MetroFocus Nov. 14: Buildings for Billionaires, NYC Veterans

Encore: November 14, 2013

On this week’s MetroFocus: Brooklyn College professor Philip Napoli shares poignant stories of New York’s Vietnam veterans, New York Times reporter Julie Creswell explains why foreign investors are snapping up multi-billion dollar apartments in the sky, and much more.

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> FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER OF FINANCE, THE ARTS, PUBLISHING, SCIENCE, RESEARCH, MEDIA, INNOVATION AND MUCH MORE, THIS SF IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN.

> TONIGHT, BUILDINGS FOR BILLIONAIRES

WOW

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT WE WANT THE OH WOW

PAYING TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK' VIETNAM VETERANS A VERY BERRY THANKSGIVIN HARVEST.

AND RECENT HISTORY INSPIRES YOUNG COMPOSER

YOU SEE IMMEDIATELY A FIRST CRASH INTO THE TOWERS.

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> HELLO.

I'M RAFAEL PI ROMAN WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.

THE VIEWS ARE LIKE SEEING NE YORK CITY FROM AN AIRPLANE SKYSCRAPERS WITH ASTRONOMICA PRICE TAGS, BUILT TO HOUSE BILLIONAIRES WITH THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AN POOR GROWING WIDER, WHAT D THESE BUILDINGS SAY ABOUT TH CITY WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT OUR ECONOMY?

AND WHO EXACTLY IS BUYING UP THESE PALATIAL APARTMENTS?

'NEW YORK TIMES' REPORTER JULI CRESSWELL TAKES US TO THE TOP OF NEW YORK'S LATEST LANDMARKS.

OH, WOW

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT WE WANT THE OH WOW

THAT MUST BE EVERYBODY' REACTION AS SOON AS THEY GET U HERE

IT IS YEP.

Reporter: 157 LOOMING 9 STORIES OVER MIDTOWN MANHATTAN IS THE LATEST HYPER LUXURIOU HIGH RISE LOOKING TO GET BIG BIDS WE ARE DEAD CENTER ON CENTRAL PARK AND HAVE SPECTACULAR VIEW THIS BUILD HAG EVERYTHING.

VIEWS, LOCATION, SUPER HIG QUALITY.

HOTEL SERVICES A LOT OF OTHER BUILDINGS HAV PARTS OF THIS WE HAVE IT ALL

Reporter: HAVING IT ALL COMES AT A COST.

ONE BEDROOMS START AT $3 MILLION.

A PENTHOUSE IS FOR 100 MILLION

THERE ARE BILLIONAIRES AL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.

THERE'S A PRETTY DEEP MARKET FOR PEOPLE THAT CAN AFFORD A RESIDENCE LIKE THIS.

Reporter: EVEN AS PRICES AS SOME OF THE CITY'S HOTTEST DEVELOPMENTS STRETCH INTO TH STRATOSPHERE, LUXURY APARTMENT IN MANHATTAN DON'T TOP THE CHARTS WHEN IT COMES TO PRIC PER SQUARE FOOT.

LAST YEAR IN MONACO AN OPT SOL FOR $8,850 PER SQUARE FOOT ANOTHER IN HONG KONG WENT FO NEARLY 8,800 PER SQUARE FOOT AND IN WEST LONDON, THE AVERAG PRICE FOR THE 86 APARTMENTS IN 1 HYDE PARK HAD BEEN MORE THAN 9,500 PER SQUARE FOOT.

WITH OVER 70% SOLD, 157' AVERAGE PRICE IS $6,000.

BILLIONAIRES WANT BIG VIEWS, TOO IN THIS RENDERING, 432 PAR AVENUE WILL BE THE HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN TH WESTERN HEMISPHERE AT NEARLY 1400 FEET.

SO FAR ITS AVERAGING NEARL $7,000 A SQUARE FOOT

THIS WHOLE AREA FROM HERE ON -

Reporter: HEIGHT ISN' ENOUGH YOU ALSO NEED HIGH-END AMENITIES.

