An architect responsible for scores of successful multifamily projects has revealed an innovative design, engineering and materials solution to reduce the risk of fires from lithium/ion batteries on electric bikes in apartment building storage rooms.



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"My colleagues and I have worked to eliminate on-site fossil fuel use in designing projects for many years. Solar arrays are now standard on multifamily buildings where roofs aren’t used for recreation. These renewable energy initiatives actually started in response to the delays and headaches of getting new gas service hookups. More recently we are seeing utility companies upgrading their grids to help meet the demand of fully electrified new buildings. Other applicable technology includes heat pumps, once considered an expensive luxury, but are increasingly commonplace, as well as the convenience and comfort of room specific temperature controls that outweigh any esthetic issues of such systems," Aufgang pointed out.



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“Samuel J. LaMontanaro has been named Director of Engineering at our firm and will lead the BSAU. He and his team have the experience and expertise to recommend new avenues and technologies to create more efficient and healthier building environments,” said Mr. Aufgang.




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Aufgang Architects, LLC of Suffern Creates Advisory Team To Promote Energy Efficiency


Aufgang Architects, LLC, a Suffern-based architectural firm, has created a new team that provides building owners and developers with evaluations and recommendations to help them save money by improving systems and energy efficiency


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Affordable Housing in New York: A Primer

Emerging from the city’s closure after the first year of COVID-19, New York now finds itself facing an ongoing and more severe problem: the lack of affordable housing. With unemployment at 10.6% and jobs having evaporated during the pandemic, there is an even greater need for low-income housing. The typical New Yorker is already rent burdened, spending 50% or more of his or her income on housing—far beyond the recommended 30%. Eight years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for an end to the “tale of two cities” economic disparity, but according to a study by the digital news platform The City, there is now a 700:1 ratio of NYC Housing Lottery applicants to openings for low-income apartments in New York, with the Coalition for the Homeless reporting 51,000 people in shelters every night as of June 2021.



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DOB Approves 30-Story Mixed-Use Tower At 3875 Ninth Avenue In Inwood, Manhattan

The New York City Department of Buildings recently approved applications to construct a new 30-story mixed-use property at 3875 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. The development is located at the waterfront edge of Inwood and will create over 600 units of affordable and middle-income housing, roughly 62,000 square feet of retail space positioned on the lower levels, and 122 parking spaces


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Maddd Equities’ affordable apartment project approved

MADDD Equities’ massive affordable housing project on the Inwood waterfront got the green light from the Department of Buildings last week after the rezoning of the area was mired in lawsuits filed by its opponents last year to stop the process.


Approval of the 686,000-square-foot project makes it one of the first developments since the Mayor Bill de Blasio-led Inwood rezoning was approved in November.


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Proposals Reveal Major Mixed-Use Development On Roosevelt Avenue In Woodside, Queens

The proposed building will top out at 135 feet and contain 307,388 total square feet. The residential component will occupy the majority of the building at 181,912 square feet. When complete, the building will house 213 apartments including 64 permanently affordable units reserved for households at or below 80 percent area median income. The residential component is expected to house 571 occupants.


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Permits Filed For 1340 Blondell Avenue In Westchester Square, The Bronx

The proposed 75-foot-tall development will yield 216,941 square feet, with 154,892 square feet designated for residential space, 16,059 square feet for commercial space, and 2,160 square feet of community facility space.


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An In-Depth Conversation on Affordable Housing Design

Here are some key trends and challenges dominating the affordable housing sector, according to Principal Ariel Aufgang of Aufgang Architects—a company that has designed more than 20,000 units across the New York City area in the past two decades. 


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Residents will have access to on-site social services ranging from health and wellbeing to financial security and isolation prevention, provided by HCCI.

This development will benefit the Central Harlem community for generations to come, with more than 130 homes for low-income and formerly homeless seniors, more than a third of which are permanently affordable



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The nine-story building offers 81 apartments for low income seniors, the remaining 55 catering to formerly homeless seniors.

Camber Property Group has launched Victory Plaza, a 136-unit fully affordable property in New York City’s Central Harlem neighborhood. The nine-story building offers 81 apartments for low income seniors, the remaining 55 catering to formerly homeless seniors.


