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Friday, October 30, 2009

A New York City Walk and Crossing Over the Brooklyn Bridge

Walking from Battery Park in lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge, and then actually crossing over to Brooklyn on foot is a "stimulus package' grander than anything you can imagine.

And here is a Sphere by Fritz Koenig formerly at the WTC, which is now a memorial in Battery Park .
All you have to do is take a step and look up,
then down, side to side and then straight in front of you to be taken in by all of the unimaginable sites.
You can get swept up with building after building wrapped in ornate detail work , larger than life glass windows and architecture to make your head spin every which way - catching glimpses of sculptured angle after angle.
There is art everywhere!
And amid the rapturous architecture, you turn the corner, cross the street and there are poignant, reflective sites that are so touching - deep within your soul.
Before you know it, you are on your way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
And as you enter Battery Park, there is a draping over the fence that reads:
"Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream."-- Midstream: My Later LifeHelen Keller
Even in the unimaginable, there is beauty and art where ever you turn, where ever you go, and in what ever you do! If you can think it - imagine it - it is there to be seen.

5 comments:

Rita vindedzis said...

OMG Jill this is too funny. We really are connected this week. This beautiful post made my day. Your photos are great and are really making me miss NYC even more. Next time I'm there I'm definitely going to walk over the bridge. We took a drive over but you really can't see much at that speed. And that quote from Helen Keller is beautiful. Thanks for this, and what a great coincidence!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Jill! Thank you for sharing your walk with us. There's an "art exhibit" everywhere! Fantastic photos! Have good weekend........Marilyn

Steen said...

Great idea to lead us to the Brooklyn Bridge on such an exciting journey. Your pictures are as always wonderful and they inspire everyone to take the tour, observe and enjoy. I always wanted to cross the bridge that has such an amazing history when it comes to its building, engineering, and the human effort spend into its creation. Í certainly know what to do if I visit your city. Also great to lead us back to Helen Keller. I like the image with distorted windows and shaky looks - called financial center. Steen

Seth said...

You have really captured the grandeur and the beauty of the city in these photos. The Bridge itself is a work of art but you have shown here that works of art can be found wherever you look. Thanks for taking us along on this tour!

alteredbits said...

what a gorgeous post! you so make me want to come for a visit and take in all of the sites and sounds and smells. it looks like you can't take even one step there without something beautiful around you. and YOU, my sweet friend, are an amazing photographer and have captured everything so beautifully!