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Electric Taxi Pilot Starts Monday; Landmarks Finder App

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THE STREET?The Taxi of Tomorrow has still not arrived, but on Monday some different new taxis will hit the streets. To celebrate Earth Day, Mayor Bloomberg will kick off the launch of an electric taxi pilot program. The program will put six Nissan Leaf taxis on the streets. One of the cars will be at Rockefeller Center on Monday for the public to check out. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

THE INTERNET?New York City Landmarks are entering the digital world with a new smartphone app. The Landmarks Conservancy launched the map-based app, which allows users to enter a location and see nearby landmarks. More than 1,400 structures in all five boroughs are included, and users can upload their own photos of the buildings. Currently, the app is only available for iPhones and it costs 99 cents. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

MIDTOWN?Contrary to what was previously reported, the offices of Santiago Calatrava will not be participating in Municipal Art Society's challenge to redeisn Penn Station. Representatives from the firm sent along the following statement:

As Architects and Engineers dedicated to enriching the quality of life in New York City, we have volunteered our time and talent to assist the City whenever asked. And while we wholeheartedly support the mission of the Municipal Art Society, we are compelled to correct the public record concerning their announcement of our participation in the Penn Station Challenge. This notice was regretfully released prior to informing us and without our consent. Unfortunately, given the office's current work load and the time frame of the project, we cannot assist the Municipal Art Society in this endeavor.[CurbedWire Inbox; previously]