Community Supported Agriculture in NYC

CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture groups, are an increasingly popular way to get farm-fresh, organic produce in NYC. When you join a CSA, you pay in advance for a season’s worth of products which include fruits, vegetables, and sometimes dairy and/or meat from a specific farm. Your membership fee supports the farm in buying tools, fertilizers, and necessary equipment for the growth season. Depending on your arrangement with the farm, you can pick up a weekly, biweekly, or monthly selection of produce from a designated drop-off point in your neighborhood. […]

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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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Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping Guide

If you’re looking for sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly gifts to give this holiday season, here are some local vendors that offer unique options for men, women, kids, babies, and everyone in between. Magpie 488 Amsterdam Ave Upper West Side, Manhattan Offering gifts that are locally made and constructed from recycled materials (or handcrafted by fair trade cooperatives), Magpie is the place to go for stylish, sustainable gifts for everyone on your list, with a selection including jewelry, stylish men’s accessories,  and goods for babies and children. Té Company 163 West 10th Street […]

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Sustainable Design: 20 Beautiful Objects Made out of Waste

From recycled denim sunglass frames to breathtaking bottlecap tapestries, designers and artists are constantly finding innovative ways to turn waste into eco-friendly works of art and high-end products. Anything we can do to divert trash from landfills is a step in the right direction towards living a more sustainable life, so I often share the work of innovative sustainable designers whose work is inspriring.  Here are 20 surprisingly beautiful objects made out of trash. Dirk Vander Kooij’s Endless Chair This chair is made out of one plastic string, crafted by a […]

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10 Types of Green Building Certifications

While it is certainly possible for a building to be “green” without any formal certification, many developers and property owners choose to seek certification in order to hold themselves accountable and maintain credibility with the public. Now that there are several different options for certification, this can get confusing for prospective homeowners who want to make an eco-friendly purchase. Here’s a breakdown of all the different green building certifications you’re likely to see on NYC buildings: Image courtesy of passiv.de Passivhaus / Passive House My favorite – and what I’ve written […]

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Luxury Extended Stay Investment Opportunities

I am often asked by my international clients for luxury extended stay options that can also be rented while they are away.  As a result, I recommend the United Nations Extended Stay Condominium. It is a luxury and hassle-free opportunity to own a piece of Manhattan real estate while generating premium rental income. Entry-level furnished units with luxury amenities are priced at between $1.3- $1.5M. Two and three bedroom units are also available. The full service buildings are managed and operated by best-in-class extended stay brand, AKA using their proven short-term rental program. All homes are in luxury […]

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Q&A with Carlos Zapata, World Renowned Architectural Designer

Carlos Zapata is an architectural designer who grew up in Ecuador, received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees in New York, and has designed innovative buildings all over the world. He recently won one of the 50 most innovative skyscrapers award from the Council on Tall Buildings for his work on the Bitexco Financial tower in Ho Chi Minh City, also named one of the 50 most iconic skyscrapers in the world by CNN Go. I spent years with Carlos working on getting Landmarks approval for what will one day […]

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