May 30, 2011

Bowling Green Park

Established in 1733, and still delighting the residents and visitors of New York City.


The fence that surrounds Bowling Green Park was erected a few years before the Revolutionary War to protect a statue of King George III against vandalism. Once news of the Declaration of Independence hit the city, New Yorkers ripped the statue down, hacked off the fence's crown-shaped tips, and in a fine bit of Patriot irony, fashioned the lead into ammunition for use against British soldiers.


According to legend, the park is the site of Peter Minuit's purchase of Manhattan for $24; today, it faces the New York City branch of the National Museum of the American Indian.  People used to bowl here, just like the ghosts of Irving's "Rip Van Winkle."

Be sure to visit Macro Monday for more Macro and Ruby Tuesday, for all shades of Red.  Thanks, Lisa and Mary for hosting these great memes.


Go take more photos,

3 comments

  1. Beautiful! mine is here: http://clavsupclose.blogspot.com/2011/05/mymbm-rt.html
    clavs

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  2. Love the photos and history. I see shots of New York City on TV but it's not the same as actually being there and taking closeups of flowers 'n such. Thank you. I'm #105 on RT.

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