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Posts Tagged ‘NY’

NYC Streets Metamorphosis: 2002-2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

There’s nothing more dramatic than looking back five or ten years at Streetfilms footage to see how much the streets of New York City have changed. In this wonderful montage, check out the incredible changes at Times Square, Herald Square, the Brooklyn waterfront, and many other places that outgoing NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff have intrepidly transformed.

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NYC: Riders Waiting for Subway in Super Slow Motion

Friday, January 10th, 2014
NYC: Riders Waiting for Subway in Super Slow Motion

Excerpt of “Stainless,” 42nd Street

High speed video recording in NYC at Grand Central station.

original footage: 10min. 49sec. 720p 50fps

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Former NYCDOT Commissioner and Strategic Advisory Chair, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Janette Sadik-Khan on The Infra Blog

“We’ve come a long way from where we were 50 years ago, and yet a lot of the design guidance for city streets is routed in back in the 1950s and the 1960s. In order to create a word-class environment for people, you need to have streets that reflect 21st century needs and that are safe and that perform well and are diverse and economically performing.”

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Great American Infrastructure: The High Line, NYC

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Great American Infrastructure: The High Line, NYC

What: NYC’s Highline Park, constructed on an unused elevated freight rail in the west side of Manhattan
Where: Manhattan’s West Side, between Gansevoort and West 34th Streets
When: The High Line first saw traffic in 1934, and the last train crossed its tracks in 1980. Construction on the park began in 2006, and the first section opened in 2009. Construction on additional sections is projected to continue through 2014.

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Bike Share in Manhattan

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Bike Share in Manhattan

Bike Share has taken Manhattan by Storm. The bike share system with over 6000 bikes on Manhattan, and 10,000 system wide gets over 33,000 trips per day. On a chilly…not cold (25 degrees) December morning I wanted to try out the system to see how well it worked, and what riding in Manhattan was about. Check the short video to see what I found.

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The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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Solving urban challenges has become the key to addressing global challenges. New York City has been a leader in creating new models for sustainable urban development in recent years, most visibly with the transformation of the city’s streets into more efficient and welcoming spaces that better accommodate all users. In tandem with these planning and engineering efforts, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has developed a robust set of metrics to evaluate the outcomes of its projects with respect to the agency’s policy goals, both in the service of continually improving project designs and because the public increasingly expects such data-driven decision-making from government.

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Renewing and Replacing Airport Terminals

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Rendering of proposed future Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

As needs change and deterioration occurs, many airport terminals may no longer function as originally intended. Several factors can support the need for redevelopment of a terminal facility…ACRP Report 68: Guidebook for Evaluating Terminal Renewal Versus Replacement Options (2012) is a resource to assist airports in evaluating the costs and benefits associated with renewing or replacing a terminal. The guidebook outlines an objective, four-step process to help identify and assess available options to facilitate informed decision making.

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NYC: Installing Sky Reflector-Net

Monday, December 16th, 2013
NYC: Installing Sky Reflector-Net

Catch a glimpse behind-the-scenes of the building of Sky Reflector-Net, the centerpiece of the forthcoming Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan.

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NYC: “Solar for Sandy” Installation

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
NYC: “Solar for Sand” Installation

In October 2013, Global Green USA, with the support of IKEA and the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, announced the Red Hook Recreation Center as the recipient of the first, official ‘Solar For Sandy’ install…’Solar For Sandy’ will bring renewed resilience to the Red Hook community as it continues to recover from the superstorm. This is the first of five community facilities in New York/New Jersey that will receive grid-tied, back-up solar energy systems. We also conducted a pilot install in Far Rockaway, NY last summer.

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Riding the Bike Share Boom

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Riding the Bike Share Boom

Without a doubt 2013 has been a banner year for bike share in the United States with large systems implemented in New York City (Citibike) & Chicago (Divvy) and many others debuting (or expanding their size) in cites big and small. In fact, Citibike now boasts over 10 million bike miles travelled and is inching closer to 100,000 members!

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