Friday, September 29, 2017

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Exhibit Imagines the Buildings New York Could’ve Had 

From a gigantic airport, to an urbanized Ellis Island, the show reveals the many fascinating ideas for New York City that never made it off the page.

New York City has offered many an architect a canvas to paint soaring wonders of construction and design. But in the shadows of every executed idea are scores that never made it off the drawing pad. Now, a new exhibit is exploring some of those fantastical and ambitious creations, Jenna Scherer reports for Curbed New York.
"Exploring the alternative paths New York City could have traveled encourages us to think beyond the present tense and push the boundaries of what the future of the metropolis holds," the Queens Museum writes in a description for "Never Built New York," on view until February 2018. The exhibit, co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, is full of historic photographs, diagrams and models, giving visitors a glimpse of the "parallel metropolis" that New York could have been.
These designs came from everywhere, even cocktail napkins. According to Will Heinrich of the New York Times, one of the objects on display is a napkin from the city's iconic Plaza Hotel, which contains a sketch made by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright just months before his death. The sketch was a plan to redevelop Ellis Island, the gateway for millions of American immigrants that had recently closed, into a futuristic "city of tomorrow" comprising towers, domes and parks.
Like the cocktail napkin, many of the curated items imagine the city with a futuristic eye, playing on ideas to harness the power of advancing technology in creative ways. Decades before the famed New York Subway opened, for instance, the exhibition shines a light on Alfred Ely Beach's proposed system of underground tubes. As Scherer reports for Curbed, the idea was to rocket people around in cars pushed by giant fans, building on engineering advances in the field of pneumatics. Think of it as a proto-Hyperloop.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

First day of fall: 5 things you probably didn't know

Yes, the season for chunky scarves, pumpkin-spiced everything and fantasy football is upon us. 

Fall, autumn, harvest season -- whatever you call it -- starts Friday, September 22, at 4:02 pm ET in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some interesting things to know about the season:
1. Fall isn't caused by the Earth's distance from the sun
That's right. The Earth's distance from the sun at any given point doesn't determine whether you'll be sweating out your white tee or shivering in your snow boots. Fall, like all of the seasons, is caused by the Earth's tilt in relation to the sun. It gets warmer in each hemisphere when that hemisphere tilts toward the sun and colder when it leans away.
2. 'Fall leaf' colors actually exist all year long
    Now, don't get too excited. While leaves have the potential to be yellow and orange (and sometimes purple or red) all year long, seeing the colors during other seasons is not likely. In spring and summer, the pigment chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. At the end of summer, the decreased daylight and cooler temperatures cause chlorophyll to break down and that exposes other pigments that cause the brilliant yellow, orange, red leaves of fall.
    3. Oh, fall leaf tourism brings in BIG MONEY
    It's called "leaf peeping." When the chlorophyll fades and those captivating colors finally glow through, people travel from near and far to take a closer look (and lots of pictures). States in New England, a popular destination for leaf peepers, rake in billions in tourism dollars each fall.

    4. Fall is only 'fall' to Americans, even though the term was coined in Britain
    What do you call the picking of ripe sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkins? Harvest. That was the word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather. Because "harvest" also meant the gathering of ripe crops, when the word "autumn" showed up in English writing its popularity soared.
    Some time after, poets coined the phrase "the fall of leaves" -- shortened to "fall" in the 1600s. The word "autumn" still remained popular throughout England's period of colonizing the world. The lack of consistent communication between the English and the people in the American colonies led to differences in the language. By the mid-1800s, the word "fall" had firmly rooted itself in America.
    5. The flavor pumpkin spice doesn't actually taste quite like pumpkins

    We're here -- the time of year when your favorite snacks hit store shelves (and Starbucks) in pumpkin-spice flavors. We're talking lattes, cereal, ice cream, butter and even yogurt.
    But what exactly goes into the beloved flavor of fall? Truth is, it's almost never the orange-fleshed vegetable -- pumpkin. Instead, the flavor comes from a mix of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger and cloves, except when food companies take over. Most times, they create a synthetic version using chemicals found naturally in pumpkins and some of the previously listed spices. Those chemicals trick your brain into thinking that whatever concoction you're consuming is pumpkin.
    Click here for the full article.  

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Council committee unanimously approves contentious construction safety bill

    By Kathryn Brenzel | September 20, 2017 03:40PM
    The City Council committee on housing and building on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a construction safety bill that will mandate at least 40 hours of safety training for workers.

