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Environmentally friendly LIC building breaks ground on Earth Day

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo by Liam La Guerre

Earth Day is a time for reflection on how to be more environmentally conscious. It was also the best day for Brause Realty and Gotham Organization to break ground on its 35-story rental building in Long Island City, which will be one of the most eco-friendly structures in the neighborhood.

The building at 44-28 Purves St. was designed by FXFowle Architects, the same group behind the massive green roof on the Jacob Javits Convention Center. It will have 272 market-rate rental apartments with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and various green features, such as generating energy from wind turbines and solar panels.

“We are creating a lot of our own energy, which is going to power a lot of the common areas in the building,” said David Brause, president of Brause Realty, at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. “There is a lot of green in this building.”

Additionally, a three-floor “amenities building” will be built in conjunction with the tower on the lot, and that smaller structure will have a green roof with grass and plants.

The project is designed with LEED Silver certification standards, which is the third-highest green level a building can obtain by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The amenities building will have space for a fitness center, yoga studio and a 2,000-square-foot commercial space on the ground floor, which Brause said could be home to a restaurant.

Between the amenities building and the 35-story tower will be a courtyard with seating, a pool with a 50-foot lap lane, a grilling and bar area, and a large weather-resistant movie screen.

In the main 35-floor tower, the ground level will contain the lobby and a mail room, laundry room and a space for a small coffee shop or convenience store. There will be additional common space on the second floor, including a kitchen, fireplace, social areas, a children’s playroom, and a private lounge and conference room with an attached outdoor patio.

Also, on the 35th floor there will be a residents’ lounge with a billiards room, wet bar and an outdoor terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline. There will be a 75-spot parking garage under the building.

Brause Realty acquired the land for 44-28 Purves St. in 2013. The site, which was home to manufacturing firms, is in the state Brownfield Cleanup Program because of contaminated soil. Currently, the toxic soil is being trucked from the site.

Brause said he plans to complete construction on the project in two years.

Developers and owners during the ceremonial shoveling for the groundbreaking.

Developers and owners during the ceremonial shoveling for the groundbreaking.


Star of Queens: Jaclyn Jablkowski, communications manager, Build it Green

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jaclyn Jablkowski describes Build It Green!NYC as a place to donate or purchase recycled material in an attempt to keep waste out of landfills.

Jablkowski, the communications manager for Build it Green, said the non-profit not only works to provide material for people to use, but also provides construction workers for de-construction projects.

Since April is “Earth Month,” and “Earth Day” is on April 22, Jablkowski said the organization will host a wide variety of events to promote awareness of environmental protection.

Build It Green’s center, at 3-17 26th Avenue in Astoria, has been in operation since 2005 and has a second location in Brooklyn that opened in late 2011.

JOB/BACKGROUND: Jablkowski has been involved in environmental projects for nearly her entire life, both professionally and as a volunteer, previously having worked with Solar One, the organization responsible for maintaining Stuyvesant Cove Park in Manhattan.

“This is just what I love to do,” Jablkowski said about working to improve the environment.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to live music shows. She is also currently working to create a Build it Green! softball team.

“I’m very excited about that,” she said.

INSPIRATION: Jablkowski’s inspiration in working with Build it Green! and other green projects comes from her concern about the environment. “We’re hoping to make New York City a greener city,” she said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Jablkowski said her favorite memories come from the people who benefit from Build it Green!

“Whenever I hear how people are going to be able to take recycled material and turn it into something new, it always reminds me of why I’m doing what I do.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Jablkowski says the biggest roadblock for Build It Green! is the fact that the Stuyvesant Cove Parkbrings most waste to far-off landfills, and as a result, people don’t physically see the waste, and don’t think of it as that big of a problem.




This Morning’s Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Trayvon shooter Zimmerman walks out of jail on $150K bond

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been sprung from jail. Zimmerman, wearing a beige jacket and jeans and carrying a large brown bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at midnight on $150,000 bond. He ignored shouted questions from the half- dozen reporters waiting outside, where he was met by five cars — a white BMW SUV and four green and white Town Cars belonging to the Sheriff’s Department. Read More: New York Post


Queens bridge shops sue city over crashes

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp. Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011. “It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash! “And then the third crash!” he said, referring to yet another in which a car sped toward the shops, only to be stopped by scaffolding erected after the earlier accidents. Read More: New York Post


Flood Watch In Effect As Spring Nor’easter Soaks City

New Yorkers are getting plenty of use out of their raincoats and umbrellas as a spring Nor’Easter continues to whip up some serious precipitation. A flood watch remains in effect through Monday morning for the entire city as up to three inches of rain could fall in some parts. Meteorologists say the worst of the storm will likely arrive early in the overnight hours and could bring wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour. As of early Sunday evening, no major flooding had been reported. The city’s flash flood plan was activated on Thursday and crews began cleaning catch basins last week. Read More: NY1


 City Earth Day Events Take On Different Shades Of Green

New Yorkers gathered for events to “green” up the city all day Sunday as part of Earth Day 2012. In addition to the first annual Harlem Earth Day being held, there were also plantings and discussions on green development in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. The first-ever Earth Day on the High Line featured a giant salad preparation and the chance to meet one-on-one with the elevated park’s gardeners. The performance art piece was the brain child of artist Alison Knowles, who first did the performance 50 years ago. Read More: NY1



Mystery grows in death of Michael Lin, 27-year-old clubgoer who died early Saturday

New details emerged Sunday about what happened to a 27-year-old Queens man who suffered fatal injuries while at a midtown club early Saturday. Michael Lin appeared to have had a broken jaw and bruises on his body when cops found him outside Koreatown hotspot District 36 about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said previously. He died at Bellevue Medical Center an hour later. Investigators now believe Lin had tried to leave the W. 36th St. party joint to smoke a cigarette, using a second-floor emergency exit, police sources said. Read More: Daily News

Hammer-armed rapist arrested: cops

A Queens teenager has been arrested for attacking two women in Brooklyn in which he used a hammer to threaten them, police said Friday. Anthony Moore, 19, of Queens Village, allegedly raped an 18-year-old after threatening her with a hammer and forcing her to a desolate spot in Brownsville about 12:40 a.m. on April 9, cops said. Later that day, around 11 a.m., Moore approached a 22-year-old woman near Stone Ave. and tried to threaten her with a hammer, but she fought him off, cops said. Read More: Daily News