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Spreading the Reuse-Love to Our Cities Street Cats

After Superstorm Sandy hit NYC last fall, many were left without a place to stay. When the Build It Green!NYC Gowanus reuse center re-opened, Kathryn Walton took it upon herself to pick up some materials to create a home for some of those little furry ones left without shelter: stray cats. Kathryn is the founder of The American Street Cat (TASC), a non profit organization designed to help neuter, shelter, and find homes for stray cats across New York City.

In addition to starting an organization focused on addressing the stray cat population in the city, Kathryn is also a designer. She created cat shelters from recycled materials, some of which were from Build It Green!NYC. The shelters she created used old cat food cans as the exterior walls. These cans were filled with recycled denim as insulation, which is more effective than the 1-1/2" rigid pink building insulation. Kathryn also custom cut recycled materials to form an insulated ceiling and floor. With a couple of screws, there was suddenly a highly sustainable home for some of the cats with TASC. These new homes were featured in a shelter design exhibit and are now in a cat colony on the grounds of a Brooklyn monastery.

This story was written by BIG!NYC Intern, Justine Braunger.

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Victoria Albert Clawfoot Tub
$725 in Astoria
ALU: 25144
Lovely Lingerie Chest
$400 in Gowanus
ALU: 25153
Take advantage of FREE PALLETS at our Astoria location, and start your very own pallet garden!

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Bobrick Recessed Paper Towel Dispenser

$125 ea. in Astoria

ALU: 25136 (4 available)   

Sub-Zero Integrated 36in Refrigerator

$3,750 ea. in Astoria

ALU: 25064 (2 available) 


$0 in Astoria

ALU: 25152

Rough Dimension 2in x 3in

$1 ea. in Astoria

ALU: 25108 (100 available) 

12in x 12in Poplar Block 

$40 ea. in Astoria

ALU: 25117 (11 available) 

Carpet Rolls

$50-100 ea. in Astoria

ALU: 25155

Orange Hanging Light

    $65 in Gowanus

ALU: 24790

Buttercup Yellow Sink    


$350 in Gowanus

ALU: 24862
Calligaris Ottoman


$75 ea. in Gowanus

ALU: 25111 (3 available) 

Habersham Plantation End Cabinet w. Hidden Drawer

$1,500 in Gowanus

ALU: 25154

Washer Dryer Set

$300 for the set in Gowanus

ALU: 24895
Rheem Glass Fury Self-Cleaning Water Heater

  $250 in Gowanus

ALU: 24917

Environmental Events in NYC:

Friday, February 15-17 (Three Day Event!)
Recycle-A-Bicycle presents Youth Bike Summit 2013! Held at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, NYC. Purchase tickets in advance.

Sundays, 9am-12pm.
Food Scraps Drop Off at Jackson Heights Greenmarket. 34th Ave btn 77 & 78th Streets, Jackson Heights.

Saturday, April 6.
The Annual Brooklyn Queens Landtrust Membership Meeting.

Monday, April 22.
Save the Date: The Greenhouse Project 5th Annual Benefit. Top of the Standard, The Standard Hotel, NYC.

Saturday, May 4, 11am-1pm.
Build It Green!NYC-Astoria 150 Tree Giveaway, through NYRP MillionTreesNYC program. Hosted at BIG!NYC in Astoria, 3-17 26th Ave. Reserve your FREE tree in April!

Sunday, May 5, 11am-1pm.
Build It Green!NYC-Gowanus 150 Tree Giveaway, through NYRP MillionTreesNYC program. Hosted at BIG!NYC in Gowanus, 69 9th St. Brooklyn. Reserve your FREE tree in April!


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