In an era where novelty is paramount, the main concern for architecture seems to be if there can be a luxury condo or Starbucks building opportunity. This makes a historic site all the more essential. They help a city to retain the details that make it unique. These historic sites have been deemed as nationally significant, allowing us to see old New York, with a specialty-made latte in hand.
Pieces of political, social or cultural heritage have been preserved at many of New York's famous monuments. There are over 261 national historic monuments in New York state, which is the most of any state in the US. New Yorkers take their history seriously and some of the buildings have achieved a level of fame that is staggering. Even people who never have the opportunity to visit New York City are aware of the steel reinforced copper female figure who holds a torch as a symbol of enlightenment.
You can spend your time in New York stocking up on souvenirs and eating your way around the city. We certainly wouldn't blame you. When you pass by these buildings, pause for a second and consider what they stand for. New York is a big, pulsing history book just waiting to be read.
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