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The Empire State Building on the left; the United Nations left of centre; the (very dark) Trump Tower right of centre; and the (very bright and very high) 432 Park Avenue Condominiums on the right.

Tags:   Empire State Building UN United Nations Trump Tower Manhattan New York Long Island City

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Tags:   UN United Nations New York Manhattan

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5-image panorama taken from Roosevelt Island.

On the far left is the Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge. The brown building with the tall chimney is the Con Ed Plant (the Consolidated Edison Plant), one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the USA. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its subsidiaries. The Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., is a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York.

On 28 June 1996, a fire at the plant spewed asbestos throughout the building and sent black smoke through much of the neighbourhood. No one was injured and officials said that no asbestos escaped from the plant. The fire started at 3:30 am and engulfed a 10-story boiler that creates steam to run generators for electricity. It quickly spread to the top floors of the building and was not brought under control until midday. Residents nearby reported hearing a loud explosion, but Con Ed officials said the noise was caused by steam that was released through pressure valves on the roof. The officials believed that the fire may have started in a wood and plastic bin that contained asbestos, but they were not certain what ignited the blaze. The bin, which encased the fourth-floor portion of the boiler, was designed to capture asbestos being stripped from three boilers inside the plant. Tests indicated that no outside contamination occurred and there was no threat to local residents, though fire-fighters leaving the building had to take decontamination showers.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos - a fire retardant used primarily for insulation - poses a risk of cancer and respiratory ailments. Carlos Garcia of the State Labor Department's Division of Safety and Health said that a large amount of asbestos had been spread throughout the plant by the accident and that the cleanup would be difficult and take weeks.

Tags:   Upper East Side Manhattan New York Queensboro Bridge 59th Street Bridge Con Ed Plant

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Tags:   Midtown Manhattan Manhattan UN United Nations East River Hunters Point Long Island City


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