The New York State Public Service Commision has approved the sale of four ConEd properties to East River Real Estate Company. The properties comprise about 9 acres along First Avenue between 35th and 41st Streets.
Unfortunately, all the buildings are to be razed. There are at least one or two buildings with a lot of character that, given the proper conversion, would make unique residences. There has been much talk about development on this property in the neighborhood over the last few years. Many feel that building more high-rise buildings will just lead to more traffic and congestion in the area. That is a given, but it might be worth it if river access is improved as promised.
NewYorkish posts the second in a series of “Ask the Expert” articles today with The Doorman. They have managed to answer a couple of burning questions for me:
NYish: True or false: starting in November, you start acting really nice because you know your Christmas tips are coming.
Victor: That’s true, I guess. I mean, I’m nice all year round, but we all make an extra effort right before the holidays. We’ve got a lot of money coming to us.
NYish: And naturally you report those earnings to the IRS, right?
Victor: [laughs; doesn’t respond]
NYish: Last question: Ever use that taxi call light on the top of the canopy to get someone a cab?
Victor: No, never. It works though. I tried it one time just to see.
Monday’s expert was Ed the air conditioning guy who had some answers about the water droplets we are all pelted with on warm days:
Ed: It’s water. Basically what happens is warm air passes over cooling coils and the cooling action causes condensate to form. That’s what drips off the cooling coils.
NYish: So you know for sure that it’s not urine or spit then?
Ed: If it was piss, it wouldn’t be little drops. And it would be yellow. Spit? Yea, I guess it could be, but you’d able to tell the difference.
Ed: Well, one’s made of fuc*ing water and the other’s sticky, right?
According to the New York Times, there is a national trend to reduce the amount of office space occupied by each worker. In the 1980’s, the average number of square feet allocated to each worker was 227, now the average is between 150 and 200 square feet.
TowerStream is aiming to turn New York City into one big hotspot. According to mobilepipeline, the wireless provider has installed an antenna atop the Empire State Building and will be able to provide wireless service anywhere within a 10 mile radius. TowerStream uses WiMAX equipment to provide businesses with T1 and 100 Mbps service in NYC and other cities.
This might be old news, but it was new to me as of last week. ConEd Solutions offers a Green Power option to all ConEd customers. For an additional $0.005 per kilowatt hour, customers can purchase electricity from renewable sources. In the case of ConEd, the sources are 25% Wind, 75% small hydroelectric. ConEd customers can learn more and sign up for green power at ConEd Solutions.
While the ConEd Solutions web site offers a fair amount of information, I found this essay by Walter Simpson to be a bit more informative. At the bottom of the page, he provides several links to other green energy providers around the state.