20 May '11, 10pm

Nice shades on new building I cycled by in New York on Monday night.

Nice shades on new building I cycled by in New York on Monday night.

I love cycling in New York; instead of popping up like a mole at a subway station, you see new things every time and everywhere. Cycling in the rain from the Element to Counter for a dinner with my TreeHugger coworkers in New York, I passed an interesting building at 2nd and 20th Street, with a sign that said Learning Spring School. I immediately thought to myself, "Nice shades!" Nice shades used to be de rigueur on the best buildings in New York; here you see them on every window in the Flatiron Building and on every store. Air conditioning hadn't been invented, so people had to stop the heat of the sun before it got in. In Awnings: Time to Bring Them Back , I quoted Emily Lloyd of Columbia University: Canvas awnings enjoyed widespread use in the days before air conditioning. They were found on many residential buildings on the east, west, and south facades to shade the a...

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