Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wish Me a Happy 350, Please

No, it's not Buttercup that just turned 350, but my favorite city, New York. September 8th was New York's 350th birthday and we're celebrating. I realize that 350 is a pup compared to London and Paris or Rome and Jerusalem. But it's a landmark for the Western Hemisphere, where we measure in centuries and not millennium. New Amsterdam, founded by the Dutch in 1625, became New York on September 8, 1664.

In honor of the city and this special birthday we're going to visit one of my favorite places, Trinity Church, which has been part of the life of the city for over 300 years. Founded in 1697, it stands at Broadway and Wall Street, and even amid the bustle and crowds it is a place of beauty and serenity. It also has one of the few cemeteries existing in Manhattan. I worked a few blocks further south for over five years and had the good fortune to pass the church almost every evening on the way to the subway. I have rarely seen the cemetery open to visitors, but it was during my visit to Lower Manhattan last week.

Trinity Church faces west to Broadway and Wall Street. This picture is the side facing south to the harbor. 

Looking into the cemetery from Broadway. The church and cemetery are surrounded by skyscrapers.  

 One of the beautiful monuments in the cemetery. 

This view looks west. The Hudson River and New York harbor are a few blocks away. 

Trinity Church is located just a few blocks south and one block west of the World Trade Center site. I so remember that morning thirteen years ago. I came out of the subway at Wall Street and William Street and looked up and saw the church spire. It was framed by thousands, millions of pieces of paper from the World Trade Center, which had been attacked by the first plane just fifteen minutes before I got off the subway. 

Happy, happy birthday, dear New York. I am so happy to call you my home. 

As always, thanks for visiting. Take good care! 


Sola Scriptura said...

My heart is in NYC today. What a lovely post. Hugs to you!

Nellie said...

Happy Birthday to New York! Great pictures, Buttercup!

Pondside said...

Lovely to wake up this morning to such a sweet post about New York. I was thinking about another anniversary and so glad to see that someone who lives in NYC and loves it has posted about such a happy date. You are lucky to live in such a wonderful city and we are lucky that you share it with us!

Julie Corbisiero said...

You took such pretty pictures of the church and cemetery. I used to work in the building that you have photographed. It brings back such memories of my years working on Wall Street. How is miss that area so much! Have a wonderful weekend.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, New York. I'm with you in spirit today.

Ida said...

I love that you are proud of your city. I've never been to NY but maybe someday. The church you featured is stunning. I enjoyed all your photos very much.