Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC's famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with

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NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

It looks like some of New York's homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of

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Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

The team behind the + Pool, a floating pool proposed for the East River, has launched a mini version of their design to test its water filtering abilities. Called the Float Lab, the model will

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MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

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10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

Rebuild by Design, a competition to find resilient solutions for restoring communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently unveiled its ten shortlisted designs. The selected proposals include

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VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

You may have heard some buzz about the light bulb phase out - but do you know the details of what is actually happening and when? The Federal Energy Independence and Securities act began in the

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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

Reading, writing and 'rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors - like health and and environmental awareness - that come into play in a child's

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even

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How New York City Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

How New York City Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

34 years ago, Bob Diamond made a remarkable discovery underneath Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue - the world's oldest subway tunnel. Diamond then devoted his life to giving tours of the underground

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6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

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NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

Our previous article about green celeb Leonardo DiCaprio's new eco-friendly digs was extremely popular with readers, so we were delighted when an anonymous tipster sent us some never-before-seen

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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets,

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

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See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

It's easy to see why the Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most desirable new developments in Brooklyn. When complete, the gorgeous and eco-chic residential building will boast

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

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PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

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WIN Free Tickets to Green Festival NYC!

WIN Free Tickets to Green Festival NYC!

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Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

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Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

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Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

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Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

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IKEA Unveils New Line of Clever Transforming and Space-Saving Furniture Designs

IKEA Unveils New Line of Clever Transforming and Space-Saving Furniture Designs

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Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

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Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

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DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable

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