July 2, 2011 Staff Report
The first step toward the phase out of the metal roll-down gate, part of New York City’s landscape for decades, began on Friday (July 1), when a recent law went into effect requiring all new gates to be partially transparent
All businesses will ultimately have to replace their current opaque gates, but have until July 1, 2026 to do so.
The City Council voted in 2009 to ban the solid gates as a quality of life measure.
Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone, Jr., said at the time that the gates attracted graffiti and transformed city blocks into “dark, graffiti-strewn metal alleyways” when they were rolled down at night.