New York a City Full of Treasures

New York City: Awesome Policy to Keep their Heritage

by Roberto Machado Noa

Recently, I have the opportunity to visit New York City. As many say, it is the capital of the world. You see everything. Much more when you visit only for two days. Emotions rush in and you feel the adrenaline pumping to visit another place.

Vintage builing preserved for humanity in the New York city Historic District
Historic Vintage building preserved for Humanity in New York ¤ Roberto Machado Noa
Compared to Toronto, we beat the North American city in cleanliness. We have more public garbage bins and maybe, a better culture of keeping our streets clean. It is hard to find where to throw a bottle of water in New York. Both cities are in a construction boom. The big apple is much faster and crowder. Their coffee, is not as good ( compared to our Tim Hortons). However, New York beat us in a thing.

They have strict laws to protect and preserve their architectural heritage. No building older than 30 years can be demolished. In the historical district, permission must be asked to a certain commission to clean the vintage buildings facade. Jackeline Kennedy Onassis and other personalities played an important role in passing these laws. New York lost some important buildings but the preservation laws came into effect to save the Grand Central Station. Then, innumerable historic building have been protected against destruction and oblivion.

Demolished Stollerys Building in Toronto
Stollerys building before being demolished in Toronto. ¤Roberto Machado Noa

The New York city slogan is: 'A city without its old buildings is just another city'

After loosing the Stollerys building in downtown Toronto my hopes are that the city learns this lesson and implements stronger laws to protect our heritage. In the long run, it will be beneficial to our economy by bringing tourism...

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