NEW YORK SCENE

New York never ceases to amaze me. I always have a good time in the city, once I am there, but I do not miss it. As I write the words; I wonder. Always a new discovery, always a new event. What would New York be without steam in the street? And a cross-eyed sculptured head? Who does that? Grand Central Terminal at 100. A skull for a door handle on the YMCA; a little bizarre?

I really do find the people friendly. They do not seem to share that reputation, but it is seldom that I find them unfriendly, the exception to that may be their driving.

RECYCLING, GREEN LIVING

These are photographs of a group who were living green long before it was fashionable. Recycling at a level that might have even qualified for LEED certification. They had a very small carbon footprint.

In other news are the Coast Guard hearings about the loss of the “Bounty” during hurricane Sandy.

Hearings continue on HMS Bounty investigation

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013, 6:18 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013, 9:49 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – TheĀ U.S. Coast Guard will be holding several hearings into the sinking of the HMS Bounty, which went down off the coast of Cape Hatteras in October.

During the first hearing Tuesday, the owner of the HMS Bounty pled the fifth and would not testify.

Watch Live: HMS Bounty hearing

A formal investigation into the following items surrounding the sinking was conducted:

  • The cause of the accident
  • If there is evidence to suggest failure of material or equipment was involved to contribute to a death.
  • If there is evidence into any misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law by any certified or licensed person.
  • If there is evidence that any Coast Guard or other government agency personnel caused or contributed to a death.
  • If the accident should be further investigated by a Marine Board of Investigation.

The HMS Bounty sank after taking on water about 90 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. One crew member, Claudene Christian, died shortly after she and other crew members were rescued by the Coast Guard.

Captain Robin Walbridge, 63, is still missing though presumed dead.

In August, a special about the Bounty was produced in Belfast, Maine and aired on public access. In light of the ship’s sinking the video was edited. Watch the 30 minute video below.