Bowling Green is New York's oldest existing park which goes back as far as 1733 when the government at the time created it for three people who paid 1 peppercorn/year rent to use it.
Today, it is located at the Southern tip of the Manhattan borough near Wall Street at the beginning of Broadway Street. The "Standing Bull" statue symbolizing productive economic growth (known as "bull markets") is in front of the entrance to this park. I was amazed at how peaceful it is, this tranquil park surrounded by the congregation of buildings and cacophonous noise pollution. The other day, on Sunday, as the New York marathon was happening, my father and I sat here for about 20 minutes and had a great talk. From the bench, I daydreamed into the sky and thought poignantly how the person sitting on this bench might have reacted when the planes crashed into the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. Then it occured to me that the World Trade Centers were only about a 10 minute walk from this park.
Then I thought even further, how it might have felt if I had been on the bench in 1776 in front of the Statue of King George III when anti-colonist revolutionaries tore it down in protest, piece by piece (supposedly shipped to Connecticult and used to be made into 40,000 bullets for the revolutionary war) as one of many symbols of the birth of the United States of America.
I thought about the revolutions that happened, good and bad, right in front of this very bench, and I realized that things do not necessarily revolve around a sun. Sometimes an ordinary park bench can be the front row seat of history.
Whilst walking through the Wall Street Financial district I came to a typical street scene that occurs all over the world. Kegs of beer being delivered to bars, clubs and hotels, it very often still has to be done by manual labour as the streets are narrow, cellers are awarkwardly positioned etc etc , the only way to deliver is roll or barrow the kegs.
These guys were happy to pose for the photo. Stone Street and surrounding streets are interestering areas, old buildings and if you have sharp eyes you will find some old delights.
The Standing Bull Statue was placed in front of Bowling Green park, near the begining of Broadway Street in 1989. It's a pretty imposing and inspiring statue to look at symbolizing a strong economy. In good economic times, there is a "bull market." In bad economic times, there is a "Bear Market." I do not believe there is a "bear statue" anywhere as it would be bad luck to have one as economic depression is associated with Bear Markets.
To get here, take the 4 or 5 all the way south to Bowling Green Station. It's right there on Broadway St, just a minute away from Holy Trinity Church and the Dow Jones Stock Exchange on Wall Street.
When you're in lower Manhattan to visit sites such as The Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street (with the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall), amid the cluster of high rise buildings it's easy to spot One Chase Manhattan Plaza (completed in 1960) - it has 60 floors, is 813 ft/ 247.5m high, making it the 80th tallest building in the world. Its facade consists of glass and anodized aluminium plating between the large supporting columns.
It also has the famous Jean Dubuffet statue "Group of Four Trees" (1972), located in the Plaza. There is also the 5-meter deep circular sunken well for Isamu Noguchi's Sunken Garden (1964), a water sculpture garden with basalt rocks - the street-level banking offices open to the well through their glass walls. The bank has also an art collection of its own.
Address : Liberty St, between Nassau St and William St.
subway 2,3 to Wall St. or A,C,2,3,4,5 to Fulton St / Broadway-Nassau
...if you use the FAST WATER TAXI !
it is very fast, try to climb on the roof : wonderful views of Manhattan !
- East 90th street
- East 34th
- Fulton , Bk'lyn
- Pier 11 (south)
- Pier A
WEST (Hudson river):
- North Cove, battery park
- Pier 63
- Pier 84
- one way , $8
- day pass $16
SCHEDULE: every hours, but look the web site
Walking down Broadway before you enter Battery Park, you'll see this famous "Charging Bull" sculpture. It's a symbol of prosperous stock market. After the market crash in the recent years, I had to walk around the sculpture to make sure this time the bull is for real. From the photo it appeared to have what a bull should have. But still, enter the market at your own risk!
Early on a weekday morning, go get a coffee and a couple of dougnuts to take out and then follow the tens of thousands of commuting Manhattanites on their way to work - take the subway train 4 or 5 to Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, and follow Battery Place to the lovely and quiet Robert F. Wagner jr. Park.
From here you have a wonderful view across the water as the ferries rush by. Along the walkways you'll see the occasional jogger or mounted police.
Overlooking the waterfront, in the distance you can see Liberty Island with the Statue of Liberty, and to the left you'll see Pier A with it's little clock tower.
This is a good spot to start a walk in lower Manhattan and the Financial District.
Once upon a time, there was a bull market on Wall Street.....
Okay, well its getting better. A bull market is a rising market... i.e. people are buying stocks... (a good thing). A bear market is a declining market (bad).
Anyway, near the NY Stock Exchange there is a bronze bull statue.
Too many tourists want to shoot the famous bull of Wall Street, it is not possible to take a good picture. Just go o the ack and take what shows his strenght and bullhood.
This statue of a Charging Bull (3.200 kilos!) was located here in 1989. Dealers and Traders of Wall Street go to touch its nose in order to haver better luck ...