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Tesla Unveils Powerwall Home Battery

I have been watching Elon Musk and Tesla for years and I feel truly optimistic about how Tesla and Solar City will change the world of energy as we know it.  Yesterday was the long awaited unveiling of the Tesla Powerwall in an event powered completely by solar-charged batteries. I just ordered mine for my Ditmas Park Passive house. Costs for the Powerwall came in much lower than experts predicted: prices range between $3000 (7 kWh) – $3500 (10 kWh).  The home battery can either be connected to solar panels or connected to the grid.  If connected […]

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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to think about how to show the moms in your life appreciation for everything they do.  Although quite commercialized now, I think we would all agree that a day devoted to Moms is a very worthwhile celebration.  Mother’s Day was created by a woman named Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service in memory of her mother, and then made it her mission to create the holiday […]

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New Listing: West Village 1 Bedroom / 295 West 11th Street #3B / $715,000

Quintessential West Village charm across from Abingdon Square Park and Magnolia Bakery. This is where you write poetry, this is where you fall in love. The views of tree lined streets in bloom will inspire you and this home full of character will calm you after the hustle and bustle of the city. Recently updated kitchen with room for a dining table. The living room faces west for sunset light. Quaint pocket doors open in to your bedroom with two large closets. The bathroom with classic white subway tiles and […]

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This Weekend: Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

As someone who appreciates good wine, I wanted to share that Industry City will be hosting the Spring 2015 Edition of Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisinal Food Festival this Saturday during an afternoon session and an evening session.  Over 200 wines will be available for sampling as well as hors d’oeuvres and jazz.  It’s a great location and a great event which you will be sure to enjoy if you can make it out.  Tickets range from $79 for general admission to $179 for VIP which will get you tastings of higher-end […]

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Turn Gallery Exhibit: Paper Garden, Works by Sue Heatley

Friday night I checked out Turn Gallery‘s latest exhibit, Paper Garden by Sue Heatley.  Sue Heatley is a Hamptons-based pattern maker who works with Sekishu paper to make linocuts such as the one above.  Her work has been featured in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, Beach Magazine, and Dan’s Papers among many others, and has been displayed at Estée Lauder Companies, The United States Department of State, and Virginia Commonwealth University (also among many others). The exhibit features about two dozen of her works and runs through June 14th. Turn Gallery is run by Annika […]

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This Weekend: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

Tickets are selling out quickly for this weekend’s Five Boro Craft Beer Fest. And besides wine, what’s better than beer…well maybe bourbon. But this weekend t’s all about beer! Held in Long Island City, the event is in its second year and has 44 brewers serving over 100 craft beers.  All of the beers are made in one of the five boroughs or the nearby area, so it’s a great opportunity to support local artisans while having your share of never-before-tasted small batch craft beer.  There will be live music and […]

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Recent Press about Green Living

Thank you to the folks at Green Bride Guide for the recent feature on our green wedding which was a lot of fun to plan and execute with the eco-friendly team at Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico.  It’s hard to believe it has already been a year and a half since our wedding!  Check out the article here. Thank you as well to Jessica Dailey at CurbedNY for featuring our home in a round up of Passive House projects around New York City.  Check out the article here.  Ours is number 28 […]

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Congratulations to Marianne Hyde, Winner of the April Real Estate Quiz

Bo Poulsen Real Estate Quiz Prospect Park Map

The winner of the April real estate quiz is Marianne Hyde.  An architect here in NYC, Marianne is excited about having won a one year Citi Bike membership because she uses Citi Bike to travel around the city visiting job sites, picking up her kids from school, and doing just about everything else! Her firm ZH Architects, which she runs with her husband Stas Zakrzewski, has a varied portfolio of projects ranging from single family homes to new mixed use condominiums, the common link being an obsession with beautiful modern detailing and sustainable building practices.  […]

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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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Q&A with Oisín Clancy, CEO of SMART ROOF, A NYC-based Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Company

Oisin Clancy interview with Bo Poulsen Sustainable Living

Oisín Clancy is the CEO of SMART ROOF LLC, a company comprised of leading engineers, designers, and fabricators whose mission is to create sustainable, profitable, and beautiful NYC rooftops through the integration of sun, wind, and water elements with landscape, environment, and wired technologies. I caught up with Oisín for drinks at Felix to learn more about his background, his company, and his vision for the future (hint: he wants NYC to be known as the Big Green Apple). BP: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you […]

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Green Roofs, a Growing NYC Trend

Shortly after Con Edison installed its first green roof atop its training center in Long Island City in 2008, New York State’s tax abatement program was started to encourage New Yorkers to follow suit. With an estimated 1.6 billion square feet of rooftops, New York City has plenty of available space for these rooftop gardens. The city just announce a $3m green roof initiative for Brooklyn. Urban farming in New York is really starting to take off and it won’t be long before many of us will be able to get […]

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Industry City, One of my Favorite Brooklyn Projects, Releases its Redevelopment Plan

One of my favorite new projects is Brooklyn’s Industry City.  The redevelopment plan has finally been released and it includes the creation of 5,800 jobs (in addition to the 7,500 jobs created in recent years), partnerships with academic and research institutions, and improvements to transportation infrastructure within and surrounding the development. The run-down manufacturing site will be transformed into a space that combines industry with retail space, academic partnerships, innovative startups, and a hotel. Plans also include a food concourse with on-site producers, and an event program promoting NYC-area artists, businesses, and organizations. […]

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Zaha Hadid’s First Residential Project in New York City / 520 West 28th Street

Zaha Hadid’s first residential project in New York City, 520 West 28th Street, has been long awaited by fans of Hadid’s work, including myself. The Iraqi-British architect was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and has designed neo-futuristic buildings around the world such as the MAXXI in Italy and the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center in the United Arab Emirates. She has also designed one of the five stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Her artistic yet functional design will be […]

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Houseboats in New York City and Beyond

Growing up in places like Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Hamburg, I’ve always had a fascination for Houseboats. Not only can they be incredibly designed homes, but the nomadic side of me appeals to the possibility of easily untethering and floating away to parts unknown.   New York City has one of the highest costs of living in the world.  However, for the approximately 50 households calling a houseboat moored at the 79th Street Boat Basin “home,” the price of a slip costs only $500 per month on average. Just like […]

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111 West 57th Street, A Welcome Change to the NYC Skyline

Speaking of changing the New York skyline, the latest addition that is currently under construction is the ever so sexy 111 West 57th Street designed by SHoP Architects. Slated for completion in early 2017, it will stand 1,428 feet tall and will be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Due to it’s “slender physique” it will only have one, very private, unit per floor in the main tower. The tower’s façade will be terra cotta and bronze, with a glass curtain along the North side, which will overlook […]

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