NYCs Bronx 1 charter school achieves LEED Silver

October 20, 2020 by  
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New York City-based CTA Architects’ sustainable renovation and expansion of the Bronx Charter School for Excellence (also known as Bronx 1) has earned the high-performing school LEED Silver certification. In addition to renovating an existing 10,000-square-foot, two-story building, the architects added a new seven-story, 35,000-square-foot tower, a 4,500-square-foot, two-story annex and a 4,7850-square-foot, double-height gymnasium to better accommodate the charter school’s growing student enrollment. Local sourcing, recycled materials and energy-efficient fixtures were all incorporated to help the school achieve LEED Silver while staying within a relatively modest construction budget. Located at 1952-1960 Benedict Avenue in the Parkchester neighborhood, the Bronx Charter School for Excellence serves over 800 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The renovated existing building — a two-story, brick-clad, wood-and-steel structure — as well as the new two-story annex are used primarily by the younger students, while the middle school-age students use the new seven-story tower. Eighteen classrooms were added to the new tower and five in the two-story annex to bring the school’s total to 35 classrooms. Related: Energy-neutral school in Utrecht enhances biodiversity In addition to expanding the building’s footprint and making several layout changes, the architects optimized the school’s energy efficiency. Low-flow bathrooms and LEDs reduce energy use, as does the emphasis on daylighting through large expanses of glazing that are shielded from unwanted solar gain by a sunshade system on the south elevation. Recycled and low-carbon materials are used throughout, from the recycled content poured-concrete floor in the lobby to the FSC-certified wood floors in the gymnasium. Bronx 1 has also earned LEED points for integrating LEED sustainability concepts into its teaching curriculum. For example, kindergarten students will be taught to collect old crayons and melt them into new ones in a lesson about recycling. Sixth graders will grow herbs indoors that will be used by eighth graders in cooking projects to learn the benefits of home gardening and the farm-to-table movement.  + CTA Architects Photography by Edward Menashy and Pericle Gheorghias via CTA Architects

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Add the timeless, minimalist Sage furniture collection to your home

October 20, 2020 by  
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The best designs incorporate functionality alongside visual appeal and garner added points for sustainability. It’s no surprise, then, that a new furniture collection called Sage stands the test of time by incorporating each of these elements. The Sage Collection is a furniture assortment that caters to both the home and office environments. In a partnership between American architect David Rockwell and renowned English furniture craft studio Benchmark, the Sage Collection features streamlined, functional design with multifaceted appeal. Related: HoekHome gives furniture a sustainable makeover For example, the credenza is made from solid oak or walnut and features sliding doors with patinated copper handles. It can be used as a room divider, media center or bar. The collections’ table options range from side tables to coffee tables to work surfaces. Each solid-wood piece stands as an example of the ever-present Benchmark focus on sustainable design by meeting the standards required for WELL-certified buildings.  Sean Sutcliffe, founder of Benchmark said, “Working together with David and his team, we have created a collection that we can all feel very good about. In a world that is full of plastic solutions , we think that the Sage collection brings a very fresh look using the most modern of materials — solid wood. We hope that its users will benefit not only from its aesthetics but also the inherent wellness it will bring.” For the office, the collection offers round, oblong and rectangular meeting tables with rounded corners and copper detailing. An adjustable sit-to-stand desk further represents the signature style and is available in a variety of woods and finishes. For the home environment or casual office, the collection includes a lounge chair and bench, with or without a backrest, which are all made from natural materials . This dedication to plastic-free materials extends to the upholstery fabric, made from coir, latex, sheep’s wool and recycled cotton. In fact, the entire collection has earned a DECLARE label, a certification that ensures humane worker treatment and material transparency for each product. David Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Group, said, “My team and I were inspired by the simplicity of Benchmark’s approach and their passion for finely wrought craft and honest materials to create a collection that is visually calming and intuitive. With productivity, healthfulness, and comfort in mind, we wanted to create a vibrant collection for what people want today.” + Benchmark Furniture + Rockwell Group Via Dezeen Photography by Petr Krejci via Rockwell Group

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Tigers, humans at risk for coronavirus as ‘Tiger King’ zoo reopens