YOU HAVE A HUGE BATHROOM THAT GOES FROM THERE TO HERE.

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THIS IS A CENTRAL TUB MADE OF ONE PIECE OF MARBLE COMING I FROM ITALY

Reporter: IN TRIBECA, A MOSTLY LOW-RISE HIGH PRICE SECTION OF MANHATTAN, 56 PLANE STREET IS SLOWLY RISING TO 6 STORIES.

BASICALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OTHER BUILDINGS MIDTOWN, THEY'RE KIND OF MORE ATONIC.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO DO ANOTHER STRAIGHT UP HIGH RISE IT HAS JAGGED EDGES

Reporter: WHO ARE THE BUYER FOR 56 LEONARD

MUCH TO OUR SURPRISE, THE BUYERS ARE DOWNTOWN PEOPLE TRIBECA PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WERE MUCH MORE IN LOVE WITH THE MIDTOW BUILDINGS.

THEY'RE LIKE OVER 92% SOLD THE HIGHEST PRICE WAS A RECORD DOWNTOWN, IT'S BELOW 56t STREET, OVER 47 MILLIO PENTHOUSE.

Reporter: NO MATTER WHAT YO BUILD, ONCE IT'S DONE, THERE'S ALWAYS ANOTHER DEVELOPER AROUN THE CORNER WHAT IS THE ENCORE FOR A BUILDING LIKE THIS

WE HAVE ANOTHER INTERESTING BUILDING COMING.

NOT READY TO TELL SECRETS YET?

NOT YET

JOINING ME NOW IS REPORTE JULIE CRESSWELL.

WELCOME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

OH, WOW THESE ULTRA EXPENSIVE LUXURY BUILDINGS AND APARTMENTS IN NE YORK CITY, IT'S NOTHING NEW IN NEW YORK CITY, RIGHT ISN'T THAT HOW IT'S ALWAYS BEEN?

ABSOLUTELY.

NEW YORK ALWAYS HAD A SLIVER O THE MARKET THAT BILLIONAIRES MULTIMILLIONAIRES HAVE GRAVITATED TOWARDS THAT'S ALWAYS EXISTED.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW, WE HAV THESE AMAZING NEW DEVELOPMENTS POPPING UP THAT ARE GEARED SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT MARKET

WHAT ABOUT THE OPTICS O THESE LUXURY BUILDINGS THEY TEND TO ENDORSE THE POPULAR NARRATIVE THAT NEW YORK CITY HAS BECOME A TALE OF TWO CITIES?

SURE.

SURE ABSOLUTELY THESE ARE BUILDINGS THAT, AGAIN, ARE DEFINITELY GEARED TOWARD THE WORLD'S BILLIONAIRES NO MIDDLE CLASS NEW YORKER CAN AFFORD A $55 MILLION PENTHOUSE APARTMENT.

THE MORE THESE BUILDINGS GO UP SOME WOULD ARGUE, YOU KNOW, TH LESS YOU HAVE FOR HOUSING FO MIDDLE CLASS OR EVEN LOWER CLASS PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY.

IS MAYOR BLOOMBERG RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS ATTRACTING EVERY BILLIONAIRE, IF WE COULD, TO NEW YORK CITY IS A GODSEND

THE JURY IS OUT ON THAT HIS THEORY IS IT'S BETTER THAT THEY'RE HERE THAN IN LONDON OR HONG KONG.

THAT BEING SAID, THEY DON'T PA THE TAXES THAT WE MIDDLE CLASS FOLK PAY THEY'RE NOT LIKELY GOING TO OU SCHOOLS.

YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT BE GOING ON FABULOUS SHOPPING SPREES, DOIN SOME BUSINESS, BUT THE ECONOMI VALUE OR THE ADDTIVE QUALITY THEY BRING TO THE CITY I QUESTION

A LOT OF THESE FOREIG BILLIONAIRES DON'T LIVE HERE I THE APARTMENTS THAT THEY BUY

AGAIN, I THINK FOR THE MOST PART PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE BUYING THESE APARTMENTS ARE MOSTLY JUST SORT OF GOING TO BE THERE OCCASIONALLY.