    The latest version of the bill, introduced Tuesday night, requires workers to complete a 40-hour training course by December 2018 — or September 2020, if the Department of Buildings determines that there aren’t enough training facilities available for workers to meet that deadline. By March 2018, workers have to complete the equivalent of OSHA 10, a 10-hour course sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration. Workers will then complete an additional 30 hours of training, and then the DOB will determine an addition 10 to 25 hours. At least eight of those hours will pertain to the dangers of falling workers and objects at construction sites, according to the bill.
    The hearing room at 250 Broadway was packed with people, many wearing shirts that said, “Don’t Take Our Jobs Stop 1447.” The phrase is one employed by Putting New Yorkers to Work, a group backed by the Real Estate Board of New York and other organizations. Leading up to the hearing, a few people voiced aggravation over the fact that a new version of the bill was posted Tuesday night and that the committee hearing was scheduled at the last minute.
    “We were blindsided,” said Martin Allen, president of People for Political and Economic Empowerment. He said the bill will favor large corporations, since they have the deep pockets to pay for workers to complete the training.
    Open shop groups and REBNY have fought against the three different iterations of the bill, which they’ve argued disproportionately favor union contractors and would harm minority workers.
    REBNY president John Banks said the latest bill was an improvement but failed to address “basic questions like ensuring there will be sufficient training providers or how workers without an on-going relationship with a contractor will pay for and obtain training.”
    “This legislation runs the risk of putting tens of thousands of construction workers on the unemployment line,” he said.
    Outside the City Council building, workers passed out flyers urging the passage of the bill. The flyer had a picture of Fernando Venegas, a 19-year-old worker who died at a construction site in Bed-Stuy in 2015.
    Council member Robert Cornegy voiced concern about the fast pace of the legislation and the fact that many of the construction deaths over the last several years were minority workers. He urged the City Council to take a close look at how minority workers will be impacted by the legislation. Still, he voted in favor of the bill.
    “We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” he said.
    Council member Jumaane Williams said the latest version of the legislation reflected concerns from union and nonunion groups. As part of the bill, the City Council will dedicate $5 million to the city and community groups to contribute to the training efforts.
    Article courtesy of The Real Deal.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Residential Pest Control

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    Let us take care of your home with our proactive consultancy approach to domestic and residential pest control. All our employees are specially trained to handle the latest scientific techniques; we are dedicated in the control and elimination of all pests and vermin within the home environment.
    Interior and perimeter treatments are provided with flexible scheduling arranged to ensure your satisfaction. Why not ask about our four-season service that provides assurance of a pest-free healthy home, year-round?
    We understand the need for an emergency response at times so we will always endeavor to provide this service for you. Additionally, feel free to phone one of our ESA Qualified Technicians if you have any questions regarding pest control and prevention 7 days a week / 365 day of the year. All our employees are enthusiastic, committed and polite.
    All we require from you is the details of the infestation and we will dispatch a technician qualified in that specific field as soon as possible. All our customers will receive assessments detailing what, if any, poisons have been laid and that we have adhered to the strictest health and safety regulations.
    Guardians’ proactive approach to pest control includes:
    • Exclusion of external pest related problems
    • Restriction by proofing against external pest infestation
    • Destruction of rodents or insects
    • Rodent elimination while avoiding bad smells and disease restriction
    • Crawling insect control
    • Flying insect control
    • Bird repellent systems and management
    • Inspection and consultancy on all residential premises

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    MetLife building gets an electronic face-lift

    The former Pan Am Building is swapping neon lights with LEDs

    The tower at 200 Park Ave. is getting a face-lift. MetLife is replacing the neon sign that has topped its headquarters since 1993, swapping in LED lights and a new typeface with narrower letters for a more “modern” look.

    The former Pan Am Building was the tallest commercial tower in the city when it was completed in 1963, but it was derided by architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable as a “colossal collection of minimums.” The company in 2005 sold the building for $1.7 billion to a joint venture of Tishman Speyer, the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Retirement System. But the 59-story tower remains MetLife’s headquarters and is now worth $3 billion, according to Bloomberg.
    The new sign comes a year after MetLife dropped Snoopy and the other Peanuts characters it had long used to advertise. While the company repositions its public image, behind the scenes it is sparring with the federal government, which in 2014 deemed it “too big to fail” and thus subject to tighter regulation. The insurer is fighting that designation in court.
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    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Cornell built a super-high-tech school in New York City that could revolutionize building design — take a look

    Nestled between Manhattan and Queens on New York's Roosevelt Island, a new approach to building design has come to life.
    Cornell Tech, a two-million-square foot campus aimed at serving students studying computer science, business, and entrepreneurship, is open for the 2016-2017 academic year.
    The buildings will remain in construction until approximately 2043, at which point some 2,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff will live in energy-efficient buildings designed to heat and cool their inhabitants naturally.
    Here's what the school is like up close.

