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Archive for July 2012

Irish Hunger Memorial

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In the midst of Battery Park City, a monument of stone and grass stands out among the metallic buildings surrounding it.

At the corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue, a memorial stands to raise awareness about the Great Irish Famine of the mid-19th century. The Irish Hunger Memorial features vegetation and landscapes reminiscent of Ireland; along with stone representing different counties.

The memorial was dedicated on July 16, 2002.


Written by Paulo Loreto

July 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Stephen Keel

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Defender for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, Stephen Keel has been with the club since 2011; transferring from the Portland Timbers.

Keel began his professional career on a developmental contract with homestate club, the Colorado Rapids. Keel played 36 games with the Rapids reserves and won back-to-back MLS Reserve Division Championships.

In 2006, he played with the Seattle Sounders on loan.

Following the 2007 season, Keel was named MLS Magazine’s Reserve Player of the Year.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Petr Čech

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English Premier Club Chelsea FC signed the Czech international from Stade Rennais FC in 2004. Since joining the Blues, Petr Čech has won the Premier League three times and won this year’s UEFA Champions League.

Čech is known for the headgear he wears, which is a result of a head inhury incurred during a league match on October 2006. In a match against Reading FC, the goalkeeper was kneed in the head by midfielder Stephen Hunt. Čech suffered a skull fracture and underwent surgery. He returned to league play in January of 2007.

In 2004-05 and 2009-10 seasons, Čech won the Barclays Golden Glove, and in 2005, Čech was named on the PFA’s Team of the Year.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM

486 Greenwich Street

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This particular property in a series of rowhouses along Greenwich street dates back to 1823. The rowhouses are said to have been constructed by John Rohr, a builder at the time. The Rohr family build these rowhouses, both north and south of Canal street, on land owned by Alexander Stewart and Sarah Lispenard Steward.

In the 20th century, the building was leased as business property. Various inhabitants of the building included a manufacturing firm, junk shop, welding shop, and scrap metal merchants. The “Water Spilled from Source to Use” sign was added by artist Lawrence Weiner in 1984.

The property was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2007.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Posted in New York City, Travel

77 Water Street

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Contemporary art is scattered around the front area of 77 Water Street, located in downtown Manhattan.

This candy store is tucked right next to the main entrance of the building.

77 Water Street also has a replica WWI fighter plane sitting atop the building.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 4, 2012 at 6:49 AM