Save the Stones

A letter I wrote was published in our local West View, July 2018:

On Gansevoort street between Hudson and Greenwich streets the original 150-year-old paving stones are being replaced by crudely cut multi colored stones with a band of black stones running down the middle. The Meatpacking District is a historic district and the original cobble stones should have been retained. I have seen in the past when these streets are dug up, instead of lifting these stones up a large cutting wheel just cuts right thru them.

These new multi colored stones look out of place here and have no business being put into a historic area. The original stones have a very high value. Where did they go? Who is making money by installing these cheap garish new stones and whose paying?

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New Cobbles at Gansevoort Street, June 2018

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The cobbles on Gansevoort Street looked like this

 

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May 1, 1961 Protest at Washington Square

57 years ago in May the City said that people could not play music in Washington Square Park any more. I and many demonstrators marched. The first time the police beat people with their clubs. After several demonstrations they rescinded the order and to this day people are free to play music in Washington Square Park. This is a copy of the article in the NY Times.
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Washington Statue

There are two statues of Washington on either side of his arch at Washington Square Park, New York City. The one on the east side, depicting him in peace, was sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder. His son, Alexander Calder, created the mobile. Stamford White designed the Arch.  #walkingtour #sightseeing #nyctours #nysights #newyorkwalks #marcsvillagewalk #greenwichvillage #nyhistory #history

Statue of Washington in the Arch by Sherry Felix June 2014

Statue of Washington in the Arch by Sherry Felix June 2014