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Staten Island Urby is a recent development that offers residents a farm, workshops, and a weekly farmer's market. (Ironstate Development) Staten Island Urby is a recent development that offers residents a farm, workshops, and a weekly farmer's market. (Ironstate Development)
In honor of this coming Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, CityRealty takes a look at new green developments that offer everything from car-charging stations to eco-friendly facades, without sacrificing creative design and the luxury amenities we've all now come to expect. And while the U.S. has recently backed away from eco-initiatives, these brand contemporary buildings are shining examples of what all developers are capable of delivering.
1. Manhattan View At MiMa, 460 West 42nd Street
(SCG America and Kuafu Properties)
Standing 670 feet above Hudson Yards and Times Square, Manhattan View at MiMa gives each residence a spectacular view of one of NYC's landmarks. Residents will especially enjoy LEED Gold Certified living and amenities like a luxurious pet facility, basketball court, and 14,000 square feet of outdoor terraces.
2. Jardim, 525 West 27th Street
(Credit: VUW Studio)
Visibly green, Jardim - the Portuguese word for garden - features two 11-story towers surrounded by lush multi-level courtyard gardens. Located just west of the High Line, this is the first U.S. residential development designed by Isay Weinfeld, the world-renowned Brazilian architect and interior designer.
3. 200 East 21st Street
(BKSK Architects)
This forthcoming Gramercy condo has got it all: a coveted downtown location, custom interiors by Champalimaud, and sustainability. It is currently targeting LEED-Gold Certification.
4. 570 Broome Street
570 Broome is the first condo in the country to incorporate a new eco-friendly facade material, made up of Neolith sintered stone and Pureti surface treatment. Best of all, this 25-story building gives the purifying power of 500 trees or taking 2,000 cars off the road for a year.
5. 12 Warren Street
The mesmerizing 12 Warren in Tribeca offers several sustainable elements, including a storm-water collection and reuse system, and heat island effect reduction by using concrete, light grey toned pavers, and landscaping elements. In addition, the condo project also discourages construction waste by tracking discard and reusing demolished materials while integrating local and regional materials, including its bluestone facade from upstate New York.
6. Staten Island Urby, 7 Navy Pier Court
(Ironstate Development)
Dubbed Staten Island Urby, this ambitious green project features the first commercial farm incorporated into an urban residential building. Farmer-in-residence Zaro Bates offers workshops to the community and residents that teach them how to grow their own herbs and more. Produce is then sold at Urby's own farmer's market on the weekends.
7. Circa Central Park, 285 West 110th Street
(Eduard Hueber for FXCollaborative Architects)
Known for its curve around Frederick Douglass Circle, Circa Central Park boasts a stunning design by FXCollaborative, views of Central Park, and now, a silver LEED certification. The Upper Manhattan building offers on-site parking and eco-friendly universal electric vehicle chargers, making it easier to reduce carbon emissions. An innovative shade system on the facade is also designed to minimize the sun's glare while still getting plenty of natural light in your home.
8. 550 Vanderbilt Avenue
(Nest Seekers International)
550 Vanderbilt, the first residential building in Brooklyn's Pacific Park, made CityRealty's list of Best Selling Condos of 2017. The impressive building enjoys a LEED Silver certification and offers its residents world-class amenities, including a rooftop terrace with communal gardens and stunning views.
9. 50 West, 50 West Street
(Time Equities, Inc.)
50 West, located in Downtown Manhattan, is one of many Time Equities properties enrolled in the Organics Collection Program in NYC that offers residents the option to compost (cardboard, meat, any organic waste). Participation in the voluntary program apparently stemmed from just one resident's request. The curved building is also seeking LEED certification.
10. Nine On The Hudson, 9 Avenue At Port Imperial
(K. Hovnanian)
In addition to 5-star amenities, West New York's Nine on the Hudson offers a designated parking spot for every resident with ChargePoint electric car charging stations, compatible with Audi, Toyota, Honda, Volvo, Mercedes, and more.
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