We went on a "hidden harbor" tour Tuesday evening that went through NY Harbor and down to Port Elizabeth (by Newark Airport). Industrial decay... working harbor... good stuff! It was a beautiful evening. But as a harbor, compared to Rotterdam, it looks like Single-A. The guide said the biggest six harbors in the world are now all in China.
Afterward, because it was so close to the boat--like I said, everything is close in lower Manhattan)--we decided to walk past the World Trade Center and mosque sites. The World Trade Center site is still an embarrassing lack of actual building. But hey, it's only been nine years. On the plus side, at least there are more cranes there actually lifting things.
A few block away is the site of the mosque and center. Of course there's a TV truck outside.
The site already is used as a mosque, by the way. But now they pray in the basement.
The building in question, next door.
More interesting is the graffiti on the ground. I wasn't expecting this. Not even in New York.
Pro-mosque, pro-tolerance, and pro-Obama graffiti. And some lefty-fliers and a few books.
It turns out that what kills at the location is not Islam, it's dog feces and urine! I suspected that all along.
Meanwhile, a few doors down, the AT&T sign made me think of the Constitution (a bit hokey, I know, but that's what I thought of!)
Walking back to the subway, another shot of the WTC site. The figures on the construction wall in front of the church are walk signs from cities around the world.
And the gas lights and fountain at City Hall Park at night, one of New York City's not so secret gems.