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Reclamation Points: Salvaging Materials for Trendy Designs | Jewish Exponent

Heartwalk, a sculpture made from reclaimed Atlantic City boardwalk pieces, is shown here on tour in Brooklyn. NYCDOT.

You may not have noticed it, but if you’ve eaten at Bryan Sikora’s lovely La Fia in Wilmington, any of Jose Garces’ spots, Jake’s in Manayunk or Stephen Starr’s Fette Sau, you’ve been in the presence of recycled building materials and rescued architectural finishes. Artists have long been hip to this karmic win/win, using found objects to create jaw-dropping masterpieces of all stripes. Heartwalk, a 30-foot wooden heart sculpture installed in Atlantic City last November, was created by Brooklyn, N.Y., design firm Situ Studio, which used reclaimed wood from Hurricane Sandy-battered boardwalks.

via Reclamation Points: Salvaging Materials for Trendy Designs | Jewish Exponent.

J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat

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While J.Crew’s bold colors and tailored lines may have been wowing the audience during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, it was the runway that stole the show. Created from wood salvaged from Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, and Atlantic City, models strutted their stuff over what was once considered wreckage from Hurricane Sandy.

via J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Buyers unmoved by Sandy’s reclaimed wood | Crain’s New York Business

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“The prices New York-sourced wood is asking are astronomical,” said Vincent Kaufmann, operations manager at LV Wood, a Manhattan-based reclaimed wood retailer, whose eight employees handle 75,000 feet to 100,000 feet of wood products monthly. “I can get the exact same beams at a much more reasonable price from dealers down south,” he said. “And the supply is much more consistent.”

Selling the story in the beams.

Eco-conscious customers value the story behind a boards: where it’s from, how old it is, and what the material was used for in its original life. Bigwood handled the wood coming out of one of the first condom factories in the U.S.

“I don’t know why,” said Mr. Stopper, “But it didn’t matter what else I was selling, everybody wanted a piece of the condom factory.”

As compelling as Sandy’s “hurricane in one’s house” story might appear, its tale has yet to translate into major sales.

“When I consider the prospect for a floor having another life,” said Mr. Solomon, “For them to come out of a building and go back into a new one, it’s become like that one acorn becoming the giant tree.”

via Buyers unmoved by Sandy’s reclaimed wood | Crain’s New York Business.

Abandoned Rockaway Courthouse to be Resurrected into State-Of-The-Art Hospital | Inhabitat New York City

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Rockaway Courthouse has sat empty for decades, but plans are now in the works to give it new life as a much-needed hospital in a community that faced the 2012 closure of a major health center, not to mention the blows of Hurricane Sandy.

via Abandoned Rockaway Courthouse to be Resurrected into State-Of-The-Art Hospital | Inhabitat New York City.

New Jerseyans salvage Hurricane Sandy debris to create new goods | NJ.com

The Tuckerton Creek overflowed into many of the buildings in the borough’s historic seaport during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the maritime museum with dumpsters full of debris to discard.

Ben Wurst works on cutting out an outline of New Jersey from wood he salvaged from debri left by Hurricane Sandy.

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Erin O’Neill/The Star-Ledger   But among the piles of trash, Ben Wurst spotted the opportunity to create something new.

Now flooring from the seaport is stacked among other piles of salvaged wood outside of Wurst’s home in the New Gretna section of Bass River Township. There, in a small woodshop in his backyard, Wurst turns old fences, floors and walls into frames, furniture and collectibles.

“At least I got some of it — as much as I could, there was tons of it — just to try and save some of it from going to the landfill,” Wurst — who owns reclaimed LLC — said about the flooring from the seaport.

Wurst has used that wood — as well as pieces of the building known as “The Shack” that sat along Route 72 heading into Long Beach Island and was destroyed during Sandy — to create cutouts of New Jersey that he sells online.

“We have a cool state to cut out, I think. Our whole state is defined by water pretty much if you look at it. You have the river, the bay and the ocean,” he said.

Wurst said he found the Shack debris after the storm and knew it belonged to the iconic structure because of the age of the wood. He donated 30 percent of the proceeds he made from sales in January to hurricane relief.

Renee Kennedy, who handles public relations for the Tuckerton Seaport, lauded Wurst for “just taking that wood and reclaiming it and doing something else with it.”

Wurst isn’t alone in his efforts.

