Freshkills Park Blog

The High Line opened yesterday

The first section, anyway–running between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street.  Design of the formerly-abandoned-elevated-rail-line-turned-chic-urban-park was led by Field Operations, the landscape architecture and urban design firm that’s also designing Freshkills Park.

Lots of photos and coverage of the High Line’s opening in the New York Times, Curbed, Gothamist, DesignNotes and the High Line blog.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | FKP | , | Leave a comment

Steel mill to wind farm

bethlehem steel

The 30-acre Bethlehem Steel Mill on Lake Erie was in operation for almost 80 years and was closed in the mid-1970s.  Contaminated with steel slag and industrial waste, the site was idle for 30 years.  In May 2002, the EPA awarded the City of Lackawanna a $200,000 grant to investigate the site’s potential for reuse.  It was ultimately developed into a wind farm, limiting the excavation of contaminated soil (the site remains closed to the public) and making use of existing power transmission infrastructure.  BQ Energy, UPC Wind and the City of Lackawanna chose 2.5 MW wind turbines developed by Clipper Windpower.  8 turbines were installed, generating 50 KWh worth of wind energy and powering 9,000 homes annually.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | FKP | , , , | Leave a comment