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Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing to take New York City back to the stone age — by making “glass and steel” skyscrapers extinct.
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Still flirting with a run for president, the mayor held an Earth Day press conference on Monday to announce his plan to fight climate change with a “Green New Deal” — including a bill designed to eliminate new glass-fronted towers from the city skyline.
“We are going to introduce legislation to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” de Blasio said.
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“They have no place in our city or our Earth anymore.”
Despite Hizzoner’s insistence on repeatedly using the word “ban,” he later admitted his legislation would actually just tighten the city’s energy code to make it prohibitively expensive to develop glassy high-rises.
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“It’s literally going to be a much higher standard and the only way that kind of design would even be acceptable is with a whole host of other changes were made to compensate because those buildings were inherently very inefficient,” he said.
Mark Chambers, director of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, was forced to clarify that “it doesn’t mean buildings can’t use glass anymore.”
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He pointed to the recently erected American Copper Building in Murray Hill — a K-shaped structure clad in copper and glass — as an example of a structure that would still be acceptable.
De Blasio cited unspecified buildings in the Hudson Yards development as “examples of the wrong way to do things.”
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Hudson Yards developer Related later hit back by pointing out that it has just opened a glass office building that is certified LEED platinum — the US Green Building Council’s highest designation — and is “one of New York’s most energy-efficient Class A office towers.”
The mayor’s Green New Deal — a title borrowed from freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s vague...
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