NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral goes green with new geothermal plant

March 17, 2017 by  
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When St. Patrick’s Day revelers parade past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on NYC’s 5th Avenue today, they will be celebrating not just the patron saint of Ireland, but also a renewable energy future for the famous landmark. Last month, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the historic Saint Patrick’s cathedral activated a new geothermal heating and cooling system that will reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 94,000 kilograms – an impressive feat for the largest Catholic Gothic cathedral in the United States. St. Patrick’s geothermal plant is part of the final phase of a four-year, $177 million renovation that has been overseen by the cathedral’s architectural design team of Murphy, Burnham, & Buttrick working in partnership with Landmark Facilities Group and PW Grosser. It is the institution’s first restoration in more than 70 years (it was dedicated in 1879). Related: Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy The geothermal heating and cooling system consists of 10 wells in terraces flanking the north and south sides of the cathedral drilled through dense Manhattan schist (a coarse-grained metamorphic rock) to a depth of up to 2,250 feet. When fully activated, the plant will be able to generate 2.9 million BTUs per hour of air conditioning and 3.2 million BTUs per hour of heating through 76,000 square feet of space. While wind and solar grab a bigger share of the renewables market and garner more media attention, the potential for both geothermal electricity and heating is huge. The global geothermal power market is projected to more than double operating capacity to 32 gigawatts by the early 2030s, according to the US and Global Geothermal Power Production Report from the US Geothermal Energy Association. Currently only 6 to 7 percent of the world’s estimated geothermal potential is being harnessed. Related: Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change The Archdiocese of New York and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are not as interested in tapping the geothermal market as they are in heeding the call of Pope Francis to protect the planet and conserve God’s creation as written in his 2015 encyclical on the environment , Laudato Si. “A consistent ethic of life does not compartmentalize these issues. It prioritizes life and the preservation of life at every level,” said Cathedral Rector Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie. “One of the most basic ways in which we are called to do so is through responsible stewardship of our natural resources.” Images via St. Patrick’s Cathedral , MBB and Local 3 IBEW

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Staten Island is seeking proposals for a High Line park of its own

March 1, 2017 by  
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Why should Manhattan hog all the fun? Staten Island may soon get a “High Line”  of its own. Much like the OG linear park in Chelsea, which was constructed on an elevated section of a historic freight rail line, the proposed North Shore High Line could sprout from a similarly abandoned set of tracks in Port Richmond. The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation , a nonprofit group that advocates for the borough’s economic development, has issued an open call for ideas. “Realizing we have this long abandoned North Shore Rail Line, I wanted to look into how we could replicate what they did in Manhattan,” Cesar Claro, president and CEO of the SIEDC, told SILive . “We met with Friends of the High Line in Manhattan … and came up with a plan using the Manhattan High Line as the roadmap, and it will start with a design competition.” Photo: Screenshot from video by Russ Ott A North Shore High Line along the half-mile stretch between Richmond Terrace at Heberton Avenue to Nicholas Avenue would not only rehabilitate what is currently an illegal dumping ground, but it could also pose an “unprecedented economic and recreational opportunity,” according to Salvatore Calcagno, Jr., SIEDC’s ambassador for the project. “Based on the success of the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan, we believe that activating the dormant line in a similar fashion can be a transformative project for the area. We hope this leads to an active public space along the line,” Calcagno said. A 2014 University of California, San Diego study showed that Manhattan’s High Line boosted the prices of adjacent homes by as much as 10 percent. “If our high line is half as successful as Manhattan’s, it will be a major boon to the community,” Calcagno added. Related: Proposed Staten Island vineyard would produce local wine for New Yorkers Designers who want a shot at $10,000 in prize money have until April 7 to submit a proposal to the SIEDC, which will put the entries to a public vote before announcing the winner at its annual conference on April 27. Claro, the president of the SIEDC, says he hopes to be able to work with local officials to fund the project, which could run up to some $30 million. But even if greenlit, such a scheme would take years, perhaps even decades, to come to fruition. “Keep in mind Manhattan’s High Line took 20 years from idea to creation,” Claro said. + North Shore High Line competition + Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Via SILive and DNAinfo Photos: Screenshots from video by Russ Ott and Wikipedia

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Uber rolls out unlimited rides in New York City for $100

