Friday, April 19, 2013

At the Corner of Pine Street and Broadway

Two nights ago I was happily riding the subway home. When we arrived at Wall Street there was an announcement that the train was turning around and everyone needed to deboard and wait for the next train. The subway platform at Wall Street was very crowded. I had no idea why there was a disruption, but I invoked my primary rule of riding the subway -- when there is a disruption and I am uncomfortable, I get out of the train. This was the day after the Boston Marathon Bombings, and I had some anxiety about riding the subway.

The evening was lovely and I was happy to be walking in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Lower Manhattan along Broadway. I noticed the sign for Pine Street and just started snapping pictures.



 I looked across the street and realized I was at the immensely historic Trinity Church Cemetery. The Cemetery was first opened in 1697 and includes the graves of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, among many other notables. I often walked past this site when I worked in the neighborhood and marveled at this gem of history in the middle of the most urban setting possible. The American Stock Exchange is in the background and the World Trade Center was only three blocks away.

This picture shows some of the earliest markers in the cemetery. It is very hard to read the carving on them. Trinity Church is to the left in this picture. Presently it is covered in scaffolding and it is difficult to get a good picture.  
  
Our featured blogger of the day is Wayne, whose blog is "Random Stream of Consciousness." Wayne is also part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and is a musician, as well as fiction writer. I've enjoyed my visits to Wayne's blog, and am glad we met through the Challenge. 

Please join me for Q and a trip on the subway. We'll have no delays or service interruptions!

Wishes for a Perfectly great Friday!

16 comments:

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

It looks like you have a lovely walk. Thanks for taking pictures on your detour to share with us.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What an extraordinary sight, not something I would have associated with Manhattan.

Dee said...

I love the pictures! Enjoying this tour of NY, as always! :)

TARYTERRE said...

I LOVE visiting old cemeteries. BUT have never been to one in the city. Like that flowering pink tree among the buildings too.

Sonali Ghosh said...

Great pictures! Enjoyed being a part of your walking experience:-)

unikorna said...

wow what an interesting cemetery...it's fascinating but I could not live next to it..:(

Keetha Broyles said...

Did you ever learn the reason for the subway debacle??

Whatever it was it yielded sone gorgeous photos for us to enjoy.

We have no trees in bud here as yet - in fact this morning we are getting more white that has NOTHING to do with apple blossoms.

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures from your stroll home:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Susie said...

Buttercup, You have so much history, all around you, wonderful. Stay safe, enjoy your weekend. xoxo,Susie

Dreaming said...

I randomly clicked on the A to Z list and literally stumbled on your post. My parents lived in Manhattan years ago while I was in college and an 'almost adult'. When I think of the city, I think of noise and strange odors and ugliness. Your post brings so much peace to the city. I love it!

Nellie said...

Good pictures taken from this impromptu walk! Sending wishes for a good Friday to you!

Grammy Staffy said...

Only you could make the most of an unwelcome interruption . You make me smile. I love the pictures. I hope you have a Perfect weekend too. Hugs, Lura

Wayne Assiratti said...

Cheers for the shout out! I have always wanted to visit New York. It's on the tick list of things to do...

Lovely to meet you and happy A - Z'ing.

Cheers,

W.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your tour is taking me through so many places I remember. Thank you.i

Melinda said...

I am with you--I'd get of the train too.

Love the pics today, such history shown today.

M :)

Mevely317 said...

I'm reassured you paid attention to your instincts!

Not sure if this is the right word, but I love the juxtaposition in your last photo ... it's something I could stare at for hours, yet I'm at a loss to say why.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!