new york en Greenwashing The New York City Skyline <p>Some big players turned out for the Bank of America tower ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Al Gore was there. His investment management company is a tenant of the 55-story building advertised as the most sustainable building in the country. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there too. Along with developer Douglas Durst, whose company got almost $950,000 in incentives from a state agency for the structure’s innovative, energy saving design. The B.O.A. tower received a platinum <a href="" target="_blank">LEED rating</a> – the highest score for building energy and efficiency.</p><p>New York-based journalist <strong>Sam Roudman </strong>found data published last fall by the city showing that the B.O.A. tower uses more energy and produces more greenhouse gases than some of the city’s historic buildings. The discrepancy between green ideals and reality raises new questions for more than fifty-thousand LEED certified buildings in the U.S.. Sam’s article “<a href="" target="_blank">Bank of America’s Toxic Tower</a>” is in the <em>New Republic</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32549 at Greenwashing The New York City Skyline A Lost Art: One Man Handwrites The Bible <p></p><p><strong>Phillip Patterson</strong> is a sixty-three year old retiree from Philmont, New York who’s spent the past 7 years working on a handwritten volume of the entire&nbsp; – almost 800,000 word King James Bible. <strong>Phillip </strong>suffers from AIDS and related illnesses, often making the quest slow-going, though he sometimes logged up to eighteen hours of writing a day. He just recently finished <a href="" target="_blank">the epic manuscript</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:01:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29396 at A Lost Art: One Man Handwrites The Bible The Rise And Fall Of An NYC Extortion Ring <P>In July of 1965, New York City Detective James McDonnell was called to the Western Union Office at Grand Central. A man posing as a detective was there with a 14-year old runaway boy. The kid’s father suspected something fishy when asked to wire twice the amount necessary to fly the boy home and called the cops. McDonnell quickly figured that the sharply dressed man was <EM>impersonating </EM>a cop and called for back-up.</P> <P> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:42:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20947 at As Gangs Move To New York Suburbs, So Does Crime Over the past few years, authorities have arrested more than 200 gang members in an unexpected place: the tree-lined suburbs along the Hudson River in New York.<p>Drug traffickers with ties to the Bloods, the Latin Kings and other gangs have put down roots there. Authorities say they brought shootings and stabbings with them.<p>Middletown, N.Y., is 90 minutes northwest of the city. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:01:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 2501 at As Gangs Move To New York Suburbs, So Does Crime A Fracking Disaster? <p>A look at the mounting evidence that a controversial drilling technique causes earthquakes.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:29:25 +0000 Virginia Prescott 360 at A Fracking Disaster?