Skyscrapers owned by New Yorkers

New York City is home to some of the tallest and most famous skyscrapers in the world. Not only are many of these buildings famous for their size and architecture, they are well-known attractions for famous visitors and tourist from all over the world. While many people may be familiar with many of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers, most have no idea who owns them. Here are a few facts about some of the New York’s most renowned skyscrapers and the people who own and visit them.

The Empire State Building

This is probably the most famous skyscraper in New York. Not only is this 1,454 foot building (ESRT) the place where King Kong climbed to meet his untimely death in both the 1933 and 2005 movies, it’s been visited by many celebrities. NFL running back Barry Sanders and music sensation Ashanti are just a few celebrities who had taken in views from atop this classic beauty. From 1931 thru 1970, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the Amercian Society of Civil Engineers. If you’re wondering who owns this classic icon of architecture, then you may be surprised to learn that the Empire State Building is not owned by any one individual but by Empire State Realty Trust.

The Chrysler Building

Rising to a height of 1.046 ft., the Chrysler Building has been an Art Deco part of New York’s landscape since 1930. The building was originally designed and built for the Chrysler Corporation but the corporation never paid for construction and Walther P. Chrysler opted to pay for the building thus becoming its first owner. The building has changed hands several times since 1930. As of now, The Chrysler Building has two owners: the government of Abu Dhabi which owns 90 percent, and Tishman Speyer Properties which owns 10 percent but continue to control and manage the property. The Chrysler Building has seen a lot of celebrity visitors since its construction back in 1930. Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, and Queen Elizabeth II have all taken is views from this historic building.

One World Trade Center

The 6th tallest building in the world, One World Trade Center is a beacon for tourist and celebrities alike. Recently completed in 2014, this building is not only a powerful symbol of hope and rebirth to the American people following the destruction of the twin towers, it’s a marvel of modern architecture. The building has two amazing memorial pools dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy. WTC, which is currently owned by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has seen many rich and famous visitors such as Drew Carey, Charlie Sheen, and Mark Wahlberg.

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Feb
07

Maryland Replacement Windows issues ad common questions

When is it Time to Get Replacement Windows?

Most of the time, it is easy to tell your home needs new windows. Condensation on the glass, windows that are difficult to open and close, and window frames that are starting to rot are just a few examples. But sometimes it is not so obvious. This is when you would need the help of a professional replacement window company.

Advantages of Replacement Windows

-Energy savings of 20% a month due to improvements in efficiency
-Improved appearance of your home. New designs and colors can completely update the look of your home.
-Federal Tax Credit. Many replacement windows qualify for a Federal Tax credit of up to $500 in 2016.
-Ease of cleaning. Older windows are not made to tilt inward, making cleaning difficult.
-Maintenance free. Vinyl windows require no painting so they are virtually maintenance free.
-Protection of interior. Many older windows do not have the technology to protect carpet and drapes from fading.

Maryland Area Replacement Window Companies

Living in Maryland requires window professionals who are familiar with the climate. They are better able to recommend the correct type of window to protect against the seasons. When considering new windows, always look to local experts. Maryland has a variety to choose from. Here are some that we’ve found:

Thompson Creek Window Company complaints – two locations in Maryland: Beltsville and Silver Spring. 35 years in the window business.

Kelemer Brothers Replacement Windows – located in Baltimore. The Kelemer brothers started the company in 1999.

American Home Contractors, Inc. – Laurel, MD. Over 50 years’ experience.

CBS Home Remodeling & Repairs, LLC – Ellicot City, MD. Company has been in busing for 13 years.
This is just a small sampling of qualified replacement window companies in Maryland. Always get several estimates and talk to different companies before making your decision. Maryland companies are familiar with the unique hardships produced by the Maryland weather so keep that in mind when evaluating companies. In this case, it truly does pay to ‘shop local‘.

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Oct
19

Energy Companies Across the United States

The United States is one of the leaders in the world’s production and supply of energy. According to International Energy Statistics, it is also one of the planet’s largest consumers of energy, making up around of 19% of the world total, primary energy consumption. As the third largest industry in the United States, it should come as no surprise that there is an enormous variety of energy providers across the nation, all looking for new and varying ways to generate power for their customers.

