Travel News | Stunning Views from Stunning Homes

Choosing the right get away home requires more than just finding the perfect house. It is also finding the perfect location. Some have found homes that are situated on some of the most spectacular lakes around the world, while others have found equally stunning views right here in the United States.

Muskoka Lake | Ontario, Canada

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One of the most stunning lake house locations is within Ontario, Canada at Muskoka Lakes where locals get creative with their homes. Many of the homes use wood to help blend in with the beautiful nature scenes that surround the homes. The lake itself is extremely serene and the houses at this location have taken advantage of this and worked to exist peacefully with their natural setting.

Victoria | Australia

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It should come as no surprise that the area of Victoria, Australia boasts some of the most amazing lake houses around the world. The homes are designed to blend in seamlessly with nature while being visually appealing. Everything about Australia is both bold and beautiful. The lakes are no different and those that live by these lakes have gone out of their way to create homes that fit that style.

United States | West Lake Okoboji, Iowa

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Okoboji offers homes that are both modern and practical. The location affords the owners some of their own personal heaven while the house designs invite nature indoors without compromising the privacy that many people seek out.

The Finger Lakes | New York

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If you are looking for something a little closer, The Finger Lakes are a perfect place for a lake home. The lake homes here do not only have access to all of the outdoor options such as hiking, biking, boating, fishing, etc, but they are in close proximity to their famous wineries.

Lake Tahoe | California/Nevada 

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Lake Tahoe is an ideal lake for homeowners looking to take advantage of their home all year long. North Tahoe and Tahoe South are surrounded by the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains Lake, houses here will have access to swimming, sailing, biking, boating in the summer and ice skating, skiing, and other winter activities when it gets cold. 
Whether you are looking for a home that affords you privacy or you are searching for a something that will catch everyone’s attention, there are many lake houses that will offer both of these options to you. By looking into the options that owning a lake home would give to you, you are opening yourself to a world of possibilities with regards to owning a home that you will love while also being surrounded by a view that you could not find anywhere else.

Philanthoropy News | Five Fall Philanthropy Events

Fall in New York City provides plenty of options for a night out. As fashion week fizzles out towards the end of the month, a light is shed on the city’s philanthropy events. The months to come offer events that hit close to the city’s heart such as City Harvest Bid Against Hunger to world wide causes like building schools in Africa. Whether you choose to get active at the 39th Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or taste food from over 70 NYC chefs for City Harvest, this fall season makes it easy to give back.

1. AFTD Hope Rising Gala

Thursday, September 29th at 6pm

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The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration is the leading nonprofit working to help and cure people affected by FTD, the most common form of dementia for people under 60. This years gala is in honor of David Zaslav, President & Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications and will feature Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara.

For more information and tickets click here. 

2. City Harvest Bid Against Hunger

Thursday, October 6th

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The 22nd annual Bid Against Hunger promises to be an exceptional culinary experience, featuring tastings from over 70 of the city’s restaurants and chefs. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive, one-of-a-kind items in the live and silent auctions.

For more information and tickets click here.

3. Avon Walk For Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 15th through Sunday, 16th

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Join the 207,000 that have already conquered 39.2 miles of terrain with the goal of taking down breast cancer. The Walk to End Breast Cancer has raised $550,000,000 thus far to fund research, awareness, education and support for families currently battling breast cancer. The New York City chapter will travel through the Upper West and East Sides, Downtown and across the Brooklyn Bridge.

For more information and to register click here.

4. 14+ Foundation

Thursday, October 6th at 6pm

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Based right here, in NYC the 14+ Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to develop, build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities. Join the cause at 199 Bowery on October 6th for it’s annual cocktail benefit.

For more information and tickets click here.

5. Angel Ball

Monday, November 21st

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The annual Angel Ball for cancer research, known for its live entertainment and celebrity participants, honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research. Last years ball hosted by Alicia Quarles raised $3.6M for cancer research.

For more information and tickets click here. 

Green Architecture News | Five of The Best Examples of Green Architecture in Miami

For architects, Miami has become a proving ground for implementing innovative green concepts in commercial and residential architecture. As one of the country’s largest oceanfront cities, Miami may be at risk for potential rising ocean levels, and this has made developers even more eager to implement cutting-edge green technologies in their projects. Five recent developments in particular have garnered national attention for being among the nation’s best examples of green architecture.

