It is rare in the history of architecture for a new type of building to emerge. The Romans’ discovery of concrete birthed the great domes and fortifications of its empire. The Victorians’ development of steel led to an era of majestic bridges and vaulted train sheds. The American invention of the elevator created the first skyscrapers in Chicago. Now, we are seeing a new type of structure that perfectly embodies the 21st-century age of technical ingenuity and extreme inequality. A heady confluence of engineering prowess, zoning loopholes and an unparalleled concentration of personal wealth have together spawned a new species of super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive spire. Any visitor to New York over the past few years will have witnessed this curious new breed of pencil-thin tower. Poking up above the Manhattan skyline like etiolated beanpoles, they seem to defy the laws of both gravity and commercial sense. They stand like naked elevator shafts awaiting their floors, … [Read more...] about Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich
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There is one thing everyone seems to agree on: Plastic bags are bad for the environment. But when it comes to the plastic bag ban that has apparently been approved as part of the state's budget talks, that's where the public consensus ends. Consumers are divided. Is the ban a meaningful move in environmental conservation or just a green-washed money grab? “I’m not opposed to the 5-cent charge, to keep the environment clean,” said Michelle Campbell, 53, of Orchard Park. “It’s probably one of those things where, after a while, you just get used to it. People were probably really ticked at the bottle deposit, and now it’s just a way of life.” Retailers contend an outright ban would be costly for stores and have unintended negative consequences for the environment. Under the plan apparently approved by state lawmakers, plastic bags would be banned outright. But counties and cities would be given an option for a nickel fee on any paper bag provided … [Read more...] about As plastic bag ban looms in New York State, shoppers wonder: Now what?
NEW YORK, USA — With Cuban-American relations back front and center on the political agenda, four of Cuba’s best and brightest minds in technology and design have been selected to travel to the US and learn about American entrepreneurship in the heart of New York City’s startup scene. The students were selected out of a field of nearly 100 applicants for the experience by the Innovadores Foundation, an American non-profit that works with Cuban young people to seed innovation in Cuba. This is the third year that the Innovadores Foundation has brought Cuban innovators to America for a six-week, all-expenses-paid internship where they are embedded with startup technology companies at Grand Central Tech, a Midtown Manhattan tech incubator. This year, for the first time, one of the interns will work in high fashion learning trend forecasting at Fashion Snoops, an agency founded by Lilly Berelovich, a long-time Innovadores advisor. The past two years the interns came to … [Read more...] about Young Cuban technologists to study US entrepreneurship as interns in New York
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Air New Zealand's newest aircraft is in the final stages of preparation before it joins the airline's fleet in November. Tickets for the first flight on the new Airbus A321 'NEO' - which stands for new engine option - have gone on sale today. Its arrival will be the first of 13 new Airbus aircraft entering Air NZ's fleet over the next few years. The airline has placed an order worth $2.8 billion with Airbus for a mixture of A321 NEOs and A320 NEOs. The A321 can carry 214 passengers - 46 more than the airline's current A320 fleet. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the aircraft's arrival marks the beginning of a new strategy for the airline's short haul operations. Non-stop to New York: Air New Zealand's American dream Air NZ and Qantas announce new partnership Air NZ posts second highest profit in history "Australia and the Pacific Islands are a vitally important part of our Pacific Rim network," he says. "We operate up to 240 services each week with our … [Read more...] about Air New Zealand’s first Airbus A321 NEO prepares for take-off