"Awnings have long been used to protect houses from the rain and the heat of the sun, and around the 1950s, according to the preservation arm of the National Park Service, aluminum became a popular material because it was considered to be lower maintenance and more durable than canvas," the Times reports. "'Nothing says 1950s on a 19th-century house more than one of those things.'"
But the paper also found a bunch of locals that love the things—even one guy who got a new awning when he resided his house. They love both their practicality, as a means to sit on your stoop even in the rain, but also what they signify. One twentysomething who grew up in Greenpoint with an awning suggested "they seemed in keeping with the old character of the neighborhood, before houses started selling for over $1 million. 'I miss the good old days,' he said."
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