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High Line Media Console

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This living room piece by Urbangreen is simple, functional, and sustainable $599.00

When you've been using an old desk or your parents' hand-me-down credenza as a makeshift TV/stereo/Xbox stand, it's time to step up and find something that's actually designed for that purpose. The High Line Media Console from Brooklyn-based furniture designers Urbangreen is just the solution. Designed for functional simplicity, the piece features spacious drawers combined with mitered corners,......read more

Chocolate Googly Eyes

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Playful Pop Art-inspired chocolate by Mary & Matt $10.00

From the never-not-fun chocolate collection by Mary & Matt come these Chocolate Googly Eyes -- the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth and sense of humor. Designers by trade, Mary Mattson and Matt Even launched Chocolate Editions in 2009 as a fun creative outlet. While they produce the artisanal, small-run sweets in their Brooklyn kitchen, they don't consider themselves part of the......read more

William Miller: Gowanus Canal

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NYC photographer finds abstract beauty in the polluted Brooklyn waterway

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal carries the unwelcome distinction of being one of America's most polluted waterways. To gaze into it is to witness more than a century of unfettered industrial abuse, with all of the coal tar, oil slicks, and garbage you might expect. So it's not exactly the most photogenic landscape in New York. But local photographer William Miller has a knack for finding beauty in......read more

Good Food Award Winners Taster by Mouth

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Award-winning goodies for the foodie in your life $125.00

If any of your friends or loved ones are food-obsessed, your search for their next gift begins and ends at Mouth, the go-to site for thoughtful, hand-crafted snacks, treats, drinks, and condiments. This particular Mouth gift pack contains a delectable array of champs from the 2013 Good Food Awards--an annual celebration of delicious, sustainable food launched by Seedling Projects. The winning......read more

Standing Bowl by Fort Standard

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American-made, sand cast aluminum bowl with architecturally inspired planar legs $84.00

We first became aware of Brooklyn-based design studio Fort Standard via their amazing geometric brass bottle openers. We checked back in recently to discover that the two-man operation has expanded its home product line to include these architecture-inspired standing bowls. Made of sand cast aluminum, the clean, understated bowls are elevated off the table surface by upright planar......read more

Brooklyn Farmer

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Filmmaker Michael Tyburski profiles the world's biggest rooftop farm

If you're reading this, you're probably already familiar with Brooklyn Grange (if not, start here then go here). In Brooklyn Farmer, filmmaker Michael Tyburski follows the story of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who turned unused space in the city into the world's biggest rooftop farm, producing over 120,000 pounds of food for the local community. Today the farm is looking to......read more

Sustainable Seafood Comes to Brooklyn

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Transparency is the name of the game at an upstart fish market in Greenpoint

Inae Oh for the Huffington Post: Though studies have continuously shed light on the dangers of overfishing and its potentially disastrous consequences for marine ecosystems around the world, the challenge of finding sustainable, responsibly procured seafood remains persistent. The problem is particularly pronounced in New York City, where independent fishmongers have been rapidly pushed out by......read more

Brooklyn Informed: The Gowanus Canal

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Learn more about the Gowanus Canal "sewershed," newly named an EPA Superfund site.

The murky depths of Brooklyn's highly polluted Gowanus Canal conceal the remains of its industrial past. Now, having recently been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List, it looks to a clean future ahead. The best part? Restoring the canal will be paid for by polluters, not taxpayers....read more

Brooklyn Informed: Glassphemy!

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Smashing bottles on the Gowanus Canal.

New York's Macro-Sea invades underused urban spaces and reenergizes them with creative projects and happenings. Like Glassphemy!, a 20x30-foot "visceral and psychological recycling center" erected in a pre-gentrified lot on the Gowanus Canal. In a violently fun take on recycling, participants were invited in the structure to smash empty beer bottles against the bulletproof glass. The shattered......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

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