Thought I would share some photographs from my trip to New York this week. I like to walk off-the-tourist-path and through the neighborhoods when I’m here. During this trip I found some historic spots I had never visited before. I was able to visit the Morris-Jumel mansion in the Washington Heights neighborhood which is Manhattan’s oldest house and George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War. The British Colonel, Roger Morris, and his wealthy American wife, built this mansion which they used as a summer, country house. Around 100 years later, the Croton Aqueduct system was built. This aqueduct system provided clean water to the residents of Manhattan, dramatically improving their health and sanitary conditions. The beginning of the system is located just blocks away from the Morris-Jumel mansion. I found a few other spots of inspiring architecture and green-scape which, for me, are a nice relief from the heavy commercialism of Times Square. ((NOTE: Because my daughter was with me on this trip, I did however, make a visit to Times Square (to buy Broadway tickets) and to Dylan’s Candy Bar, so some touristy bits did happen.)) I highly recommend The Jane Hotel in the West Village. Such whimsical, yet tasteful, design and their restaurant there is really delicious, too.
Right before leaving for home, we squeezed in a tour at the Tenament Museum in the lower east side. It is an amazing tour. A true step back in time as you literally stand in the tenaments (different from apartments) of immigrant families of the 1840′s-1920′s. This particular tenament building was built by a German man who made extra “upgrades” such as making sure the building tied into the newly-built Croton Aqueduct (and our history lessons all tied together when we learned that fact). This in no way implies they had fresh, indoor, running water. This means the community well for this building had fresh water. Almost like a time capsule, these tenemants feel as though the families just picked up and left hours before you arrived. The museum researched the families who lived in each tenament you visit–so well researched you feel as though you are invading the personal space (very tight personal space) of these families. I love true stories and this tour is full of true stories. We are truly blessed to live in the age which we live! An incredible history lesson for my entering fifth-grade daughter who will study American History this coming school year. I will return for another tour–maybe in a much cooler month.
I found some treasures for my ExVoto fans while in town and I look forward to creating some special pieces with them.
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Here are some of my snapshots in thumbnails, so click on the picture to view it larger: