With a skyline crowded with ever-more luxury towers, the construction of another Manhattan skyscraper wouldn't normally be remarkable. But the American Copper Buildings going up on the East River -- a complex of two towers with 764 apartments, panoramic views and a huge entrance hall with a doorman -- is different. Planned just after deadly Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York in October 2012 -- sounding another alarm about the mounting effects of climate change -- it was designed with new threats in mind, reflecting how the real estate world is evolving to account for global warming, in contrast to President Donald Trump's moves to roll back environmental protection. The huge storm killed more than 40 people in New York, paralyzing the U.S. financial capital for days. JDS, the company developing the American Copper Buildings, bought the land for the project around the same time. "The whole thing was a lake, we could have toured the site in a canoe," said Simon Koster, a principal at … [Read more...] about New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
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"Sex" moved from the city to the cinema on Friday as hordes of determined women descended upon Manhattan for the premiere of "Sex and the City" in the city where the hit television show-turned-film takes place. "Is there a New York girl that isn't (a fan of the show)?" asked Nikki Lamarine, who stood outside a Times Square cinema as she and about 30 girlfriends clutched opening-night tickets they had secured several weeks in advance. "If there is, she's weird," Lamarine added. In honor of the premiere, the women sported bright dresses, high heels and dramatic hats that owed more than a little to the four style-savvy stars of the new film and the hit HBO television series on which it is based. One of the very few men in the crowd was New Yorker Dennis Castillo, a longtime fan who had come with a group of female friends. "I'm really excited to see Samantha and all her craziness," said Castillo, referring to one of the four women friends who in the film are portrayed living their … [Read more...] about NY women make “Sex and the City” opening-night scene
VietNamNet Bridge – A hot debate continues about the decision to move the headquarters of the stock exchange from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is the center of economy and finance of the country. Infrastructure, investors and financial institutions are largely located in the city. Many experts and investors questioned the move after they learned that the Ministry of Finance had submitted to the PM a proposal to merge Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE) and Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) as one, based in Hanoi with the name "Vietnam Stock Exchanges". The "cradle" of the VN stock market In the eyes of many investors and financial world, Ho Chi Minh City is the "cradle" of the stock market. When you say "the Wall Street of Vietnam", domestic and foreign investors will immediately think of the busy area on Nguyen Cong Tru Street (District 1) and the adjacent streets. The Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange is a modern building, which can hold up to 800 employees. In … [Read more...] about Why will ‘Wall Street’ be moved from HCM City to Hanoi?
Facebook is letting users form cozy cliques as part of a move to give people more control of their information at the world's most popular online social network. A "Groups" feature that lets Facebook members set up private online havens for clusters of family, co-workers, teammates, or others was unveiled Wednesday at the firm's headquarters in the Californian city of Palo Alto. Founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the "biggest problem" in online social networking is that people tend to divide their friends into separate circles that they interact with differently, such as co-workers or former school chums. "Now, people can map out all the real world groups they have in a graph," Zuckerberg said, referring to "Groups." "If we can do this, we can unlock a huge amount of sharing people want to do that they don't do now because it's too annoying or the privacy," he said. Groups are shared spaces in which people can communicate with tools including email lists and "group chat that is pretty … [Read more...] about Facebook lets users form groups and download data
Divers battled vicious currents in the Hudson River to find the engines from a US Airways Airbus that crashed with no loss of life thanks to what is being called the pilot's heroism. The disappearance of the engines in the fast-flowing and icy cold river off New York severely complicated attempts to understand why the Airbus suddenly lost power Thursday, forcing the captain to ditch. The plane, now semi-submerged and moored at a dock, will be raised Saturday at 10:00 am (1500 GMT), Kitty Higgins, a member of the investigating National Transport Safety Board, told a press conference. Until then the black box voice and data recorders, located in the tail of the semi-submerged plane, are also out of reach. Initial reports from aviation officials suggested that the plane collided with a flock of birds, possibly geese, causing disastrous damage to the engines. "If there was any kind of damage as a result of birds, my understanding is this will show up" in the missing engines, Higgins said. … [Read more...] about Missing engines hamper New York air crash probe