Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Five Points, NY, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Five Points, NY, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!866-793-9933
When Deacon Tasker and his wife, Cassie, decided to expand their East Aurora business into Buffalo, the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side was their first choice.In early April, the couple paid $450,000 for property at 488 W. Utica St.. Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream should open there by year’s end, offering ice cream, craft beer and cocktails.It is the latest in a string of food and drink businesses to open in Five Points, joining longstanding restaurants like Left Bank and Macky’s Essex Street Pub, eac...
When Deacon Tasker and his wife, Cassie, decided to expand their East Aurora business into Buffalo, the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side was their first choice.
In early April, the couple paid $450,000 for property at 488 W. Utica St.. Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream should open there by year’s end, offering ice cream, craft beer and cocktails.
It is the latest in a string of food and drink businesses to open in Five Points, joining longstanding restaurants like Left Bank and Macky’s Essex Street Pub, each operating for more than 30 years.
“People love coming there," Deacon Tasker said. "The density of it is really neat, the close proximity of it all makes an awesome little hub on the West Side. You get such good product from each of these places, whether it’s organic special wine from Paradise, amazing cold brew from Remedy House or a pop tart from Butter Block. The care we put into our product will fit right in.”
Tasker got to know the West Side through his work as a real estate agent with Hunt Real Estate.
“We were concentrating on the West Side and very quickly homed in on the Five Points area,” he said. “It’s got such vibrancy and character, and still has room for us to help be a force to bring more assets to that community.”
The hub started with Five Points Bakery & Toast Café, which opened in 2009 at 429 Rhode Island St. Owners Kevin and Melissa Gardner, who live around the corner, coined the name "Five Points" to recognize the five-point intersection where Rhode Island, Brayton and W. Utica streets come together.
“At the time, the neighborhood didn’t have a name,” Kevin Gardner said. “We called it that to give the neighborhood an identity. … The original goal behind the bakery was to create a place for people to gather and build the neighborhood.”
Five years later, the couple funded an expansion to its current home across the street at 44 Brayton St. with help from a $150,000 crowdfunding campaign, then expanded again and opened an upstairs seating area.
The appeal, Gardner said, is Five Points remains small and concentrated, unlike sprawling city shopping districts like Elmwood and Hertel avenues, and has a lower price point of entry. The diversity of businesses has also made it a draw.
“We’ve gone from in our first year in business $50,000 in sales to now doing over $1 million,” he said. “People come from all over. … We have people who come to Buffalo for a convention or whatever and they want to go somewhere that’s off the beaten path but quaint and fun.”
Paula Paradise and Lauren Kostek – best friends for 35 years – chose Five Points for Paradise Wine because it was an up-and-coming neighborhood.
A real estate agent on the West Side for more than 15 years, Kostek found the building and Paradise had just quit her longtime job at the Premier Group and wanted to do something on her own. The friends formalized their plans over coffee at Five Points Bakery’s original location, then spent more than two years renovating the space.
“It’s been amazing. Honestly, we could use a bigger store, but I love it here,” Kostek said. “We have a great customer base that keeps growing. The more people find Five Points, the more it just keeps growing. … Saturday is the one day where it seems like every fifth person who comes in says ‘I never knew you were here’ and they’re coming from places like Hamburg or East Aurora.”
There’s still opportunity for others to join in the neighborhood. Kostek pointed to 492 Rhode Island St., where Providence Social closed in 2018. The building is on the market for $780,000.
“It’s a great location,” she said. “I really think someone’s going to come in and buy that building and do something great.”
Left Bank owner/founder Michael Christiano agreed.
“Big picture, people want to live downtown,” he said. “People from a very diverse background are enjoying the resurgence of not only Five Points but throughout Buffalo.”
Christiano, who opened his 55-seat restaurant 30 years ago at 511 Rhode Island St., has been around since before it was trendy to be in Five Points. He’s still busy, regularly selling out reservations seven nights a week.
Last weekend was a great example of the neighborhood’s popularity.
