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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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New Developments: The Bronx is Booming

Though it has been overlooked for decades, the Bronx is shaping up to be the next frontier in NYC real estate development. With land costing just $50 per foot (compared to $638 in Manhattan, $233 in Brooklyn, and $168 in Queens), the Bronx is an appealing spot for developers who have been priced out of other boroughs or who see the appeal in neighborhoods like Mott Haven which are reminiscent of Bushwick and close to the city. Of the $1.2 billion invested in Bronx real estate last year, $788 million […]

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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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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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12th International Passive House Days

Tomorrow kicks off the 12th International Passive House Days, a three day Open House tour of Passive Houses in the NYC region. The purpose of the open houses is for attendees to see firsthand the benefits of passive houses while visiting various homes that have been built or retrofitted to Passive House standards. The below information is direct from the New York Passive House website. Click on the stars to see open house times and check out this Passive House flip book which will be given out at the open houses. Let me […]

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Sustainable Living : 8 New York City Farms

Many people are surprised to learn that there are several working farms within NYC. It’s hard to imagine there’s space in this densely-populated city for fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and even livestock. Standards for local produce are quickly changing, as we no longer have to rely on farms upstate or on Long Island for fresh fruits and vegetables. Here’s a look at NYC’s farms and what they’re growing: Red Hook Community Farm Red Hook, Brooklyn Red Hook Community Farm was established in 2001 at the site of a former concrete […]

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Real Estate Along the NYC Marathon Course

With the NYC Marathon coming up this Sunday, November 1, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at real estate along the marathon course. From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island all the way up to Mott Haven, Bronx, here’s what you could expect if you wanted to rent or buy along the marathon course: Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island The marathon kicks off near the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Fort Wadsworth, a former United States military installation. Today, Fort Wadsworth is a park maintained by the National Park Service, and […]

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New Sales Listing: 71 Nassau Street, #2A

Enjoy your own urban oasis in the middle of the financial district. 12 foot ceiling heights with an original exposed steel column show the quality of yesterday and today. The Croft building was reimagined as a boutique condo building. Unique to the area, enjoy long summer nights and crisp fall days on your own private 500 square foot+ terrace. Floors are white oak. Master bath has Bianca Crystal Mirabilia wall tiles, limestone floors, dornbracht sinks and watermark fixtures, while the second bath is complemented by a Zuma soaking tub. The […]

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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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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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The Bridges of Manhattan County (and Beyond)

  New York City is home to more than 50 bridges – though we seldom think about them, they really are the lifeline of the city. King’s Bridge, New York’s first crossing, was built in 1693, over Spuyten Duyvil Creek between Manhattan and the Bronx. It was demolished in 1917, so High Bridge, built in 1848, is the longest-standing bridge in New York. Today, NYC bridges carry all types of traffic, including vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, and subway traffic. Here are some profiles of the most interesting NYC’s bridges, along with a list of all […]

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The Benefits of Going Vegetarian for a Day (Week/Month/Year/Lifetime)

You may have heard that a global reduction in the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods would have huge benefits for the planet. What you might not know is just how radical these impacts would be. Take a look at these statistics: According to a Huffington Post article, If everyone in the U.S. went vegetarian for one day, we would save: 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough […]

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