NYC Enacts Zone Green Rules Enabling Easier Sustainable Building

NYC Enacts Zone Green Rules Enabling Easier Sustainable Building

Building green in New York City just got a whole lot easier. The New York City Council has updated some archaic zoning laws, enabling energy efficient and solar-powered buildings to be constructed with ease. Citywide zoning regulations, called Zone Green,

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The Landmarked Museum of the City of New York Goes Green With a LEED-Seeking Renovation

The Landmarked Museum of the City of New York Goes Green With a LEED-Seeking Renovation

The Museum of the City of New York chose to complete the renovation in three phases so that the museum would never have to close entirely to visitors. Finished in 2008, the first phase updated the lobby, restoring the grand staircase and light-filled atrium.

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Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street launched its green renovation last year, working with the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) to create a plan that would allow the Settlement to upgrade its aging buildings, built in 1827, on a budget. The goal is to create a model, complete with a

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Cook + Fox Reveal Renderings of Phase Two for City Point Complex in Downtown Brooklyn

Cook + Fox Reveal Renderings of Phase Two for City Point Complex in Downtown Brooklyn

The ongoing City Point project is transforming the Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. The first phase, a four story retail complex is already complete, and now the second phase – two residential towers – is in the works. Designed by Cook+Fox with

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Statue of Liberty to Re-Open in Late 2012 With Artist Residency Program

Statue of Liberty to Re-Open in Late 2012 With Artist Residency Program

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On the heels of a $27 million dollar makeover, the Statue of Liberty plans to re-open in style. In a collaboration with the National Park Service and New Jersey City University, Lady Liberty is offering a unique chance for a few artists to

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OHNY openstudios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

OHNY openstudios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Go behind the scenes in the studios of dozens of New York City artists, architects, and designers with openhousenewyork’s third openstudios. This installation of the series takes places at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, inviting the public into one of the busiest

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Park Avenue Tower Set to Get a LEED Renovation in Hopes of Becoming NYC’s Next Iconic Building

Park Avenue Tower Set to Get a LEED Renovation in Hopes of Becoming NYC’s Next Iconic Building

A New York City developer has created a competition to enliven the Park Avenue skyline. L&L Holding Co. is asking distinguished architects, including Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster, for design proposals to transform the boxy building of 425 Park Avenue

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Green Map Launches New NYC Energy Map

Green Map Launches New NYC Energy Map

Green Map, the open source system that maps everything eco, is one of our go-to resources for discovering sustainable businesses, local initiatives, and green-living resources. Now the organization has just launched a new map that’s tracking everything energy-related

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The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival hits the Big Apple for the first time this weekend, April 21-22 at the new LEED-certified North Wing of the Jacob Javits Center. The eco-conscious event is perfectly timed for Earth Day festivities and will feature talks from 125 authors,

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Axis Mundi Re-Imagines A Concrete Lace Network for the Whitney Downtown Museum

Axis Mundi Re-Imagines A Concrete Lace Network for the Whitney Downtown Museum

Axis Mundi apparently didn’t like Renzo Piano’s design for the Whitney Downtown museum and decided to come up with their own. The design takes inspiration from the original Whitney and the geometric window cuts are replayed but in a much larger version. To

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One World Trade Center Tower Reaches 100 Stories

One World Trade Center Tower Reaches 100 Stories

One World Trade Center, whose completion has been consistently delayed, has finally reached 100 stories high. The green skyscraper rises on the 16 acre site that once held the Twin Towers. When completed, 1 WTC will be New York’s tallest building. Currently,

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Three More Residential Towers Will Hug the High Line Park

Three More Residential Towers Will Hug the High Line Park

Initially, a plan for a mixed use hotel, residential and retail area designed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects was proposed for the site in 2009. The new Avinash K. Malhotra plan nixes the hotel, and brings a 14 story, 128 unit residence, a 25 story tower

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Artist Sean Kenney Crafts NYC Landmarks & Buildings From Tens of Thousands of LEGOs

Artist Sean Kenney Crafts NYC Landmarks & Buildings From Tens of Thousands of LEGOs

Sean Kenney is something of a LEGO star, having been featured in the New York Times, BBC News, Good Morning America, and more. He’s created public commissioned works for big names like Google, the Empire State Building, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Nintendo,

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New LEED-Seeking Conrad Hotel Brings a Rooftop Garden to Battery Park

New LEED-Seeking Conrad Hotel Brings a Rooftop Garden to Battery Park

Conrad Hotels and Resorts is the global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide, and the new NYC hotel is the Conrad’s first New York address. Conrad New York worked with several partners, including architects Monica Ponce de Leon, Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne

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Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

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To the horror of many, some of the wood in the famous Coney Island Boardwalk will soon be replaced by a mix of plastic and concrete. The Public Design Commission has approved a plan to remove the boards from Brighton

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The U.N. Headquarters Goes Green With a $1.8 Billion Renovation

The U.N. Headquarters Goes Green With a $1.8 Billion Renovation

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The iconic U.N. Headquarters is in the midst of a $1.8 billion renovation aptly named the “Capital Master Plan.” However, you won’t be seeing any construction on the Turtle Bay area buildings, as the overhaul is mainly focused on internal design. Not only are technology and security being updated with state of the art capabilities, but the Master Plan is also calling for a green cleaning, swapping out old interior designs and habits from the 1950s for new and sustainable features, with the aim of granting the building LEED Silver status.

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Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

The U.S. Green Building Council has just declared Manhattan’s Hearst Tower as the city’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Gold for its new construction and LEED Platinum certification for its existing building. The tower serves as the Hearst

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Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no surprise when Cornell was chosen as the lucky educational institution to get

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New York University Law School’s Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University Law School’s Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University’s Wilf Hall has been award LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. Wilf Hall is one of just six new buildings in New York to receive LEED Platinum. NYU is committed

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You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

The decades-old wooden benches we’ve become accustomed to in New York City subway stations are now up for sale. For $650 you can purchase a piece of salvaged New York history from the MTA. The relics are being sold to make way for new steel benches that

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Black Glass LEED Gold Office Tower by Fumihiko Maki Planned for Astor Place

Black Glass LEED Gold Office Tower by Fumihiko Maki Planned for Astor Place

The triangular plot of land on the east side of Astor Place will soon be home to a 12-story LEED Gold certified office tower designed by Fumihiko Maki. You may remember the corner to formerly hold a failed Starbucks and Cooper Union’s engineering building.

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One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

The greatly anticipated One World Trade Center is now the most expensive new office tower in the world. An additional $700 million in estimated costs is bringing the total cost of 1 WTC to almost $3.8 billion. What’s more is that many of these extra millions

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The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

As Giants fans crowd the streets today to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win, the confetti that will sprinkle down upon fans and players will be made of 100 precent recycled paper! Offices and recycling companies around the city have donated over 50 tons

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JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase’s recently renovated global headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City has achieved LEED Platinum status! The newly greened building now holds the title of being the largest renovation in the world to achieve the USGBC’s highest certification.

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Former Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery to be Transformed into a Memorial Park

Former Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery to be Transformed into a Memorial Park

A plot of land that was once  used as the final resting place for 2,000 marines and naval shipmen will soon be transformed into a memorial park. The site is being developed as part of a larger plan by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which is developing

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