If you're a New Yorker for whom Black Friday wasn't your scene, consider this twist on the holiday market. Build It Green, masters of reclaimed building and home furnishings, are hosting a reuse-themed holiday market at their Gowanus Reuse Center.
Crafted at the Canal is being held on Friday,...
We know you're busy. These organizations offer regular volunteer opportunities and don't require long-term commitment.
Photograph: Theresa Benedetti
Spread the literary love through this book-sharing program, which sets up cardboard-box stations on the street for passersby to pick...
If you’ve never been to one of the BIG!NYC Reuse Centers it’s basically a veritable Costco of reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the Gowanus in Brooklyn, you can find just about anything you need to start furnishing your home. From doors, tanker office desks...
"Build it Green!NYC Opens a New Recycled Wood Sawmill Called BIG!Millworks in Astoria" by Kevin Lee
Astoria, Queens is officially home to a new urban sawmill. Build It Green!NYC and Tri-Lox Workshop recently announced the launch of BIG!Millworks, a recycling wood works site housed within the BIG!...
Build It Green!NYC just launched BIG!Millworks, an urban sawmill program at BIG!’s Queens reuse center at 3-17 26th Avenue in Astoria. The folks at BIG! are now assembling a mill and plan to make products available in the wintertime. The mill will be used to reclaim and transform urban wood waste...
Under the, tracks of the F and G trains, a few paces from a Lowe’s hardware store and the Gowanus Canal, the bright-green paint job of the Brooklyn location for Build it Green! NYC (BIG!NYC) reminds passersby of the space’s mission: the nonprofit organization provides greener options for both...
Eighteen graduates of Nassau's treatment-oriented drug court program celebrated their sobriety and freedom yesterday- and thanked the judge and counselors who kept them straight. The heartfelt ceremony marked the 30th graduation from Nassau County Felony Treatment Court, which combines therapy,...
NEW YORK — The New York Hall of Science is set to become a DIYer's paradise this weekend, as a two-day event dedicated to thecelebration of science, technology and innovation kicks off in Queens.
World Maker Faire New York, which is nicknamed "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," will be open to...
Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to fall into this weekend? Join Inhabitat at Build It Green!NYC in Gowanus, Brooklyn this Saturday and spend an afternoon creating an incredible chandelier from reclaimed materials. Cassidy Brush, the designer and founder of Urban Chandy, will be...
A group based in Queens and Brooklyn is trying to salvage everyday items that are usually tossed curbside so they can be reused. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Inside a warehouse in Astoria, what could have been thrown into a dump somewhere is instead ready to have a new life.
Aug. 29, 2013 — For a recent hallway renovation at an Upper East Side co-op, the plan was to remove old wallpaper and replace worn carpeting. But in the process, remembers Marion Preston, former board treasurer of the 111-unit co-op, the previous board had ordered a huge supply of excess wallpaper...
Imagine my surprise today when I received the email newsletter from Build it Green NYC, which I always love to peruse, and the first story was a picture of the bookshelves that we built in our living room using reclaimed wood from their warehouse!?!? It was quite exciting! Yes, when I'm not...
Brooklyn is full of makers and designers responsible for creating more than a few objects that have caught our attention as of late. Some are obscure, others ingenious–all are definitely awesome and left us wondering: Who made that? We’ve decided to start finding out the back story behind some of...
This week on New York Viewpoint: August 4th, 2013
Today we bring you the Natural Areas Conservancy, which is restoring and conserving the green and blue spaces of NYC in order to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers. We also have with us an organization called "Count Me In", which is helping to...
By Virginia N. Sherry/Staten Island Advance
on July 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Award-winning Bountiful Harvest Garden is located on Tompkins Circle, Tompkinsville. Crops include...
(NEW YORK, NY) -- Any patch of greenery in New York City is a treasure for the community. Parks, tree lawns, and urban gardens can be sanctuaries for wildlife and plants while providing welcome relief to city dwellers in a landscape of cement and asphalt. This time of year it’s easy to see some of ...
Brooklyn might have Prospect Park, but aside from that oasis, there aren’t a whole lot of green spaces in the borough. But one green-thumbed Crown Heights resident wanted to change all that in her neighborhood, so she spearheaded the revamp of an overgrown community garden, transforming it into a...
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A screenshot of a photo on the Facebook page for the Peekskill Community Garden
About 30 campers will spruce up the Peekskill Community Garden Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The activity will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The...
GOWANUS — The toxic Gowanus Canal was once where industrial waste, gangsters and dolphins went to die, but today it's practically Brooklyn's Seine, teeming with new life and activity.
As the federal government prepares to clean up the heavily polluted Superfund site, advocates for the canal's...
by Yuka Yoneda
Having a treehouse in your backyard (or even a backyard, for that matter) is a treat that most of us who grew up here in New York City never got to experience, but Benjamin Jones wants to change that. The artist and set designer recently brought his TreeHouse made of recycled...
by Curbed Staff
Welcome back to Camera Obscura, Curbed's series of photo essays by Nathan Kensinger. This week, Kensinger visits Hallets Point to see what the neighborhood looks like before the upcoming development boom.
[In Halletts Point, a quiet Queens...
For women and transgendered interested in learning more about tools, eco-friendly salvage yard Built It Green! NYC has launched a monthly class. Whether you want to learn the basics — like the most effective ways to saw and drill — or are seeking more experience with power tools before building...
David Benjamin is just as comfortable manipulating bacteria to create new building materials as he is working with famous clients like Kanye West. Article by Wanda Lau
David Benjamin, cofounder of the design and research studio The Living, is collaborating with plant biologists at the University...
