Saturday, July 2, 2011
Solid metal gates on their way out
The metal roll-down gate on storefronts, part of New York City's landscape for decades, will be officially phased out starting Friday, when a law takes effect that requires new gates to be partially transparent.
All businesses will ultimately have to replace their current opaque gates, but have until July 1, 2026 to do so.
The City Council voted in 2009 to ban the solid gates as a quality of life measure.
Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone, Jr., said at the time that the gates attracted graffiti and transformed city blocks into "dark, graffiti-strewn metal alleyways" when they were rolled down at night.
Vallone also claimed the opaque gates blocked the view of the store's interior, frustrating first responders during emergencies.
What Anthony couldn't accomplish, Peter did.