Overlooked New York: The Cunard Building

20150223_073850_resizedBuilt in 1921, the Cunard Building stands at 25 Broadway, above Bowling Green, at the foot of Manhattan. 20150223_073944_resized20150217_10320220150217_103231Best known for housing the Cunard Shipping Lines, which built famed ships, including The Lusitania, Mauritania, Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth. 20150223_074018_resized20150202_081419The building is also cited by Daisy Buchanan in The Great GatsbyThere’s a bird on the lawn that must be a nightingale come over on the Cunard or White Star Lines.daisy buchananPerhaps Mrs. Buchanan, if she were here today, would have even visited the Cunard Building for an afternoon meal.
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Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades

 

New York’s famed Broadway starts at Bowling Green, the city’s oldest park. It was here, on July 9, 1776, where the Sons of Freedom, in an act of defiance against England, took down the statue of King George III and sawed off the finials from the fence – the saw marks which are still visible today. Bowling Green is also where New York’s ticker tape parades begin, all of which Manhattan’s Downtown Alliance has documented by imbedding granite slabs into the sidewalk. The first parade was impromptu – a collection of people going up Broadway after the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. There were another six parades over the next 35 years…27 parades in the 1920s…17 in the 1930s…22 in the 1940s (all after the end of World War II in 1945)…A whopping 62 in the 1950s…32 in the 1960s…And 20 over the past 42 years, many of which were sports-related. It is actually an interesting exercise to review the list of these ticker tape parades, especially to note how these celebrations have transformed from a focus on politics to that of sports. It is the very apolitical nature of the more recent parades that might indicate how unlikely it is that the current statue in Bowling Green will be taken down any time soon.

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