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October 02, 2019   |   Habitat

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Backup Generator Powers 55 Central Park West


The Art Deco masterpiece at 55 Central Park West and West 66th Street is no stranger to catastrophe – of the fictional variety. The building was prominently featured in the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters, in which an all-powerful apocalyptic entity threatened to destroy the building and, ultimately, all of humankind.

In January of 2019, the nine-member co-op board addressed a more realistic, 21st-century threat – a possible power outage – by installing a powerful diesel back-up generator. “Foremost on our mind was the risk to the health, safety, and well-being of our community,” says board president Peter Greenwald. “In case of a power failure, not all people are able to climb the stairs of our 20-story building. We have kids, we have older people, and we have people with infirmities. Everybody should be able to get to their homes. For instance, if you cannot get to your home to get to your medication, you are at a significant risk.”


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