“It was cloudy and miserable Saturday afternoon, but there were lines for Butter Block; people were going in and out of Five Points Bakery and people were all over the French tables at (Remedy),” he said. “It is a destination now.”
RANGERS RUNDOWN RANGERS AND KRAKEN CONNECTIONSROAD READYOn the road, the Blueshirts are 1-1-0 so far. The Rangers finished their regular season road slate last season with a 24-9-8 record for 56 points. In franchise history, the Blueshirts’ 56 road points ranked tied for second and 24 wins were tied for the fifth most.Since the 2021-22 campaign, New York has been one of the best road teams in the NHL.ADAM’S APPLESAdam Fox has one goal and four assists this season for five points, ...
On the road, the Blueshirts are 1-1-0 so far. The Rangers finished their regular season road slate last season with a 24-9-8 record for 56 points. In franchise history, the Blueshirts’ 56 road points ranked tied for second and 24 wins were tied for the fifth most.
Since the 2021-22 campaign, New York has been one of the best road teams in the NHL.
Adam Fox has one goal and four assists this season for five points, tying him for the second most assists and points among NHL defensemen. His four-game point streak marks his longest point streak to start a season.
With his 240th career point (37G-203A), he surpassed Barry Beck for the 12th most points all-time among Rangers defensemen.
Fox leads the Rangers in time-on-ice with a average of 22:58 mark and in plus/minus (+4).
In the opener against Buffalo, he recorded his 200th career assist, becoming the sixth fastest defenseman in NHL history to reach the feat.
Since the beginning of the 2020-21 season among NHL defensemen, Fox has recorded the second most assists (169) and the second most points (198).
Last season, Fox finished second in the Norris Trophy voting for the best defenseman in the NHL. Among NHL defensemen in 2022-23, ranked tied for fourth in assists (60) and eighth in points (72). Fox also established a career-high of 12 goals, games played (82) and plus/minus (+28).
Artemi Panarin has five points (1G-4A) in his first four games of the season, including a multi-point performance in the season opener. His four-game point streak to begin the season is the second longest to begin a season in his career, second to last season’s mark of six-straight games.
In addition, Panarin leads the Rangers with 16 shots. Since the 2019-20 season, Panarin’s 100 multi-point games are the sixth most in the NHL.
Last season, Panarin led the Rangers in assists (63) and points (92) while ranking tied for 10th in the NHL in assists.
Chris Kreider has opened a season with three goals in his first four games.
Kreider has two power play goals and one shorthanded goal. Him, Florida’s Sam Reinhart and Carolina’s Teuvo Teravainen are the only players in the League to have recorded a PPG and SHG this season.
His eight shorthanded goals since 2021-22 are the most in the NHL while his 36 power play goals in that span are the second most.
Mika Zibanejad has recorded five points/assists in his first four games to begin the season. His five assists rank tied for fifth in the NHL.
On Thursday night, he recorded his 165th power play point with the Rangers, tying him with Adam Graves and Vic Hadfield for the 10th most in team history.
Last year, he put up a career-high of 91 points (39G-52A) in 2022-23, becoming the third Rangers center since 1982-83 to record 90 points in a season (Gretzky, Messier). Since 2007-08, only Panarin and Zibanejad have recorded 90 or more points in a season for the Rangers.
Since the 2021-22 season, Igor Shesterkin leads the NHL with 75 wins, ranks third in save percentage (.924) and second in GAA (2.31).
Last season, Shesterkin had a career-high 37 wins in 2022-23, tied for the third most in the NHL. Only three goaltenders in Rangers history have recorded more wins: Mike Richter (42 in 1993-94), Henrik Lundqvist (39 in 2011-12 & 38 in 2008- 09) and Ed Giacomin (38 in 1968-69).
On the road, Shesterkin went 17-4-4 with a .920 save percentage and 2.36 GAA. His 17 wins were tied for the second most among NHL goaltenders.
