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Green roofs blocked by the historic and the new
October 26th, 2007

While a solar powered subway terminal and a variety of Brooklyn greening construction projects bloom, two buildings have had to cut environmentally-friendly design elements.

First, the Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a canopy proposed by local architects for the structure’s solar paneled roof because it would be visible from the street and clash with the historic district of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Several blocks away, elected officials just broke ground on an 80-unit residential development, but shadows from the planned buildings at the Atlantic Yards site would render the planned solar paneled roof unusable.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz praised Governor Eliot Spitzer for proposing new for global warming regulations and “for recognizing that with a little courage, being ‘green’ is much easier than people think.”  But it can be harder with the conventions of the past and shadows from the new.

By on October 26, 2007, 3:53 pm
In category: Environment,Gotham City | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Green roofs blocked by the historic and the new”

  1. Bruce Says:
    November 4th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    I know there are rowhouses wthin the Central Park West – Upper West Side Historic District that have solar panels.
    Perhaps these predate the designation?

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