Sunday, August 31, 2008

Under the BQE: Literally

En route to Red Shed, to compost fruit and vegetable scraps (incidentally, the McCarren Park Compost Project is now do-it-yourself (as is Red Shed), but only from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, whereas Red Shed is open all weekend), I snapped some photos from Under the BQE. Before the photos, though, I wanted to share this bit of good green news, from Green Brooklyn:

"On June 24th, Assembly Bill 11226 was passed allowing building owners in New York City who install green roofs on at least 50 percent of available rooftop space to get tax credit for it. Property owners will be able to apply for a one-year property tax credit of $100,000. The credit is equal to $4.50 per square-foot area that is planted vegetation. This is essentially 25 percent of the typical cost associated with materials, labor, design, and maintenance. The Storm Water Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) spear-headed the initiative with the help of Assembly Member Ruben Diaz. The law goes into effect on January 1st 2009 and will expire in 2013."

I hope Williamsburg/Brooklyn developers take heed (although many of their properties have green "floor space" right now, since development seems to be severely and blessedly stalled).

And now the photos:

(A square of trees in the Badame Sessa Triangle, at the intersection of Meeker, Withers, and Leonard.)

(1907 office of the Brooklyn Fireproof Sash and Door Co., near Manhattan and Meeker.)

(Closed Islamic poulterer at Meeker and Manhattan.)

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