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Articles about "NYC Green Spaces"

  • Going Green on the Upper West Side By Olivier Fitzgerald | June 22, 2012

    Replacing the ugly with the useful can be a beautiful thing. The dilapidated fence located on the Upper West Side's Columbus Avenue between West 76th and West 77th Streets will be replaced by a new “streetscape” design intended to spruce up a traditionally unattractive street. Five new trees, metal benches, expanded tree beds and a multitude of plants are some of the many changes in store for the busy avenue.

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  • Examining Some Exciting Ideas For the East River Esplanade By Daniel Muhlenberg | April 25, 2012

    “Reimagining the Waterfront.” That was the title of Civitas’ design competition to redesign Manhattan’s East River Esplanade, and the three winners of their contest did just that. Three young architects responded to the challenge by conceiving inland canals on Manhattan’s cross-streets, below-water ecosystems, and interlocking webs of boardwalks along the waterfront that would completely transform the lives of residents of East Harlem and Upper East Side apartments forever. Sound farfetched? These futuristic ideas might be hard to imagine, but they could be done. And given that we have a Mayor who loves innovations that raise property values of Manhattan condos and attract tourists, it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility that these renderings will one day become a reality.

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  • Construction of High Line's Final Section Could Begin This Summer By Daniel Muhlenberg | April 04, 2012

    Manhattan’s most popular new park may be expanding earlier than expected. Construction of the third section of the High Line, which will stretch from West 30th Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues, may began as early as this summer. The city put out a request for proposals to manage the construction of the last section of the High Line on Monday morning, and companies have until April 20th to formulate and submit a plan. If everything goes well, preliminary work could begin on July 15th. The sooner this is completed, the sooner that the residents of luxury apartments near this Manhattan park will see their neighborhood transformed into one of Manhattan's hottest areas.

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  • Randall's Island: The Cutting Edge of Green Technology By Daniel Muhlenberg | April 03, 2012

    Randall’s Island seems like an unlikely host for the most innovative collection of green technologies in New York City’s history, but this Manhattan island will soon be the center of a unprecedented plant that combines solar, wind, and tidal energy. The stakes may be low - the plant will be used to power lights around Randall’s Island, most notably on the baseball diamonds - but, if it works, the venture could still permanently change the quality of life for residents of Manhattan apartments.

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  • Design Firm Chosen for Upcoming East River Blueway By Daniel Muhlenberg | March 22, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg has made the revitalization of the East River, one of Manhattan’s most underutilized areas, into a very high priority. While plans for the East River Greenway have generated much attention, there is also a lesser known plan that complements the new public park, one which emphasizes accessibility as a way to change the character of the East River and hence the East Side of Manhattan, especially in regards to increasing the value of luxury apartments near the park. The East River Blueway, a plan to create numerous points of direct water access between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 38th Street, is now in full swing: city officials have chosen WXY Architecture + Urban Design as the lead designers for the project.

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  • Riverfront Revival Continues with Pier 26 Restaurant By Daniel Muhlenberg | March 16, 2012

    The Hudson River Park Trust is planning to open a new restaurant on Pier 26 in Battery Park City. Pier 26 is one of three new restaurants slated to open in Hudson River Park, and in April the trust will seek proposals to develop the 200-seat waterside restaurant there. The new space will feature an open rooftop terrace and sweeping views of the Hudson River and the New York Harbor, something that should please current residents of apartments in Battery Park City and the Financial District and attract new potential buyers and renters as well.

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  • Uptown Manhattan Parks May Get Free Wi-Fi Service By Daniel Muhlenberg | March 13, 2012

    A new initiative by the Parks Department is looking into the viability of installing free Wi-Fi service in multiple parks in Uptown Manhattan, something that should make residents of Washington Heights apartments very happy. According to a draft document from the department, Wi-Fi service would be installed at Inwood Hill, J. Hood Wright, Bennett, and Fort Tryon Parks; the department would install the program between this summer and the fall of 2013. A spokesman for the department said that the service will be provided by Time Warner Cable.

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  • Fundraising For The Low Line Off to an Auspicious Start By Daniel Muhlenberg | March 07, 2012

    It seems like New Yorkers are already enthralled with the idea of an underground park in Manhattan. Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, co-founders of the Delancey Underground project, created a page on Kickstarter to begin fundraising for the potential park, and in little over two weeks they’ve received over $128,000 in donations from more than 2,200 people, 3 of which donated more than $10,000. Not only did the co-founders easily clear their goal of raising $100K, they generated interest from all over the world simply by opening up donations, something which bodes very well for the future of this innovative park.

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  • Upper East Side Zoning Changes to Allow for Wind Turbines By Gabrielle Hughes | February 29, 2012

    Among the latest initiatives to make New York a greener city, there are now talks of adding wind turbines and greenhouses to Upper East Side rooftops. These projects are a part of of Mayor Bloomberg’s new zoning amendments, removing constraints that currently prevent this type of construction on  green buildings.

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  • Chinatown About to Get a High Line of its Own By Daniel Muhlenberg | February 29, 2012

    Mark your calendars: another modern Manhattan park is on the way in summer 2014. The small triangular plot of land that borders the Manhattan Bridge doesn’t have a name yet, but some are already calling it Chinatown’s “mini High Line” in reference to the High Line Park in Chelsea. The comparison is apt insofar as the Chinatown park will be a raised space, but the similarities end there.

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