IT'S AN INVESTMENT TYPE OF PROPERTY RATHER THAN A PLACE THEY'LL BE LIVING AT AND RAISING THEIR CHILDREN IN, AND THOSE CHILDREN WILL BE GOING TO NE YORK CITY SCHOOLS.

WHAT DO YOU FORESEE DO YOU FORESEE THE BILLIONAIRE BUILDINGS WILL CONTINUE TO B BUILT AT THE SAME CLIP UNDER A DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION

IT'S INTERESTING.

THESE ARE BUILDINGS THAT TAKE LONG TIME IN PLANNING.

157, FOR INSTANCE, WAS STARTED BACK IN 1997 SO THESE ARE BUILDINGS THA BETWEEN BUYING THE PROPERTY, GETTING THE AIR RIGHTS, TH FUNDING AND CONSTRUCTION, IT TAKES MORE THAN A DECADE TO DO RIGHT NOW THERE'S QUITE A FEW OF THESE BUILDINGS ON THE DRAWING BOARD AND IN VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT.

SO THE INTERESTING QUESTION IS WE COULD ACTUALLY, IN THE NO TOO DISTANT FUTURE V A OVERABUNDANCE OF THESE PROPERTIES WHICH WILL THEN EFFECT PRICING

TALKING ABOUT THE PRICING, DO YOU FORESEE THE $100 MILLION PRICE TAG BEING REACHED ANY TIME SOON

WE ARE JUST WITHIN SPITTING DISTANCE SOME OF THESE APARTMENTS ARE I CONTRACT FOR $95 MILLION SO, YEAH, IT'S ONLY A MATTER O TIME BEFORE SOMEBODY COMES U WITH SOMETHING THAT JUST GETS US RIGHT OVER THAT HURDLE

WHAT ABOUT THE POST 9/1 TREPIDATION?

ARE PEOPLE AFRAID OF LIVING SO HIGH UP THERE?

IT'S INTERESTING.

WHEN YOU TALK TO A LOT O COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS, PEOPL THAT HAVE EMPLOYEES IN THESE BUILDINGS THAT IS STIL SOMETHING YOU HEAR A LOT THERE'S A LOT OF CONCERNS IN BEING IN LANDMARK BUILDINGS OR HIGH BUILDINGS HERE IN THE CITY.

IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE STOPPING PEOPLE FROM BUYING THESE HOMES AGAIN, PERHAPS THE DIFFERENCE IS WHETHER SOMEBODY IS GOING TO B LIVING ON A DAILY BASIS IN THA HOME OR WHETHER IT IS JUST VIEWED AS AN INVESTMENT OR A OCCASIONAL PLACE TO STOP OVER.

AGAIN, THESE TOP FLOOR PENTHOUSES ARE GOING FOR 8 MILLION, 90, $95 MILLION

JULIE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

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> THE 11th HOUR OF THE 11t DAY OF THE 11th MONTH.

VETERANS DAY IS COMMEMORATED O NOVEMBER 11th BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DAY AND THE TIME FIGHTIN ENDED IN 1918.

IT WAS THE END OF WORLD WAR I, OR WHAT MANY CALLED THE WAR TO END ALL WARS PHILIP NAPOLI A PROFESSOR AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE PUTS OUR DEBT TO THE MEN WHO FOUGHT IN THE VIETNAM WAR IN PERSPECTIVE, IN HIS BOOK, 'BRINGING IT ALL BAC HOME: AN ORAL HISTORY OF NEW YORK CKTY'S VIETNAM VETERANS.'

I ASKED NAPOLI IF THERE' SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT NEW YOR CITY'S VIETNAM VETS.

I BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHIN UNIQUE ABOUT THE VETERANS THAT LIVE HERE.

THERE ARE ABOUT 80,000 HERE IN THE CITY RIGHT NOW WE SENT MORE SOLDIERS TO VIETNAM THAN ANY OTHER MAJOR AMERICA CITY WE HAD THE LARGEST CONTINGENT OF SOLDIERS, AND THE MOST VIETNAM VETERANS COMING HOME AT ONE POINT SOMEWHERE IN TH NEIGHBORHOOD OF 250,000 VETERANS WERE BACK IN NEW YORK CITY I THE EARLY 1970s.

SO WE ARE A LARGE POPULATION TODAY, IF THOSE 80,000 WER CONSIDERED AN IMMIGRANT GROUP, THEY WOULD BE THE NINTH LARGES IMMIGRANT GROUP IN THE CITY.

TWO, THERE IS THE ISSUE OF DIVERSITY.

NEW YORK IS DIFFERENT FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY WE ARE AN INCREDIBLY DIVERSE POPULATION SO THE BOOK CONTAINS VIEWS FRO THOSE OF JEWISH FAITH, CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS

JOHN HAMIL, A MEMBER OF THE FAMOUS HAMIL FAMILY, WHICH INCLUDES DENNIS AND PETE HAMIL TELL US HIS STORY.

JOHN WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD KID.

HIS BROTHER DENNIS DESCRIBED HIM AS A FAMILY INTELLECTUAL READING LOTS OF NEWSPAPERS WHILE DENNI WANTED TO PLAY OUT IN TH STREETS.

BY 17, JOHN DECIDED VIETNA WOULD BE THE DEFINING EPISOD FOR HIS GENERATION HE WANTED A PART OF IT AS A CONSEQUENCE, HE REALL DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THE AMERICAN CAUSE IN VIETNAM, HE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE.

THAT WAS INTERESTING.

HE WAS ANTI-WAR BEFORE HE WENT HE REFUSED TO CARRY A GUN.

THAT'S WHY HE BECAME A MEDIC

HE DID BECOME A MEDIC, AS A CONSEQUENCE WAS WOUNDED IN VIETNAM, CAME BACK, AND THEN ACTED ON HIS ANTI-WA ACTIVITIES, JOINING VIETNA VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR AND PARTICIPATING IN A VARIETY O WAYS IN THAT SENSE

LET'S TALK ABOUT TONY WALLACE.

HE'S ALMOST LIKE THE ANTI-STEREOTYPE OF THE VIETNAM VET.

TELL US ABOUT THAT

TONY WALLACE IS A EXTRAORDINARY PERSON AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN BORN O THE BORDER LINE OF BUSHWICK AN BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, WAS DRAFTE INTO VIETNAM IN 1969, ARRIVES IN 1970 BADLY WOUNDED ON EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 15, 1970 THEN EVACUATED TO THE UNITED STATES THREE OF THE BUNKER MATES HE HAD, MEMBERS OF HIS SQUAD WERE KILLED THAT EVENING.

AND HE CAME BACK COMMITTED T FINDING THEIR FAMILIES MAKING CONTACT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HE GOT TO KNOW VICARIOUSLY IN VIETNAM HE WENT AND VISITED AS MANY OF THE SQUAD MATES AS HE POSSIBLY COULD.

NOW HE'S A YELLOW HAT VOLUNTEE AT VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL I WASHINGTON, D.C., CONTINUING THAT LEGACY OF SERVICE

YOU ALSO SPOKE TO WOMEN O VETERANS JOAN FIORI IS ONE.

A NURSE THAT YOU WRITE ABOUT

JOAN WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK MOVED TO LONG ISLAND AT RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE HER FATHER WAS A WORLD WAR I VETERAN WHO PROBABLY SUFFERE FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS HIMSELF.

WHILE GETTING HER NURSIN EDUCATION, SHE BECAME CONCERNE THAT HER SKILLS WERE NEEDED IN VIETNAM.

