All Things New York City

Posts made in May, 2014

Buildings In NY That Use Green Technology

By on May 9, 2014 in Real Estate

Since it was originally completed in 1931, the Empire State Building has been a dominate feature of the New York City Skyline. It is currently operated by the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) which is in turn operated by Anthony Malkin. Malkin and other prominent figures within the trust have made some substantial changes over the past few years. This has been done in an effort to draw in a new set of clientele for the building. This has added a substantial amount of support for the building, since it is a prominent landmark. The executive leaders of the realty trust have actually made these improvements a top priority. The Empire State Building has actually incorporated a wide array of green technology over the past few years. This has been done in an effort to make the building more energy efficient. These changes have occurred in stages, but they have successfully improved the overall efficiency of the building. The green improvements were the results of an 8 month planning process, which introduced a few specific changes. This was the product of a master plan for the building, intended to bring it in to the 21st century. This was somewhat of a learning process, since these green renovations had to be conducted on a large scale. But the development team has made some substantial progress with the building, helping to change it in some substantial ways. Renovations within the building actually helped transform it over time. The developers added insulation behind all the different types of radiator units, helping to prevent energy loss. The building operators also chose to refurbish over 6000 windows within the complex, helping to control energy costs further. In all, these changes have cost the building operators around $550 million. This has included a shift towards 100% LED lighting, which has added to the overall efficiency level that people can get. Even the elevators within the building are running more effectively these days, thanks to the changes introduced by these developments. The developers of the plan had guaranteed that these renovations would result in some important savings for the building. It was estimated that these renovations did reduce energy costs by around 4% during 2011,...

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Famous State University of New York Alums

By on May 8, 2014 in Spotted

The State University of New York (SUNY) has produced a lot of famous and successful alums.  Here are a few from different fields. Linda Cohn This ESPN anchor is a pioneer for women journalists everywhere.  Cohn is an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, and has been working at ESPN since 1992.  Cohn has been lauded as an excellent sports journalist, and for being and is a graduate of SUNY Oswego. Dr. Jane Delgado This graduate of the SUNY Stony Brook Psychology PHD program began her academic career at another SUNY institution, New Paltz and is the CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH).  Dr. Delgado was born in Cuba and immigrated to Brooklyn in 1955.  Before becoming the CEO of the NAHH, Dr. Delgado worked for the Children’s Television Workshop and the Department of Health and Human Services. William Fichtner This character actor, and big screen and small screen regular got his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from SUNY Brockport in 1978.  Fichtner has a varied career, doing voice work, film acting, television acting, and stage acting.  Fichtner is known for his roles in The Dark Knight, Heat, Prison Break, Black Hawk Down, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gregg Hymowitz SUNY Binghamton graduate Gregg Hymowitz is founder of EnTrust Capital, a successful investment management firm.  Hymowitz graduated in 1987 Phi Beta Kappa.  After working at Goldman-Sachs for a little bit, Hymowitz and others started EnTrust. Harvey Milk This famed gay rights activist, graduated in 1951 from SUNY Albany.  Milk was the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California.  He was an advocate for gay rights in his city, but was sadly assassinated by another city official, Dan White.  His life was documented in the 2008 film,...

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Five New York Based Harvard Grads

By on May 2, 2014 in Spotted

There are Harvard grads everywhere.  The Big Apple is no exception, so here are some prominent New Yorkers who bleed Crimson. Darren Aronofsky This Oscar nominated director resides in Brooklyn and graduated from Harvard in 1991 before going on to study film at the AFI Conservatory.  Aronofsky is the director of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan.  Aronofsky recently released his 6th film, Noah, based on the biblical epic. Lloyd Blankfein The Goldman-Sachs chairman is member of the class of 1975.  He continued his time at Harvard by entering into the Law School and graduated in 1978.  Blankfein is known for his philanthropic for taking over Goldman-Sachs from Henry Paulson after he became US Secretary of the Treasury.  Blankfein’s children have all gone to Harvard, and he currently has a daughter studying there now. Stockard Channing Known for playing Rizzo in Grease, and First Lady Dr. Abby Bartlett on the West Wing, Channing graduated from Radcliffe, the women’s college of Harvard, before the two integrated.  Channing was born in New York City and splits her time between New York and Maine with her partner Andrew Farkas Harvard Alum of the class of 1982, Farkas is the Founder of Island Capital Group.  Farkas has remained actively involved in his alma mater, and has a board position with The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, the oldest extracurricular in the United States.  Farkas has donated lots to Harvard and to other charitable organizations. Theodore Roosevelt One of, in not the coolest president to ever sit in office.  Roosevelt is known for his introduction of conservation, his progressivism, trust busting, and giving a speech while having a bullet in his chest.  Yep that is a true story.  One of Roosevelt’s first government positions was as Governor of New York, and resided there for most of his life.  Roosevelt graduated from Harvard in...

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