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Habitat Magazine October 2020 free digital issue

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It's not easy being green. Just ask the board of Parc Vendome in Midtown Manhattan. It has spent the past four years making its prewar condominium greener. And it has done that by relying on state-vetted partners to help it navigate a state-sponsored improvement program.

Learning how to get a partner may be an essential skill in the coming years. "Right now, the multi-family performance program is in a period of transition," says Brian Nieves, a sales representative at Daylight Savings, which is a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) partner. "NYSERDA is looking to get away from providing cash incentives."

When Parc Vendome first began its energy improvements, it selected the Ithaca-based engineering firm Performance Systems Development. The company conducted a $40,000 energy study of the four-building complex, delivering to the 576-unit condo an in-depth analysis of its property. "It allowed me to really look at the building on a larger scale," says Brenda Colberg, the on-site Charles H. Greenthal property manager for Parc Vendome.

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Written by Marianne Schaefer on September 23, 2020

Midtown, Manhattan

They may not be the sexiest amenity, but secure lockers are prized by many.

Tax Reform Commission cites $238 million condo's low tax bill.

Failed condo conversion could become site of deluxe rehab and detox.

Don’t Block My View of Central Park!

Written by Victor M. Metsch on July 18, 2019

Midtown, Manhattan

Essex House legal battle seeks to put a price tag on a condo’s priceless amenity.

Many pricey apartments are never listed for sale.

Luxury condo tower’s occupancy and values are plunging.

New York’s tale of two cities proving difficult to rewrite.

Supertall luxury condo towers are nearly half empty.

Rich absentee homeowners don’t ride the subway. Why should they pay to fix it?

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