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It may not be much to look at yet, but Greenhouse 26 may be about to revolutionize the hotel industry. Billed as New York City's first green boutique hotel, the tall, skinny building has been designed with both luxury and environmentally-friendly initiatives in mind.

The brainchild of developer Jack Ancona and designer Arpad Baksa, Greenhouse 26 will be located on a sliver of land at 132 W. 26th St. It will be the first hotel in New York to use a geothermal heating and cooling system (using a massive underground well), and is the first building in the US to have thermal breaks on its terraces to maximize insulation. It is being made with eco-friendly, non-toxic materials sourced from local producers. Other features include an energy-regenerating elevator and occupancy sensors in rooms to keep light use to a minimum.

In the 27 rooms on 19 floors, there will also be start-of-the-art technology, including iPod docks, and organic soaps, towels, robes and mattresses. The restaurant and bar will serve organic food and a 'clean martini', details of which have yet to be revealed. The hotel opens in Spring 2008.

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