Tag: Building (Construction)

Like Restaurants, Buildings Will Get Grades (D’s for Energy Guzzlers)

New Yorkers are used to seeing letter grades on restaurants and bagel shops. Soon offices and residential buildings will be getting something similar. Beginning next year, midsize and large buildings will not only have to report how energy-efficient (or not) they are, they will also be required to post letter grades issued by the city, […]

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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Michael Green has seen the future of the building industry, and that future is wood. Lots of wood. The Vancouver-based architect is among the most ardent proponents of what is known as mass timber, prefabricated […]

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Under Construction in Texas: The First New Section of Border Wall

DONNA, Texas — Two giant construction cranes tower over harvested sugar cane fields, topped by a pair of checkered flags flapping in the wind. At a distance along this flat, rural stretch of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, the two structures standing between the cranes resemble forlorn drive-in movie screens. The twin panels […]

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Secret Deal Helped Housing Industry Stop Tougher Rules on Climate Change

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A secret agreement has allowed the nation’s homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. […]

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Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans Collapses Amid Construction

Parts of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed Saturday morning, drawing a response from firefighters and other emergency workers, a witness said. Construction workers had to run to safety as a portion of the hotel came tumbling down, according to WWL-TV. The upper floors began to crumble on top of one […]

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The Green Revolution Spreading Across Our Rooftops

When David Michaels moved to Chicago this year, he chose the Emme apartment building in part because of the third-floor green roof, which has a lawn, an area for grilling, fire pits and a 3,000-square-foot vegetable garden. “The green space was a huge factor in choosing this apartment,” Mr. Michaels said. “My wife and I […]

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Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings

Across North America, trees stand ready to help us solve the climate crisis. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood. One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect […]

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In Houston, a Rash of Storms Tests the Limits of Coping With Climate Change

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control. It even poached a well-regarded urban planner from Los Angeles to […]

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It’s Manhattan’s Last Affordable Neighborhood. But for How Long?

For decades, Inwood has been one of New York City’s untouched gems. Nestled among rivers and rolling forest at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, the 500-acre neighborhood has again and again batted away the forces of gentrification — until now. As the city confronts an affordable housing crisis, it has finally opened up Inwood to […]

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Why Construction Noise Is Keeping You Up at 3 A.M.

It barely mattered, night or day, weekend or not, when the clangor of old metal cabinets being heaved into dumpsters would invade Michael Riley’s Manhattan apartment, disrupting all manner of peace. Mr. Riley, 64, a distinguished research scientist at Google, said that he had considered spending $40,000 to install sound-dampening windows but had ultimately settled […]

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Building Is Booming 24/7. So Is the Noise.

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s and a light wind. Tomorrow and Sunday look to be pleasant, too. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditAndrew Renneisen for The New York Times Construction is booming in New York. So, too, are noise complaints. “If you are trying to read, you can’t. […]

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How an Ice Age Boulder Became a $3 Million Real Estate Prospect

It is one thing to try to sell a 30,000 cubic foot rock in a hot real estate market; it’s another thing entirely to try to sell half of one. That is precisely what is happening on a stretch in Inwood, the recently rezoned neighborhood in northwest Manhattan. It is there that an investor named […]

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Renewing an Affair With the Empire State Building

How do you take the measure of a New York City more physically transformed than at any time since the 1920s? The new glass “downtowns” that have exploded in the last decade and a half in Long Island City and over in Jersey City. Hudson Yards’ crystalline shafts to the far west. Residential towers marching […]

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Queens Has a Striking New Library. Why Can’t the City Build More Gems Like This?

Against a phalanx of mostly dreary new apartment towers, the soon-to-open Hunters Point Community Library by Steven Holl Architects is a diva parading along the East River in Queens, south of the famous Pepsi sign. With its sculptured geometry — a playful advertisement for itself — it’s even a little like the Pepsi sign. Compact, […]

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Salvadorans, Washington’s Builders, Face Expulsion Under Trump

A few minutes before going to work deep beneath Washington’s streets, the Salvadoran construction workers checked off the projects they had built for the city’s residents: storm water tunnels, new Metro lines and train stations, and shuttles at Dulles International Airport. Now these workers are at risk of losing their jobs and being removed from […]

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One in Four of New York’s New Luxury Apartments Are Unsold

Picture an empty apartment — there are thousands in Manhattan’s new towers — and fill it with the city’s chattiest real estate developers. How do you quiet the room? Ask about their sales. Among the more than 16,200 condo units across 682 new buildings completed in New York City since 2013, one in four remain […]

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The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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7 Relatives Worked at a Construction Site. Then Came a Deadly Collapse.

When José Quizhi heard the news about a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly made his way to the scene from New Jersey. Mr. Quizhi, an Ecuadorean immigrant whose seven relatives were working at the job site, said he feared the worst. While Mr. Quizhi’s brother walked away unscathed, another family member, […]

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A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

Don’t call the real estate development company Venn a developer. Its founders prefer “neighboring start-up.” And don’t call the company’s tenants, who are scattered across 20 buildings in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, renters. They are “members” or “Venners.” “We describe ourselves as a new way of living,” said Or Bokobza, the chief […]

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An Ex-Convict Got a Construction Job, but Not Everyone Was Happy

After his second stint in prison — two years on possession of drugs with intent to sell — Andre Chesson needed a job. It had been around a decade since Mr. Chesson had blown an opportunity with Local 79, New York’s biggest laborers’ union. But his parole officer had a suggestion for how to get […]

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After a Catastrophic Fire, a Long Road Back

The day the Treadmark apartment building went up in flames in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, James Keefe, the $45 million property’s developer, waited anxiously on the back porch of his home a few blocks away. A few friends and key employees commiserated with Mr. Keefe, a principal at Trinity Financial, as swarms of firefighters […]

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‘It’s Like Watching New York Melt’: As Towers Rise, an Old Neighborhood Fades

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Almost every week, Jeremy Schaller gets a call from a developer who wants to buy the two unremarkable four-story buildings that house Schaller and Weber, a German sausage and sauerkraut landmark on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One […]

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