Few cities have more famous landmarks per sq block than NYC. People around the globe instantly recognize the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street Bull, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Empire State Building. But, what about lesser known NYC landmarks? What about the places which have special meaning to the citizens of New York?
Fraunces Tavern: One such NYC landmark is Fraunces Tavern, not well known to many individuals beyond the Hudson River, however, this Federal era constructive harbors much of the early history of New York City still functions as a watering hole for Wall Street brokers. In 1719 Samuel Fraunces, a Freemason, purchased a building at Pearl and Broad Street that he fashioned into the famous Fraunces Tavern.
George Washington gave his 1783 Farewell Address to the Continental Army officers. A budding nation’s Department of War, Treasury and Foreign affairs were hosted here when NY was the capitol of our new country. Nevertheless, this landmark has been rebuilt often times and the records of the appearance of the original structure has been burned or destroyed several years ago.
What you now see is the 1904 conjectural reconstruction of architect William Mersereau. The Sons of the Revolution in the State of NY have operated the museum since 1907. The permanent collection offers an overview of America’s early history of weapons, documents and paintings.
The museum also sponsors traveling exhibits. The program and nature of the finds can be found on the Sons of the Revolution website at http:\/\/www.frauncestavernmuseum.org. Museum of Chinese in America : After years of planning and construction, the MOCA reopened in Sept 2009 at its new location, 215 Centre Street.
Designer Maya Lin used a combination of building elements to transmit the collaboration of past and present. The new structure is an effort to make Chinese American history open for the public. Guided tours are offered in addition to walking tours of Chinatown. St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery: The heart of the East Village is St.
Mark’s Church in the Bowery. Frequently you’ll over hear people conveying meeting instructions, like, meet me at St. Mark’s. Or, directions being passed along, from St. Mark’s, go two blocks. Originally, this area was the site of Peter Stuyvesant’s farm, the last Dutch general director of the New Netherland colony.
Stuyvesant consecrated the chapel in 1799 and is buried under the church. The church consists of 3 buildings: a sanctuary, a parish hall and a rectory. The church has survived fire, depression and slums.
Through these several years, the church has supported the arts and artists which include such famous people as W. H.Auden, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg and Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the evening, the area comes alive with individuals hurrying to a favored restaurant or play.
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