Tuesday, July 11, 2006




"ST. JOHN THE DIVINE is said to be the second largest religious edifice in the world when completed. On December 27, 1892, St. John's Day, Bishop Potter laid the corner stone of the Cathedral. On Sunday November 30,1941, the opening of the full length of the Cathedral was celebrated. The Cathedral is now two-thirds complete. The Towers, the Transepts, the Great Crossing and the Choir roof remain to be completed... Anyhow, only one century has passed!"

"HARLEM - In the 70's, New York City had barely moved back from the brink of bankruptcy, and Harlem looked like this"



"THE VILLAGE has always had a well-developed street layout that resisted the street grid plan that was given to the rest of the city in 1811. The Village has been a Mecca to the creative, rebellious and Bohemian, and, among everything else (Village Vanguard, Blue Note,...) is also an alley-hunter's dream..."

"WASHINGTON MEWS - Between 5th Avenue and University Place, just north of Washington Square, originally housed Victorian stables converted to houses in 1916 (the north side); the houses on the south side of the alley were built in the 1930s"

"CHINATOWN - Not particularly impressive"

"MOTT STREET TEMPLE - On the back of a busy shop"

"WALL STREET - On the 17th century, Dutch settlers built a wall to protect themselves from Indians, pirates, and other dangers. The path became a commercially important for joining the banks of the East River with those of the Hudson River, and was named Wall Street.
NYSE - On May 17, 1792, 24 merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement, named after their traditional meeting place, a buttonwood tree. The agreement called for the signers to trade securities only among themselves, to set trading fees, and not to participate in other auctions of securities. What was to become the New York Stock Exchange had been founded.
TRINITY CHURCH - There have been three Trinity Church buildings at Broadway and Wall Street. On May 1, 1846, when the present Trinity Church was consecrated, its Neo-Gothic spire dominated the skyline of Manhattan"

"BOAT on the way to the Statue of Liberty"

"DOWNTOWN from the Hudson River"

"STATUE OF LIBERTY - A gift from the people of France to the people of the United States; one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886"

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