SO SHE SHOCKED HER FAMILY IN 1968, CAME HOME AND TOLD THE SHE HAD JOINED UP.

SHE ARRIVED IN 1969.

JOAN PARTICIPATED IN ONE OF TH MOST ANTI-WAR ACTIVITIES I VIETNAM CALLED THE JOHN TURKEY PROTEST, IN WHICH NURSES AND DOCTORS AT THE HOSPITAL WHER SHE WAS STATIONED REFUSED THEI TURKEY DINNER.

IT ENDED UP ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES SHE CAME HOME IN 1970, SHUT THAT EXPERIENCE DOWN, BEHIND HER.

TRIED TO PLACE IT BEHIND HER SHE DIDN'T SPEAK OF HER VIETNA EXPERIENCE FOR 13 YEARS.

A LOT OF THE PEOPLE YOU SPOKE WITH BECAME MEMBERS OR SOME OF THEM BECAME MEMBERS OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIA COMMISSION

MM-HMM.

WHAT WAS THAT COMMISSION?

HOW DID IT GET STARTED

THE VIETNAM MEMORIA COMMISSION WAS STARTED IN 1981 WHEN MAYOR KOCH APPOINTED NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO LOOK INT BUILDING A MEMORIAL IN NEW YOR CITY THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HA ALREADY GOTTEN UNDERWAY.

HE APPOINTED ABOUT 100 PEOPLE.

I SPOKE WITH A FAIR NUMBER O THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

WHAT THEY EVENTUALLY DID WAS BUILD THE FAMOUS 55 WATERS STREET VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL WHICH IS STILL OPEN.

WHEN IT WAS DEDICATED IN 1985, WE HAD THE LARGEST PARADE SINC WORLD WAR II IN NEW YORK CITY, 25,000 PARTICIPANTS, PROBABLY MILLION PEOPLE LIKE THE PARADE ROUTE.

IT WAS A MOMENT OF RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NEW YOR CITY AND VIETNAM VETERANS.

ONE OF THE LESSONS TO IRA AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS FRO THE VIETNAM VETERANS

A GOOD AND IMPORTAN QUESTION THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS MANY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN COMING HOME NOW BELIEVE THAT NOBODY CA POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND THEM THAT THERE IS A WALL THEY CALL IT THE CIVILIA MILITARY GAP IN WHICH WE CIVILIANS CAN'T EVEN APPROACH THE INTENSITY OF TH EXPERIENCE THAT THEY HAD MY -- FROM MY INTERVIEWS, WOULD SAY THE ANSWER LIES IN COMMUNICATION.

SIMPLY WILLING TO ALLOW SOMEON ELSE TO KNOW YOU ORGANIZATIONS ARE WILLING TO ASSIST IN THAT PROCESS PEOPLE COMING HOME NOW NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE THINGS

PHILIP, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

MY PLEASURE THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

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> WITH THANKSGIVING ALMOST HERE, IT'S A GOOD TIME TO THIN ABOUT OUR TRADITIONS AND NEVER MIND TURKEY, IN NE JERSEY IT'S ALL ABOUT TH CRANBERRIES.

NJTV NEWS REPORTER LAUREN WANK ON A FARM IN SOUTH JERSEY WHER HARVEST TIME IS ALSO FAMIL TIME

Reporter: AN EXPLOSION OF RICH RED COLOR TAKES OVER AT LEE BROTHERS CRANBERRY FARM IN BURLINGTON COUNTY DURING HARVEST SEASON PICKERERS AND GATHERERS WORK AROUND THE CLOCK IN 18 CRANBERRY BOGS

MOST WOULD THINK IT'S A SWAMPY WET AREA.

IT ISN'T DURING THE CRANBERRY GROWING SEASON, IT'S DRY THROUGHOUT TH ENTIRE YEAR.

