Because I know that you’re reading gbNYC for the latest news in How David Roth Is Feeling, I’ll cop to some bifurcation in my daily work duties. I do my reading/writing/researching for gbNYC, but I also do a lot of writing about NYC condos and Manhattan rental apartments. Which means that I do a lot of mental toggling between zero-energy buildings in Red Hook and glassy, identikit rental towers in Murray Hill — the mental equivalent of riding the Coney Island Cyclone, basically, only with less excitement and neck pain, and more screaming. (It’s my method) So while Emerald Green, Glenwood Management’s LEED Silver rental tower at 328 West 38th Street, deserves credit as a rare redoubt of green rental apartments in midtown Manhattan, it also gets a Special Editorial Nod from gbNYC for taking some of the neck-snap out of my daily grind.
Stephen covered the generalities at Emerald Green last summer, before it was branded and began leasing. The building itself is kind of a classic gbNYC subject — while not necessarily the most stunningly distinguished architectural experiment, Emerald Green features some cool sustainable design elements from the Stephen B. Jacobs Group and some equally impressive (and equally green) work from interior designers Saladino Group. Glenwood’s own press release touts some pretty impressive green elements — a green roof that captures and re-utilizes rainwater; heat-reflective pavers on the roof terrace; bamboo floors in each rental apartment; a building-wide water filtration system and a ton of sensor-based building management systems. It all sounded good, and still sounds pretty good but… you have perhaps noticed that there maybe isn’t the most news up here recently about new green buildings in Manhattan? Right. Which made that period of radio silence about Emerald Green that much more ominous, probably.
The good news for those of us who were pulling for Emerald Green, though, is that (according to the building’s website) Emerald Green wrapped up Phase I leasing before the New Year, and is beginning Phase II leasing later this month. While there remains the nagging issue of Emerald Green’s location — Penn Station-adjacent! Convenient to several Blarney Stone/Rock outposts! Just Steps To That Big Red Button! — this is unquestionably one of the more interesting green rental buildings in Manhattan, and it’s good to see Emerald Green hitting its marks in this tough climate.