The Daily Plant : Wednesday, March 13, 2002
THE "SPHERE" IN BATTERY PARK
This week the "Sphere" was installed at the Eisenhower Mall at the north end of Battery Park adjacent to the Hope Garden. In 1971 Fritz Koenig sculpted the "Sphere"—which stood as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center plaza—as a monument to foster peace through world trade. The sculpture was damaged in the September 11 attacks but was salvaged. It now stands in Battery Park as a temporary memorial until a permanent memorial is constructed at the World Trade Center site. Parkies and Department of Design and Construction staff worked through the weekend to install the "Sphere" and create a surrounding landscape where visitors to Lower Manhattan can appreciate the 45,000 pound, 15-foot diameter, steel and bronze sculpture.
On Monday, March 11, the six-month anniversary of the attack, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Giuliani, and Governor Pataki were at the site to dedicate the temporary memorial. Family members of victims, elected officials and other dignitaries were in the audience. Mayor Bloomberg noted that the sculpture "endured the attacks and now is a stirring tribute to the courage of those we lost and a reminder of the resiliency of the American spirit."
By Jane Rudolph
HANSBOROUGH KIDS SALUTE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February’s Black History Month is a month-long celebration for the Black community. At Hansborough Recreation Center, the children in the After-School Program have an Annual Black History Month performance to salute the many fabulous, talented and brave souls who have paved the way for so many people. This year’s play was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 disaster and to our own Dr. Charlene Draper, who was our friend and co-worker.
The children’s play was fantastic. The kids on stage transformed into great leaders such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Aretha Franklin, Malcolm X, and Zora Neale Hurston. Accomplished athletes and poets, such as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Maya Angelou were also represented at the performance. The purpose of the annual project is for the children to learn who these people were and to believe that they themselves can achieve any goals or dreams they may have. These kids had a sense of what Black History Month stands for: respect, pride and the honoring of our ancestors. Part of the performance included a "child of the 21st Century." The following is an excerpt of a poem spoken by that child, Taylor Von Frazer, age 7:
I am the African-American Child
I am the voice of yesterday
I am the voice of the present
I am the voice of the future…
I am the child you fought to save
I am the African American child and I thank you.
A choir of fifty children sang spiritual songs and there was college stepping taking place. The children were fabulous and have done a tremendous job of portraying our great leaders and in keeping the spirit of Black History Month alive.
By Deborah Edwards
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Wednesday, March 22, 1989)
"NEW PROSPECTS" PERFORMANCE SERIES
AT THE PROSPECT PARK PICNIC HOUSE
Contrary to what some dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers may believe, Manhattan isn’t the only arts capital in the world. There’s also Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx, where park facilities feature artistic performances of high caliber. A thriving mecca of culture is the Picnic House in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, now featuring the spring "New Prospects" performance series.
"We’re currently expanding the cultural programs at the Picnic House," said Prospect Park administrator Tupper Thomas. "The ‘New Prospects’ series, which we launched last fall, features performers from all over the world, with Prospect Park as a lush backdrop. The series has already attracted a loyal following."
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"History is the present.
That’s why every generation writes it anew.
But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth."
Directions to The Battery
Know Before You Go
Portions of the Battery are closed for various improvements, including a connection between the Greenways along the Hudson River and the East River. The 12-acre site will feature a meandering bikeway and walkway through lushly planted perennial gardens; a reconstructed Battery Green, the large oval lawn that serves as a public assembly and performance area; restoration and relocation of 10 monuments to the perimeter for better placement and increased visibility; a protected and replanted woodland area; new paths, trees and seating surrounding the park, and upgraded paving, edging, furnishings and lighting.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015
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