Sustainable Business Spotlight: Algramo

A company based in Santiago, Chile is revolutionizing the way we package, distribute, and buy our staple foods. Algramo, (Spanish for 1 gram), was founded by José Manuel Moller in 2012 after a period of time spent living and working in one of Chile’s poorest communities. Moller realized that much of the cost attached to the food we buy is the result of a convoluted means of distribution and a general lack of access to food in bulk. The increase in cost amounts to a “poverty tax” as people with low incomes and […]

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Make Your Gift Count: This Holiday Season’s Top 5 NYC Charities

Photo courtesy of The Bowery Mission For many of us, the holiday season is a special time when we can look back on the previous year’s events and accomplishments, relax and enjoy the company of our families and our closest friends, and take stock of all for which we have to be thankful. This merry season reaches its climax on New Year’s Eve in the moments leading up to midnight; and in these moments, surrounded by the people we love, we quietly give thanks for the opportunity to have made […]

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Spotlight on Make It Right: An Organization Bringing Sustainable Homes to Low-Income Families

August 29, 2015 marked the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm that caused severe destruction along the Gulf Coast and destroyed 5,363 homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward alone. Make It Right, an organization founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, is still working in the Lower 9th Ward to bring families back home. Since 2012 I have been a supporter of Make it Right and, as some of you consider which organizations to support during the holiday season and in the coming year, I wanted to give you background […]

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Upcycling: Everything Old is New Again

You may have heard the term “upcycling” in terms of crafts and DIY projects – upcycling means that waste materials or unwanted products are given a new life and turned into something useful. Recycling, on the other hand, means breaking down or extracting materials from a product to make something entirely new. Both practices keep items out of landfills, but upcycling keeps items out of the waste stream entirely and reduces the consumption of raw materials when creating new products. On a small scale, upcycling can mean sprucing up clothes that are […]

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A Recent Event with Julianne Moore To Raise Funds for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

One of the great things about TOWN Residential is the support given to worthwhile causes, such as the recent dinner that was held in partnership with Julianne Moore in support of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.  The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) is working to find a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a disease that causes benign tumors in different organs. The most symptomatic usually involves the brain, which leads to autism, seizures, developmental delay, and cognitive disability.  Oscar and Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore has been supporting the TS Alliance since […]

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Going to Town with Make it Right, Social Life Magazine

Thank you to Social Life Magazine for featuring me in the July 4th, 2014 magazine related to the Make it Right 2014 Gala. GOING TO TOWN WITH MAKE IT RIGHT Social Life Magazine, July 4, 2014 By Jacob Puck TOWN Residential is recognized as a leading force in the luxury niche of New York City real estate. With an innovative approach, experienced leadership, and best-in-class reputation, TOWN’s market-making success is unparalleled. TOWN is also a company based on a culture of care. For those philanthropic individuals who prefer to work with like-minded businesses, here’s a tip:  Representatives and executives from TOWN recently volunteered in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans as part of their affiliation with Make It Right, the organization founded in 2007 by Brad Pitt to rebuild communities in need, using energy and cost-efficient design pioneered by the foremost sustainability architect, William McDonough, in collaboration with a team of world renowned architects. In addition to its team’s volunteer efforts, TOWN was the premiere sponsor of Community Day, part of Make It’s Right’s 2014 gala celebration, and provides ongoing support with 10 brokers pledging a significant donation from their commissions to become TOWN ambassadors for Make It Right. This year’s ambassador alliance includes: Bo Poulsen, Jason Karadus, Brett Miles, Mitchell Cashwell, Steve Gold, Lyon Porter, Ginger Brokaw, Roberto Cabrera, Dennis Cusack, Danny Davis, Andrew Azoulay, Anthony Serino and Wendy Maitland. We wanted to know more about this important collaboration and recently caught up with some of the TOWN ambassadors. Jacob Puck: What […]

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Make it Right – A Great Organization to Get Behind

I had a great opportunity to head to New Orleans to support an organization I strongly believe in, The Make it Right Foundation.  Town Residential featured me in a Q&A on the company blog and social media. Here is the interview: What made you want to get involved with Make It Right? I have been following the Make It Right Foundation since its inception for its commitment to using and promoting sustainable technology as well as the rebuilding of a great city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was one of […]

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