1. The Cor Building

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Designed by architect Chad Oppenheim, engineer Ysrael Seinuk and energy consultant Buro Happold, the 25-story Cor Building is a mixed-use commercial and residential high-rise. Its green technologies include photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, solar-generated hot water and natural-shade cooling areas. The interior features bamboo lining on the walls, recycled glass flooring and Energy Star appliances.

2. The Sun Path House

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The Sun Path House, a three-story urban residence originally built in the 1930s, has been called Miami’s “most green bungalow” because of the eco-friendly overhaul it got from architect Christian Wassmann. Features include a roof solarium that reflects sunlight onto the deck, and a spiraling concrete exterior wall that optimizes exposure to natural light and deflects wind. The open-space interior features floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize solar light.

3. Miami Beach Convention Center

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Slated for opening in 2018, the Miami Beach Convention Center is undergoing a green renovation that will transform the center into a stunning evocation of the ocean, with an undulating roof that evokes the movement of the waves and an interior lit with coral lighting. Designed by Fentress Architects, the 52-acre center will be awarded with LEED silver certification, thanks to features such as floor-to-ceiling window walls to maximize natural lighting. The center will also boast a green roof, planted out with lush vegetation, that will also serve as an exhibition area for art installations.

4. 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

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Located in chic South Beach, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach is one of Miami’s most sustainable hotels. Constructed in 1969, the building has been retrofitted by architect Debora Aguiar and design firm Meyer Davis Studios to become a LEED showcase. The hotel entry is surrounded with a self-sustaining garden of indigenous plants watered with recycled rainwater. Guest rooms provide amenities such as low-environmental-impact hair dryers and irons, organic linens and terrariums to help keep the air clean.

5. Perez Art Museum

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The Perez Art Museum may well be Miami’s greenest public building. Designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and local landscaping firm ArquitectonicaGEO, the museum is covered with lush native plants that are self-irrigated with captured rainwater. The building is constructed to maximize natural sunlight, while the vertical hanging garden provides shade and natural cooling throughout the building.

While these five buildings have set the standard for Miami green architecture, local architects continue to up the ante by planning even more innovative green projects slated to be built within the next few years.

New York City History | Prospect Park

Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead (designers of Central Park), Prospect Park is one of New York’s most beautiful recreational areas that also happens to feature historic landmark buildings and a turn-of-the-century carousel. To locals and visitors alike, Prospect Park is an urban oasis that offers a glimpse into a bygone era of quietude and elegant living.

Prospect Park History

After the completion of Central Park in 1858, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead were commissioned by city official James Stranahan to do the same for Brooklyn: create an urban green space where people could enjoy sunshine and clean air. The architects chose a historic land parcel that was once the site of the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War.

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Another military conflict — the Civil War — delayed plans for construction, but the park was finally completed in 1867, with multiple later expansions that led to its present 585 acres. Other changes included the addition, during the 1890s, of several stunning neoclassical buildings designed by iconic architects such as Stanford White. These buildings are still open to the public today.

Making the Most of Your Visit to Prospect Park

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As a testament to its enduring popularity, Prospect Park receives more than 10 million visitors every year. Here are some of the must-see attractions of this magnificent outdoor landmark:

The Boathouse

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Constructed in 1905, the Boathouse is a neoclassical masterpiece that provides an elegant site for weddings and special events. It is also home to the famed Audubon Center, which houses a number of fascinating environmental exhibitions.

Nature Walks

As a migration epicenter for 100 species of birds, Prospect Park is a mecca for nature lovers. Favorite walks include the Vale of Cashmere, the Rose Garden and Nellie’s Lawn, where ground-feeding birds congregate in large numbers.

Prospect Park Wildlife Center and Zoo

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Prospect Park’s Zoo and Wildlife Center is a sanctuary for hundreds of animals, all housed in their natural settings. The Zoo also hosts a number of family-friendly activities.

Greenmarket

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Every Saturday morning, the Grand Army Plaza area of Prospect Park hosts a Greenmarket, which offers farm-fresh produce and special events year round.

Carousel

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Built in 1912 by famed carver Charles Carmel, Prospect Park’s historic Carousel boasts 53 horses and is one of the park’s most popular attractions.

Outdoor Recreation

Prospect Park is the area’s major outdoor recreation center, with over a dozen playing fields, two regulation-size basketball courts, a turf football field, and areas for boating, fishing, horseback riding, cycling, hiking and picnicking.

