2008_04_citylights.jpgThe Daily News laments how, in spite of Mayor Bloomberg's promise to turn off lights in city buildings to conserve energy, many buildings are still glowing at all hours--even on Earth Day!

The most egregious example is the Bronx Hall of Justice, where one maintenance worker said it "looks like Christmas." The Daily News also found a school, a Board of Education building and 1 Police Plaza aglow late at night.

A mayoral spokesman explained, "The 300,000 people charged with running this city don't work 9 to 5. It is a 24-hour-a-day job. The lights don't go completely dark at City Hall and 1 Police Plaza because committed city employees are working around the clock to serve the people of New York." Hear that, residents? It's our fault!

The city did distribute a memo asking the last employee to leave to turn off lights, but it's unclear how that's being enforced. And here are some tips for energy efficiency from the city and Con Ed.

Photograph of illuminated buildings on West 58th Street by Mira (on the wall) on Flickr