Rocco Danese wants to fight climate change, and he loves photography. He combines those passions in these glimpses of New York’s skyline.
This building in the meatpacking district uses large windows and extra greenery to curb emissions. The Highline was once an elevated cargo railroad. The city has converted it into a riverside park, creating green space in New York’s concrete jungle. The Empire State Building on Manhattan has launched a new sustainability initiative to retrofit equipment so as to cut down on emissions. Last year, they cut energy costs by $2.3 million. North 4th Tower and its neighbors are new additions to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area in Brooklyn. As new buildings, they were given strict emission caps, which incited North 4th Tower to install small solar panels on the roof. This helps with sustainability. In recent years, the New York City mayor’s office has sought to create more green spaces around the city. Domino Park is such an initiative. Once the site of the now demolished Domino Sugar Factory, the area has been converted into a park on the East River in Brooklyn. The Con Edison power plant on Manhattan has been subject to emission caps. When I was younger, I would play soccer at Con Edison field and watch as pollution poured out of the smokestacks. In the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in emissions from the factory. This office building off the Highline on Manhattan is enveloped in large windows that let in more natural light. The sunlight cuts down on electricity costs. The Freedom Tower, also known as One World Trade Center, is one of the greenest buildings in New York City. It uses cutting-edge technology to capture rainwater and to draw water from the Hudson River to cool the towering structure, New York’s tallest. This photo report complements two stories by students at Friends Seminary school on New York City’s fight against climate change.
By Rocco Danese
For this photo series, I decided to focus on a variety of buildings in New York City.
New York is so diverse, with commercial and residential buildings on every city block. I wanted to capture these buildings to highlight new initiatives in fighting climate change.
Buildings that aim to cut back greenhouse emissions range from well-known skyscrapers such as the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building to smaller, residential buildings in Brooklyn.
I have always been an advocate for fighting climate change and a photography enthusiast. I was very excited when offered the chance to combine these two passions into a project.
Rocco Danese is in his final year of high school at Friends Seminary in New York City. He is passionate about journalism and digital photography, and enjoys studying American History and Arabic. He plans to study Finance at university.