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Description of Subject Matter: Coenties Slip
Coenties Slip, once a berth for sailing vessels that was filled in and became a street, is now a park in Lower Manhattan. In 2006, a triangular traffic island was reconstructed as a granite and bluestone sitting area with benches, plantings and a formal central plaza. The park is a popular outdoor gathering place in the middle of the downtown business district.
The park has a two-tiered bluestone plaza with radial granite steps leading to the upper plaza, which has park benches surrounding the park’s centerpiece, Brian Hunt’s curving metal sculpture, “Coenties Ship,” which commemorates the city’s important maritime history. The sculpture is set atop a bell-shaped pedestal made of cast glass with inlaid decorative glass pavers. Together, the cast glass swirl panels in the pedestal, the radial cut bluestone pavers, and the swirl steel bands in the pavement provide a perfect counterpoint to the upward swirl of the glass pedestal and cast stainless steel sculpture.
This site is maintained by NYC Parks and the Alliance for Downtown New York but is under the jurisdiction of the NYC Department of Transportation.
Wikipedia Description: Coenties Slip
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Coenties Slip, originally an artificial inlet in the East River for the loading and unloading of ships that was land-filled in 1835, is a historic street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, in the heart of the Financial District. It runs southeast from Pearl Street to South Street, a distance of two blocks (585.6 feet). The one block portion between Pearl Street and Water Street carries vehicular traffic, while the remaining section is a pedestrian street.
Although surrounded by skyscrapers, a row of buildings from the 19th century still stands along the block that is open to vehicles, and these buildings are in active use by small businesses. The construction of these high rise buildings resulted in the removal of the blocks between Water Street and Front Street, and between Front Street and South Street. Part of 55 Water Street and part of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial are built on land that was once part of Coenties Slip. Both Coenties Slip and Coenties Alley are named after Conraet Ten Eyck and his wife Antje.
Arthur Bartlett Maurice describes Coenties Slip in a 1935 book Magical City: “At the head of the Slip, where the Elevated road winds its way along Pearl Street on its way from South Ferry to Hanover Square, stood the Stadt Huys of Dutch days, the first City Hall on Manhattan Island. After the Erie Canal was finished in 1825, the slip, then only a tiny corner of what it is today, harbored many of the canal boats that plied along the new waterway connecting the Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Ten years later the land was filled in, bringing the Slip down to a new water’s edge on South Street. New buildings went up, only to be destroyed within a few months in the great fire of December, 1835.”
In 2003, Gerard Wolfe reported the pronunciation of Coenties to be /ˈkoʊ.əntiːz/ KOH-ən-teez. Earlier reports include /ˈkwɪnsiːz/ KWIN-seez (1896), /ˈkwɛntʃɪz/ KWEN-chiz (1917), and /ˈkwɪn ...More...
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) an American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.