New York City is no stranger to wind energy. Just this past year, quite a few small wind turbines popped up on roofs all over the city. But when New York's newest, biggest recycling facility decided to build the waste-munching powerhouse of the future, they weren't going to settle for anything less than the tallest wind turbine in all five boroughs. Naturally, I decided to climb to the very top.
Sunset Park Material Recycling Facility (or MRF) is the big, bad super facility that's eaten up a chunk of South Brooklyn's Marine Terminal over this past year. Since our first visit a little over a year ago, the complex checked off its final to-dos and has been humming along nicely—churning out chunks of recycled metal and plastic to ship out across the US. The most notable addition to its arsenal is the brand new, 160-foot-tall wind turbine, built right at the edge of the facility's grounds—the first of its kind ever built here in New York City.