New York, N.Y. – The National Hip-Hop Museum (NHHM) will rock the Five Points Festival in Brooklyn with a unique combination of hip-hop toys, legendary DJs spinning classic hip-hop breaks and early hip-hop, and a 40th star-studded anniversary tribute to Wild Style – the first ever hip-hop motion picture.NHHM will induct Wild Style Director Charlie Ahearn with cast members including: Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers, Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5, Patti Astor and breakdance icon,...
New York, N.Y. – The National Hip-Hop Museum (NHHM) will rock the Five Points Festival in Brooklyn with a unique combination of hip-hop toys, legendary DJs spinning classic hip-hop breaks and early hip-hop, and a 40th star-studded anniversary tribute to Wild Style – the first ever hip-hop motion picture.
NHHM will induct Wild Style Director Charlie Ahearn with cast members including: Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers, Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5, Patti Astor and breakdance icon, Crazy Legs, into NHHM’s Hall of Fame. These legends will receive an award, custom NHHM jacket, fat lace hat, inductee medallions, commemorative cassette necklaces and custom art by NHHM Creative Director Andy Katz and Photoshop Jedi. NHHM Historian Jay Quan – a noted hip-hop historian, lecturer, narrator and writer – will serve as emcee. Adding to the excitement, NHHM will display a hand-drawn animation slide from the movie's intro by Zephyr and Revolt donated by Charlie Ahearn, alongside the original amphitheater flyer from 1980, a rare Italian 1984 Wild Style movie poster and vintage articles from the movie's original premiere.
Throughout the weekend, the NHHM will exhibit a retrospective of rare and vintage hip-hop toys from 1984 to the present. Just in time for Father’s Day gifts, it also will operate a pop-up retail store offering many of the rare, exclusive, vintage and one-of-a-kind toys and apparel for purchase from its retail arm, The Hip-Hop Shop.
WHEN: Sunday, June 11 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 a.m.: Doors Open 5 Points Festival: Designer Toy Festival
11-4: World's 1st Hip-Hop Toy Exhibit: 1977-present Rare Vintage Toys & The Hip-Hop Shop Booth: Limited Edition Hip-Hop & Wild Style Toys and Merch
11-1p DJ RBI Spins
1-4: Wild Style Anniversary Live Cake Fabrication by DJ DVS
1 p.m.: DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell of The Fantastic 5
2-5 p.m. Live Painting by Kevin "Scene" Lewis
2 p.m. DJ Tony Tone of The Cold Crush Brothers
3 p.m. DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore Inventor of the Scratch
4 p.m. Live Podcast w/ the Cast Hosted by Jay Quan & Grandmaster Caz with The Cast streamed via @Rockthebells Instagram Account
5 p.m. Wild Style Grand Induction Ceremony
Keynote Speech: Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang, Executive Dir. of NHHM
Order of Inductions:
-Charlie Ahearn, Director of Wild Style
-Lil Rodney Cee of Double Trouble
-Patti Astor Lead Actress
-Crazy Legs of The Rock Steady Crew
-Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5
GROUP: Prince Whipper Whip, Ruby Dee, Master Rob, Waterbed Kev & DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell
-Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers
GROUP: DJ Charlie Chase, DJ Tony Tone, Almighty Kay Gee, Easy A.D. & JDL
WHERE: Zero Space
337-345 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
• $130/person for Wild Style - National Hip Hop Museum + Sunday Pass: entry to the Wild Style 40th anniversary celebration including podcast and induction, and admission to the Five Point Festival on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
• $180/person for VIP Wild Style - National Hip Hop Museum + Sunday Pass: entry to the Wild Style 40th anniversary celebration including podcast and induction, admission to the Five Point Festival on Sunday (starting at 11 a.m.), and a 40th anniversary Wild Style gift bag (limited edition tote bag, t-shirt, art print and stickers).