May 11, 2020 by  
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We’ve already seen interspecies transmission of COVID-19 happen in the Bronx , where an asymptomatic zookeeper infected five tigers and four lions. Now, as the infamous Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park reopens, will human visitors expose innocent tiger cubs to coronavirus ? Droves of people descended upon Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, when it reopened May 2. People are drawn by the hard-to-resist attraction of petting adorable tiger cubs, despite the cautions by wildlife experts. Related: ‘Tiger King’ drama overshadows abuse of captive tigers in US National Geographic reported on the first day the park resumed operations, noting the lack of pandemic precautions. The cubs worked long shifts and were expected to look cute for visitors who sometimes waited 4 hours to pet them. With hundreds of people feeding and petting tigers, the felines could contract the virus . It could also easily spread among the throngs of humans yearning to interact with tigers. Oklahoma’s pandemic restrictions had closed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for about a month. Many Netflix viewers had eagerly awaited its reopening. The true crime documentary miniseries ‘Tiger King’ focused on the life of former park owner Joe Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, who is now serving 22 years in prison for his crimes against humans and tigers. Maldonado-Passage’s former partner, Jeff Lowe, now owns the animal park. To keep a constant supply of darling cubs, some private facilities “speed breed” their tigers, according to National Geographic. Newborn cubs are quickly removed from their mother so that she goes into heat and breeds again. Cub-petting facilities constantly need little tigers that are in the sweet spot of 8 to 12 weeks old. Any bigger and they’ll be dangerous enough to hurt visitors. Tigers may then be bred, exhibited or possibly killed. At press time, the Bronx Zoo tigers and lions that tested positive for coronavirus are all recovering well. There have also been a few isolated cases of pet cats and dogs with the novel coronavirus. Via National Geographic Image via Wikimedia Commons

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May 11, 2020 by  
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We’ve already seen interspecies transmission of COVID-19 happen in the Bronx , where an asymptomatic zookeeper infected five tigers and four lions. Now, as the infamous Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park reopens, will human visitors expose innocent tiger cubs to coronavirus ? Droves of people descended upon Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, when it reopened May 2. People are drawn by the hard-to-resist attraction of petting adorable tiger cubs, despite the cautions by wildlife experts. Related: ‘Tiger King’ drama overshadows abuse of captive tigers in US National Geographic reported on the first day the park resumed operations, noting the lack of pandemic precautions. The cubs worked long shifts and were expected to look cute for visitors who sometimes waited 4 hours to pet them. With hundreds of people feeding and petting tigers, the felines could contract the virus . It could also easily spread among the throngs of humans yearning to interact with tigers. Oklahoma’s pandemic restrictions had closed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for about a month. Many Netflix viewers had eagerly awaited its reopening. The true crime documentary miniseries ‘Tiger King’ focused on the life of former park owner Joe Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, who is now serving 22 years in prison for his crimes against humans and tigers. Maldonado-Passage’s former partner, Jeff Lowe, now owns the animal park. To keep a constant supply of darling cubs, some private facilities “speed breed” their tigers, according to National Geographic. Newborn cubs are quickly removed from their mother so that she goes into heat and breeds again. Cub-petting facilities constantly need little tigers that are in the sweet spot of 8 to 12 weeks old. Any bigger and they’ll be dangerous enough to hurt visitors. Tigers may then be bred, exhibited or possibly killed. At press time, the Bronx Zoo tigers and lions that tested positive for coronavirus are all recovering well. There have also been a few isolated cases of pet cats and dogs with the novel coronavirus. Via National Geographic Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements

June 18, 2018 by  
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A newly renovated community garden has officially opened in the Bronx. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth , a venture of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement , a rain garden , and a shade structure designed to support solar panels. The 13,000-square foot-garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city, get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds, and enjoy the colors of native plants. NYRP just celebrated the grand opening of the community garden last week. They renovated Paradise on Earth, founded in 1981, together with design firm Sawyer | Berson around what NYRP described as “simple, elegant geometry.” The garden includes 12 raised garden beds for kids, six raised beds for adults, and six raised beds that meet Americans with Disabilities Act height requirements. Related: Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard The garden also includes open space for children to run on natural turf, a multipurpose raised deck underneath a tree — a NYRP Instagram post shows students practicing yoga on the deck as one potential use — and a slatted shade structure that NYRP said has been “pre-fitted to support solar panels and an off-grid electrical system” at Paradise on Earth. A chicken coop, outdoor kitchen, drinking fountain, and a trellis and tool shed are also part of the renovation. The upgrades kept sustainability in mind with a rain garden meant to “capture, store, and infiltrate storm water before it reaches the sewer system” and a compost toilet . The community garden is located in the Morrisania neighborhood at 1106 Fox Street, Bronx, New York, 10459. If you’d like to volunteer at the garden, such as cultivating produce or helping with maintenance, you can find out more information at NYRP’s volunteer page . + Paradise on Earth + New York Restoration Project + Sawyer | Berson Images courtesy of New York Restoration Project