With its historic buildings, recreational facilities and family-friendly activity centers, Prospect Park engages residents and visitors alike to enjoy Brooklyn at its finest.

New York City Architecture | The Five Most Iconic Buildings

From the art nouveau palaces of America’s Gilded Age to the art deco skyscrapers that still leave tourists gaping in wonder, New York City’s architecture has been celebrated in literature, music and cinema for more than a century. Here are five of the most celebrated, must-see iconic buildings in New York City.

1. Empire State Building

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Everyone who visits New York wants to ride to the top of the Empire State Building — a landmark that was famous long before it appeared in the 1957 classic film “An Affair to Remember.” When it opened in 1931, the 1,454-foot, 102-story skyscraper was the world’s tallest building. Shortly afterward, it made cinematic history in the 1933 classic, “King Kong.” Designed by William F. Lamb, it recently ranked No. 1 on the list of “America’s Favorite Architecture” compiled by the American Institute of Architects.

2. Chrysler Building

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This stunning masterpiece represents the very epitome of the art deco movement, with its ornate stainless steel top and automobile-inspired ornamentation. Designed by William Van Alen, the Chrysler Building was completed in May 1930. Until the opening of the Empire State Building, the 1,046-foot structure was the world’s tallest building. It ranks in ninth place on the list of “America’s Favorite Architecture” compiled by the American Institute of Architects.

3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral at Manhattan

Architect James Renwick Jr. began the construction of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1858, but the Civil War halted its completion until 1878. As the seat of New York’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese, this magnificent Gothic Revival structure draws locals and visitors alike for its stunning interior, artwork and stained glass windows created by American and European artists.

4. Flatiron Building

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At only 307 feet tall, the Flatiron Building may not be New York City’s tallest building — but it’s certainly its most unique. Designed by Daniel Burnham, the steel-framed structure’s innovative triangular design was a dramatic departure from other skyscrapers of the era. Its distinctive shape makes it one of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks.

5. Radio City Music Hall

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Nicknamed “The Showplace of the Nation,” Radio City Music Hall first opened in 1932, and has played host to the world’s greatest entertainers. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, Radio City is a masterpiece of sleek art deco geometric design, from its neon-lit exterior to its true art deco interior that incorporates aluminum, chrome, glass and leather design elements.

Today, New York City is still the epicenter for some of the world’s most innovative, visionary architectural designs. That’s why you can always spot visitors in New York City — they’re the ones standing still, looking straight up and marveling at the multitude of magnificent skyscrapers that line the city sidewalks.

 

Event News | Five Can’t-Miss Shows on Broadway This Fall

Broadway is always filled with the brightest lights and the biggest stars, and whether you’re a native New Yorker or just visiting for now, you’re going to want to see a Broadway show while you’re in the city. Whether you get your tickets from the box office, from a friend or from TKTS (the best kept secret in New York City), here are the five can’t-miss shows that you must see on Broadway this fall.

1. ‘Aladdin’

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Disney has a good history with taking its films to the stage, and the screen-to-stage adaptation of “Aladdin” is no exception. Following in the footsteps of “The Lion King,” the five-time-Tony-nominated musical adaptation of “Aladdin” can now be seen at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

2. ‘Hamilton’

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How could we leave out this show that’s taken the world by storm? If you can actually get tickets to the show, it’s well worth checking out. The hip-hop take on American history leaves audiences delighted every night. You can catch “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers

3. ‘ The Humans ‘

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Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” tells the story of a Pennsylvania family uprooted to Manhattan for Thanksgiving. As the story unfolds, this relatable and flawed family is brought together by arguments and remarks.

3. ‘ Waitress ‘

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Nominated for four Tony awards including best musical “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, who longs to escape the small southern town she resides in. When the opportunity to be part of a pie making contest arises with a life-changing cash prize Jenna realizes this may be her shot to turn her life around.

 4. ‘ Wicked ‘

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An oldie but still a goodie, “Wicked” is fun for fans of “The Wizard of Oz.” In its original incarnation, it turned Idina Menzel (aka Adele Nazeem, if you ask John Travolta) into a superstar, and we can only hope that the show will do the same for this generation of performers. You can check out “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre.

5. ‘ The Book Of Mormon ‘

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 “Book Of Mormon” made it’s mark on Broadway in 2011 and since then has received a plethora of nominations and awards. An unfolding adventure of two boys who set out to preach The Book Of Mormon quickly learn the true meaning of friendship and what their religion ultimately means to them.