Pacific Gas & Electric
With the largest number of customers (just over 5.2 million), annual revenue of nearly $15 billion, and a workforce of nearly 19,500 employees, it is fair to say that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is the largest energy company within the United States. Founded in 1905 and based in San Francisco, PG&E provides natural gas and electricity to nearly two-thirds of California. Incorporating a wide range of energy generation methods, PG&E is actually the largest private owner of hydroelectric facilities in the United States, utilizing 174 dams and 172 miles of canals across the state. The company also owns and runs one nuclear power plant and one natural-gas fired power plant.

Cunningham Energy
Independent oil and gas production company Cunningham Energy was formed in 2008 and is based in Charleston, West Virginia. The company was created with the purpose of exploring, acquiring, and producing oil and gas within three major North American basins. The company’s headquarters and primary operational area is located within the heart of the Appalachian basin. While actively exploring and drilling new oil wells, Cunningham Energy also re-work older wells, which have either previously declined in production or have been abandoned by their previous operators. With an oil and gas production area of over 20,000 acres, there is plenty of scope for further shale and deep drilling, providing a good opportunity for future expansion of the company.

Florida Power & Light
Although this company is not the largest in the United States, it does provide the largest volume of sales of energy (MWh). Founded in 1925 and based at Juno Beach, Florida Power & Light is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. By using a combination of gas, nuclear and solar power plants, Florida Power & Light is able to provide roughly 4.4 million customers with energy throughout the state of Florida. The company also owns and operates the largest fossil fuel burning power plant in the United States.

Georgia Power
Providing energy to over 2.3 million Americans in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties, Georgia Power is one of the largest energy companies in the southern United States. Founded in 1945 and based in downtown Atlanta, the company makes use of a variety of power generating facilities, including 20 hydroelectric dams, two nuclear power plants, and 14 fossil fueled power generating plants. Georgia Power also plays an important role in transmitting power to the neighboring states of Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina.

As you can see, energy providers within the United States range from enormous companies to specialist local providers. We can also see a range of strategies, with some companies supplying energy to literally millions of customers across entire states. Other companies are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to identify and extract sources of energy for their customers.

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Aug
25

Innovation in US Aerospace

The aerospace and aviation sector in the United States is one of the most advanced in the world. While NASA has a long history of space exploration, these days there are numerous American companies beginning to experiment with space travel. Aerospace engineering companies like AERA, Armadillo Aerospace, Bigelow Aerospace, Blue Origin, Interorbital Systems, Orbital Sciences Corp. and others are now all involved in creating aircraft which are capable of safe and efficient space flights.

The U.S. is even holding a competition among private companies for the contract to deliver supplies to the international space station. The vision is that soon space travel will be a commercial enterprise completely funded by private companies and individuals. This has created a lot of excitement in the American aerospace industry.

More students are beginning to dream up new and better ways to go further into space and visit far away worlds. With the aging of the shuttle fleet, companies and private individuals are working on several simple, more cost-efficient ways to make round trips to the space station and other short jaunts into space. It is a great time to be a student of space travel in the U.S. After of few tragedies there is renewed interest and new successes to build on. Now traveling to other planets and exploring distant galaxies is again on the minds of American youngsters.

When it comes to aviation the United States has led the world in flight ever since Orville and Wilbur Wright took off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The aviation industry is in near constant flux. Older airlines are merging and newer airlines are innovating to ensure the traveling public can get to distant cities quicker, safer and more economically. This has helped the U.S. aviation industry remain a world leader.

Aviation has long been an American strong suit. While other countries have focused on bullet train technology, in the United States people have long loved air travel. This is important because of the size of the American continent and the tendency of Americans to travel from one end of the country to the other for business and pleasure. The aviation industry makes it possible for college and professional athletes to compete in games all over the country and return home within hours after the games are over. Air travel is perfectly suited for extended families and the nomadic, rugged individual who has helped to build America.

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Sep
30