New York will have the first underground park in the world

New York will have a green space hidden in the subsoil: Lowline, the future park in southern Manhattan that will become a reality in 2020.

Inspired by the famous Highline Park, this project is about some old tram tracks that run up to three blocks underground and are now transformed into a public park that will live under the famous American island, a somewhat more futuristic version of what we are accustomed.

Solar light underground

The new concept that seeks to revolutionize the way parks are designed, will house around three thousand types of plants and the most important challenge in this project is to achieve that light reaches a closed and dark space. According to the revealed information of the project, this will be achieved through a fiber optic technology and mirrors that filter the sunlight from the roof of the building to the green areas that are inside.

Likewise, in the streets of New York solar collectors will be installed that during the day will reflect it in a homogeneous way for the underground space. The project promoted by James Ramsey and Dan Barasch guarantee that there will be the necessary sunlight supply for plants to achieve natural photosynthesis, even in the coldest months.

At the moment it is a project that is still in the planning phase and seeks to raise 60 million dollars to raise the green space, even when it is in this facet, the protagonists of the work, consider that by 2020 it will be a reality.

Some curious facts about New York

  • The Dutch explorer Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan from the Algonquin tribe in exchange for trinkets and tools worth about $ 24.
  • New York was called at first New Amsterdam and was founded as a commercial port by the Dutch.
  • New York was the capital of the United States from 1789 to 1790.
  • New Yorkers take an average of 40 minutes to go to work each day.
  • More than 47 percent of New York residents speak a language other than English at home.
  • 36 percent of the population of New York City was born outside the United States.
  • The Central Park of New York is larger than the principality of Monaco.
  • The average price of an apartment in Manhattan is 1.5 million dollars.
  • The yellow taxis of New York are of that color because John Hertz, founder of the company, learned through a study that yellow was the color most easily perceived by the human eye.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank on Wall Street in New York contains vaults 80 meters deep that hold about 25 percent of the world's gold bullion.
  • Around 50 million tourists visit New York every year.
  • The average daily rate for hotel rooms in New York is $ 267.
  • Hong Kong is the only city with more skyscrapers built than New York City.
  • The Brooklin Bridge was the first bridge in the world lit with electric street lamps.
  • The Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum in the world built for children.
  • An average of 4.9 million people use the New York subway every day.
  • The New York subway system consists of 26 lines with 6,200 convoys that stop at 468 different stations.
  • Unlike most of the world's metros, the New York Subway operates 24 hours a day.
  • There are more than 12,700 (official) taxis in New York.
  • There are more than 18,600 restaurants and fast food outlets in New York. The average cost of a dinner is $ 39.43.
  • New York City has more than 4,000 street food stalls.
  • More than 250 films are filmed in New York every year.
  • Genaro Lombardi opened the first pizzaria in New York in 1895.
  • The Chinatown of New York is the most populated Chinese enclave of the Western Hemisphere.
  • According to the 2011 census, 8,200,000 people live in New York City.
  • Approximately 790,000 companies operate in New York City.

An Indian hanging from the Empire State

Many metropolises of the world are cut by the same pattern: buildings of cement, brick, steel and glass, monolithic facades, rows and rows of skyscrapers. What betrays that this advertising photo of 1951 corresponds to New York? In the center the television antenna that crowns the Empire State is distinguished. And, comfortably sitting in the middle of the antenna, as if moving up there was the most natural thing in the world, there is a Mohawk Indian, a metal worker. At the end of the 1880s, a Canadian company specializing in bridge construction hired several Mohawks from the Kahnawake Reserve, near Montreal, to work on a construction site.

The members of that tribe turned out to be immune to vertigo even in the most extreme heights and, in the words of a manager of the company, "agile as goats". That fame earned them job offers in the United States; Mohawks are still traveling to Canada to perform "high" jobs.

Over the last century generations of Mohawks working in the metal sector have been hired to build almost all of New York's skyscrapers and bridges. For their poise when walking on the steel beams at dizzying heights they have earned a reverential nickname: the "eagles of construction."

New York will be the city with the largest free WiFi in the world

The Spanish company GOWEX has just announced that it will turn New York into the largest citizen network of free wireless Internet connection. Thanks to the deployment of more than 1950 Smart WiFi Zones distributed throughout the city, its 20 million inhabitants and the more than 50 million annual tourists that visit the city will be able to connect to the web without paying a dollar.

The Internet is, for many, absolutely indispensable. From hotels to cafés, clubs or libraries offer different forms of access but, what if a whole city had wireless Internet access and free? It is precisely what the GOWEX company will launch. The new network called FREEWiFiGOWEX will allow the downloading of data from 3G networks through Gowex networks, offered thanks to the 1,953 WiFi points distributed throughout New York.

The connection offered by the company has certain specifications adapted to the gigantic city. To access the network, users must download the application available on their portable devices, where a map of Wi-Fi points as well as news thematic channels, municipal information, etc. will appear. In this way the download of data can reach 1Mb of connection speed for free users. In addition, the network will allow offloading, that is, downloading data from 3G networks through GOWEX connection points, which, according to the company, "will help operators to decongest their network; a pressing problem in various parts of New York due to the high number of connections and users in many of its areas. "

But it does not finish here. To the almost 70 cities in which GOWEX offers WiFi all over the world (among which are Paris, Dublin and Madrid) other American cities will soon be joining. According to the CEO of GOWEX, Jenaro García, "the launch of New York is just one step in the GOWEX strategy that, in the near future, will be implemented in the United States with more than three cities this year."