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On The Job With York Restoration Corporation

June 2, 2010

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It’s almost Summer and York Restorations Corporation is hard at work making the city look beautiful. We make sure the job is done with great care and quality to make sure the restoration process of any building we work on in New York City so that it looks like it was built just yesterday. You can find us anywhere in the NYC region, from Central Park to Flushing and everywhere in-between.

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NYC’s shameful practice hurts rainforest

April 19, 2010
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New York City has been guilty of using durable rainforest timber in the creation of its benches and other wooden thises and thats. Bloomberg has “promised” to cut back, but really – what’s been done? We need to completely end using these woods in any city project. Completely. Any time there’s demand, even if we promise to “limit” it, someone will take an ax to an irreplaceable tree.

From the Times:

Like many other municipalities, New York City has used durable rain forest woods to build pieces of public infrastructure like benches and boardwalks. And although Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has publicly promised to limit the use of such materials, some organizations have decided that the city is not moving quickly enough.

On Monday, as the 40th Earth Day approached, two environmental organizations, Rainforest Relief and New York Climate Action Group, issued a short video (above) that called attention to the city’s use of the wood.

“The mayor’s plan is too little too late,” said Tim Doody, the New York City campaign coordinator for Rainforest Relief. “At the current rate of destruction, most of the worlds’ rain forests won’t be around by the time his plan takes effect.”

A spokesman for the mayor, Jason Post, wrote in an e-mail message Monday: “Two years ago the city eliminated the use of tropical hardwood in the construction and maintenance of park benches and began to test alternative materials for use in boardwalks, and reduced the use of the wood, to the greatest extent possible, in other applications.”

While addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, Mr. Bloomberg called tropical deforestation an “ecological calamity” and pledged to reduce the city’s use of tropical hardwood by 20 percent quickly, by eliminating the use of such woods in building and maintaining park benches, using alternative materials for boardwalks and reducing use of such hardwoods in other contexts.

The mayor also commissioned several agencies to develop a plan that would further cut (pdf) the city’s spending on tropical hardwoods by 60 percent by 2020.

The environmental organizations detailed a list of sites around the city that used tropical hardwoods, including benches in Washington Square Park, decking at the High Line, the Coney Island Boardwalk, the Brooklyn Bridge walkway and subway ties at Grand Central Terminal.

Get it done, Bloomberg. So frustrating to listen to promises, and even then, those promises amount to nothing more than an assurance that they’ll “try” to lessen their use of the wood. Unbelievable.

For as many times as he supposedly tries to help the world, there’s umpteen times where he fails to change his own backyard.

If we’re going to restore New York, we shouldn’t do so at the cost of the rainforest. So hair-pulling-ly frustrating.

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New York Restorations in NYC Happening *Too* Fast?

April 8, 2010

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A recent article from Business Week says that of New York City’s current 87 million square feet of office space, 12.7 percent – over 11 million square feet – is vacant. That’s nearly two-hundred football fields’ worth of office space going unused in Manhattan.

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Seven World Trade is currently the only completed building in the WTC rebuild and restoration

So is it possible, given the current economic climate, that the restoration and rebuild of the WTC is actually happening too quickly?

Of course, this is ignoring the emotional and city pride aspects that are, in reality, nearly impossible to disconnect from the financial side of the venture. That said, are landlords and real estate prospectors dreading the impending addition of – at the very least – another 4.4 million square feet of office space coming onto a cold market?

Still, the total amount of planned office space in the new World Trade Plaza won’t come close to the total destroyed in the September 11 attacks. Over 13 million square feet was destroyed that day, compared to the 1.7 million currently available in 7 World Trade, and the 4.4 million upcoming in the two exciting new towers.

The developer of the Trade Center project, Larry Silverstein, promised also to build another tower if enough interest (and money, and tenants) spurs the development.

It stands to reason that empty space in Manhattan will, eventually, be filled. It’s New York, for goodness sakes. But the immediate situation might make for some wide open spaces inside the mountains of commercial skyscrapers around our fair city.

York’s Restoration Corporation + Restoring Earth!

March 28, 2010
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Building restoration experts and Earth restoration experts are teaming up to raise awareness about Earth Day, and more specifically – Earth Hour!

The hope is that by showing how a little change – by doing something as simple as being aware and turning off non-essential lighting when it’s not needed – we can save hundreds of thousands of KwH every day! And that means less burning of fossil fuels, less waste, less of everything that makes pollution, greed, and death in the world.

Vietnam electricity demand fell 500,000 kWh during Earth Hour 2010, which was three times larger than the first time the country joined the event in 2009. Toronto experienced a 15% decline in usage in 2009. It’s amazing!

Well done, everyone! Building restoration experts are natural conservationalists. I’m gonna go flex my muscles in a mirror (with the lights off, of course!)

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