    The building is the largest energy-efficient dorm in the world. 
    The interior walls are covered in tape-sealed "jackets" that prevent outside air from coming in. Each window has triple-pane glass that was assembled in Italy and shipped to New York.
    Pipes run around the ceiling, continuously emitting heat or AC into the room. Unlike traditional central heating and AC systems, which shut on and off to adjust the temperature, the pipes keep the inside temperature consistent and adjust in real time to save energy.
    For all the images click here

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Here are N.Y.C.'s worst buildings (based on housing code violations)

    Recall the proclamation made by 2009's most charismatic N.Y.C. mayoral candidate, Jimmy McMillan. "The rent is too damn high," he declared.

    He was right, considering the average New Yorker spends $4,109 monthly for a Manhattan rental, according to a recent report from Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
    What those fancy brokerage firms don't tell you is just how bad some of the buildings are — and where.

    Consider the ingenuity of The local startup devised a map of the buildings with the most outstanding HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development) violations.

    The non-profit organization helps renters take advantage of the housing codes of New York City and allows its users to take photos of whatever problem they come across in the building and lodge complaints.

    Whether it's rats, mold or cockroaches, has it reported. The app, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and the Fast Forward Accelerator (an accelerator for tech nonprofits), is essentially a way to pool together evidence of just how shoddy your living situation is.

    It also allows users the opportunity to communicate with landlords directly via texts, emails, and letters of complaint. The reports and case histories are also automatically logged and sent to city and state agencies. That way, in case the problems ever amount to a court case, the lawyer or advocate can pull documents from the app's system.

    The app first became available to all New York City residents last November with a network of over a dozen community partners and organizers. For a ranked data set of the buildings and their violations, see the chart below.

    For the full list, click here

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    The Safest Building In New York City

    During an emergency, it’s imperative that 911 dispatchers swiftly answer calls. So when New York City’s emergency command center in one of the World Trade Center buildings collapsed as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, lawmakers assessed how they could make the system more resilient in the face of disaster. Enter the Public Safety Answering Center II, the city’s newest emergency call center and what’s perhaps the strongest and safest building in all five New York City boroughs.
    Completed in summer 2016 and designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the call center was engineered to be virtually impenetrable. Located in the Bronx, it’s in a far-flung part of the city far away from terrorism targets. The structure is meant to be bulletproof, blast-proof, toxic gas-proof (aka air-tight), tamper-proof, and flood-proof. It has enough water, generator power, and food on hand for the 400 or so people who work there to be self-sufficient for at least three days. But on the outside, you could never tell that it’s essentially a fortress. If the apocalypse comes, this is where you’d want to hole up.
    Through a series of slick design moves, the architects managed to disguise the defensive details that make the PSAC II one of the most resilient buildings in the city. A grass-covered berm surrounding the building is actually an anti-ram device. Security to enter the building is located in a glass pavilion separated from the main structure by blast doors–heavy duty doors that resist explosions. In a similar vein, the loading dock is also separate from the building. The concrete walls are 14 inches thick and the few windows that the building has are six inches thick, which makes it harder for explosives or bullets to penetrate the facade. All of the electrical and ventilation machinery is located on higher floors so that flooding won’t knock the systems out. But the outside is rendered in a pleated aluminum skin–almost like a shimmering sculpture.
    “It evolved out of an idea of camouflage,” says architect Gary Haney, who borrowed security techniques he used in designing embassies, courthouses, and data centers. “All of this came together in an effective design technique that also disguises the size and blankness of the building.”
    Because the building’s employees work 12-hour shifts and can’t leave during their breaks, the architects tried to make the interior as comfortable as possible. There’s warm wood, natural light, lounge space, and even a living wall–designed by SOM’s Center for Architecture Science & Ecology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute–that purifies air. The call center itself is one large open space that looks a lot like a Wall Street trading floor, Haney tells me. (The building is so secure that SOM wasn’t able to release photographs of the call center or share precise details about how the interior is organized.) The other floors include a cafeteria, gym, offices, a training center, and conference rooms.
    While no detail was overlooked in making sure the PSAC II could operate through every type of large-scale emergency, it’s not emblematic of most 911 call centers. The state of emergency call centers across the country is precarious, as they are largely underfunded, understaffed, and their location tracking technology isn’t up to date.
    In the 2000s, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg attempted to improve New York’s outdated emergency call system with a $1.3 billion improvement plan. It ballooned to $2.2 billion and was 10 years late as a result of mismanagement according to a report from the city’s Department of Investigation. The price tag for the building? A whopping $880 million–about the same price as the Mets’ baseball stadium.
    “I don’t know if it’s cost-effective for everybody, but certainly given the level of attention paid from the city’s government, the city feels this was worth it to them relative to their vulnerability,” Haney says. 

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    The Sleeping Giant Of New York's Lab Market Could Be About To Wake Up

    Across most sectors of commercial real estate in New York City, be it offices, apartments and condos, retail spaces or hotels, landlords are grappling with a citywide supply influx, one that is pushing down asking prices and pushing up concessions. Yet, there is one sector that is 100% occupied, commands high rents and has startlingly low supply. NYU Langone Health An NYU Langone Health laboratory facility In New York City, finding a place for a research laboratory is not like finding a needle in a haystack.

