August 10, 2010
Around Town : Build It Green!NYC
Posted by Hosanna Houser
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.
1 lets go see what's inside
3 immediately it becomes clear that there is a lot to look at
4 old wood planks
5 lots of options for molding
6 banisters? chair backs? whatever they might be i like the shapes
7 At that price, cat scratchers galore can be created!
8 slabs of marble ready to be cleaned up and put to use
9 thankfully areas were marked
12 this old DINER sign is pretty awesome...
13 ...and there was even a jukebox to go with it!
14 this vintage stove is in a great shape and still works
15 old cast iron mantels for fireplaces
16 beautiful slab of marble, perfect for a counter
17 my dream tub, well when cleaned out.
18 old toilettes looking for a new kind of use
19 a jumble of mannequins
20 a section of brass lamps
21 stay tuned to see how Aaron transformed this lamp for Halloween
22 there was even a disco ball
23 attached on an outside wall was this interesting paper cut
24 a close up of the paper cut
25 and another wall was fully covered by a green vine, which felt appropriate
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