By Amy Hughes on May 6, 2013 7:32am | Updated on May 6, 2013 7:32am
BROOKLYN — You could wait until the weekend for the Brooklyn Flea, or get immediate gratification and often better deals on vintage furniture and accents at some of the borough's best brick-and-mortar thrifts.
A few of the...
Meet this week's Star of Queens: Jaclyn Jablkowski, communications manager for Build it Green.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jaclyn Jablkowski describes Build It Green!NYC as a place to donate or purchase recycled material in an attempt to keep waste out of landfills.
Jablkowski, the communications...
By Jeanmarie Evelly
QUEENS — A rooftop farm in Long Island City is turning trash into treasure.
Brooklyn Grange, which runs a one-acre rooftop farm on the Standard Motor Products Building on Northern Boulevard, is now home to a solar-powered composting system that breaks down food scraps...
Small spaces present a worthy design challenge -- not just for residing in but also for retail. This lovely urban example comes from Van Alen Books, a specialized bookstore in New York City that stocks volumes in architecture and design.
For their tiny 400-square-foot space,...
Need new furniture or have a home improvement project coming up? Skip the retail stores and places like Lowe's or Home Depot. You'll likely save much more—like over 50%—if you head to a reuse center instead.
Reuse centers are typically non-profit organizations that take salvaged or surplus home...
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On February 14, Mayor Bloomberg announced the introduction of a pilot program for composting, aka curbside recycling of food waste and scraps. In Staten Island. Predictably the complaints began immediately, as Staten Islanders and their Republican reps asked City...
by Yale Breslin
New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique...
By Jeanmarie Evelly on February 26, 2013 3:17pm | Updated on February 27, 2013 7:19am
ASTORIA — Queens residents are getting a chance to make their morning...
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Telemundo visits Build It Green! NYC in Astoria, Queens. See what they found!
The destruction from Sandy is expected to leave more than 12 million cubic yards of debris in New York state and New Jersey. The vast majority of it will be taken to landfills.
Efforts are being made to try to reuse some of the materials. In New York City, trees and other woody vegetation are...
by Meaghan Trainor
In between the presents and parties, it can be easy to forget the true spirit of the holiday season. Whether you worship at a church, temple, mosque, or Apple store, the holidays are a time to celebrate our common humanity. This year, think about giving back: wish your...
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Cartloads of debris, including wood from the Boardwalk, were carted to a parking lot in Jacob Riis Park.
By LIZ ROBBINS
Near Beach 114th Street, loose piles of planks from the once-proud Rockaway Boardwalk — a hardwood hodgepodge of Angelique, teak...
by The Urban Space Blog Squad
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The team at Build It Green! NYC, Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Imagine walking into a 21,000 square foot warehouse filled with leftover furniture, appliances and decorations from your dream apartment. At the...
No. 8 - Build It Green Makes it Big in Gowanus
"Beloved non-profit salvage and reuse emporium Build It Green has fast become an Astoria institution, appealing to contractors and weekend tinkerers alike with a vast warehouse filled with all manner of salvaged treasure. So it was, then, that...
At the end of June 2012, New York Times writer Liz Robbins researched and wrote about the history and present day uses of the Coney Island Boardwalk. Visit the New York Times to read how Build It Green!NYC was a small piece of the boardwalks present day puzzle!
Read the full New York Times article...
-By Andreas Fuchs
With no immediate news to link ShowCanada to this column, let’s start this month’s European column with an update of global proportions. A feature-length documentary film that captures scenes from every country in the world—all in one day on Oct. 10, 2010—was screened in 160...
According to a 2011 study that's downloadable here, the New York City construction industry generates 7 million tons of building materials waste each year. Of that amount, just a fraction is recycled.
Remember our entry on Reclaimed Cleveland, the operation that harvests that city's abandoned...
Build It Green! NYCNonprofit program BIG!NYC takes basic recycling to new lengths, reducing city waste by selling low-cost, salvaged and surplus building material like scaffolding, tiling, panels and shutters, which would otherwise get dumped in a landfill. Keeping New York’s carbon footprint to a...
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Volunteers Help Out "Green" Retail Outlet In Astoria
By: NY1 News
NY1 VIDEO: Volunteers in Astoria, Queens helped Build It Green NYC, a non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building material, on Sunday.
Click here to watch the video: http://queens.ny1....
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Richard Fine, the chief executive of Help Remedies, peruses the medicine cabinet options at Build It Green in Brooklyn; (718) 725-8925; bignyc.org.
By RIMA SUQI
RICHARD FINE arrived for a photo shoot wearing a navy jacket, a bright yellow sweater and...
Antique theatre seats from a Manhattan school auditorium, salvaged by Build It Green! NYC, can be had for $35 each.
When you think of New York City, green living is not the first thing that comes to mind. However,...
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Ángel Franco/The New York TimesGoing, gone! This cache of old toilets, along with some old sinks and outboard bathtubs, sold for $500.
Heaps of rusted metal, moldering bathroom appliances and stone steers’ heads have found new homes.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation...
January 20, 2012 2:11pm | By Jon Schuppe, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
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ASTORIA — For decades, bits and pieces of dismantled New York landmarks have been collected inside a dusty Brooklyn warehouse, offering a secret stash of city history....
by Phoebe Neidl
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All Proceeds Go To Environmental Initiatives
GOWANUS — One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This old maxim is being put into practice at a non-profit organization that just opened in Gowanus.
Situated in a 21,000-...