"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud moments, until there is nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters..."
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, on saving Grand Central station, 1975
NYC Carriage Horses
Mayor de Blasio wants to put an end to one of the city’s most beloved traditions – the Central Park Horse Drawn Carriages.
They’re a top tourist attraction, part of the fabric of city life and beloved by kids and adults alike.
Most importantly, the horse drawn carriages provide employment to 300 drivers and those who care for the horses, not to mention the hundreds of other business who rely on the traffic they bring to Central Park South.
We can’t risk the negative impact this change would bring to the city’s heritage, ambiance and economy.
We can't do it alone
It a jewel of a park in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was landmarked by the City of New York in 1984.
Parks Commissioner Robert Moses called the plant “the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste.” The Museum of Modern Art hailed the plant as a masterpiece of functional design.
The Park is once again fighting for its survival as Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn part of it into an access ramp for a dump A dump where 400,000 children will breathe diesel exhaust from the estimated 500 trucks that will cross through the park every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
IconicNYC is working to help save this jewel of a Park. Whether you agree with Robert Moses or MoMA The Museum of Modern Art one thing is certain. It is better as a Park than a Dump.
Built for the 1964-54 World's Fair, the Space Age structure dazzled visitors with visions of an exciting future. And 50 years later, despite decades of neglect and deterioration, the futuristic pavilion still stands in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
From its earliest days, the pavilion and the people responsible for designing and building it pushed boundaries, broke rules, and defied guidelines
Thanks to its key players, including visionary architect Philip Johnson; New York's "Master Planner" Robert Moses, who first pushed for a permanent structure to be built ; and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who wanted his state to impress both national and international visitors.
Together, they created an icon meant to endure.