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Two new environmental initiatives launch, Winick named leasing agent for Andaz retail space ... and more data on housing discounts, click chart for larger version

Two new environmental initiatives launch

The city has commissioned the Rooster Design Group to craft a “Green Guide” for the New York City Housing Authority. The guide aims to help city residents reduce their energy expenditures and to instruct city dwellers on ways to lead “a low-carbon lifestyle,” the design group said. Meanwhile, the city Department of Transportation launched a design competition to revamp the temporary plazas in Time Square. The competition seeks to provide a “stage for urban design and streetscape innovation,” DOT said. The five plazas, which were installed between 42nd and 47th streets under the Green Light for Midtown initiative, will receive their new installations this summer after the competition is completed.

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Shoppers scoring major discounts, report says
More homebuyers are getting big bucks knocked off their prospective home’s asking price, according to Homebuyers nabbed a median discount of 2.8 percent off the asking price of their home in the month of January, according to Zillow’s monthly report on home price discounts. New York City dwellers nabbed a 5 percent median discount, while buyers in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region saw a median discount of 5.6 percent.

City Connections marks first firm to enroll in new real estate certificate program

Touro College’s Graduate School of Business and the Academy for Continuing Education have kicked off a new course for residential real estate agents and brokers with the enrollment of City Connections Realty agents. The residential sales, rental, and commercial real estate firm has 26 of its agents in Touro’s Residential Real Estate Entrepreneurship Certificate program, a non-credit course directed by Esther Muller, co-founder of the academy, and program director of the residential real estate entrepreneurship in Touro’s graduate program. “It’s a way for our agents and brokers to differentiate themselves in a business that continues to grow more challenging and demanding,” said City Connections founder and CEO David Schlamm.

Winick to lease Andaz Hotel space
Winick Realty Group has been named the exclusive leasing agent for the 2,200-square-foot retail space at the base of the Hyatt’s new Andaz Wall Street at 75 Wall Street between Pearl and Water streets. The Hakimian Organization building, which was designed by David Rockwell, has 250 hotel rooms and 350 condominium units.

Halstead, host homebuyer seminar
Halstead Property Development Marketing, and Bank of America are holding a free homebuyer seminar March 9 at Parkview Developers’ the 505, at 505 West 47th Street.