About Five Points Festival
Five Points Festival, presented by Clutter Magazine, is the premier curated designer toy, indie comic, craft beer, Kaiju and Sofubi, street art, and live painting festival. The antidote to the average con, Five Points Fest brings together tastemakers, misfits and rebels into a one-of-a-kind marketplace. The festival brings together the best indie artists, designer toy makers, original art creators, resin sculptures, plush, blind boxes, blanks, minis, Kaiju, Japanese vinyl, street art, posters, prints, apparel, live painting, craft beer, food trucks, pins, patches, tattooing and more! For more information, visit www.fivepointsfest.com.
About The Hip-Hop Shop
The Hip-Hop Shop is the flagship retail and event space of the National Hip-Hop Museum. Open since January, 2023, it features the East Coast’s largest selection of hip-hop memorabilia, including: vintage apparel, sneakers, toys, memorabilia, vinyl and art. The shop is located at 1919 18th Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20019. Merchandise also is available for online purchase at www.nationalhiphopshop.com.
About The Museum
Launched in 2019, the National Hip-Hop Museum of Washington DC is the world's first Hip-Hop museum. As the leading organization in Hip-Hop preservation, history and education, this 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization comprises The House of Hip-Hop, The Hip-Hop Shop, The Hip-Hop Cafe and The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience. Executive Director is Master Gee a multi-platinum recording artist, founder and the voice of the legendary Hip-Hop group The Sugarhill Gang. The centerpiece of the NHHM is a collection of over 500 exclusive and authentic pieces of memorabilia, artifacts, posters, sneakers and other rare and historic items representing all aspects of the culture. Drawing on hip-hop's longstanding tradition of empowerment and social awareness, our museum includes a series of community-oriented seminars and workshops focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, health and wellness and social justice. The museum is located at 2622 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information, visit www.nationalhiphopmuseum.org.
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Cities are feeling the full force of our changing climate—dangerously high heat, an uptick in extreme weather events, catastrophic flooding. In the City of New York, we have had an official climate change strategy in place for almost 20 years. Now, because of that early planning, New York is in a position to show how we confront escalating climate impacts in urban areas, and how we make that approach a springboard for rebuilding around sustainable principles.The work involves using technology, science, and location-based data to...
Cities are feeling the full force of our changing climate—dangerously high heat, an uptick in extreme weather events, catastrophic flooding. In the City of New York, we have had an official climate change strategy in place for almost 20 years. Now, because of that early planning, New York is in a position to show how we confront escalating climate impacts in urban areas, and how we make that approach a springboard for rebuilding around sustainable principles.
The work involves using technology, science, and location-based data to systematically address the steps to climate resilience laid out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s about coordinating among business and government leaders, city agencies and constituents, to assess and mitigate climate risks for our great city.
1. Understand and Explore Hazards
One of the hallmarks of New York is the way urban space and green space exist side by side.
By mapping all relevant data on these spaces, we gain insight into how climate-related changes might affect both. We can also see how mass transit and transportation routes could be impacted. We can model impacts and simulate adaptation strategies for our two most immediate threats: extreme heat and flooding. Data and maps, shared among city agencies provide the foundation for plans related to urban heat islands, storm surge, and other climate-related problems.
2. Analyze and Assess Vulnerabilities
The various superlatives that describe New York hint at the massive challenge the city faces in confronting the effects of climate change. It is the nation’s most densely populated major city, meaning that any change or disruption that affects one area will ripple across neighborhoods. It is critical to the nation’s economy and several major industries, meaning that disruptions will have consequences that reverberate across the U.S. It is the most populous city, meaning any climate-change policy must work for a constituent size larger than several states.
New York is also the country’s premier coastal city. Its 520-mile coastline is larger than that of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami combined. That means that no city has more to lose from storm surge, tidal flooding, and sea level rise.
Sophisticated maps of the coastline help city officials better understand when and where we are most vulnerable. The maps can contain layers, such as critical infrastructure, helping to prevent catastrophic failures, such as the blackout that occurred after the East River overflowed during Hurricane Sandy, damaging a Con Ed substation on the Lower East Side. Another layer, displaying population numbers, could reveal where people are the most vulnerable.
