Sunday, July 01, 2007

America, Past and Present

With the 4th of July coming up, I suppose these photos are appropriate reminders of some of America's history. I didn't take them with that idea in mind, but, my goodness, New York City is so much at the center of our country's founding. My home state of Texas is a baby comparatively!

(Though, to put things in even more perspective, here's a quote from "The Epic of New York": "When these white men [Verrazano, an Italian explorer sent by France] discovered the site of New York City that year of 1524, Jerusalem was more than 3,000 years old, Athens was at least 2,500 years old, Rome's history went back more than 2,270 years, Paris had existed about 1,550 years, London could count more than 1,460 birthdays, and Berlin was a village 217 years old." Oh. OK, so NYC is a baby when judged in terms of the world!)

Anyway, today I walked around the World Trade Center and Wall Street areas. The first photo is what the WTC rebuilding looks like at this stage. The next photo is of St. Paul's Chapel, which, built in 1766, is the oldest public building in the city. (This shot, to me, is what New York is all about.) St. Paul's sits directly across the street from the WTC site and was, miraculously, spared from destruction during the 9/11 attacks. A giant sycamore tree, uprooted in the explosions, fell in a way that protected the church.

Close by, at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street, is the Trinity Church, where I took these photos of the cemetery. I love how cozy the gravestones look, despite the hustle-and-bustle of the surrounding street traffic. And one of our Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, is buried there.

The last photo is a shot of the Trinity Church, as seen from further down Wall Street. That's the Trump Building to the right.

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