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COSMO, The Winning Design for the 2015 Young Architects Program

Every year, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 host the Young Architects Program, an annual competition that gives emerging architects the opportunity to build projects conceived for MoMA PS1’s courtyard. The 2015 winner, Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, has designed a movable structure which will purify 3,000 gallons of water, causing its stretched-out plastic mesh to glow. The project, titled COSMO, opens later this month and will serve as a backdrop for MoMA PS1’s popular music concert series, Warm Up. Established in 2000, the YAP was designed to solidify […]

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Tips for Eco-Friendly Grilling This Summer

For many people, enjoying grilled burgers and steaks is an essential part of summer. Hosting a barbeque is a great way to feed your friends and family, but is not always eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to reduce the environmental impact of grilling. Sustainably harvested wood chips and the use of alternative fuel can cut down on the air pollution caused by charcoal grills, and minimize the effects of using non-renewable fossil fuels for gas grills. The Huffington Post shared some green grilling tips from University of Michigan professor […]

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Hamburg, Germany Bunker to Convert Roof to Greenspace

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An exciting project in Hamburg, Germany is slated to provide much-needed greenspace and stormwater drainage for the city later this year, converting nearly 60,000 square feet of roof into greenspace. The Hilldegarden project will completely remodel a former bunker in the St. Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg, creating an event space with a capacity of 1000 seats along with artist hotels, studios, and rehearsal spaces for musicians. The event space will be available for musical performances, film screenings, plays, district meetings, and a variety of other uses. Of the 8000 square […]

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Q&A with Laura Loving, NYC Artist and Entrepreneur

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Laura Loving knew she wanted to move to NYC since she was a 10 year old reading Vogue Magazine in Atlanta, Georgia. She pursued her dream 20 years later when she arrived in NYC and began her art career. I love the colorful depictions of NYC that she creates and wanted to share her art work with you as I believe you will also enjoy it.  Laura and I met at an event several years ago and shared a common interest in art and design.  We recently reconnected to discuss her background, inspiration, […]

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New Rental Listing: Three-Level Financial District Penthouse with 360 Degree City Views / 100 John Street, #PHA / $16,200

Live above the city in this stellar three-level penthouse with 360 degree views. An open living and dining area with fireplace welcomes you every night and is the perfect place to entertain your guests. This penthouse boasts 5 spacious bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths in an ultraluxurious setting. With over 3,100 sq. ft. of luxury living and a private elevator, this is your own townhouse in the sky. The kitchen has custom maple and white lacquer cabinetry, high end appliances, a wine refrigerator and ice maker.  Enjoy the zen-inspired master bath […]

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New Development Spotlight: 44-28 Purves Street, A Great Example of Sustainable Living in Long Island City

On Earth Day last month, Long Island City had an important groundbreaking: an example of sustainable NYC living at 44-28 Purves Street. From seasoned green developer Brause Realty’s plan for utilizing solar screens and wind turbines to produce power for the common areas to water-retention tanks and a green roof, this new development really does promise to offer one of NYC’s most environmentally-friendly luxury rentals. The just-released renderings of 44-28 Purves Street inspire a natural sense of cool calm with steel and glass juxtaposed against warm wood and leather finishings. […]

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New Listing: Tribeca 2 BR / 250 West Street #4H, $3.985M

The new pinnacle of luxury in Tribeca. The moment you enter through the dramatic arched entrance, you are transported to a bygone era. Built in 1906 and brought back to its former glory, 250 West Street retains its character while adding a world of modern amenities. Upon entering this spacious 2 bedroom apartment with large additional den you immediately notice the high ceilings. A grand open kitchen with cabinets by Poggenpohl, Subzero fridge, waste disposal and glass tiled back-splash opens to the wide living room with wide-plank hardwood floors and […]

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Hudson Square’s 70 Charlton Street

Hudson Square, nestled between SoHo to the east, the West Village to the north, and Tribeca to the south, has really been coming alive. Once known as the city’s printer district, the area retains its creative character, housing media corporations such as Clear Channel, Viacom, and Miramax, who all have office space here. Once the area was rezoned in early 2013, residential developers set their sights here and paved the way for an eclectic community in what was formerly known only as home to the Holland Tunnel entrance. Extell just unveiled renderings for […]

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The World’s First 100% Bioplastics Chair, from Basque Furniture Cooperative, Alki

The Basque furniture cooperative Alki has brought us the first chair to be manufactured entirely of bioplastic, which is 100% biodegradable. The Kuskoa Bi, designed by Jean Louis Iratzoki, is molded to envelop the sitter for maximum comfort and support, and is made from a material known as “bioplastic,” which comes from plant-based renewable resources like beets, corn, and sugarcane. Unlike polluting, petroleum-based plastics, bioplastic can be recycled or composted and its production creates comparatively less greenhouse gas emissions. The wooden base is made from oak that is sourced from […]

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Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

We tend to think of air pollution as something that happens outside, but indoor air pollutants are known to cause and exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. Indoor pollution is caused by the release of contaminants such as formaldehyde from common household materials and products including pressed woods, some types of foam insulation, paper products, and some paints and varnishes. In the 1980s, NASA researchers discovered that common houseplants can remove these contaminants from the air by metabolizing toxic chemicals and releasing byproducts that are harmless to humans. Improving […]

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NYCxDESIGN 2015: What to Look Out For

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, is returning for its third year from May 8 – 19. The multifaceted programming comprises installations, talks, trade shows and open studios staged across all five boroughs. Last year’s celebration featured over 200 events by 162 organizers at 181 venues and included topics from graphic design to architecture, technology and urban design to fashion and product design, interiors to landscape, furniture to design thinking, and more. Most events are free and open to the public, with some ticketed events managed by […]

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Prefabricated Homes – The Way of the Future, Even for Skyscrapers

Prefabricated homes have been popular in the United States since the early 1900s. A new generation of homes are now coming online in the past decade. They’re architecturally well designed, they’re sexy and they’re green. They’re NOT your double wide trailers of years past! With modules made in a factory and assembled onsite, prefab homes are cost efficient and can be built much faster than standard site-built homes.  They are not exposed to the elements and skilled craftsman have much more oversight and quality control options. They can take on any […]

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New Rental Listing: Williamsburg 2 Bedroom / 164 Kent Avenue #22A / $7,400

Awe inspiring Manhattan views! A truly remarkable space awaits you morning and night with amazing views from every room. The finest of finishes and amenities. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a bonus home office. 140 SF private balcony and separate dining area, this apartment gives you room to roam. The highest level of finishes range from Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances to Lefroy Brooks fixtures and a brand new kitchen has just been installed. Newly installed wide plank American Walnut floors graciously accent the floor to ceiling windows. After a long day, come […]

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Garden Inspiration for New York City Sustainable Living

My Danish friend, Jette Frölich, is a designer who has done some beautiful work in her garden.  Seeing the photos on her website (please check them out) got me thinking about how important it is to surround ourselves with nature and greenery whenever possible, even when we don’t have a large backyard to do the planting. Given that outdoor greenspace is limited in the city, the best way to enjoy the beauty of nature is to bring plant life into your home. While a few years ago we may have been constrained to a few potted […]

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