Jersey City view of rebuilding of World Trade Center, which will rise 1,776 feet.
1,728. If you mentioned this number to most people, they will not realize that it is the same as 12 cubed (or 12x12x12). Of course, today is the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012, a rare quirk of the calendar that we cannot help but have top of our minds today.
For those of us in New Jersey and New York, 12-12-12 also is the spectacular benefit concert set to take place this evening at Madison Square Garden. Featuring some of the biggest acts of all time, it is following in the footsteps of the benefit concert following the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks. Perhaps fitting, today is the day that a spire is starting to be added to the new One World Trade Center building. When completed, it will be 1,776 feet tall, which coincidentally is also a multiple of 12 (that is 148x12).
Most of us will probably be watching some or all of the concert tonight - past 12:00 midnight, of course. Regardless of who your favorite performers are, it should be a very special evening to help the devastated communities get back on their feet. So whether you are in a New York State of Mind, or are Born to Run on a Long and Winding Road in New Jersey, a big thank you to the performers and the countless people around the world who have demonstrated their compassion and caring for the citizens of my native (NY) and home (NJ) states.
Nature can be powerful and amazing. This past summer, while in Florida, I experienced a flash of lightning and clap of thunder that were much too close for comfort, probably about the distance from home plate to the pitcher's mound in baseball. Nature can be destructive, too, as we saw last year with the flooding of Hurricane Irene and, more recently, with the catastrophic damage to many coastal communities in New Jersey and New York.
Today's focus, however, is on harnessing the strength of nature for our current and future energy needs. Driving around northern New Jersey, there seems to be a growing trend toward creating fields of solar panels. One of our favorite places to take our kids is the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. In the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this museum is converting its open parking lot into a semi-covered area for 250+ cars. According to its website, the solar panels will generate nearly 700,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year and, for good measure, will allow electric cars to recharge. The museum is not the only place going this route. In northern New Jersey, one can also find a public skating arena, a community college, and various office parks doing the same thing.
Perhaps it has been the high gas prices and energy bills in recent years, but it seems that there is a push to incorporate solar energy into more and more facilities. And it is not just solar power making inroads in our largest metropolitan area. A few miles down the road from the Science Center, there is now a gigantic windmill near the Bayonne, New Jersey waterfront. Are these panels and the windmill eyesores or a smart use of our natural resources? I will leave that for others to judge. In the meantime, however, it would appear that our urban and suburban landscapes are changing.
Blog Author - Ken Felsher
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