Garden State of Mind

Modular phones, petrified bird photography, the Empire State Building's green roof and more in our weekly look at the web

In true New York fashion, a LEED Gold certification wasn’t enough for the Empire State Building. The iconic landmark raised its own bar even higher by installing four new green roofs, allowing tenants to enjoy a relaxing lunch by a garden oasis without ever leaving the building. The newly planted greenery benefits more than just tenants; they cleanse rain as stormwater run-off filters, reduce greenhouse gases, help absorb solar gain and filter dust and pollutants. Hopefully this is a trend that other buildings in the city will hasten to follow.