Forty-six floors above the streets of Manhattan, the top view from the Atelier—a luxury development—has everything you’d expect given its midtown location.
From the roof, you can easily pick out the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and peer down at the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
But there’s one sight that might come as a bit of a surprise: Black solar panels sitting on the southwest corner of the building’s roof.
Dan Neiditch, president of River 2 River Realty which operates the Atelier, had the panels installed in 2011. He says the system generates about 5 percent of the building’s energy, subsequently cutting utility costs by roughly $40,000 a year.