst of winter, but the FIGMENT festival already has its sights set on this summer's City of Dreams Pavilion on Governors Island. Chosen by a panel of judges,…

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New York City Votes to Ban Styrofoam

New York City Votes to Ban Styrofoam

New York has become the largest U.S. city to ban single-use Styrofoam containers after a unanimous city council vote and an expected signature from outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who…

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Great Green Ways to Support NYC Arts Programs This Holiday

Great Green Ways to Support NYC Arts Programs This Holiday

Art is one of the foundations of modern culture, and programs that nurture and support the creative spirit are vital to any society. New York City is a bastion of the arts, and there…

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