The Solar Roof Pod : Harlem

  Open House New York is an annual celebration of urban planning & architecture. The event opens the doors to some of the most impressive structures for the weekend. This year, I participated by visiting the Solar Roof Pod. On my way up to the roof I was able to enjoy the  Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, a Rafeal Vinoly building at 141 Convent Avenue. 

Before I begin to describe how inspired I was by the solar roof pod, I want to take a moment to remind us all of how the romantic gothic architecture sets this stage of a certain New York splendor that differs from any other neighborhood.  The back seat of an uber can be so enlightening to watch NYC transform from one neighborhood to the next. It makes one's heart bigger. 

After taking all of that beauty in, I was excited to make it to the roof to see the solar roof pod but was pleasantly surprised to see this velveeta colored ampitheater with a view of the Manhattan skyline like no other.. Imagine the creativity that ensues on this roof :). 

Now, to the inspiration that brought me here! In line with the "small house" trend the pod exemplifies living small and solar. It includes a living room, a bedroom,a kitchen and a full bathroom with a washer/dryer. Apparently it can generate 11.6 MwH per year.  This equals $2500 in utility savings while also preventing 4000 kg of CO 2 emissions. 

I would be happy to live in a solar roof pod. In my eyes, I would be closer to the sun, moon and stars, be gentler on the environment, avoid street mayhem and have a "million dollar view"! 

 

 

5:31 Jerome

  I admire Jerome Lamaar's perspective that goes beyond a fashion "attitude" and explores the future of the human race. What does the future look like? I often ponder if global warming is a clue that we will not be living on the earth much longer. When we mix with other planets will skin color be a source of pride and prejudice? Will we age? Will OUr Genitals still assume our character traits? Will we still eat? Do we take gravity for granted? Is gravity a good thing? Can we begin to look forward and see a new world with out comparing it to the one we know now? before the WE LIVED IN THE AGE OF internet, we had no insight of what may have come from it. I believe we can only speculate the future as we are living in to it, AND WE ARE INDEED LIVING IN TO IT! Jerome's boutique is located at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in The South Bronx. A Bronxite doing his thing and shining a light on the incredible talent that comes from The Bronx.  THIS IS WRITTEN FROM THE SOURCE: I HAVE POSTED IT "AS IS" BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW THEY COVERED IT. "Jerome LaMaar looks to the future through the evolution of the human race, andexplores the idea of the cosmic race of multicultural fusion.  Street wear, oceans, tan skin, ethereal ideas and evolution of glamour all come together in this collection, AWAY, which featured  which featured sweaters and jackets with Swarovski crystals, in avant garde cuts." “The look refers to a conceptualized approach to futurism and the high tides that are forecasted to arrive at our shores,” says Lamaar of the collection. The handpainted straw hats symbolize a UFO.  The shapes of the models’ fingernails referenced surfboards , and the eyewear was hand crafted in Japan in collaboration with Archibald Optics.  On the models’ feet were Birkenstocks, encrusted by hand with seashells and pearls."

  I admire Jerome Lamaar's perspective that goes beyond a fashion "attitude" and explores the future of the human race. What does the future look like? I often ponder if global warming is a clue that we will not be living on the earth much longer. When we mix with other planets will skin color be a source of pride and prejudice? Will we age? Will OUr Genitals still assume our character traits? Will we still eat? Do we take gravity for granted? Is gravity a good thing? Can we begin to look forward and see a new world with out comparing it to the one we know now?

before the WE LIVED IN THE AGE OF internet, we had no insight of what may have come from it. I believe we can only speculate the future as we are living in to it, AND WE ARE INDEED LIVING IN TO IT!

Jerome's boutique is located at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in The South Bronx. A Bronxite doing his thing and shining a light on the incredible talent that comes from The Bronx. 

THIS IS WRITTEN FROM THE SOURCE: I HAVE POSTED IT "AS IS" BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW THEY COVERED IT.

"Jerome LaMaar looks to the future through the evolution of the human race, andexplores the idea of the cosmic race of multicultural fusion.  Street wear, oceans, tan skin, ethereal ideas and evolution of glamour all come together in this collection, AWAY, which featured  which featured sweaters and jackets with Swarovski crystals, in avant garde cuts."

“The look refers to a conceptualized approach to futurism and the high tides that are forecasted to arrive at our shores,” says Lamaar of the collection. The handpainted straw hats symbolize a UFO.  The shapes of the models’ fingernails referenced surfboards , and the eyewear was hand crafted in Japan in collaboration with Archibald Optics.  On the models’ feet were Birkenstocks, encrusted by hand with seashells and pearls."

A ROCKAWAY BEACH SUMMER

Summer Sixteen was a fortunate one. I spent my weekends at my favorite NYC beach, Rockaway Beach. I shared a cute apartment with an ocean facing balcony just a half a block from the boardwalk. 

The energy of being oceanside truly restores my sense of balance after a very hectic Manhattan week. 

Rockaway Beach holds a special place for me because it was the first NYC beach I was introduced to by my then- surfer/skater boyfriend way back in 1999. I tried surfing for the first time and since that time Rockaway beach has always been my goto for a quick getaway, a group beach trip or some personal time. 

This year was the first time I actually slept out there and I find that not only has the surf presence heightened to global levels, the beach has gotten more beautiful. After Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk was rebuilt and re-envisioned! Snack bars are at 109th, 97th and 86th Street. Each equipped with LINKNYC phone charge and internet access. I was particularly impressed that I could buy alkaline water, organic green juices and a fresh,delicious taco. 

After Hurricane Sandy, Garrison Architects designed the interesting and efficient bathrooms. They seem to be available every 4 blocks or so. I find them to be clean and well-kept. There is much criticism on the cost of these bathrooms. My response to this is: In Europe there is a restaurant and a very nice bathroom on most beaches and this creates a "stay all day" environment. Since we only get 3 months of summer, NYer's need to feel comfortable. These bathrooms add significant convenience to the growing culture of Rockaway's boardwalk. 

I stayed in an apartment at Arverne by the Sea,  a middle-class townhouse community with thoughtful design. From the layouts, to the subtle color palette and how the sun sets over the skyline, it feels like the metaphorical "Pleasantville". The residents keep impeccably landscaped yards and there is a gentle vibe about the blocks. 

VALENTINO ILLUSTRATION STEALS MY HEART: F/W 16/17

Amidst selling and leasing new development real estate, I spend plenty of time with many who embody fashion. Although my passion for fashion cannot compete with my associates, I gratefully appreciate the fashion musings that are all around me. This Valentino illustration strikes a chord in me. Stare at it for 30 seconds. Do you see what I see? 

WHITE PAINT CHANGES EVERYTHING

510 E 117th Street! Sold for around 6.3M not too long ago. Something about white brick. Scroll down to see the "before" photo. I look at it with a favored eye several times a week. Excited to see what retail tenant will joining the block. 

Three (3) adjacent townhouse buildings with curb cut (65' frontage approx) plus one rear attached building plus large courtyard. Totals 39,300 square feet. 

  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Garage
  • Common storage
  • Roof deck

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      BRONX RENAISSANCE: SOMERSET & CHETRIT

      Since 2008 I have been championing The Bronx. I left a thriving real estate business in Williamsburg and other parts of Brooklyn to pursue new visions in The Bronx. There are many people who have seen, experienced and have stood along side me in this passion. There were many others who questioned my train of thought. The economy took a heavy hit in 2008, so my visions were put on hold. Now looksie! Great developers are investing and creating new visions for THE BRONX.  I have walked both sites during events and the change we are already experiencing is insightful, responsible and progressive. The energy they bring gives glory where glory is DUE!