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Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

October 7, 2013 by  
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Image ©  Adnan Islam  If the New York skies are looking a bit ominous to you today, your extreme weather radar is right on the money. The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch this morning for many areas of New York and New Jersey. A watch is not as severe as a full-on warning, but we’re keeping our eyes open for more details and updates. Click here to see if your area is on the list of those included in the watch . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bronx , Brooklyn , extreme weather , Freak Weather Systems , Hurricane Sandy , manhattan , natural disasters , new york tornado watch , New York. , NOAA , Norman , NWS Storm Prediction , oklahoma , PSA , queens , tornado , Tornado Warning , Weather Advisory        

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PHOTOS: Ray Villafane’s Crazy Zombie Pumpkins and Ghouls Return to the New York Botanical Garden

October 22, 2012 by  
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One of our most blockbusting posts last year featured pumpkin carver extraordinaire Ray Villafane’s gory zombies bursting from a giant pumpkin, and though we didn’t think it was possible, but he went even more over the top this year creating an insane, free-standing disemboweled zombie pulling an army of other ghoulish gourds. Villafane was at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend gutting a selection of massive pumpkins and shaping them into a frightastic 3D vignette of freakish orange creatures . Trust us when we say that you cannot miss these photos of the master at work and of the finished product, but don’t blame us if you have unsettling dreams tonight. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alfred Paredes , Andy Bergholtz , biggest pumpkin , botanical gardens , bronx , Chris Vierra , eco design , fall , fall events , fall events nyc , food network , green design , Halloween Wars , Haunted Pumpkin Garden , jim bryson , Jim Bryson biggest pumpkin in the world , new york botanical garden , New York botanical gardens , news , ny botanical gardens , NYC , nyc events , pumpkin , pumpkin carving , pumpkin carving NYC , pumpkin events , ray villafane , sustainable design , Trevor Grove , world’s largest pumpkin , zombie pumpkins

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World’s Largest Pumpkin Carved Into an Awesome Creepy Sculpture – Exclusive Photos!

October 24, 2011 by  
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Think you make a mean jack-o-lantern ? You’ve got nothing on professional carver Ray Villafane who transforms pumpkins of all shapes and sizes into intricate masterpieces. This weekend, Villafane took on the world’s largest pumpkin , a behemoth clocking in at 1818.5 pounds, at the New York Botanical Garden. We were on the scene as the carving master sliced and diced the pumpkin, creating a spine-tingling sculpture of zombies and demons draped in “guts” as they break out of the giant squash. Hit the jump to see our exclusive photos! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biggest pumpkin , botanical gardens , bronx , fall , fall events , fall events nyc , jim bryson , Jim Bryson biggest pumpkin in the world , New York botanical gardens , news , ny botanical gardens , NYC , nyc events , pumpkin , pumpkin carving , pumpkin events , ray villafane , world’s largest pumpkin

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20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

October 24, 2011 by  
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When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in the year, the country suffered a devastating loss of life and a nuclear meltdown. However it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster. In July, we reported how debris from the coastline was swept into the ocean and was being carried by ocean currents towards Hawaii . We first learned that the debris would hit the west coast of North America by 2014, but scientists now believe that the 20 MILLION TONS of rubbish could hit sooner . Read the rest of 20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , hawaii tsunami debris to hit , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , japanese debris tsunami hawaii , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , tsunami debris hawaii

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Greenhamar: Eco Oasis Pops up in a Public Square in Hamar, Norway

October 24, 2011 by  
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This past weekend Spanish architecture firm Ecosistema Urbano teamed up with the VEA school of gardening to launch Greenhamar – a 24-hour event focused on greening a public square in Hamar, Norway. The event featured homemade mushroom soup, bike-powered smoothies, and amazing pop-up garden installations. Greenhamar was part of dreamhamar , a participatory project that enables citizens to reclaim public spaces by participating in the online and on-site workshops. + Greenhamar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dreamhamar , ecosistema urbano , green design event , greenhamar , hamar , Landscape Architecture , norway , sustainable design event , Urban design , urban space , veo school of gardening

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