Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Just One More Way That New York City Could End Up Saving the World
Today's posts are dedicated to some of the people out there who are looking for innovative ways to help save/preserve the environment. We'll start here . . . in the GREATEST CITY ON EARTH. (No offense. I'm sure your city is nice, too.)
Ever wonder what New Yorkers do with our old subway cars? Well for years, we've been dropping them into the Atlantic Ocean. And believe it or not, that's a very good thing. Over 700 subway cars now form an artificial reef off the coast of Deleware. According to the New York Times, what was once a barren stretch of ocean floor is now a "bountiful oasis, carpeted in sea grasses, walled thick with blue mussels and sponges, and teeming with black sea bass and tautog."
Unfortunately, the Redbird Reef (named after the old "Redbird" subway cars, one of which can be seen in the artwork above) has proven so popular with fish (and fishermen) that the competition for New York's old subway cars has grown quite fierce! Read more (and see some cool photos and animation) here.
(Art by John Blackford and James Fisher, photo by John Barnes, and story via the wonderful Gothamist).