A pair of new hotel developments is set to bring green building principles to the New York City hospitality scene for the first time. Developers Jack Ancona and Flatiron Real Estate Advisors LLC recently broke ground on what will reportedly be the city’s first green boutique hotel when it opens in spring 2008. The 19-story Greenhouse 26, at 132 W. 26th St. in Chelsea, will be the first lodging facility in New York City to utilize a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Two years after Greenhouse 26 opens, Starwood Capital Group will give New York tourists and business travelers their first green luxury option. The CT-based investment firm will introduce its “1″ line of branded hotels and residences to the city at 14-20 W. 40th St. in Midtown in 2010. The 1 Hotel and Residences at Bryant Park will form part of a 31-story mixed-use development also including condominium residences. The project, designed by architect Morris Adjmi, is being constructed by 40th Street Development LLC, an affiliate of Ascent Real Estate Advisors LLC, on what is currently a parking lot near the New York Public Library.

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