I attend the Philadelphia Flower Show yearly and I am incredibly grateful that in 2020 it took place prior to the pandemic shut down in the United States. The show is sheer floral beauty and offers inspirational and uplifting content. Held annually in the Winter season, it normally takes place indoors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s dates are...
energy efficient
The United States first-ever energy-efficient pre-Kindergarten built within a passive house building, and designed to meet passive house standards, has been completed by New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and CTA Architects, P.C. (CTA). This passive house building has been constructed according to the principles of the Passive House Institute (PHI). Being energy-efficient is the ultimate-goal of the...
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Dresdner Robin, a leading land-use consultancy based in Jersey City, NJ, announced it has completed design and site work on a 20-acre property surrounding Ramsey, NJ’s municipal pool, which includes a new, 2,300-square-foot senior center. Construction and site work began in late 2019 and is nearing completion. The redesigned complex, located at 75 East Oak St., features a new pool...
The west side of Manhattan is about to get even more spectacular. The brand new park above the Hudson is designed by Hearherwick Studio.  The park sits in the shadows of nearby, wildly successful 'High Line' and anchored by newly built Jetsons megalopolis aka Hudson Yards. The 2.3-acre park will cost approximately $250 million, which was donated mostly from Barry...
We headed to Camden, New Jersey to link up with Terina Nicole who has a bustling craft and upcycling business. Camden, NJ (103 Miles from the GWB) Tell our readers a bit about your background, where you born and raised? I was born and raised in Newark, NJ just 20 mins west of NYC and spent my weekends in the city shopping...
If you've visited Nork (Newark) recently, you probably noticed 14 brand new murals downtown.  This extra-large transformative project was made possible by a collaborative called ‘Four Corners Public Arts’. The 14 murals are part of the first phase of a multi-phase beautification. All the works of art are on Treat Place and Beaver Street in the city’s Downtown District. The artists...
This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show had a new date (June 5-13), look, and location. For the first time in its almost 200 year history, it was moved outdoors to FDR Park. The theme for 2021 was “Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece” exploring the beauty of life through nature’s kaleidoscopic lens. PHS Flower Show I wondered how the experience would change now that it...
Schools That Can (STC), a nonprofit organization that aims to close the opportunity and skills gap in urban areas, named the winners of its fifth annual “Design Challenge” on Thursday, Feb. 25. The virtual event allowed six schools representing Newark, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, and New York City to go head-to-head on innovative design concepts – creating efficient, sustainable layouts...
dog grooming
Too large to be a pocket pet, dog grooming fun has enabled larger pups to become a fashion accessory statement as well. Extreme makeovers have been turning barking fur babies into colorful and interesting works of art. From a Simple Pet to a Dog Grooming Fashion Statement Just as the children need to be bathed and groomed so do the doggies....
NewspaperWood
Items created from NewspaperWood are the perfect statement to help all inspired to save our planet from climate change as one adds new furnishings to their décor. Mieke Meijer has discovered, developed, and designed an innovative repurposing technique that renews old newspaper into a wood-like material. The NewspaperWood can then be crafted into furniture and décor accessories. NewspaperWood Aims to...
This past year of the pandemic has brought new home and garden trends for those seeking to renovate the abode in search of serenity.  During a year that has been freaking nuts, now more than ever folks are looking to spruce up their home turf and relax among their outdoor landscape. The inability to hop on a plane, or even...
Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, today unveiled designs for its exterior renovation – part of a five-year, three-phase $50 million project set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton, N.J.-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), includes a new marquee and streetscape. Design upgrades make Broad...
In a sea of new construction in Jersey City, one new project is standing out.  A plaza, aptly named “University Place,” which stems from a partnership between New Jersey City University, Jersey City, Claremont Companies, and others, will occupy 22 acres around the campus. For its role, Dresdner Robin, a land use consultancy headquartered in Jersey City, completed site and...
With the world striving to get back to visions of normalcy, New York City has a real treat for both LIRR commuters and Amtrak travelers. The Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station opened to the public on January 1st, 2021, and is being discovered as travel slowly returns. A unique point to note, many commuters have yet to...
Splendor Design is a company that continues to win awards for a wide array of projects on both sides of the Hudson.  Their incredible design team has created some iconic projects making it one of the hottest companies in our area.  They have become the go-to company for real estate marketing and branding.  We had an opportunity to sit...
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New Jersey-based marketing and design agency Splendor has completed rebranding projects for companies and retailers reshaping Red Bank, NJ’s west side, including Denholtz Properties, Sickles Market and Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co. For Denholtz, which opened its new 12,080-square-foot headquarters in Red Bank in June 2019, Splendor orchestrated a sweeping website redesign and a brand strategy that incorporated engaging multimedia...