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Flock Houses Land in City Parks; BK Cruise Terminal Upgrades

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We're closing up shop early this afternoon. Happy Friday, and we'll be back with weekend posts bright and early tomorrow!

NYC PARKS?If you spot something that looks like a shanty in a city park this summer, don't worry, it's not a homeless camp. It's a Flock House by artist Mary Mattingly. The houses are "self-contained ecosystems" inspired by global migration and pilgrimage. The idea rethinks temporary housing as a mobile, adaptable system that can easily be transported by the user. The first structures have been installed in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Battery Park, and they will later travel to Snug Harbor, Coleman Oval, and Van Cortlandt Park. [Curbedwire Inbox; official]

RED HOOK?Next year, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get the East Coast's first shore power port facility. Docking boats will be able to plug-in to the grid, eliminating the need to use their diesel generators for power. Residents have often complained about the pollution from ships, so this is a big plus for the neighborhood, as the boats often dock for 11 hours, spewing smoke into the air. [Curbedwire Inbox]