Tale of Two Bridges

 “The work which is most likely to become our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge.” – Harper’s Weekly (1883)

I find it remarkable how some of symbols that most define this city are not large works of art but are rather, for the most part, utilitarian structures. Immortalized in a number of media, it is very hard to get a (seemingly) unique perspective on these two bridges. This was shot from the roof deck of 15 Cliff Street. It has great views of the East River and the Civic Center. I was up on the roof for non-personal shooting reasons and the light was pretty harsh hence the black and white conversion.

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Where To Worship in FiDi: A Comprehensive List

A prominent structure in FiDi is Trinity Church, an active Episcopal parish built in 1697.  The church which many Wall Street titans pass daily is actually the third version built.  In 1776 The Great New York City Fire destroyed the first church.  It was rebuilt in 1790 only to be destroyed from the severe winter of 1838.  Today‚Äôs church was completed in 1846.  In addition to offering a full service schedule, they offer a vibrant music program, host an array of events and forums as well as group gatherings for yoga, Bible study, Faith and Film, bereavement, etc.

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How The Bull Got To Wall Street

Wall Street goers and residents cannot get enough of the Charging Bull and are proud to have Wall Street as its home.  

The Charging Bull stands in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in FiDi.  It is a 7,100 lb bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that stands at 11 ft tall and 16 feet long.  He spent $360,000 to create, cast, and install the sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash.  It was Di Modica’s idea to create the bull in an act of “guerrilla art,” he drove to Lower Manhattan on December 15, 1989 and installed the sculpture underneath a 60-foot Christmas tree in the front of the New York Stock Exchange as a Christmas girl to the people of New York.  The bull was seized by police and placed in an impound lot.  

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Cheapest Nail Salons in FiDi

Just because my strappy sandals may be hibernating in my closet for a few more weeks doesn’t mean I don’t see the need for a good mani-pedi!  Unlike hair salons, when it comes to nail salons I don’t feel like I’m cheating on my nail technician by trying out a new salon.  Apprehensive about trying out a new place, I understand, we all know what happened to Paula Abdul! 

I felt pampered just walking into Salon Greenwich, on 88 Greenwich Street.  Beautiful layout, clean and comfortably spacious with a good color selection and friendly staff!  Services, though are relatively pricey compared to most downtown salons with a manicure costing $14 and pedicure $30.  Also you won’t find a sign promoting a mani-pedi special discount on their store front.  The location is tucked away on Greenwich Street which gives it a calmer more relaxing vibe unaffected by the hustle and bustle of Wall Street.  You’ll find a similar price range and ambiance at Olga’s Salon and Spa, on 2 Cortlandt Street and Salon 25, on 25 Broad Street.   Be careful of Olga’s location though because it’s located a stone’s throw from Century 21 and I like any other sane New Yorker avoid that tourist magnet. 

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Meet the Super Who Drives a Mercedes-Benz!

The NYT recently did a piece on supers in NYC that go above and beyond what the  position has in the past been typically associate with. When we all think of building supers, we think of dirty handymen dressed in coveralls with a hammer in one hand and paint in the other.  In many buildings in NYC, this is no longer the case, especially here in FiDi.  One super The Times highlighted was Greg Capizzi, of 20 Pine St in FiDi.  Capizzi is a FiDi resident and he overseas a staff of 20 including three handymen, six porters, four doorman and four concierges.  That’s some staff!

Capizzi, like most working in the Financial District, wears a business suit to work every day.  He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford and he drives a Mercedes.  As the super of 20 Pine St, which is a 409-unit condominium with interior design by Armani/Casa, Capizzi throws on coveralls when necessary but he mostly is involved with building infrastructure and customer service.

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