New York City’s High Line has become a botanical oasis for urbanites across the city. But underground, things are also brewing for another “Garden of Eden”– the proposed Lowline. After a successful preview in an abandoned market on Essex Street in the Lower East Side in 2012 (has is been that long already?), the Lowline will open the Lowline Lab on October 17th in the same location following a Kickstarter earlier this year that raised over $220,000.

In this location two blocks from the proposed site, the Lowline Lab has been conducting experiments for the last six months, mimicking what the actual Lowline site will be able to produce, and exploring what solar technology collection and distribution system is needed to produce productive plant life.


WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”

Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to bikes@wnyc.org.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.


Most New Yorkers are familiar with the United Nations headquarters located in Turtle Bay. Its International Style Secretariat and General Assembly Buildings have become icons of the skyline of Manhattan’s East Side. It might come as a surprise that the General Assembly and the Security Council have not always met at this location. From its humble beginnings at London’s Central Methodist Hall to Paris’ Palais de Chaillot, the United Nations was a vagabond until gaining its permanent home. Here, we explore 5 locations in which the United Nations has been housed in the State of New York.


Salt Shed-Spring Street-Dattner Architects-NYC-2Photo via Dattner Architects, Spring Street salt shed under construction

We’ll admit, we’ve been obsessed with salt sheds for a while. It was only a matter of time before the functional structure was given the starchitect treatment. Rising on Spring Street along the West Side highway right now is the $10 $20 million Spring Street salt shed, to house 5,000 tons of salt (imported from Chile) for those messy, winter days in New York City. The design firm, Dattner Architects, is fresh off the opening of its most recent high-profile project: the new 7 line subway station at Hudson Yards.


Standing on the 606, a new elevated park in Chicago, can be a bit disorienting.  In some locations it does not feel like one is in the middle of a city but instead in a world of its own where runners, bicyclists, and walkers extend off into the horizon. In fact, the 606 is in the city, specifically an area that exemplifies one of Chicago’s nicknames – the City of Neighborhoods.

The 606 opened on June 6, 2015 (appropriately enough 6/06).  Its centerpiece is the Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7-mile long former freight rail line embankment that extends on an east-west alignment through several neighborhoods on the Northwest Side.


Open House New York Weekend is right around the corner and if you’re as excited as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are even more ways to get involved. We previously curated a list of 13 must-visit locations to see during OHNY that don’t require reservations, and now we’re showcasing what’s on tap for two special series that will be taking place during the weekend.

As part of the The Final Mile, factories part of the Made in NYC network will open its doors on Friday October 16th (the day before OHNY Weekend) for “Food Factory Friday and Production Spaces.” Then on the 17th and 18th, select urban farms and food business incubators will be hosting open houses. These tours provide you with an inside look at the businesses’ unique spatial needs and their innovative farming techniques within the city’s dense urban fabric.

OHNY is also partnering with the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to highlight some of New York City’s recent engineering feats. During “Engineering New York,” tours will give an insightful look at new buildings from the perspective of the structural engineers who helped transform them from an idea to a reality. All reservations begin tomorrow at 11am.