Read the entire inspiring article via New Jerseyans salvage Hurricane Sandy debris to create new goods | NJ.com.

MoMA Challenges Designers to Rebuild Far Rockaway Sustainably After Hurricane Sandy | Inhabitat New York City

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Thousands of New Yorkers are still rebuilding after the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy – and as restoration of the hard-hit Far Rockaway continues, the Museum of Modern Art is seeking to collaborate with artists, architects and designers to rebirth the battered neighborhood with a unique mission. The new initiative is calling on ideas for alternative housing models, the creation of social spaces, new uses of public space, boardwalk restoration, protection of the shoreline, and more for the Rockaways.

via MoMA Challenges Designers to Rebuild Far Rockaway Sustainably After Hurricane Sandy | Inhabitat New York City.

Heartwalk: Heart-Shaped Pavilion Made of Hurricane Sandy-Salvaged Boardwalk Planks Opens in Times Square | Inhabitat New York City

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You could really feel the love in Times Square this morning with the unveiling of Heartwalk, a heart-shaped art installation made of boardwalk planks salvaged after Hurricane Sandy. Conceptualized and designed by Brooklyns Situ Studio, the LED-laced pavilion will provide lovers and others with the perfect photo opp backdrop for Valentines Day on Thursday.

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Reclaim NYC Furniture Made From Sandy Debris Still Available for Sale Reclaim NYC – Inhabitat New York City

Last month, 24 one-of-a-kind pieces made from Hurricane Sandy debris were put up for bid at the Reclaim NYC silent auction. The proceeds from the salvaged material furniture and art went towards helping those affected by last October’s super storm, but a few pieces are still up for grabs! If you had your heart set on owning one of these very special creations, click through our gallery to see some of the remaining ones.

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We are big, BIG fans of what Reclaim NYC is doing to raise money for Sandy survivors and to bring awareness to building material reuse and salvage.

Not to mention, that the state of New Jersey is very dear to us! Why not place a bid at the auction so we don’t have to take a bat to your knees s’okay?

Some might balk at the notion of owning a lamp made from debris Sandy left behind. But as New Jersey residents working to reuse the Atlantic City boardwalk have found, storm survivors can be passionate about preserving evidence of the destruction. The Reclaim NYC project is following a similar instinct, turning objects destroyed by the storm into ad hoc memorials. “It sounds like a cliché, but there’s a real sense of optimism in the design community here,” Chambard adds. “We all come to the table, we each have different voices, but it’s somehow very cohesive. It’s what I love about the city.”

The Après Collection will be on the auction block on December 19, alongside work from Dror Benshetrit and Lindsey Adelman. RSVP here.

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Architizer Blog » Designers Make Furniture From Sandy Debris For Reclaim NYC Benefit Auction

Calling all designers: If you’re in New York and you spot a fine piece of abandoned wood, don’t let it go to waste. It may have the makings of a chair, table, or sleek tchotchke that design-minded New Yorkers will shell out hard cash for in an upcoming Reclaim NYC auction that will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Read more!

via Architizer Blog » Designers Make Furniture From Sandy Debris For Reclaim NYC Benefit Auction.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Orange painted by LittleShoreHouse on Etsy

Help support the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore!

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Proceeds will go to the Monmouth Beach School, which was badly damaged in the storm and is closed indefinitely for repairs.

Our town of Monmouth Beach, NJ was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, as were may of the other surrounding towns. As we looked at the piles of debris coming from many of our friends’ houses, we thought perhaps we could make something from the pieces of these damaged houses to raise money to help get our town back to the quaint little beach town so many love. So we went around town and started picking up pieces of wood quickly before they were hauled off.

Each 12″x12″ hand-painted wood wall hanging is made from wood collected from our friends and neighbors’ damaged houses (after asking their permission, of course). The wood we are collecting is lathing – strips of wood inside plaster walls. Many of the homes in our town were built in the early 1900’s. To know they will probably be replaced by drywall makes these boards even more special.

 

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Bulldozers to Demolish 200 Hurricane Sandy-Damaged Homes in New York | Inhabitat New York City

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Despite the tireless efforts of volunteers in the Rockaways and other areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, some homes simply could not be salvaged. Over the weekend, The NY Times reported that the city Department of Buildings has slated over 200 of these homes for demolition across the boroughs. Another 500 properties still need to be inspected to see if they too will face the same fate.

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