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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

Brooklyn Informed: Farm City

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A celebration of urban agriculture in Brooklyn.

The way we see it, growing food in cities is a great way to address some of the social, environmental, and health problems faced by urbanites. Derek Denckla agrees. The Brooklyn-based green visionary helped launch the Farm City project (named after Novella Carpenter's excellent book on adventures in city farming) to explore and promote the practice of urban agriculture. Our intrepid Brooklyn......read more

Brooklyn Informed: An Art of Decay

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Andrew Casner's conversation-starting compost art.

Compositions or decompositions? You be the judge. Either way, Andrew Casner's compost paintings are nothing if not captivating. In this episode of BKI, the Brooklyn resident and urban farmer discusses his unusual artistic practice, which involves placing a canvas under a compost pile, then uncovering it a month later to reveal an abstract, agrarian piece of art. Originally inspired by the......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Breuckelen Distilling

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Brad Estabrooke's micro-distillery keeps things local.

This week on Brooklyn Informed, the BKI team hooks up with Brad Estabrooke, owner and founder of the Breuckelen Distilling Company in Sunset Park. The 31 year-old native of Maine bailed on a career on Wall Street to open the small-scale distillery near the Gowanus waterfront, where he crafts farm-to-bar gin from organic raw ingredients sourced around New York state. With a grain mill, a......read more

Hyphae Lamp

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Leaf-like LED lamp informed by biomimetics $600.00

Now this is some next-level biomimicry. The Hyphae Lamp, created by Massachusetts design studio Nervous System, is a 3D-printed table light that is grown organically using the same process leaves use to form veins. Using a algorithm that mimics the leaf venation process, the lamp's designers have created a one-of-a-kind lamp that casts a ethereal pattern of branching shadows around the room. The......read more

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