By Terry Trucco
As a group, New York City hotels aren’t very green. It’s not for want of trying. Many reside in old buildings constructed long before sustainability was on the radar. Yet almost weekly you hear of advances on the green front, from baby steps to strides.
In December the InterContinental New York Barclay, a 685-room hotel billeted in a Roaring 20s building, switched completely to wind-powered energy.
Earlier this year the 899-room New York Palace, a stylish marriage of the historic Villard Houses and a 1970s tower, became the city’s largest hotel to operate completely on renewable energy. Hypo-allergenic rooms are quietly proliferating at places like the Grand Hyatt, the Andaz Wall Street, Park Central, Paramount and Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square, among others.