Friends, colleagues, and loyal GRELJ subscribers, a belated Happy New Year! It’s been over a year since I’ve blogged in this space and much has been happening in my world. I want to share with you what I’ve been working on and where I see this site fitting into the online green building conversation in 2014.
As you may know, for much of the last year I have been blogging at GRELJ’s predecessor site, gbNYC, focusing primarily on news and analysis related to New York City’s construction and commercial real estate industries. It was a busy 2013. The transformation of many traditional Manhattan submarkets into hotbeds of leasing activity for technology companies has been dramatic, and it was exciting to track many of the big deals last year, from Yahoo’s and Microsoft’s moves to Times Square to BuzzFeed reupping in Midtown South. Large developments like Hudson Yards and the new Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island moved forward, and downtown Brooklyn continued its transformation into a technology hub.
But from where I sit every day, there has been much taking place within the design and construction industries beyond green, and certainly beyond New York City. The changing relationships between designers, contractors, and owners and America’s continued crumbling infrastructure are just as critical to the future of our industry as building performance and green building issues. So for the latter part of 2013 I felt a strong pull to come back to GRELJ and focus on more technical legal issues, like new project delivery mechanisms and regulatory regimes. I am excited to be back, and look forward to delivering new content on, at the very least, a weekly basis during 2014.
You will see some changes here at the Journal. In addition to making some aesthetic tweaks, I have pulled over some content from gbNYC – nearly 400 articles, in fact. Although many of these articles are focused on New York City, I believe they should appropriately be part of the Journal archives and fit in with the overall focus and mission of this site. I have reorganized all of the categories and archives – you can scroll through them chronologically or by category. There are still some bugs and other minor technical issues that need to be worked out but I look forward to your feedback on the new site.
As for me, I continue to serve as in-house construction counsel for a large engineering and construction company in New York City. Last June, I joined the Board of Directors of the Green Building Initiative, which has been in the news of late with the appointment of Jerry Yudelson as the organization’s new leader. I still live in Manhattan with my wife and daughter, who is 17 months old and keeping us on our toes, toddling all over our apartment.
Again, I am very happy to be back and I look forward to continuing the conversation with you in 2014!