Spent last Tuesday, 5/29, and Wednesday, 5/30, in New York City.
Tuesday was an unusually HOT day, in the 90′s, can you believe that!!!! I knew it was going to be hot and I was happy, but I surely was not expecting an August like day in May. Not only was it HOT but also HUMID and the sun was blazing. Despite all that had a wonderful time.
First visit for the day was Battery Park. The first thing we saw upon entering the park was The Sphere, the 25 feet high bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig that once stood between the World Trade Center towers and was recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attack. It survived with only dents and holes. Temporarily located at Battery Park (without repairs). An eternal flame burns as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. To learn more, click here.
For a photo of the sphere before 9/11 click here
Another view of The Sphere and the Eternal Flame
Wandered around and spent some time at the East Coast Memorial which consists of 8 massive 19-foot tall gray granite pylons and The Eagle Statue.
East Coast Memorial
This memorial consists of 8 massive 19-foot tall gray granite pylons, onto which are inscribed the names, rank, organization and state of the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II. To learn more about the Memorial, click here.
The Eagle, by Albino Manca, is made of bronze and stands on a black granite pedestal. It is looking out to the Statue of Liberty with outstretched wings and gripping a laurel wreath over a wave (symbolic of mourning the dead at sea). The Statue was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on May 23, 1963. To learn more about the the Statue, click here.
At another section of the park was a “fence” that looked like some work of art, made of bamboo and surrounding a huge area. Of course we had to check it out. To our surprise, it is a well tended vegetable garden known as the Battery Park Urban Farm. The farm is a one acre educational farm. Turkey-shaped and surrounded with 4000 bamboo sticks, it is home to over 80 varieties of organically-grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains, and companion plants. Have no photos. To learn about the farm click here.
So much to see and do and relax at Battery Park. One could easily spend a whole day at the park and not cover the entire park. Battery Park is also where you get the ferry to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
This post is longer than I expected as I am sending you to many links, so will tell you more about my NYC adventure at a later date.
All the above photos were taken by my daughter, Miss K. who is a much better photographer than I.
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