Reporter: CRANBERRIES GROW ON VINE IN THE BOGS THOSE BOGS ARE FLOODED TWICE A YEAR, ONCE IN THE WINTER T PROTECT THE BUDS, AND AGAIN IN THE FALL TO PICK THAT'S WHERE THIS MACHINE, THE PICKER, COMES INTO PLAY.

IT DRIVES INTO THE BOG T HA THESE EGG BEATERS THAT ARE LAI ON THEIR SIDE.

THEY ROTATE, THEY STRIKE THE VINE THE BERRIES ARE BUOYANT, THE FLOAT TO THE SURFACE SO NOW WE HAVE THIS CRANBERR BOG WITH ALL THESE BERRIES O TOP.

WE HAVE TO GET THEM OUT SOMEHOW.

Reporter: WE BROUGHT OU CAMERA INTO THE BOG WAIST DEEP SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF CRANBERRIES FOR THE NEXT STEP.

THE CRANBERRIES ARE CORRALLE WITH A CONTAINMENT BOOM, THE PUMPED OUT OF THE BOG.

THE LEAVES ARE SEPARATED, TH BERRIES ARE CLEANED, LOADED UP TO A TRUCK AND SENT TO THE OCEAN SPRAY RECEIVING STATION IN CHATSWORTH NEW JERSEY IS RANKED THIRD NATIONWIDE IN CRANBERR PRODUCTION, TOTALLING 550,00 BARRELS IN 2012.

UP OVER 7% FROM 2011, RESULTIN IN NEARLY $30 MILLION IN PRODUCTION VALUE CRANBERRY PRICE PER VALUE ALSO ROSE IN 20126789

PRICES ARE RISING BECAUSE THE DEMAND IS RISING CRANBERRIES ARE A VERY DESIRABLE CROP WHEN NEW JERSEY HAS A GREAT BOUNTY OF CRANBERRIES.

THE PRICE IS UP BECAUSE TH DEMAND CONTINUES TO GO UP FO FRESH CRANBERRIES.

Reporter: STEVEN IS A SIXTH GENERATION CRANBERRY GROWER.

THE BUSINESS IS MORE THAN A DA JOB.

IT'S A PASSION FOR THIS FAMILY

HERITAGE WHAT WE DO HERE IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO US THIS IS WHERE THE FAMILY COMES TOGETHER DURING HARVEST.

IT'S SPECIAL TO ALL OF US.

Reporter: A SPECIAL FAMIL TRADITION THAT HELPS CREAT THOUSANDS OF OTHER FAMIL TRADITIONS EVERY THANKSGIVING.

MAYBE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TH CRANBERRIES WILL TASTE EVE SWEETER.

FOR 'METROFOCUS,' I'M LAUREN WANKO IN CHATSWORTH.

AS THE LEAVES CHANGE THIS FALL, THE COLOR IN ONE UPSTATE NEW YORK SCHOOL DISTRICT I GREEN.

THERE THE STUDENTS STARTED A RECYCLING PROGRAM THAT'S BOT GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR THE CASH-STRAPPED SCHOOL'S BOTTOM LINE.

TOMEKA WEATHERSPOON HAS TH STORY FROM THE TOWN OF TUPPE LAKE

Reporter: THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE ALL FREE PAPER, NOTEBOOKS, BINDERS, ALL REPURPOSED FROM LOCKER CLEANOUT.

THIS HANDS-ON EXTRACURRICULA RECYCLING PROJECT IS ENRICHING THE K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION AND SAVING LOTS OF VALUABLE DOLLARS.

I THINK WE SAVED OUR SCHOOL TONS OF MONEY, REDUCED OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

I HAVE LEARNED A LOT THAT W DIDN'T LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM.

AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL, WE'RE COMPOSTING, WE HAVE THE STORAG BIN.

WE HAVE A ROOT CELLAR.

WE HAVE A FULL GARDEN.

WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN.