September 28, 2016 by  
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It just got a little bit easier to get from Point A to Point B in New York City . Uber is rolling out unlimited rides for $100 for two weeks or $200 for the month through their Uber Plus program. While a spokesperson has said subscription plans, which have also been offered in other cities, are a “small beta project,” if they continue they could change the way we get around in urban areas. To start, the plan just works below 125th Street in Manhattan , and all rides must begin and end in the borough. The rides must be UberPOOL rides, or trips shared with other random riders. The plan will begin at the start of October, and users can choose the $100 two week plan for October 1-14 or the $200 plan for the month. If a ride costs more than $20, users must cover the amount that goes over. Related: Uber customers can now order an electric car ride in Chicago In September, Uber offered their Uber Plus program in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, San Diego, Miami, and Seattle. Prices varied but users could pay an upfront fee to get a cheap rate on a certain amount of rides. They are still offering plans in four of those cities (Seattle and Miami can no longer benefit from the offer). For example, in San Francisco in October UberPOOL rides are $3 and UberX rides are $9 , after upfront fees of $20 for 20 trips and $40 for 40 trips. As in Manhattan, there’s a specified zone for the rides: north of Cesar Chavez Street. (September’s offer was $20 for 20 rides, $30 for 40 rides, with UberPOOL at $2 and UberX at $7.) Forbes notes the system is much like an Amazon Prime subscription, which provides an additional incentive to use Amazon. Uber’s program could entice people away from other companies like Lyft, and if they make the program more permanent, could even prompt some locals to give up their cars entirely. It remains to be seen how long Uber will run the program, and if New York City’s offer will change in November as San Francisco’s did from September to October. Via Forbes Images via Uber ( 1 , 2 )

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China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes

February 12, 2015 by  
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Screengrab from NBC News China is well established as the world capital of duplitecture , with everything from its own rendition of the Eiffel Tower to a mock Venice . But their mock Wall Street financial district, constructed at a cost of $50 billion carries its own rather unique ironies. Since the 2009 economic recession, the project—which also includes a mock Rockerfeller Center and its own Hudson River—has been deeply in debt, and sits unfinished and abandoned. Read the rest of China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architectural Mimicry , Beijing , china , duplitecture , Financial DIstrict , ghost town , manhattan , new york city , NYC , recession , Tianjin , Yujiapu

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Could a Fake Floating Beach Pop Up in Manhattan by 2016?

June 6, 2014 by  
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While the government is trying to prevent sea level rise from washing away the northeastern seaboard, a team of designers have launched an imaginative new concept that’ll make sure a sandy beach is always within reach for New Yorkers. Developed by Blayne Ross and a team of designers, City Beach NYC is an artificial floating beach that is meant to dock anywhere along the Hudson River. Still in its initial conceptual phase, the City Beach NYC team plans to launch their Kickstarter next week and, if successful, aims for an opening date as early as 2016. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blayne ross , city beach nyc , craft engineering studio , floating beach , Hudson River , kickstarter , manhattan , manhattan beach , new york city , popup beach , temporary beach , thunderclap , waterfront revitalization initiative , west village , workshop/apd

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Mysterious Piano Pops Up in the East River

June 2, 2014 by  
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Image ©  Pam’s Flickr NYC’s East River is notorious for being filled with all kinds of contaminants, but a mysterious piano is tempting some brave New Yorkers to enter its waters. The curious musical instrument popped up in the river some time last week, and has become a popular spectacle on Instagram. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brooklyn bridge , East River , manhattan , New Nork , New York attractions , new york beaches , new york oddities , piano , piano in east river , Things to see in manhattan , Things to See In New York

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World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

June 2, 2014 by  
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With just days to go before the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, the venue for the event is still not completed. After a string of construction delays and the deaths of three workers on the site, the venue was only able to seat a 56 percent capacity crowd when it hosted a final test game on Sunday June 1, 2014. FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke took to Twitter to voice his frustration that the venue will not get a proper trial run before the June 12, 2014 opening event. Read the rest of World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arena Corinthians , Brasil , Brazil , fifa , football , Jerome Valcke , protests , sao Paulo , Soccer , sport , stadiums , World Cup , World Cup stadiums not finished

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NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

April 14, 2014 by  
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It looks like some of New York’s homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views . According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of New Yorkers who have turned nooks between the structure’s metal beams into makeshift living spaces . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , homeless , homeless found living on the Manhattan Bridge , homeless New Yorkers , homeless shelter , impoverished New Yorkers , makeshift homes , manhattan bridge , shantytown

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Health Officials Warn People Not to Touch Contaminated Seafood at NYC Asian Markets

March 6, 2014 by  
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A rare skin infection contracted through touching contaminated seafood has afflicted at least 30 people in the New York City area. Health officials are warning New Yorkers to avoid touching raw fish and seafood at Asian markets in Flushing, Queens; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and Chinatown in Manhattan with bare hands . The infection presents itself as swollen red bumps on the skin and occurs when Mycobacterium marinum bacteria enters the body through cuts in the skin. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium granuloma , bacteria , bacterial infection , Brooklyn , chinatown , disease , flushing , food safety , health information , manhattan , Mycobacterium marinum , new york city department of health and mental hygiene , New York Health Department , PSA , queens , skin disease , sunset park , surgery        

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

July 12, 2013 by  
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Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in the 200 to 1200-meter-thick Pine Island Glacier on the west side of the continent. The growing crevice finally reached its end this week and calved into the ocean. The new piece of ice is about 720 square kilometers in area. Read the rest of Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alfred wegener institute for polar and marine research , angelika humbert , antarctica , Climate Change , ice , manhattan , melt , nasa , pine island glacier , sea rise , thwaite’s glacier        

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