What Do Energy Efficient Buildings In New York City Do?

New York City is the real estate capitol of the world, and there are many buildings in the city that are being improved every day with new technology. You need to know what the people in New York are doing so that you can make additions to your own building. Keep reading to find out what is working in the New York market so that you can do itself yourself.

They Want To Be Off the Grid

Every efficient buildings in New York City including Anthony Malkin’s Empire State Building wants to be off the grid. The idea is to be completely independent of any kind of utility. The city pretty much owns utilities and services, so the people who are creating energy efficient building plans are looking for ways to avoid using utilities. This is a plan that helps people save money, and it is a plan that is going to make it much easier for you to make sure that you are going to have the services you need.

They Are Using Solar Power

Solar power is a much better way to make sure that the building is powered, and there is always solar energy coming in every day. The people who are committed to being independent in New York City are willing to place solar panels on their walls and roof to collect as much energy as possible. The most efficient building is going to make its own electricity, and the building manager will never pay for an electrical bill again.

They Have a Water Tank

The water tank that is made just for a building is going to hold all the rain that has fallen. The tank will filter all the water, and there will be enough water for the building without using the regular water supplier. A building that makes its own water can stay off the grid completely without any trouble.

There are many ways for people to be off the grid when they manage their own buildings, and this is the kind of thing anyone can do in their own home or building. Following the lead of a company that is implementing new measures their own buildings is going to give you much better results, and you will notice that you can save money every month. You are getting the results you need when you make your building efficient, and you are benefiting everyone who comes in the building every day.

Jeffrey Soffer Hosts the United Way Tocqueville Grand Reception

Chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates, Jeffrey Soffer and his wife, Elle Macpherson, recently hosted the prestigious United Way Tocqueville Grand Reception at their home. Honored that evening were siblings Jeffrey Miller, Leslie Miller Saiontz and Stuart Miller, who received the United Way of Miami-Dade’s prestigious Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy.

Underwritten by Van Cleef & Arprels and Ed Ansin, the reception brought together Miami’s most generous givers who contribute $10,000 or more annually to better the community through the United Way.

The 766-member United Way Tocqueville Society contributed more than $20 million during the last campaign, representing 40 percent of the overall annual campaign. The society was named after a French historian who recognized, celebrated and immortalized the voluntary spirit he witnessed in America during the 1800s.

Also in attendance were Laurie Jennings, Leonard and Jayne Abess, Toni Shrager, Miguel and Nelly Farra, Stephen Bittel, and Herve Mogul, president and CEO of United Way of MiamiDade.

Fontainebleau Celebrates 100 Years of Miami Beach

This past March, Miami Beach celebrated its centennial anniversary. Fontainebleau, a quintessential staple of Miami Beach, took part in the landmark birthday with special offerings throughout the month.

Owned and operated by Jeffrey Soffer (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article1962757.html) of Turnberry Associates, Fontainebleau is effervescent with the spirit of Miami Beach. A symbol of style and sophistication, the hotel opened its doors in 1954 and has become a revered landmark ever since.

Guests were invited to celebrate Miami Beach’s birthday in style with a prix-fixe dinner for two at the hotel’s critically acclaimed restaurant, Michael Mina 74 and sip a lavishly curated cocktail at the iconic Bleau Bar — aptly priced at $100.

Michael Mina 74’s delectable menu featured Ahi & Hamachi Poppers, Florida Snapper, Lobster Cavatelli and MM74 Beignets. The restaurant is led by Chef de Cuisine Thomas Griese, recently named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30.”

They Went to Yale

This top institution has seen a few celebs pass through its gates.  We all know about Jodi Foster, but here are some you might not know about:

Jay Carney

President Obama’s Press Secretary is a graduate of the class of 1987.  Carney has seen it all.  He covered the collapse of the USSR for The Miami Herald, was onboard Air Force One when news of 9/11 was reported to President Bush, and set-up the Obama Between Two-Ferns interview with Zach Galafinakis.  He’s done his alma mater well.

Lupita Nyong’o

This Oscar Winning beauty graduated Yale with an MFA in 2012.  Known for her role as Patsy in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o is set to become one of Hollywood’s hottest stars and rumors have swirled that she is a contender for a role in the new Star Wars film.  Keep a look out for this one; she is going to be one of the greats.

Meryl Streep

Lupita might be climbing the ladder, but Streep is already at the top.  With 18 Academy Award nominations to her name.  Her latest win was for 2012’s The Iron Lady, a biopic of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.   Streep does not stop and is scheduled to release three films in the next year alone.  Streep graduated from Yale in 1975.

Than Merrill

This former Bulldog is also a former NFL star.  Than Merrill left a career in football for Real Estate and became a staple on the reality TV-series, Flip This House.  Than Merrill now runs FortuneBuilders, a real estate education company, and CT Homes his own real estate firm located in San Diego.

Tom Wolfe

This white-suit wearing author has a doctorate from Yale’s American Studies program.  Wolfe is known for his novels and his non-ficiton work such as The Right Stuff, about astronaut training.  His recent novel Back to Blood, about Cuban immigrants in Miami was published in 2012.