3. Investigate and Communicate
Mitigating the effects of climate change in the urban environment—and remaking the city in a more sustainable model—requires a collective effort. It will involve coordinated plans among several City of New York offices, as well as the public.
Here again technology, such as geographic information systems, or GIS, provides a framework for these efforts. We can use maps, dashboards, imagery, videos and other storytelling tools to bring together stakeholders.
These tools can also become invaluable ways to publicize mitigation plans. For example, GIS apps could serve as a conduit between city government and New York’s community boards—and, by extension, the neighborhoods the boards represent. These ground-level communiques will be key since every community will have different climate-related needs and concerns.
4. Prioritize and Plan
Maintaining this level of community interaction will require city government to have a granular understanding of how climate change will affect different neighborhoods. Seniors in Brighton Beach will experience climate change effects differently from younger singles in Williamsburg. Car-owning families in Queens will have concerns that are different from families on the Upper West Side.
Complicating this issue further is the fact that we do not know exactly how the city as a whole will experience climate change. We know that what were once called once-a-century storms will be more frequent, but we do not know how frequent.
Deeper analysis of the data and location helps us examine various scenarios, providing knowledge that can guide policymaking. GIS-powered digital twins—3D models of neighborhoods, the coastline, the mass transit network, even the entire city—provide a realistic and intuitive way to test mitigation techniques. They also can aid New York’s efforts to lessen its carbon footprint—for example, by tracking the emissions involved in new construction.
5. Take Action
From smart maps and apps to dashboards and digital twins—science and technology can guide us as we take on this climate challenge. And we can use that same approach to show constituents how the city is making progress in its goals.
This level of knowledge will keep all New Yorkers informed and inspire all of us to take the necessary individual actions that contribute to the greater whole.
To build New York’s skinniest supertall residential building, Madison Realty Capital and Cottonwood Group have lent a hefty $180 million to Boris Kuzinez’s Five Points Development.The Israeli developer of the 56-story tower at 262 Fifth Avenue drew the ire of the New York Times’ architecture critic for ...
To build New York’s skinniest supertall residential building, Madison Realty Capital and Cottonwood Group have lent a hefty $180 million to Boris Kuzinez’s Five Points Development.
The Israeli developer of the 56-story tower at 262 Fifth Avenue drew the ire of the New York Times’ architecture critic for blocking views of the Empire State Building, and of Manhattan’s borough president for applying to create 18 more parking spots than the five allowed by zoning.
Still, the project and its financing show the industry’s confidence in demand among the ultra wealthy for units in tall, narrow buildings, a trend birthed in 2015 by Harry Macklowe’s 432 Park Avenue.
“As banks pull back, we continue to execute on our strategy of identifying opportunities to provide more senior financing,” said Madison Realty co-founder Josh Zegen, which lent the project $130 million in three chunks. Cottonwood completed the funding with a $50 million mezzanine loan, Zegen said.
Five Points’ tower, at the southwest corner of West 29th Street in Nomad, is expected to top out at 860 feet. Each of the skinny supertall residential buildings on Billionaires’ Row exceed 1,000 feet.
In addition to a $90 million construction loan, a Madison Realty affiliate provided $20 million in mezzanine debt, secured by ownership of the company developing the building, and $20 million in senior debt, replacing debt from Maxim Capital Group, records show.
The project will be the first in the U.S. for Yuri Grigoryan, the Russian architect whose firm Meganom worked with Kuzinez on developments in Moscow. Five Points bought the site in 2015 for $17 million.
In May, Zegen told The Real Deal that the slowdown in commercial real estate lending by banks provided an opportunity for alternative lenders like his, which are known for higher rates and tougher terms.
Zegen identified branded residential projects as especially attractive. His company lent $340 million to the Ritz-Carlton Residences project in Palm Beach Gardens. In New York, Madison recently sold its debt at Gregg Singer’s 25-year quest to redevelop the former P.S. 64 in the East Village into a dormitory.