Michael Bloomberg has made significant changes to the New
York skyline during his terms as mayor, and now he hopes to renovate the face
of Midtown East.
Mike Slattery, a vice president of the Real Estate Board of
New York, supports the mayor’s plan. Indicating a brown brick building on the
corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, he said:
“These are not the kind of buildings that are desirable
today.” He pointed across the street and explained: “This is one of the few
buildings that have been built in the last 15 years in the district.”
Said building is glass, and twice as tall as the structure
across the street. According to Slattery, the
newer building is environmentally
efficient, while the high ceilings and open floor space are more modern and
high end. Corporate tenants will accept no less, he explained.
The newer building “competes with Tokyo, Shanghai and
London. That’s what’s at stake here: New York’s preeminence as a commercial
capital,” he said.
Bloomberg’s intended facelift would add five million square
feet of office space and generate $100 million in extra tax revenue per year.
While many New Yorkers expect their bills to rise with the
temperature, the summer heat can actually be harnessed to minimize spending. Local companies
like IDT Energy offer services and tips to help families keep their energy
costs at a minimum.
Here are four ways to conserve energy without compromising comfort
during the summer months:
Be responsible with your
air conditioning. For example, turn it off at night and leave the windows open.
In the morning, close the shades to preserve the cool air and keep the sun out.
Cook outside, when
possible. Stoves and ovens generate large amounts of excess heat, forcing your
air conditioner to work overtime. Try using the microwave or toaster oven, or cooking
on an outdoor barbecue grill.
Air-dry your laundry. The
sun and hot summer air are free replacements for your dryer, so hang your
clothes up to dry if possible. If not, dry your clothes only partially in the
dryer, then let them air dry.
Maintain your air
conditioner filters. Though simple, this is often neglected, resulting in
additional running time and extra strain on the system. By regularly replacing
the filters, you ensure total efficiency and minimize cooling costs.