    The city has about 1.7M SF of life science lab space, a tiny chunk of its 450M SF office supply. Those labs are 100% occupied, according to Transwestern, and the active pipeline is thin. "This has historically has been one of the most supply-constrained markets in New York City," Transwestern Research Manager Danny Mangru said. "New York City possesses all the necessary pieces for the life science industry. 

    All it's missing is the supply." An asset class with 100% occupancy that lends itself to high rent and high-paying jobs may seem like a no-brainer for a developer to build. But there are just two developments in Manhattan that include labs in the plans: Alexandria Real Estate's Alexandria Center for Life Science campus along FDR Drive and Taconic Investment Partners and Silverstein Properties' conversion of the Movie Lab building at 619 West 54th St. to the Hudson Research Center, which will bring 150K SF of labs to the market. 

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    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Commercial Janitorial Services - Guardian Reigns Supreme


    We perform a wide variety of commercial cleaning services. We’re dedicated to providing the highest standard of quality along with the best value possible. Our business is based on trust and integrity.
    We work with you to perform according to your specifications. We regularly perform inspections to ensure your building cleaning is done to your satisfaction.

    Our service plans are tailored to meet your needs. We’re available to clean your property seven days a week. We’re happy work around your scheduling needs. We offer affordable prices for your regular cleaning needs. Our commitment to quality cleaning and customer satisfaction is why we’re one of the leading professional cleaning services in the Northeast. #Porters #Matrons #Janitorial #GuardianSince1918

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Who Is David Martinez?

    Meet David Martinez, Senior Vice President, Janitorial Operations! With over 35 years of extensive experience overseeing national janitorial, mechanical, staffing, and security operations, David is responsible for ensuring quality control, accurate accounting and daily operations. But more importantly, David is responsible for ensuring our customers expectations are exceeded 24/7/365!  #Janitorial #Porter #Matron#GreenCleaning #GuardianSince1918

    About Guardian Janitorial

    Guardian Janitorial Services combines today’s technology with almost 100 years of innovative experience. We customize our cleaning service to meet the needs of commercial properties, residential communities/buildings, financial institutions, retail locations, academia and municipal buildings. Which means we can offer you a full range of solutions based on your individual needs. Some of our specialized janitorial services include:
    • Carpet care
    • Clean room services
    • Computer room cleaning
    • Construction clean up
    • Day porter
    • Document disposal
    • Escalator cleaning
    • General maintenance
    • Green cleaning
    • Hard surface floor care
    • Inventory control
    • LEED accredited professionals
    • Light industrial
    • Medical waste disposal
    • Restoration
    • Matting programs
    • Night cleaning services
    • Pressure washing
    • Recycling services
    • Restroom sanitation
    • Supply management
    • Upholstery cleaning
    • Window cleaning
    • Route based crews
    • Post construction clean-up
    • Window treatment
    All janitorial services companies may appear similar, but there is a Guardian difference –
    • Almost 100 years of experience; established 1918
    • Full range of building, commercial, residential and academia cleaning services
    • 100% commitment to Green Cleaning! Guardian consistently leads the field in initiating the use of more efficient cleaning approaches. This includes environmentally responsible chemicals, enhanced vacuum filtration systems; light weight maneuverable equipment and an ongoing investment in specialty equipment
    • Expertise in a cross section of industries, ranging from commercial, residential, institutional, transportation hubs and academia
    • Stringent hiring and selection process, coupled with ongoing training/education
    • Technology, that enables 24/7/365 ‘real time’ communication with customers and staff

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Guardian Green Cleans K-12 Schools

    Accommodating a large number of students, educational facilities can quickly become breeding grounds for fast-moving germs if the building is not cleaned properly. Guardian Service Industries goes above and beyond to ensure the cleanliness of your school and strives to help you keep kids in the classroom.

    Guardian’s school cleaning professionals deliver: an immaculate facility through cleaning practices that maximize efficiency, dedicated and experienced support to handle any cleaning challenge and 24-hour operations support and measured inspections.
    Our Guardian Green Clean program plays a vital role in creating a healthier environment through the use of certified chemicals, documented processes, training, tools and support. Additionally, Guardian incorporates LEED practices in all of our cleaning specifications.
    But more importantly, Guardian offers more than just competitive pricing. We provide your campus with a sense of security and trust. Our operational experts recruit and our in-house human resources team trains employees that fit well with your existing educational culture.
    Guardian uses strict hiring and training guidelines to employ only the highest quality personnel who have also been screened thru Guardian’s multiple tier screening practice.
    Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
    We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
    • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
    • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
    • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
    • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs
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