Green Condos Across Brooklyn Rise & Halt, Solar Power in LIC, & Profiling East Harlem’s Tapestry

gbNYC selects green news items of note that were reported across the New York City area during the past two weeks, including green condos in Brooklyn and commercial office space in Midtown under construction, even while plans for the LEED Silver Harlem Park office tower have fallen through, solar panels proliferating in Long Island City, a profile of the green affordable Tapestry development in East Harlem, and 11 Times Square adding to the availability of commercial office space in Manhattan.

  • City’s first green courthouse breaks ground in St. George section of Staten Island
  • Solar panels powering Steinway & Sons factory in Long Island City funded by NYSERDA and federal tax credits
  • Construction incident takes place at LEED Gold hopeful Laurel condos on East Side
  • Plans for what was to be LEED Silver Harlem Park office tower by Vornado fall through
  • Green condos from Coggan + Crawford taking shape on 21st Street in Brooklyn
  • Only one unit remains at LEED-hopeful Greenbelt condos in East Williamsburg
  • Spector Group designs green commercial fit out for ING Real Estate Finance at 230 Park Avenue
  • 11 Times Square is increasing commercial office availability in Manhattan
  • Facade is complete at green Sterling Green condos in Prospect Heights
  • Sales suspended at green Steelworks Lofts conversion project in Williamsburg
  • Profile of affordable, LEED Silver-hopeful Tapestry development in East Harlem

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2 Responses to Green Condos Across Brooklyn Rise & Halt, Solar Power in LIC, & Profiling East Harlem’s Tapestry

  1. Dan Monday, December 29, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned solar air heaters. We installed this simple type of device that provides supplemental heat simply through direct sun light. Ours weighed only 70 pounds and was the type made out of recycles beverage cans.

    We installed it on the south wall of our home and have experienced a temperature rise of between 60 and 70 degrees F with a maximum temperature reading of between 135 and 140 degrees F, more than what I had thought.

    Folks who are interested in these devices can read about our evaluation of different solar air heating products and see our installation experiences, including pictures here:

    Energy conservation is the only ‘quick fix’ for significantly and immediately reducing home and office utility bills month after month that can cost nothing to do. However, the investment in these solar air collectors, which are significantly less expensive than solar PV panels, should pay for itself in a few years depending on a combination of factors.



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