Mayor de Blasio is creating a greener and more affordable NYC

NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven pieces of legislation into law aimed at making New York City greener and creating even more affordable housing. Intro. 54-A requires DOT to study the feasibility of using alternative fuels for the City’s ferries, Intro. 880-A requires a review of the use of biodiesel for school buses, Intro. […]

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K Property Group pay $46M for Soho buildings

Greg Kraut and Rod Kritsberg’s K Property Group and Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation bought two adjoining commercial buildings in Soho for $46 million. The firms plan on renovating and combining the properties, according to sources. The deal for 30-32 Howard Street, which closed Tuesday, is K Property Group’s second major acquisition following its $31.5 […]

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IKD has pioneered hardwood cross-laminated timber

Thanks to a two-year, $250,000 Wood Innovations Grant from the United States Forest Service, and with further support from the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IKD is currently working on an advancement that may completely change the cross-laminated timber (CLT) market. Currently, CLT is made […]

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New York’s top 10 residential sales of 2017

Price matters. That’s the takeaway from a look at the 10 priciest residential sales of 2017. Like years past, the list was dominated by new developments. But 2017’s most expensive deals also included several resales with major price chops. Take the Pierre’s triplex penthouse that finally sold for $44 million after asking $125 million, and […]

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5 garage condos for $50 million

Manhattan, NY Meridian Investment Sales, the commercial property sales division of Meridian Capital Group, sold five garage condominiums totaling 913 parking spaces located in five condominium buildings at 80, 100, 120, 220 and 240 Riverside Blvd. in the Upper West Side neighborhood for $50 million. Senior executive managing director, David Schechtman, managing director, Lipa Liberman, […]

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$100 million+ to fill East Harlem greenway gap

Following the city council’s approval of a comprehensive, sometimes contentious East Harlem rezoning earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced yesterday that the city will be committing $83 million towards creating a new waterfront park in East Harlem. The seven-block-long, seven acre-park will feature new bicycle and pedestrian paths, connect […]

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Designing Solar for High Density Areas

Hear the term “solar energy” and you’re likely to think of vast fields of glistening panels and hillsides transformed into disco balls. Hear the term “solar energy” and you might picture suburban McMansions with roofs that reflect the sky. Hear the term “solar energy” and you envision… skyscrapers? Affordable housing units? Clusters of panels lurking […]

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How mass timber could transform our cities (really)

Mass timber is having its Maison Dom-Ino moment. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a curious structure sat on the grass near the international pavilion in the Giardini. It was an engineered timber version of Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-Ino, the seminal, prototypical reinforced concrete project, which was celebrating its 100th birthday. As a manifesto of […]

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Kalikow Group breaks ground on $29 million project

The Kalikow Group, a fourth-generation, N.Y. property management and development firm, has broken ground on 2415 Church Ave., a $29 million, 67-unit rental residential building in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Preliminary work began on the site in September. The Kalikow Group, WRS Associates and the Ishay Group are joint owners of the property. The as-of-right project will […]

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Loopy skyscraper plan for New York

In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height. The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the […]

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Shielding Buildings Against Vibrations and Noise

Growing rates of urbanization are resulting in more new buildings springing up on plots of land that are susceptible to vibration. Unless appropriate action is taken, these buildings are defenseless against the structure-borne noise generated in their immediate environments — unwanted and occasionally even unacceptably severe vibrations are the result. Secondary airborne noise levels also […]

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