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Camber Opens Affordable Senior Project in Harlem

Camber Property Group announced the official opening of Victory Plaza, a 136-unit affordable housing development in Central Harlem featuring 81 units set aside for low-income seniors and 55 homes for formerly homeless seniors.


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The opening of Victory Plaza represents our commitment to housing our most vulnerable New Yorkers

“A truly equitable city requires us to build dignified, permanent homes for all New Yorkers, including our most vulnerable,” said Rick Gropper, Principal and Co-founder of Camber Property Group.



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Curtains: What to do with movie theaters

Redesigned by Aufgang, it’s now home to 199 residential units and 211 hotel rooms. To recall its original use, the facade, signage, marquis, and lobby were incorporated into the design.


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Permits Filed for 5119 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, Queens

Permits have been filed for a 15-story mixed-use building at 5119 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, Queens. Located at the intersection of Beach 53rd Street and Beach Channel Drive, the interior lot is closest to the Beach 60th Street subway station, serviced by the A train. The Arker Companies under the Peninsula Rockaway LP is listed as the owner behind the applications



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Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 35 Units in Williamsburg, Starting at $924 a Month

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 35 units in a recently constructed seven-story building at 222 Johnson Avenue, at the corner of Bushwick Avenue, in Williamsburg.


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Pandemic Prompts New Thinking in Residential Architecture

Enhanced access for seniors and others with mobility issues will expand at an accelerated pace spurred by post-COVID-19 influences on residential architectural design utilizing creative applications of new technology to protect residents’ health and safety, while adding greater ease and convenience to their daily lives.


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Renderings Revealed for 274,000-Square-Foot Development at 1164 River Avenue in the South Bronx

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These architects designed the most new dev in NYC this year

3.  Aufgang Architects | 14 projects | 1,638,262 square feet


This powerhouse firm has made the top half this list for three years running. Aufgang filed plans mostly for projects in the Bronx and Queens this year, but there may be changes at one of its Manhattan developments. For developers Maddd Equities and Joy Construction, Aufgang had planned a 30-story, 544,000-square-foot project with 611 residential units and about 62,000 square feet of commercial space at 3875 Ninth Avenue in Inwood.


Now the developers say they might axe that plan for affordable and low- or middle-income units, which depended on a 2018 rezoning, in favor of an as-of-right industrial project, in light of a Manhattan judge overturning the rezoning this month.


Ariel Aufgang is the principal at Aufgang Architects, founded in 1971 and based in Suffern.


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Who’s Afraid of a Transit Desert?

You can’t go near a subway stop and find something to build anymore,” because of the prohibitive cost, said Ariel Aufgang, an architect for the project, who has designed several affordable buildings in the city. Despite the distance from the train, the developer anticipates tens of thousands of applications for fewer than 1,200 units. 


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Call for City to Take Aggressive Steps on Affordable Homeownership

Ariel Aufgang, an architect active in affordable-housing development, believes the value attached to home ownership is an anachronism from post-war America, when it was believed that property values would rise inexorably, representing a no-brainer investment for families that tended to stay in one place.



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Aufgang’s Apartments on Long-Empty Clinton Hill Lot Will Be Brick, Rise Eight Stories

A traditional yet contemporary brick and metal clad eight-story mixed-use building designed by Aufgang Architects will replace an empty lot on the corner of Fulton and Downing Street in Clinton Hill


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Spotlight on the Bronx-Building on a Resurgence

Developers are pouring in hundreds of millions of dollars into the Bronx and sales are rising at a rate that outpaces the rest of New York City.


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The Stoler Report - Affordable Housing

We love being part of  positive change in the community and are extremely passionate about the Affordable Housing sector.  Check out what Ariel has to say during their discussion on the Stoler Report 



The top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC

The largest project is from L+M Development on Exterior Street in the South Bronx


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NYC’s architects re-angle

With project costs through the roof and more developers looking to the outer boroughs, TRD ranked the most prolific firms citywide


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Wanted: The Oddest Lots

In New York, one of the most expensive cities for new development, there are acres of vacant land on irregular lots considered too narrow, too shallow or too onerous to build on. Like the offal left after the prime cuts of meat, they are the odds and ends that take the most skill to manipulate.


