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Old February 4th, 2014, 01:34 AM   #3581
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Old February 4th, 2014, 03:22 AM   #3582
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I guess this is the waterproof Amtrak tunnel? Looks like a very solid construction.
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Old February 4th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #3583
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Old February 4th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #3584
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I guess this is the waterproof Amtrak tunnel? Looks like a very solid construction.
The overall project is 800 ft of Amtrak Gateway tunnel box. The current work is "just" the SOE (Support of Excavation) that allows T-P to excavate further down once they get to bedrock. The SOE is socketed into the bedrock & provides a fairly waterproof perimeter wall for the upcoming below grade work. THAT work will produce a trench in the bedrock that the actual tunnel box will be built in.

AFAIK they have not gotten down to bedrock in all areas of the trench. I think you will also see the 1980's Empire Corridor connection tunnel box exposed on the north side of this excavation, towards 10th Ave. This is the tunnel from Penn Station that curves to the north under the West Side Yard connecting to the 1850s vintage RR line on the West Side that runs up to the Spuyten Duyvil.

It might be visible in this photo, left side where the excavator in the background has it's scoop:
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Old February 7th, 2014, 01:49 PM   #3586
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Even with the HY completed, ESB will still be dominating and an icon.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #3587
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Even with the HY completed, ESB will still be dominating and an icon.
Maybe it's related to my age, but the ESB is a treasured icon related due to a fictional giant ape (TWO movies).
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Old February 7th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #3588
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Good sir; are you referring to King Kong? Because if you are, I must inform you he is very real. Each year since I was a young lad, he's visited my house to place eggs in my stocking when I lose a tooth. I know this is true... My mom told me. She also said toothbrushes is the devil.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #3589
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Wow nice find, sucks that tower verre won't stay that tall
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Good sir; are you referring to King Kong? Because if you are, I must inform you he is very real. Each year since I was a young lad, he's visited my house to place eggs in my stocking when I lose a tooth. I know this is true... My mom told me. She also said toothbrushes is the devil.
Yes, King Kong.

Actually 3 movies, but the 1976 King Kong (starring Jeff Bridges!) had the giant ape on the now-gone Twin Towers.

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Old February 8th, 2014, 03:25 AM   #3593
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sigh, 1250 ft Verre....
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Old February 11th, 2014, 07:51 PM   #3594
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How Huge NYC Development Hudson Yards Is Solving Its Infrastructure Issues

New York's Hudson Yards will shoot garbage through tubes and stay lit in a blackout. How does it all work?

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025550/h...a-digital-city

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When the first of its 17 buildings opens in 2015, Hudson Yards--a $20 billion office, retail, and residential complex on Manhattan’s West Side--will feature an impressively complex infrastructure. Here’s a look at some of the issues involved in designing and implementing the 18-million-square-foot development’s technical underpinnings.



1. Challenge:

The mini city will create tons of trash.

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To streamline disposal, Hudson Yards will use a special vacuum system. Waste will travel at 43 mph through 1.5 miles of underground tubing to a central terminal. "We're not putting garbage on the sidewalk like usual," says Jay Cross, president of Hudson Yards' lead developer, Related Companies. "This is cleaner, and we're doing it on a very large scale."

2. Challenge:

Cellular antennas in packed areas often get overloaded. Hudson Yards expects 40,000 daily occupants and shoppers.

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Every building will include a platform-agnostic distributed antenna system. Whether you're on AT&T, Verizon, or another carrier, the signal will be strong. "You'll never be disconnected," Cross says. "It's the closest you can be to a central telecom office."

3. Challenge:

Plugged-in residents expect a sophisticated digital experience.

Solution:

Owners can manage their apartments' utilities via smartphone, of course. And using voluntary, anonymous data and thousands of sensors, Hudson Yards will measure everything from shopping habits to energy use. That data will help improve things such as air quality, noise levels, and energy performance throughout the site.

4. Challenge:

Heating systems for big buildings typically waste lots of energy.

Solution:

Hudson Yards' natural-gas-powered cogeneration (CoGen) system produces heat and electricity at the same time, a far more efficient approach. And integrated thermal-recovery loops capture excess energy for hot water and other uses.

5. Challenge:

The complex would be devastated by a Hurricane Sandy–style blackout.

Solution:

The 13.2-megawatt-capacity CoGen system enables Hudson Yards to function entirely off the electrical grid. "If [power] goes down, we can become a refuge for others," Cross says.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #3596
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Old February 19th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #3597
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How Huge NYC Development Hudson Yards Is Solving Its Infrastructure Issues

New York's Hudson Yards will shoot garbage through tubes and stay lit in a blackout. How does it all work?

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025550/h...a-digital-city
this garbage system is not new or anything. it was tested before. vacuum will push the garbage down like the same system you have in certain very expensive toilets. it costs a loot, but it is very advanced.
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I have a slightly random inquiry regarding the observation/party deck here.... How come it seems like hardly any of the newer buildings in New York have landing pads and cities such as Los Angeles are chock full of them?? Hmmm?
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I have a slightly random inquiry regarding the observation/party deck here.... How come it seems like hardly any of the newer buildings in New York have landing pads and cities such as Los Angeles are chock full of them?? Hmmm?
What do you mean by a landing pad?

If you mean a landing pad for helos on a tall building in an area with many pedestrians below, it might be related to the helo failure on the roof of the Pan Am (now MetLife) building in 1977:

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On May 16, 1977, the landing gear failed on a Sikorsky S-61L (N619PA) while it was taking on passengers on the roof of the Pan Am Building. The aircraft rolled onto its side. Its spinning rotor blades killed four passengers waiting to board (including movie director Michael Findlay) and injured a fifth. Parts of a broken blade fell into the streets below, killing one pedestrian and injuring another. The accident precipitated the permanent closure of the heliport.[8]:
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Aye carumbuh! Well that explains it. I know there is a helicopter landing site downtown by the bk bridge... I wonder why la didn't follow suit? It seems as if nearly every building in downtown la has a helicopter landing pad.
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