Food News | Five of The Best Places to Eat in The Theater District

New York’s theater district — which runs from West 40th to West 54th Streets and includes Time Square — is known not only for its celebrated Broadway shows, but also for its world-class restaurants. Thanks to the time-honored tradition of pre- or post-theater dining, several of the world’s leading chefs have made the theater district their culinary home, with restaurants that rival some of the world’s greatest. Among a wealth of culinary gems, here are five of the best.

1. Aureole

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Aureole is the dream child of Chef Charlie Palmer, renowned for his take on contemporary American cuisine. You’ll enjoy a three-course dinner with delicacies such as Nova Scotia halibut with clams and lemon confit, and beef tenderloin with smoked eggplant and corn purée. The tantalizing dessert list includes raspberry chocolate Sacher cake with chocolate mousse and toasted almond ice cream.

2. The Lambs Club

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The Lambs Club is famous for its art deco bar and celebrity-filled Sunday brunches where Broadway stars of the entertaining. It’s also know for the cuisine created by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, which includes delicacies like Long Island duck breast and chestnut tagliatelle with braised wild boar and wild mushrooms.

3. Esca

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Co-owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali, Esca serves the legendary seafood dishes of Italy in an ultra-luxurious setting. Voted by New York Magazine as the city’s best upscale seafood restaurant, Esca proffers delectables such as house-cured salmon roe, spaghetti with lobster and pink snapper with red clay salt.

4. Charlie Palmer at the Knick

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This upscale restaurant brings together two New York City icons — chef Charlie Palmer, who has become a major force in the contemporary American cuisine movement, and the Knickerbocker Hotel, a city landmark since its opening in 1906. The elegant dining room is crafted in glass and marble, and enhanced with semi-private areas separated by sheer chain metal drapes. Specialties include chicken paillard with basil oil and eggplant, and sea bass with asparagus purée.

5. Gabriel Kreuther

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If you’re in the mood for French cuisine, be sure to visit Gabriel Kreuther, where the legendary chef offers a sophisticated menu that harkens back to his Alsatian roots. Named one of the 50 best restaurants in America by Business Insider, the elegant dining room boasts shades of cream, lavender and platinum, accented by wood beams and crystalline light hanging. The menu is even more elegant, with specialties such as Australian black truffles with champagne spaetzle and roasted diver scallops with tomato confit.

Interior Design | Trends Taking the Town By Storm

One of the great things about finding a place and calling it home is the ability to have that space reflect your style and personality. There are dozens of interior design styles to choose from, running the gamut from classic traditional to high-concept modern. Many design styles evolve over time, and often marry concepts from one or two different styles to create a whole new type of design. The following three trends are currently taking the town by storm.

1. Rustic Modern

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A blend of modern aesthetics and the rural architecture of country homes, Rustic Modern is comfort-inspired modern design. With rough-hewn woods and natural finishes replacing sleek stained wood veneers, this style softens the hard edges of modern and removes the fussy details of rustic.

Get the Look: Wood, stone and metal at their most natural state paired with sumptuous fabrics in understated patterns and colors. Consider natural finished wood, honed stonework and brushed metals for your space. Incorporate soft plaids, linens and merinos into your home for a comfortable and relaxing feel.

2. Industrial Modern

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A quintessential New York loft is the epitome of Industrial Modern, and it is a mainstay of New York style. With exposed brick, ductwork and wrought-iron columns dotting the interior of a home, this is the perfect type of architecture for an industrial-inspired home. Consider turning the architectural style on its head and bring industrial modern into a classic six or prewar-style home.

Get the Look: Think about using building materials in innovative ways. Concrete countertops, exposed beams and stainless steel are great design elements for your home. Consider bent plywood furniture, gears or clockwork as decorative elements, as well as sheets of stainless steel incorporated in surprising ways.

3. Eclectic

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If New York is the melting pot of cultures, then eclectic design is the melting pot of style. This is where a single home incorporates elements from many styles, without concern for specific rules or design types to follow. A successful eclectic space is well edited and has a single element that works as a common thread for the design. This might be a color or profile found throughout the home or room to create a cohesive space.

Get the Look: Soft velvet sofas, supple leather armchairs and sleek modern elements can combine with classic silhouettes. Consider using white on furniture and fixtures as a cohesive element. Edit down the number of items in a room and increase the layers of style for the best look.