THEY'RE OUT TO SAVE THE PLANET

Reporter: THI ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS GROU SWITCHED TO A RECYCLING METHOD AND SINCE TUPPER LAKE HAS SE RECORD LOWS IN TRASH

IN 2010 OUR TRASH COSTS WER CLOSE TO $11,000 RIGHT NOW, 4,200 JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING GOES I THERE.

PLASTICS, ALL KINDS OF GLASS ALL KINDS OF METAL, ALUMINUM FOIL SO IN MY CLASSROOM THERE' 27 HUGE BACKS OF CAR BADGE REDUCED TO A HALF POUND BAG OF GARBAGE THAT DOESN'T FILL SMALL GARBAGE CAN.

IN OUR FIRST YEAR OR TWO WE REALLY WERE MAKING ATTEMPTS TO REDUCE WASTE MORE THAN ANYTHIN ELSE PART OF IT WAS FINANCIALLY DRIVEN WE WERE SENDING OUR TRASH TO THE LOCAL DUMP EVERY -- SEVERA TIMES A WEEK

Reporter: THE DISTRICT IS I ULTRA CRISIS MODE AND NEEDING TO SAVE MONEY EVERY SINGLE PENNY COUNT ON THIS CAMPUS, EMPTY DRIN CONTAINERS ARE THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF LITTER, BUT THIS IS THEME THEY'RE SEEING MORE AN MORE OF LESS WHAT THEY'RE SEEING MORE OF IS KID ENTHUSIASM

WE'VE BEEN FOCUSING ON TH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS, TEACHING THEM TO RECYCLE AND COMPOST.

IF THEY LEARN WHEN THEY'RE LITTLE, THEY ARE MORE LIKELY T CONTINUE TO PRACTICE IT WHEN THEY GET OLDER

IT'S A GREAT DEMONSTRATION IN SCHOOL WHERE WE DON'T HAVE A CLASS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES I THINK THIS ONE EXTRA ACTIVIT THAT THE KIDS DO HAS TAUGHT OU DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY MOR ABOUT RECYCLING AND OU ENVIRONMENT THAN ANY SINGL COURSE COULD HAVE EVER DONE.

I'M TOMEKA WEATHERSPOON FOR 'METROFOCUS.

> ONE OF NEW YORK CITY'S TREASURES IS ITS CLASSICAL MUSIC.

FROM OPERA TO SYMPHONYSYMPHONIES, YOUN MUSICIANS DREAM.

SO WHEN WE READ DI MOHAMMED FAIROUZ, WE WANTED TO MEET HIM HIS FOURTH SYMPHONY WAS WRITTE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WIN ENSEMBLE ♪♪

AN ABSOLUTE METEORIC RISING STAR IN THE CLASSICAL MUSI WORLD, PLEASE WELCOM MOHAMMED FAIROUZ

WORKS OF ART HAVE BEE WRITTEN TO MEMORIALIZE THE VICTIMS.

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST PIEC WRITTEN ABOUT THE TRAGEDY.

BUT I THINK IT'S THE FIRST PIECE THAT'S REALLY ADDRESSING OUR CURRENT REALITY AND HOW OU WORLD HAS CHANGED.

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FAIROUZ IS A NEW YORKER WHO WAS 15 YEARS OLD ON 9/11 HE SAID HIS EXPERIENCE HERE HA HAD AS MUCH OF AN INFLUENCE ON HIS WORK AS HIS ARAB HERITAGE.

I SAID A LOT ABOUT MY BEING ARAB-AMERICAN INFLUENCED M WORK BEING A NEW YORKER ALS INFLUENCES THE WAY I THINK ABOUT MUSIC.

I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THE MUSIC OF THE WORLD COMING TOGETHER, GETTING IN A CAB AND LISTENING TO PUNJABI MUSIC, THEN GETTING OUT OF THE CAB AND LISTENING T GREEK MUSIC AT A STAND O SOMETHING.

IT'S AN AMAZING INTERMESHING O SOUND.

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SO THIS IS THE SCORE TO 'IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWERS.'

