New York is known as the city that never sleeps. It is certainly a dynamic and changing place. I am all for preserving history and in favor of the Landmarks Preservation Law. But we are not a museum and not a theme park. Our innovation and growth are important so things must be torn down and new wonders built. That creates a basic problem.
You see, we are based on concrete, block, asphalt and steel in our streets and sidewalks and buildings. It is what defines us as a city. So when we go to change it can be painful to the ears as a jackhammer chips away at the solid foundations of the previous city. You can hear it all over midtown and downtown at any time. While I try to block it out, it is music to my ears. New things coming to my city.
TOMORROW: A Popping National Day