Miami Art News | Be Inspired by these Top 5 Summer Art Exhibits

Summer is the perfect time for art lovers of all stripes to converge on the Miami metropolis. Each year, aesthetes from around the world descend on South Florida to take in the latest shows and socialize with the art world’s doyens and darlings. These five unmissable exhibits awaiting you this summer prove that there’s so much more to the Miami scene than Art Basel.

Geometry in Motion

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This new series from mixed media artist and Rio de Janeiro native Heloisa Botelho is currently widening eyes at the O Cinema Wynwood. On display until August 21, Botelho’s Art Deco-influenced collages are a visual treat, intermingling hazy geometric shapes and colors that have been transferred onto the canvas via charcoal drawing.

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Everything Counts in Small Amounts

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Kenton Parker’s new exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood shows off “intimately-scaled life-sized structures,” like treehouses, flower shops and quilts, that celebrate friendship, childhood, escapism and memory. Visitors can interact with the artifacts and create handmade greeting cards that will be shared with future visitors to the gallery. Until August 21.

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Intersectionality

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Richard Haden curates this group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, featuring dozens of South Florida artists who critique the multiple interlocking forces that serve as instruments of oppression in today’s society, including racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Until August 14, you can view works like Mariette Pathy Allen’s photo series about transgender Cubans in Havana and Rosa Naday Garmendia’s “Rituals of Commemoration,” a brick wall inscribed with the names of black Americans whose deaths have drawn protests in recent years.

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A Universe of Fragile Mirrors

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Puerto Rican filmmaker and artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz explores the postcolonial Caribbean with this collection of videos, sculptures, photos, and sound art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Basing her work in questions about topics as disparate as anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, and the environment, Santiago Muñoz uses local actors and regional history to film her intimate, enigmatic stories. The show runs through November 13.

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ICA Miami

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Of course, a review of the city’s contemporary art scene this summer wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Four new shows are all on display through October: Laura Lima’s massive braids of nylon rope hanging from the museum’s support beams; Renaud Jerez’s eerie sculptures made from industrial materials that evoke a ruinous future; Ida Applebroog’s “Mercy Hospital” series of drawings, created while recuperating in a mental institution; and a retrospective of New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King showing the evolution of her bold, cartoonish drawings.

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Green Architecture News | Where to Find NYC’s Greenest Architecture

From iconic skyscrapers to commercial properties to modern residential high rises, Manhattan boasts a vast array of green architecture. NYC’s greenest architecture can be found in everything from rooftop gardens to the numerous LEED-certified residential buildings that have begun to dominate the city’s residential architecture since the designation was introduced in 2000. Health-conscious city dwellers can even enjoy the luxury of vitamin C-infused water coming through the pipes, as well as deluxe building amenities like electric charging stations for automobiles.

Green Commercial Architecture

The Empire State Building is probably the biggest example of how NYC is going green. Thanks to a 2009 sustainability initiative, the building is saving millions in energy costs and continues to make improvements to save more in the future.

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Other commercial green architecture includes the new One World Trade Center building, which uses water from the Hudson River for cooling and rainwater reservoirs for maintaining green areas. The Bank of America Tower in Bryant Park, which was awarded the first-ever LEED platinum certification, has an urban garden in the lobby, as well as rooftop gardens. The tower also features an air filtration system to circulate clean air throughout the building, among other green technologies.

Green Residential Architecture

Battery Park was the first and largest green neighborhood in Manhattan. The city has since branched out to offer at least 93 LEED-certified residential buildings, which can be found in nearly every neighborhood of the borough.

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The Greenwich Lane was formerly the home of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the architects at FXFowle used the existing space wisely to earn a LEED gold certification. Sustainable features of the residential building include a storm water collection system; recycled and local building materials; low toxin-emitting adhesives, paints, flooring, etc; high-efficiency LED light fixtures; and water-efficient plumbing fixtures.

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HL23 is LEED gold certified, thanks to its ability to operate entirely with green energy, recycled building materials, water-conserving fixtures and a highly reflective roofing material.

The luxurious Mercedes House promises to change not only the NYC skyline with a uniquely tapered zigzag garden roof effect, but also the well-being of the residents. Mercedes House is pursuing LEED certification with amenities to encourage residents to use alternative transportation like bicycles, as well as low-emissions building materials, reduced energy consumption, less waste, more natural light and better indoor air quality.

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