Blogging NYTimes...East Village Wind Turbine Circa 1970

Blogging NYTimes...East Village Wind Turbine Circa 1970

Jen DeRose
Aug 15, 2008

When we hear about the East Village in the 1970's, we think punk rock. We definitely don't think wind power.

Since we only began hearing about turbines in the last few years, we naively assumed the technology was that new, or at the very least, hadn't been around thirty years ago.

So we were pretty impressed when read about this feat…

Josh Weil interviews architect Travis Price (nicknamed the "Solar Cowboy"), who along with architecture students David Norris and Chip Tabor, erected a windmill on a building in New York's East Village. How'd they do it? They wooed the neighborhood the same way you ask your friends for help during a move: with beer.

While it was only able to provide electricity for the common areas, it did garner acclaim from Senator Ted Kennedy. And amazingly, the group even went on to defeat Con Ed in a legal battle. Check out the article to learn more about what they accomplished.

But what we don't understand is why it's been thirty years and wind power is only now making a comeback? And why don't more high rises actually have wind turbines?

Photo: D. Gorton/The New York Times, 1977 (black and white); Jon Naar (color)

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