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Rising Movie Ticket Prices

If you haven’t taken a trip to the local movie theater lately you may face sticker shock when you get there. Prices over the past few years have continually risen; the option of viewing a movie in 3-D has only helped to increase the price of a ticket.

Movie fans have many more options available to them that also helps to raise the price of a movie ticket. Movie fans can choose to watch movies from the comfort of their own home with many different streaming services. This allows more than one person to view a movie for a much cheaper price than the theater itself offers.

The theater still has plenty to offer for the price though. The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer from Dallas, Texas as Aang, is one example of a beautiful movie that is turned into an amazing viewing experience in 3-D. While many home televisions can offer the 3-D option, none can compare to the quality of most theaters. A fan of the movie can purchase the movie to watch in the comfort of their own home or they can pay the extra money and view The Last Airbender in full, mind-blowing quality.
Rising movie ticket prices are also caused by the many different features the theater offers. Stadium seating, reclining seats, and IMAX screens among other things are a huge factor in the cost increase.

Movies are costing more to produce than they were in the past as well. Special effects are a huge part of a movie budget, along with the stars’ salaries. Most movie theaters rarely make a profit on the actual movie ticket prices but instead make their profit on the concession items.

Unfortunately it does not appear that the increase will stop anytime soon. Statistically movie ticket prices will continue to rise each year by three to four percent, some theaters may have an even higher increase, especially those in major cities. As ticket prices increase, more people will find other ways to watch the latest movie releases which will only drive the price of the movie ticket even higher. Movie goers will have to start asking themselves do they want to pay the higher ticket price for the higher quality experience or if they want to find other options to watch their favorite stars, including Noah Ringer.


Excitement at the Holiday Box Office

Christian Bale jumps out the holiday box in two movies—Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. He plays Russell Blaze, a blue collar worker, who must save his missing brother involved with a crime ring. Bale takes on the role of a con man (Irving Rosenfeld) in American Hustle. Irving is forced to work for the FBI and must enter the world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). American Hustle will be released on December 13, 2013. Out of the Furnace will be released December 6, 2013.
For the fans of Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released December 13, 2013. Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the thirteen dwarfs are back to finish their quest to reclaim Lonely Mountain. To reach the mountain, the band must pass through the Forest of Mirkwood, a place ridden with giant spiders and other unfriendly residents. Finally, they must face the dragon Smaug at Lonely Mountain.
Looking for comedy? Madea is back to spread the Christmas spirit with her outright ridiculous mannerisms. Taking place in a small country town, Madea is sure to rustle up the neighborhood. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas will be released December 13, 2013. The sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will be released on December 20, 2013. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) returns with his famous news team—Wes Mantooth, Brick Tamland, and Brian Fantana—to start up twenty-four hour news channel for New York.
The holiday box office will explode on Christmas Day, releasing six movies— 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, and The Invisible Woman. 47 Ronin will entertain audiences with samurai sword fights as Keanu Reeves leads a group of samurais to overtake a warlord. Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro will duke it out in the comedic boxing movie, Grudge Match. Leonardo DiCaprio chronicles the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep will scream at each other in August: Osage County and The Invisible Woman will please romantics with a scandalous story of Charles Dickens and his secret lover.
Also, make sure to check out Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Her, The Past, The Lone Survivor, and One Chance at the box office this holiday season.

Noah Ringer Wins 3rd Annual TheSky.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor

Noah Ringer, who played Aang in The Last Airbender, was nominated for, and won, the 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor movie award for his role. The Last Airbender was Ringer’s very first acting experience as he hasn’t had any prior, however he returned to the screen in 2011 as Emmett in Cowboys & Aliens. In 2008, Ringer’s taekwondo instructor, Eric Pechacek, received an email that invited any interested students to audition for the role of Aang for the film. He had been the one to introduce Ringer to the TV show version of The Last Airbender after watching it himself and noticing the resemblance of appearance and personality of Noah and Aang; Fellow students even called Noah ‘Avatar’ because of his shaved head, a similarity to Aang. Thus, his taekwondo master encouraged him to audition for the role that Noah eventually won and went on to win an Best Actor award for.

For his audition, Noah taped a video of himself dressed in Aang attire (Which was a Halloween costume of the character he had wore the year before), recited a few lines, and performed an XMA Jahng Bong routine before sending in the tape. A month later, he was called to meet with the movie’s director, M. Night Shyamalan. The a month after that, he officially received the part of Aang. Noah’s background in martial arts helped him excel at portraying Aang, especially since he only had a month to prepare for filming. For training, he practiced at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas with Linda Seto who he did intense study with. During filming, he also trained in various types of martial arts, and he still continues to attend those studio classes even though training for the movie has long since ended.

His role as Emmett for Cowboys & Aliens was his last film in 2012, but Noah posted on his real FaceBook page back in September of 2013 that he was currently working on a new project. There is no word on what that project exactly is yet. Noah was also nominated for two other awards based on his role of Aang in The Last Airbender, The Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film and A Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple, which the entire case of The Last Airbender was nominated for. Noah reprises his role of Aang in the video game version of the movie.