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Zeckendorf Towers unveils city's largest green roof

November 29, 2010
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NEW YORK — The 1,200 residents of the Zeckendorf Towers already enjoy pool, gym and terrace access, but soon they will also boast the city''s largest residential green roof, according to DNA Info.
Residents paid for the bulk of the project''s $330,000 price tag ($60,000 came from a city tax credit), but they hope they''ll get their money''s worth through reduced future landscaping costs, the article stated.
Green roofs also typically have much longer life expectancies than traditional roofs, the article noted.
"The physical impact or the erosion of the water on the roof is substantially less because it''s just protected," said Hazel MacMurray, a tower resident and member of the condominium homeowner''s board.
Additionally, the projects engineers and designers say that one of the key benefits to the green roof will be decreased storm runoff, which can contribute to subway delays at the nearby Union Square stop, the article added.
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