MY FOURTH SYMPHONY ONE OF THE UNMISTAKABLE MOMENT OF THIS FIRST MOVEMENT IS TH BUILD UP OF THE MUSIC AND SEEING ALL THESE RESTS, THE TELEPHONE DIAL TONE, AND THEN SUDDENLY A HUGE EXPLOSION OF SOUND.

♪♪ YOU SEE IMMEDIATELY THE FIRS CRASH INTO THE TOWERS.

ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE SYMPHON IS THE THIRD MOVEMENT, WHICH I REALLY ABOUT THE POST 9/11 POLARIZATION OF AMERICA BETWEE RED STATES AND BLUE STATES SO I LITERALLY DIVIDED THE BAN INTO TWO DIFFERENT BANDS THE UNITED RED ZONE OF AMERICA TO REPRESENT THE RED STATES.

THE UNITED BLUE ZONE OF AMERICA, AND YOU SEE THAT THE RED ZON STARTS, THE BLUE ZONE TAKE OVER AND THEN THEY CLASH.

OFTEN THROUGHOUT THE MOVEMEN THEY PLAYING SIMULTANEOUSLY.

♪♪ I WROTE MY FIRST COMPLETED COMPOSITION WHEN I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD.

I REMEMBER THIS VERY EARLY EXPERIENCE SITTING DOWN WITH M MOTHER READING A CHILDREN' BOOK I WAS READING OUT LOUD IN TH CHILDREN'S BOOK.

WE CAME TO A POINT IN THE TEXT WHERE THE CHARACTER IN THE CHILDREN'S BOOK WAS SUPPOSED T START SINGING.

I SORT OF INSTINCTIVELY STARTE SINGING.

SHE SAID, WELL, WHERE DID YOU -- WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THA MELODY I SAID IT'S RIGHT HERE I POINTED AT THE TEXT IN THE BOOK SHE SAID NO, IT ISN'T.

I WAS ASSUMING THAT ANYONE WHO WAS READING THIS TEXT WOULD HEAR THE SAME MELODY THAT I WAS HEARING.

IN ADDITION TO WORKS LIKE SYMPHONIES AND OPERAS, HE ALSO WRITE PIANO MINIATURES AND VIOLIN CONCERTOS ♪♪

I THINK THAT MUSIC CAN BE A REAL CATALYST FOR CHANGE I DON'T THINK IT'S TOO NAIVE T SAY THAT I HOPE TO ACCOMPLIS SOMETHING AS GRAND AS PEAC BETWEEN HUMAN BEINGS THROUGH MUSIC.

THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEA WORLD PEACE, BUT IT CAN STAR WITH ONE PERSON GETTING TOGETHER AND SITTING NEXT TO ANOTHE PERSON AND LISTENING TO MUSI TOGETHER OR ONE PERSON SINGING NEXT TO ANOTHER PERSON IN CHORUS AND THROUGH THE ACT OF CREATIN MUSIC, THEY ARE CHANGED.

IT'S SO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO DEHUMANIZE SOMEONE WHEN YOU CA APPRECIATE THEIR ART WHEN YOU CAN APPRECIATE THEI HUMANITY, WHEN YOU CAN APPRECIATE THEIR CULTURE WHEN YOU FEEL FOR WHAT SOMEONE IS SAYING IN A WORK OF ART OR IN A PIECE OF MUSIC AND I EMOTIONALLY RESONATES WITH YOU IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO DEHUMANIZ THEM AND MAKE AN OBJECT OF WAR OUT OF THEM.

SO THIS IS WHERE OUR ROLE IS VITAL.

THE MOST POTENT INSTRUMENT AGAINST WAR IS MAKING PEOPLE FEEL EMPATHY FOR ONE ANOTHER THERE IS NO ART FORM THAT CAN DO THAT MORE PRECISELY THAN MUSIC

> ONE OF THE REMARKABLE YOUN TALENTS DEVELOPING RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

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