If you are moving to NYC or already living in New York and are looking for a new neighborhood, how about trying Battery Park? Many developers have been attracted to the area and there a couple options for cutting edge "green" buildings.
The Riverhouse and the Solaire.
They both have on-site water and air filtration systems for the purest air and cleanest water. Both use materials that are locally acquired and renewable. They use non-polluting emitting paints and materials (you know, all the nicey nice woods and flooring), Energy Star appliances and lots of other good stuff that has been carefully thought through to make your surroundings as environmentally responsible as one can expect from a luxury high-rise building in Manhattan.
They both also have Photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight to electricity.
Some differences are the Riverhouse seems to be more luxury and cater to the more posh crowd. Yes, this is the one that Mr. Dicaprio might be moving to.
The Solaire also has a neat water system. They use an in-building waste water treatment system that supplies toilet water and make-up water for central air conditioning. They also catch the rainwater from the rooftop garden for irrigation.
Neither one seems to address the issues of composting or recycling programs, but maybe in time...
These aren't new concepts or something that hasn't been done before, but they are novel for these urban environments. It is very forward thinking for developers to hop on the "green" trend and realize that just because we live in a loud, dirty, congested and polluted (but absolutely spectacular and inspiring) city doesn't mean our homes need to be that way.
We can look forward to going home at night and enter our own oasis amidst the chaos.
Nice progress New York!
This is from The Solaire's website-I just think it's funny: