Last revised: November 12, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Greenwich Village

When we ended our Chelsea Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour, we walked several blocks through Greenwich Village (an area below 14th St. and W. of Broadway), often called "the Village".  

This area has been a Mecca to the creative, rebellious and Bohemian for over 100 years. During the 1950s, the 'Beat Generation' fled from what they saw as an oppressive social conformity. A loose collection of writers, poets, artists, and students moved to Greenwich Village.

Writers during this period included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Marianne Moore, Maya Angelou, Rod McKuen, Dylan Thomas and many others.

Greenwich Village was the place for folk music in the 1960s. 3 of the 4 members of 'The Mamas & The Papas' met there. Guitarist and folk singer Dave Van Ronk lived there for many years. Village resident Bob Dylan was one of the most popular songwriters in the country.

In the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s many cultural and popular icons got their start in the Village's nightclub, theater, and coffeehouse scene: Barbra Streisand; Peter, Paul and Mary; Simon & Garfunkel; James Taylor; Joan Baez; The Kingston Trio; Joni Mitchell, Mimi Hendrix and many others.

Greenwich Village was also home to one of the many safe houses used by the radical anti-war movement known as the 'Weather Underground'.

             

Although today no starving artists could afford to live there. You'll find mostly upper middle class families there today. Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush lives there as well as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

You'll also find the primary campus for New York University (NYU) in Greenwich Village.

Official Online Guide for Greenwich village =     www.nycgv.com

We took the Subway to the World Trade Center site, but later came back to the center and heart of the Village - historic Washington Square Park. The Village still has a bustling arts scene and we saw many artists selling original works of art when we walked up the subway steps.


"Ground Zero" - (World Trade Center site)

The World Trade Center Site is located in Lower Manhattan in New York City. We all know the story about 9/11. A visit to this area, although you can't see much of the re-construction behind the walls, is a solemn reminder of that tragic day in American History. Construction continues and these photos show the progress as of May 2010:

The trees in the lower left corner are part of the cemetery in front of St. Paul's Chapel. This Colonial-era church, built in 1766, is the oldest public building in continuous use in Manhattan.

 

St. Paul's Chapel, a part of Trinity Wall Street is the only Colonial-era church in New York City and has a long life at the heart of the soul of the city. It is located directly across the street from Ground Zero and survived the devastation of September 11, 2001. It became the site of an extraordinary volunteer mission for rescue and recovery workers.

 

 

St. Paul's colorful interior is lit by Waterford chandeliers, and often has
 free concerts for the public.

The Pew where newly inaugurated President George Washington came to pray.

St. Paul's Chapel also had several displays to remember the firemen and policemen who valiantly and bravely assisted everyone on 9/11. This one shows the many patches worn by these wonderful, dedicated public servants.


Trinity Church

While we didn't walk a few more blocks to see Trinity Church this time, we learned it has a history dating back to it's completion in 1846. Trinity has been a landmark at Broadway and Wall Street and is an integral part of the history of New York City, as a National Historic Landmark and features some of the earliest examples of stained glass, a marble altar, and beautiful bronze doors were donated as a memorial to John Jacob Astor III. The Trinity Graveyard is the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton.

This Wall Street house of worship stood strong while office towers crumbled around it on September 11, 2001. However, the historic pipe organ was damaged by dust and debris, and was replaced by a digital organ in 2003.


The New World Trade Center Towers


The construction progress at One WTC is moving along at a rapid pace as steel
rises an equivalent of 26 floors (275') above grade. The tower will eventually
reach 105 stories (1,333') with a top of Spire reaching 1,776'. Forecast is for at
least 3 of the skyscrapers to be completed by 2012.

This photo shows an artist's rendering of what the future World Trade Center will look like. The 2nd photo has the World Trade Center buildings super-imposed in the NYC Skyline.

Future New York City Skyline Downtown View!

Future Skyline View from across the Hudson River!

Across from the World Trade Center building site, were several upscale stores including BB's.

Several benches were on the sidewalk by BB's and this fun metal sculpture caught my eye.


Great Public Transportation!

The New York City Subway system was clean, fast and easy to use. We found it to be one of the best, and compared it to London's Tube, Paris Metro, San Francisco's BART, and Washington D.C.'s Metro. Every major city should have one.

We rode the Subway back to our hotel, refreshed a bit, and since the hotel's hospitality room was closed on weekends, we walked down 44th St. for a wonderful dinner at "Jewel of India".

A short walk to Times Square again, and we stopped at a huge Toys R Us store. Inside was a 60' tall Ferris Wheel.

Ride the 'Monopoly' Car

"Another Fun Day...  New Day Tomorrow!"


   


          Last revised: November 12, 2011


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