Top 5 Stories in New York City Green Real Estate: 2011

As the year draws to a close later this week, we take a quick look back at the five of our articles from 2011 that were the most popular (by total page views) here at gbNYC.

As the year draws to a close later this week, let’s take a quick look back at the following five of our articles from 2011 that were the most popular (by total page views) here at gbNYC:

No. 1: Come on Down: 125 Broad Street is Lower Manhattan’s First LEED Silver Tower

Back in July, Mack-Cali’s 40-story 125 Broad Street became the first LEED-certified commercial office building in the Downtown submarket (which excludes the World Trade Center).

No. 2: On Top: WestLB New York Lands LEED Platinum at 7 World Trade Center

The New York branch of German bank WestLB earned LEED Platinum in February for its 129,000-square-foot offices at the top of New York City’s first LEED-certified commercial office building.

No. 3: Restaurant + REIT = Urban Pop Up Farm on Stalled East Side Construction Site

The 6000-plant pop up Riverpark restaurant and farm opened late in the summer at a stalled construction site on East 29th Street in Kips Bay.

No. 4: It’s Complicated: New York City Green Buildings Balk At, Earn LEED Certification

We took a look at a handful of local projects to make some anecdotal observations about LEED certification, particularly in light of the then-pending Henry Gifford-led lawsuit against USGBC.

No. 5: REI Preserving Puck Building History at First NYC Retail Store in SoHO

After a behind-the-scenes tour, we reviewed the green features at REI’s first foray into New York City.

Rounding out the top ten articles were:

No. 6: It’s Complicated: New York City Green Buildings Balk At, Earn LEED Certification

No. 7: Taking The LEED: Empire State Building Gets Certified After All

No. 8: 20 Times Square: Chinese Financing Could Raise LEED Gold Above World’s Fifth Ugliest Building

No. 9: Are LEED-Certified Buildings Actually Bird-Killing Machines? (Spoiler: No)

No. 10: A Closer Look at the 2011 Midtown Manhattan Green Building Opportunity Index Profile Report

We were somewhat surprised that – arguably – the year’s biggest story: Henry Gifford’s lawsuit against USGBC, which was dismissed by the Southern District of New York back in August, did not make our top ten list. So here it is:

Bonus: Two Dudes Talking About A(n Unsuccessful) Lawsuit: gbNYC’s Meta-Interview On Henry Gifford’s Case Against LEED.

We compiled the same list last year in looking back on 2010.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at gbNYC!

About Stephen Del Percio

Stephen Del Percio has written for gbNYC+ since 2006 and currently serves as in-house counsel for one of the world's largest engineering, construction, and technical services companies. He earned a B.Eng. from Columbia, his J.D. at William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. You can follow Stephen on Twitter, email him at, or join gbNYC on Facebook to continue the conversation.

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gbNYC is a multi-disciplinary consulting and real estate services firm. In addition to representing office tenants and commercial buyers in leasing and acquisitions, we also provide innovative consulting solutions from a unique, green building perspective. We advise on green building financial incentives, comment on proposed green building marketing strategies, author white papers, treatises, and market analyses, organize seminars on the LEED process and professional accreditation, and provide advice and analysis on green building risk management and the overall state of green real estate, leasing, and construction, in New York City and beyond.

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