It Takes Me Back

by Don Friedman on November 25, 2015

It’s possible to forget that historic preservation can be a joy in itself. The article in today’s New York Times about the wood escalates at Macy’s is a good example of that joy. My earliest memories of Macy’s, from when I was five or six, include those escalators. (The half-inch-wide wood cleats on the treads seem very big when you’re a little guy.) The point of the article is that a lot of people, like me, are happy that the escalators survived the recent renovation.

Even better, they are now officially certified as “in compliance with requirements of New York City construction codes for existing installations.” Since current codes don’t include wood treads, that certification involved some creative thinking. We at OSE heartily approve.

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