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Proposed Affordable Housing Development in Westchester Square Receives Strong Support from Local Community

Back in October 2018, YIMBY revealed a batch of fresh renderings and site plans for a proposed affordable housing development in the Westchester Square community of The Bronx. Today, the project is expected to move forward as intended following strong support from neighborhood residents, small business owners, and local union members.


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Permits Filed for 1031 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

The proposed 85-foot tall development will yield 52,222 square feet, with 41,680 square feet designated for residential space and 9,243 square feet for commercial space.


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Permits Filed for 267 West 126th Street in Harlem, Manhattan

Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use building at 267 West 126th Street in Harlem, Manhattan. Located between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the interior lot is one block east of the 125th Street subway station, serviced by the A, B, C, and D trains. New York City’s Housing Preservation and Development agency is listed as the owner behind the applications. 


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Camber Property Group Closes on $65 Million in Construction Financing for 100% Affordable Housing Project in Harlem

The Harlem project is a joint venture between Camber and non-profit partner Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement


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Here’s the next big project coming to the South Bronx

Vertical Community Development, Sioni Group are putting up a two-tower project on East 149th Street


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Meet the architects bringing NYC’s biggest 2018 projects to life

In a new analysis, TRD has compiled a list of the top architecture firms of 2018....




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What was the best decision that you made in 2018 and how did it impact your business?

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Hakimian Org buys Queens dev site with plans for 400-unit rental

Company has purchased site in Woodside with about 300K buildable sf


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New NYC apartments for rent: Fall 2018

From megaprojects to affordable apartments, these are the major rental projects to keep an eye on this fall


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Harlem Renaissance: Marriott brand moves in above historic theater

Just a few doors down from Harlem’s renowned Apollo Theater resides another theater that never quite rose to such fame, but still made its mark. The recently restored space may have its second shot at stardom, however, now that it’s home to a major hotel brand, among the first in the area.


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Central Harlem’s new residential development surge, mapped

Get a look at the new rental and condo developments that are taking shape in Central Harlem and Hamilton Heights


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Billion Dollar Development Project Brings Affordable Units, Cultural Space to Brownsville

A billion dollar development is headed for Brownsville, bringing an arts center and nearly 900 affordable housing units across three buildings to the neighborhood, to be built on city-owned sites.


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Aufgang, principal of Aufgang Architects LLC: Leads his firm’s continued success in design...




In Dumbo, Jehovah’s Witnesses warehouse replaced by pricey rentals

Apartments at the 12-story rental are asking from $3,277/month


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Improving Accessibility Through Technology

Architect Ariel Aufgang revealed how technology can improve home accessibility and why regularly updated regulations could help reduce costs for developers building such projects


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Building design innovations are needed to mitigate hurricane damage to properties

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Innovative Design Converges with Technology as Architects Enhance Residential Accessibility

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Permits Filed for 1164 River Avenue, Concourse, The Bronx

The 181-foot tall structure will yield 340,000 square feet, with 186,600 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 87,730 square feet for commercial use on the first and second floors


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Aufgang Architects-designed 210-room Marriott Hotel rises above Victoria Theater

HARLEM, NY--When completed next year, the Marriott Hotel now rising above Harlem’s historic Victoria Theater will accelerate the economic revitalization of central Harlem’s main commercial corridor on West 125th St.


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Aufgang Architects has broken ground on a historic preservation and adaptive re-use project that comprises a 27-story, 210-room glass-façade Marriott hotel above the historic Victoria Theater

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Harlem's Future Tallest Building Finally Gets Out of the Ground; See New Images

The curtain is finally rising on the long-planned redevelopment of Harlem's Victoria Theater. A recent visit to the construction site at 233 West 125th Street, which partially touches the Apollo Theater, reveals that the 28-story endeavor has reached street level. The $200 million project is being led forward by the Lam Group, Exact Capital, and Danforth Development Partners. The Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) is also helping fund the venture.



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Verticality Imminent for Victoria Theater Redevelopment at 233 West 125th Street, Harlem - New York YIMBY

The gradual redevelopment of Harlem’s 125th Street corridor isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Construction is starting to rise above ground level for a 26-story hotel and 25-story residential tower at 233 West 125th Street. The project is best known for its connection with the Victoria Theater, which will be restored and integrated with the Marriott. The Lam Group is the developer.


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