Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Created as a contemporary garden terrace for Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices, the green roof features a plant collection consisting of several grasses, shrubs and perennials integrated with ipe decking. The rooftop also boasts a 3-hole putting

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Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Company has a new vision for the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery on Williamsburg’s waterfront. The company bought the property in 2012 with plans to renovate, but has just released an alternative plan designed by SHoP Architects that

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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t wasting any time on combating climate change and greening the Big Apple as his third term comes to a close. Recently, he signed three new critical pieces of green legislation authored by Councilmember James F. Gennaro (D-Fresh

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7 Bryant Park LEED Gold Office Building to Break Ground in Midtown Today

7 Bryant Park LEED Gold Office Building to Break Ground in Midtown Today

Located on the corner of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue the project is slated to be completed by the end of 2014. The project’s mission is to create a building that can offer small and modest-sized companies big business infrastructure.

The building will

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Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

From outside of the home, the 5,300 square foot brick townhouse looks like a traditional Cobble Hill property. But once inside, the space gives way to a design and finish that is clean and contemporary with soaring ceilings and generous dimensions.

At 25-feet

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NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

BIG’s unusual sloped structure aims to combine two types of architecture – European low-rise apartment blocks and typical Manhattan towers. The 38-story building, currently known as W57, will link the rest of the street to the Hudson River, creating mini-neighborhoods

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Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are all for the redevelopment of the industrial Willets Point neighborhood next to Citi Field – as long as it includes a Las Vegas-style casino. Last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to overhaul the area into a LEED-seeking

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Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Adjaye Associates’ 13-story Sugar Hill housing complex is currently under construction in Harlem and, when complete, will bring 124 affordable housing units, a children’s museum, and an early education center to the neighborhood. Powered by funds from city,

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Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

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Brooklynites value their books, but some branches of the Brooklyn Public Library just aren’t seeing any play. Aging, in disrepair and underused, these satellite libraries were built in the early 1900s before most neighborhoods developed

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Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

The competition was part of a larger initiative to create more available units for one- and two-person households — some as small as 250 square feet, the largest at 370 square feet. The winning project, dubbed “My Micro NY”, focuses on quality and

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PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

We’ve long been fans of architect Michelle Kaufmann’s iconic Breezehouse prefab home ever since we first wrote about it back in 2005 (yes, we’re getting old). The Breezehouse was one of Kaufmann’s groundbreaking modern green prefab homes that helped generate

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PHOTOS: Cobble Hill’s Newest LEED-Gold Condos Up for Sale – We Tour the $2.6M Brooklyn Digs!

PHOTOS: Cobble Hill’s Newest LEED-Gold Condos Up for Sale – We Tour the $2.6M Brooklyn Digs!

The building at 253 Pacific reclaims a narrow space of 25 feet wide by 100 feet long (the building is 65 ft deep) that was once occupied by a one-story car garage. Though the site seems quite compact, the units’ interiors feel spacious and airy given the high

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Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Porcelanosa, a premiere European manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile, has announced its plans to renovate its flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown Manhattan. To complete the job, they brought in Foster + Partners to conceptualize

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Artist Creates “Alice in Wonderland” Home Inside an Abandoned Farmhouse

Artist Creates “Alice in Wonderland” Home Inside an Abandoned Farmhouse

The sprawling farmhouse sits on a lush plot of land in a little village along the Finger Lakes. Mackenzie-Childs and his family decided to rehabilitate the home themselves, using their artistic training to guide them through creating their dream home. Wanting

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Village Green Becomes the First LEED Gold New Residential Building Below 59th Street in Manhattan

Village Green Becomes the First LEED Gold New Residential Building Below 59th Street in Manhattan

The Village Green is an eco-luxury building in the heart of the East Village. The façade is lined with floor-to-ceiling double-insulated windows, which flood each unit with natural light while reducing noise pollution from the city streets outside. The building

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Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

The NYC Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals today calling for architects and developers to submit ideas on how to make the best use of the six-acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development site. Entrants are being asked to reimagine

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Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Sunrise Yard consolidates the DOT’s maintenance programs into one facility located in a residential area of Queens. Designed by Gruzen Samton • IBI Group, the 27,000 sq. ft. building provides a home base for the carpenters, electricians, and plumbers who

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A New Mars Bar May Open Below the TD Bank on Its Original Site

A New Mars Bar May Open Below the TD Bank on Its Original Site

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After all the hubbub yesterday brought on by the announcement that a TD Bank will soon occupy the space formerly known as punk hangout Mars Bar, developer BFC Partners revealed that a new version of the iconic haunt may soon reappear

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Isn’t It Ironic? East Village Punk Hangout Mars Bar to Be Reborn as a TD Bank Branch

Isn’t It Ironic? East Village Punk Hangout Mars Bar to Be Reborn as a TD Bank Branch

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Over the last few years, the East Village has traded much of its bohemian flavor for tony high rise apartments, fancy hotels and even a 7-Eleven. Now those who remember the neighborhood’s artsy roots have one more nail to hammer

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New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

Built in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore, the Helmsley Building is owned by Monday Properties and is one of the only buildings in Manhattan that you can drive through. The spectacular new display covering the whole 34-story tower’s facade is crowned by its

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LEED Gold Certified Applebee’s Opens in Harlem with Beautiful Green Wall (PHOTOS)

LEED Gold Certified Applebee’s Opens in Harlem with Beautiful Green Wall (PHOTOS)

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New Renderings of Jean Nouvel’s Controversial Torre Verre MoMA Tower Reveal a Faceted Facade

New Renderings of Jean Nouvel’s Controversial Torre Verre MoMA Tower Reveal a Faceted Facade

The new renders focus on the exterior of the proposed tower, and feature a criss-crossed latticed façade. The asymmetrical facets form three separate pathways that join together at the tower’s criticized soaring top in three crystalline peaks.

The 78-story

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First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

Hudson Yards is currently a predominantly blank space on the west side on Manhattan above 33rd Street, but is set to become a bright spot in the city with lots of new amenities. The 26-acre site is the single largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan

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Empire State Building Lights Up the Night with a Psychedelic LED Light Show Set to Alicia Keys

Empire State Building Lights Up the Night with a Psychedelic LED Light Show Set to Alicia Keys

When the Empire State Building got an LED makeover a few months ago, we were excited for its increased energy efficiency, but we had no idea what creative possibilities the new bulbs could bring! Last night, New Yorkers (and some Jersey-ites) were treated

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Harlem Applebee’s Will Be First LEED Gold Restaurant in NYC, Complete With Lush Living Walls

Harlem Applebee’s Will Be First LEED Gold Restaurant in NYC, Complete With Lush Living Walls

NYC’s first-ever LEED Gold restaurant will be opening in December – and somewhat surprisingly, it will be an Applebee’s. Up until now, the American chain eatery hasn’t exactly had a reputation that coincides with being green, healthy or sustainable, but hopefully

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