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Around Town : Build It Green!NYC

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Recently a few of us from TV went on an excursion to Build It Green (aka BIG), located in a massive warehouse in Queens. What is BIG? Well, it is "New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials." Which is rather amazing when you think about how much building/deconstructing happens in NYC, and the amount of waste that is produced. Thankfully BIG does exist and keeps 450 tons of that stuff from ending up in landfills.

We went to look for elements and props for an upcoming TV special, but BIG is much more then a prop place. There is an ever-changing supply of wood, doors, sinks, cabinets, marble…well, see the photos below to get the picture or Kristin’s post. There are supplies that can be used for small projects or big ones like a new kitchen. It’s pretty impressive and very encouraging to know that there is a way to do renovations in a cost-effective way, and be nice to the planet.

Not in the NYC area? A quick search online will help locate a recycled-building-material source near you.

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lets go see what's inside

1 lets go see what's inside

hmmmm

2 hmmmm

immediately it becomes clear that there is a lot to look at

3 immediately it becomes clear that there is a lot to look at

old wood planks

4 old wood planks

lots of options for molding

5 lots of options for molding

banisters? chair backs? whatever they might be i like the shapes

6 banisters? chair backs? whatever they might be i like the shapes

At that price, cat scratchers galore can be created!

7 At that price, cat scratchers galore can be created!

slabs of marble ready to be cleaned up and put to use

8 slabs of marble ready to be cleaned up and put to use

thankfully areas were marked

9 thankfully areas were marked

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this old DINER sign is pretty awesome...

12 this old DINER sign is pretty awesome...

...and there was even a jukebox to go with it!

13 ...and there was even a jukebox to go with it!

this vintage stove is in a great shape and still works

14 this vintage stove is in a great shape and still works

old cast iron mantels for fireplaces

15 old cast iron mantels for fireplaces

beautiful slab of marble, perfect for a counter

16 beautiful slab of marble, perfect for a counter

my dream tub, well when cleaned out.

17 my dream tub, well when cleaned out.

old toilettes looking for a new kind of use

18 old toilettes looking for a new kind of use

a jumble of mannequins

19 a jumble of mannequins

a section of brass lamps

20 a section of brass lamps

stay tuned to see how Aaron transformed this lamp for Halloween

21 stay tuned to see how Aaron transformed this lamp for Halloween

there was even a disco ball

22 there was even a disco ball

attached on an outside wall was this interesting paper cut

23 attached on an outside wall was this interesting paper cut

a close up of the paper cut

24 a close up of the paper cut

and another wall was fully covered by a green vine, which felt appropriate

25 and another wall was fully covered by a green vine, which felt appropriate

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