Coney Island Sunshine


Friday, April 22, 2011

Kurt Andersen with Greg Kiss, who helped design the terminal, Coney Island, Stillwell Avenue Kurt Andersen with Greg Kiss, who helped design the terminal (Andrea Silenzi)

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof.  Kurt Andersen took the F train to the last stop to check it out with architect Greg Kiss. (Originally aired: April 18, 2008)








Slideshow: Kurt Andersen visits Coney Island's state-of-the-art subway terminal

Andrea Silenzi

Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue subway station.

Andrea Silenzi

The station’s train shed helps generate electricity using photovoltaic cells.

Andrea Silenzi

The photovoltaic cells are made from a type of silicon.  Each cell contains three different layers: one positively charged, one negatively charged, and the neutral layer that separates them.

Andrea Silenzi

Greg Kiss helped design the new terminal.

Andrea Silenzi

Kurt Andersen and Greg Kiss admire the view.

Andrea Silenzi

Kurt and Greg enjoy hot dogs across the street from the terminal.

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Comments [2]

Michael Hyatt from Philadelphia

Be careful when you call something "solar-powered," as in the Coney Island Subway Terminal. It suggests something that is self-sufficient, while in fact it is still using fossil fuels. I'm sure you don't want to be accused of contributing to the phenomenon of 'Green-Washing' through the media.
On the other hand, progress in advancing the cause of a more sustainable planet is always welcome; no matter how incremental.

Apr. 27 2011 12:38 PM
willardstnw from Washington, D.C.

"...and a bottle of water." Really Kurt, can't you even carry a refillable bottle for your Earth Day show? You can do better.

I wonder what's happened to the millions of 'disposable' water bottles the US military and contractors have discarded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apr. 23 2011 02:41 PM

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