Grand Manan PO Door

Built in 1938 on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada, when post offices were much more  important. Note the special door that used to be just for telegraphs. Now the post office is a gift shop.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors

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Grand Manan PO, 9/3/2012

Wellfleet

Some old snaps taken in 2002 in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We stayed at a lovely little B&B called Blue Gateways. It is still there.

Before the Storm, Wellfleet, Cape Cod 7/23/2002
Before the Storm, Wellfleet, Cape Cod 7/23/2002
Duck Creek, WEllfleet, Cape Cod 7/23/2002
Duck Creek, WEllfleet, Cape Cod 7/23/2002
Wellfleet, Cape Cod 7/18/2002
Wellfleet, Cape Cod 7/18/2002

Cape Cod Fog

This is a very old photo that I took in the Fall of 1988 in Provincetown, Cape Cod. It was early in the morning and I took a short walk before the others awoke. A blanket of fog hid the view between the houses.

Province Town Fog, 1988
Province Town Fog, 1988

Battery and Financial

Brookfield Place (Wikipedia), originally known as the World Financial Center, is a complex of office buildings located across West Street from the World Trade Center site in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Overlooking the Hudson River, Brookfield Place has been home to offices of various companies including Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, Nomura Group, American Express and Brookfield Asset Management, among others. In 2014, the complex was given its current name following the completion of extensive renovations.

I use to work as a GIS analyst and graphics designer (1998-2012) for a AECOM, the later part of my employ at 200 Liberty Street. I included an old photo of the Twin WFC Towers and the Irish Hunger Memorial—part of Battery City Park.

The Winter Garden Atrium (Wikipedia) is a 10-story glass-vaulted pavilion on Vesey Street (runs east-west in Lower Manhattan). The street is named after Rev. William Vesey (1674-1746), the first rector of nearby Trinity Church. The Winter Garden is part of New York City’s Brookfield Place office complex. Originally constructed in 1988, and substantially rebuilt in 2002, the Atrium houses various plants, trees and flowers, and shops. The rear of the building opens onto the World Financial Center Plaza and the North Cove Yacht Harbor on the Hudson River.

World Trade Center Transportation Hub (Wikipedia) is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s name for the new PATH station and the associated transit and retail complex which opened on March 3, 2016. The station’s renaming took place when the station reopened. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Transportation Hub is composed of a train station with a large and open mezzanine under the National September 11 Memorial plaza. This mezzanine is connected to an aboveground head house structure, called the Oculus, located between 2 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center, as well as public concourses under the various towers in the World Trade Center complex.

We entered at 4 Word Trade Center at the corner of Liberty and Church Street and walked along an underground passage to get to the Oculus.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, designer of the station, said the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child’s hand. The roof was originally designed to mechanically open to increase light and ventilation to the enclosed space. Herbert Muschamp, architecture critic of The New York Times, compared the design to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park, and wrote in 2004:

“Santiago Calatrava’s design for the World Trade Center PATH station should satisfy those who believe that buildings planned for ground zero must aspire to a spiritual dimension. Over the years, many people have discerned a metaphysical element in Mr. Calatrava’s work. I hope New Yorkers will detect its presence, too. With deep appreciation, I congratulate the Port Authority for commissioning Mr. Calatrava, the great Spanish architect and engineer, to design a building with the power to shape the future of New York. It is a pleasure to report, for once, that public officials are not overstating the case when they describe a design as breathtaking.”

The Fulton Center (Wikipedia) is a transit center and retail complex centered at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The complex is part of a $1.4 billion project by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public agency of the state of New York, to rehabilitate the Fulton Street New York City Subway station, and construct new underground passageways and access points into the complex. The complex officially opened on November 10, 2014, along with the Dey Street Passageway.

The Fulton Center (website) designed by Grimshaw Architects in collaboration with Arup and world-renowned designer James Carpenter, who is celebrated for his work with light and public space.

The centerpiece of Fulton Center is the Sky Reflector Net strung with a distinctive cable knit structure. Sun, clouds, rain and snow are all visible from inside the building. Natural light is amplified throughout the open spaces, penetrating the depths of the subway concourse two levels below the street.

17 Barrow Street

I had a romantic dinner at One if by Land, Two if by Sea restaurant not too long ago with my husband.

These doors are for Norm’s Thursday Doors, May 26.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, 17 Barrow Street
One if by Land, Two if by Sea, 17 Barrow Street

History (click History to see more):

The carriage house with accompanying barn, now known as One if by Land, Two if by Sea, has history tied to one of the most controversial figures in early American history, Aaron Burr, who was Attorney General of the State of New York. During the 1790’s he housed his coach and horses in the carriage house at 17 Barrow Street, New York City.

Aaron Burr, a member of local and federal government, was competing with Alexander Hamilton for the Presidency after Thomas Jefferson’s term. Some comments made by Hamilton at a dinner party and were published in an Albany newspaper, which quoted Hamilton as saying that Burr was “a dangerous man … who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.” Aaron Burr was infuriated, demanded a retraction or apology from Hamilton, if not then satisfaction on the field of honor.

On July 11, 1804 Burr met Hamilton in a duel on a ledge of the Palisades over the Hudson river in Weehawken, New Jersey ending in the death of General Alexander Hamilton, a Revolutionary War hero and the first American Secretary of the Treasury. The killing of Hamilton, the most popular personality in America at the that time led to the political downfall of Aaron Burr, then Vice President of the United States. He also lost most of his New York property, including the carriage house 17 Barrow Street.

There is a tunnel to the building cut in a straight line from Hudson Street, formerly the shore of the river. It is a barrel-vaulted passageway similar to 18th century military construction. It is stone-lined, brick-roofed with the same brick and stone as the carriage house and barn. It is not known if the tunnel was for smuggling or for use during the Revolutionary War. The tunnel was almost certainly used later by the “underground railway” for fugitive slaves to get to the carriage house as one stop on the road to Canada and freedom.

17 Barrow Street was in a mews with carriage houses on both sides of the street, vegetable carts and stalls between the carriage house doors, and hogs freely patrolling the garbage. A Fire House was eventually built next door and the carriage house was used as a stable and engine house. The rooms above housed firemen. At this time vegetable carts were banned from the street by city ordinance, so as not to block the fire engines. The hogs were banned shortly after that for health reasons during the cholera pandemics. In the late 1890’s the city sold the carriage house at 17 Barrow Street. The owner turned it into a somewhat more discreet house of ill-repute than those in the “Tenderloin District” above Madison Square.

In 1910 to 1969 17 Barrow Street became a silent movie house., then a bar, a restaurant, a bar again, and again a restaurant. In 1970 it was purchased by its current owners who restored the carriage house, finding numerous bits and pieces of earlier life in New York including old coins, hand-made horseshoes and antique bottles dating to the early 1800’s. An original hitching post was uncovered, which is still visible in the present bar area.