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11 Times Square and the Subprime Lending Meltdown- What Does it Mean for Green Building?

Over the past couple of weeks, it’s been impossible to ignore the economic doomsday scenarios that pundits have been tossing about in the wake of several high profile bankruptcy declarations by subprime lenders like American Home Mortgage (as well as the $11.5 billion loan obtained by Countrywide Financial to bolster its cash reserves). So, should […]

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Revisions to Wicks Law Stall; Albany Vows to Push Forward

Back in March, gbNYC joined various industry leaders in calling on Albany to repeal the Wicks Law, anachronistic 1920s-era legislation that requires municipal owners in the State of New York, including New York City, to use four separate contractors on any construction project greater than $50,000 for general construction, plumbing and gas fitting, heating and […]

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Definition of Sustainable Building Must Encompass Urban Infrastructure

Yesterday’s rush hour chaos in Midtown was an explosive reminder that twenty-first century sustainable building practices are meaningless in the absence of reliable infrastructure able to support a dense urban environment. While Con Edison is spending $20 million this year to maintain New York City’s steam pipes, much of Gotham’s infrastructure- from utilities to mass […]

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Green Roofs, Cool Cities: Apple’s Green Roofs Take Shape in Queens

Green Roofs, Cool CitiesUploaded by RiverWired I wrote about how Queens is leading the charge to green New York City’s rooftops earlier this year, so I’m pleased to see that Vanessa Rae and the folks at RiverWired’s weekly Pulse video podcast have put together a terrific production about Gotham’s green roofs focused primarily around the […]

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Green Buildings Driving Midtown Rents to Unprecedented Heights

Last week’s edition of Crain’s reported the highest average asking rents (per square foot) in Midtown. It probably won’t surprise you that the highest are found at LEED Platinum hopeful Bank of America Tower (image to left), where an eye-popping $150 will give you (and presumably the clients paying for your sparkling new eco-friendly digs) […]

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Columbia’s Manhattanville Expansion to Participate in LEED-ND Pilot Program

Columbia announced today that its seventeen acre Manhattanville expansion project, designed by Renzo Piano and SOM, has been accepted into the LEED for Neighborhood Development (“LEED-ND”) Pilot Program. (image of the project site looking west from Broadway along 125th Street via Columbia). Interestingly, the news comes immediately in advance of the start of the City’s […]

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Green Retail, Building Now Weekly Staples in Crain’s

Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed that Crain’s New York Business has included an increasing number of articles on a variety of green building- and green business- issues. This week, Elisabeth Butler notes the proliferation of eco-friendly New York City retailers, from the Lower East Side’s MooShoes, which sells vegan shoes and accessories […]

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Crain’s Offers Glimpse at City’s Proposed PlaNYC 2030 Energy Mandates

According to a confidential report obtained by Crain’s New York Business, and included as part of this week’s edition’s cover story, the Bloomberg administration is in the process of outlining an energy proposal that it will include in its PlaNYC 2030, which remains under development. One of 2030’s overarching goals is to achieve a thirty […]

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New York City Department of Education and School Construction Authority Unveil NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System

Introduced just yesterday through a joint effort from the Department of Education and School Construction Authority, the New York City Green Schools Guide and Rating System (“GSG”) will apply to all new school construction, modernization, and renovation projects in the five boroughs. The GSG and Rating System is based on LEED, but also incorporates elements […]

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NYC’s Affordable Housing Developers May Face Renewed Battle Over Green Building Mandate

An interesting item appeared in this week’s print edition of Crain’s New York Business. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) is apparently considering the use of the Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities rating system in connection with affordable housing development here in New York. Crain’s reports that HPD Commissioner Shaun […]

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