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 it" here, you can "make it" 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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IKEA Unveils New Line of Clever Transforming and Space-Saving Furniture Designs

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

Last week, we got a sneak peek of IKEA's new PS 2014 collection entitled "On the Move." The line of space-saving, multi-functional pieces was designed in response to the world's growing

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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

Is Google opening a retail store in New York City? Rumor has it that the tech giant has been shopping around for a storefront space in Soho, and if the shop does come to fruition, it would be

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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

The plan to build the Frank Gehry-designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Center is looking bleak. The project currently has less than half of the funds it needs for construction, and there

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DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

Photo: Alyssa Alimurung Emergency crews are on the scene near 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem this morning after receiving calls about a massive explosion and partial building

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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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Do You Agree with Liam Neeson’s Stance About Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC?

Do You Agree with Liam Neeson’s Stance About Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC?

It looks like actor Liam Neeson is not "Taken" with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city. While de Blasio has blasted hansom cabs as a cruel practice,

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Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

No one wants a landfill in their backyard, but the alternative - trucking garbage to other states - is an obvious drain on funds, fuel and energy. Present Architecture recently proposed a plan

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See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival, America's largest and longest-running eco-event will be returning to NYC on April 26th and 27th. The show will have a marketplace featuring over 300 green products from food to

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Health Officials Warn People Not to Touch Contaminated Seafood at NYC Asian Markets

Health Officials Warn People Not to Touch Contaminated Seafood at NYC Asian Markets

A rare skin infection contracted through touching contaminated seafood has afflicted at least 30 people in the New York City area. Health officials are warning New Yorkers to avoid touching raw

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Notice Anything Wrong with These NYC Townhouses?

Notice Anything Wrong with These NYC Townhouses?

Notice anything strange about these doors? They seem pretty difficult to enter or exit through, right? But that's okay because the "townhouses" they're attached to actually aren't what they seem

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PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

NY and NJ commuters welcomed an elegant new PATH train platform last week - the first one of its kind to open at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in downtown Manhattan. Called Platform

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses

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PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

The ShareRoller is the world's first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting

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High Line Park’s Final Section Will Pay Homage to Its Wild Roots

High Line Park’s Final Section Will Pay Homage to Its Wild Roots

While we enjoy the manicured look of the High Line's first two sections, we're definitely looking forward to seeing the more natural aesthetic of the elevated park's final portion. Called the

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6 Edible Plants You Can Forage for in New York City

6 Edible Plants You Can Forage for in New York City

Garlic mustard, ramps and blackberries may sound like ingredients you'd spot on a menu at a chichi restaurant, but did you know that they can all be found growing in New York City parks? We

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of

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Trippy Book-Themed Cafe Beckons Bibliophiles Inside for Espresso

Trippy Book-Themed Cafe Beckons Bibliophiles Inside for Espresso

Care for a side of trompe l'oeil to go with your coffee? Then head over to D'espresso Cafe in New York City to get your fix of both. The tiny and trippy space beckons bibliophiles in with what

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Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

The space beneath what is now a nondescript field at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was once occupied by a luxurious underground home, and some believe that the subterranean residence

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic

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How to Avoid Going Insane While Sharing a Tiny Apartment with Your Significant Other

How to Avoid Going Insane While Sharing a Tiny Apartment with Your Significant Other

As much as we adore small spaces, it's hard to deny that living in super close quarters with your significant other can cause a strain on your relationship. In the spirit of Valentine's Day,

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New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

While they might give you a glowing complexion, the tiny microbeads found in your face and body washes pose a big threat to waterways and aquatic life. In order to prevent the small but harmful

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

A proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to kill the population of mute swans in Prospect Park has got area animal lovers seeing red. The argument for the plan is that the

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Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

We're giving away $250 passes to Social Media Week 2014 to 10 lucky readers, and it's easy to enter. Just comment on this post with a question about how social media and crowdfunding are

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here's a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots' pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the

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Watch This Amazing Video of Norman the Bike-Riding Dog

Watch This Amazing Video of Norman the Bike-Riding Dog

Norman developed his talents with help from his owner, Karen Cobb, who can be seen coaching and encouraging him in his videos. When he's not riding, he competes in agility, herding and obedience

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

Inhabitat recently had the chance to visit the studio of photographer Elena Lyakir and furniture designer Eric Slayton, a couple based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Read on to see what the duo had to

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PHOTOS: Young Projects’ Playful, Matchmaking Sculpture Pops Up in Times Square

PHOTOS: Young Projects’ Playful, Matchmaking Sculpture Pops Up in Times Square

Young Projects has made it a little bit easier to find love in the big city with their unique interactive sculpture in Times Square. Called "Match-Maker", the intriguing heart-shaped public

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Aqua Star’s Underwater Electric Scooter Charts the Ocean Depths

Aqua Star’s Underwater Electric Scooter Charts the Ocean Depths

Unlike the previous AS-1 model, the AS-2 can seat two, meaning you can bring a buddy along with you on your adventures. Once you're sitting on the scooter, you lower a yellow, Darth Vader-esque

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Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Once a marvel that attracted visitors from around the globe, Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion has slowly become a modern ruin since the 1964 World's Fair. The famous structure had been

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Help This Awesome Woman Hand Out Warm Socks to NYC’s Homeless

Help This Awesome Woman Hand Out Warm Socks to NYC’s Homeless

If you feel like this winter has been a cold one, imagine going through it with no socks. That thought is what spurred New Yorker Saije Bashaw to spend her free time handing out warm socks

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