If you buy a book about what New York has lost, it will feature Penn Station - the magnificent railroad complex completed in 1910 by the legendary architecture firm, McKim, Mead, and White. It's haunting, vaulting steel and glass train shed; its immense (7 acre) waiting room - the largest indoor space in New York; its monumental Roman columned entrance; were stunning to behold and captured the imaginations of New Yorkers and countless writers and filmmakers.
One woman responded to my post, The Bravery of Michelle Obama: "For the first time in my adult life, I can actually say I look up to a woman as a hero. Modern women heroes tend to be celebrities. What have they really accomplished?" But in the 1960s, two women preserved New York so that all Americans can appreciate the city today. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Jane Jacobs differed in background, personality, and demeanor. Nonetheless, the soft-spoken Onassis and the out-there Jacobs both stepped forward to rescue their neighborhoods and what they (and we) love about New York.