Built in 1902, Macy’s at 151 West 34th Street in New York City was the first building in the world to have a modern-day escalator, and it was made of wood. You can see still see Macy’s wooden escalator in use today >>> Interesting I had no idea!
NEW BUILDINGS ONLY: Tenement House Law of 1901 - for new buildings, all halls and rooms had to have light and air and "Privacy is secured by requiring individual sanitary accommodations for each family" - A euphemism for a private toilet. 2 The Tenement House Law of 1901 could not necessitate that all 80,000 old tenement buildings be torn down but did require improvements - halls be lighted and ventilated, every family had to have a fire escape and "decent sanitation facilities. [Maggie Black]