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Anticipation, Apprehension, Excitement & Fear: The Ellis Island Experience!

June 11, 2010

So this is THE DAY that I have been anticipating all year. We have known about this New York trip for at least two years and I have dreamed of this day constantly since our Chicago trip ended last June. But what is it about New York and this day in particular that excited me so much? I have lived in other parts of the world. I have been on vacations before. I went on the Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago Teaching American History trips the last three summers. But this is New York, “The Big Apple”, the “City that Never Sleeps”, the “Wonder City”, “Gotham” and so many more names! Yet today was more! It was about New York, the “Gateway to the American Dream!” Today was about immigration and the little island that symbolized that dream of coming to America. Today was about recounting the stories of immigrants past! Today was about reliving the Anticipation, Apprehension, Excitement, & Fear that had to be running through their heads as they disembarked the ship on the gangplank onto this tiny island, the only thing standing between each immigrant and freedom and a Dream and new home.  Today was devoted to learning about and experiencing Ellis Island!

Ellis Island

But first, let me give you a little about me and my background knowledge of Ellis Island. I went back to college in 2000 to get my teacher’s license. I also decided to get a degree in history and teach this area that I really love. But when I went back to college I really didn’t have a great knowledge base of history. This would have to come with hard work, late nights, lots of reading, and study. And as for Ellis Island, I really didn’t know a thing other than it was old. But then I took my second class with Dr. Rees and we had to write a 15 page research paper and for some unknown reason I chose Ellis Island. And let me tell you, that decision opened up a passion and love for the topic of immigration and of Ellis Island in particular! So I have studied and researched this area quite a bit. I also designed and taught an Elective History Class on Immigration with a huge focus devoted to Ellis Island. But now was my chance to live it, feel it, breathe it, touch it, and in to best way I know of, experience what those millions of men, women, and children must have felt as they made there way off the gangplank to Ellis Island, and for the majority beyond.

Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor, east of Liberty State Park and North of Liberty Island. It was originally used as a fort to help with coastal defense in 1808. From 1855 – 1890 the state ran immigration through Castle Garden. With over 5.7 million immigrants arriving in the United States during the 1880’s, the Federal Government decided to take control of immigration. In 1892 Ellis Island opened as an immigration station. Although not the only immigration station, between 1892 and 1954 Ellis Island was the nation’s busiest immigration station. The original wooden building was destroyed by firm in 1897 and the present Main Building was opened on December 17, 1900. Between 1901 and 1910 over 8.8 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island.

During World War I immigration comes to a virtual standstill and Ellis Island was used as a center to detain enemy aliens. During the 1920’s, the Federal government passes immigration quotas limiting the number of foreigners allowed to come to America. From 1939 to 1945 immigration again comes to a halt with World War II and Ellis Island was used to intern Japanese, German, and Italian aliens. In 1954 Ellis Island closed as an immigration center. In 1965 Ellis Island became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. In 1990 the Main Building with the Great Hall was opened as a museum and tourist attraction. 30 building of the Ellis Island complex are not open to the public.

The "Hard Hat Tour" - Exploring buildings not open to the public!

Ellis Island has undergone major changes over the years. Its original size and shape are nothing like today. It was much smaller and was expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. It was expanded with a separate wing of the island formed and over 250 yards of water between them. This wing held the contagious diseases. The medical reasoning of the day thought that disease could not survive going across this much water. Obviously they were mistaken. When they figured that out they expanded with more landfill and added a courtyard between the two wards and the main complex. 

Green : Original Island (Belongs to New York)

Ellis Island is located on the New Jersey side of the New York Bay. According to the United States Census, 83% of the island is located in the city of New Jersey. But the natural portion of the island, which was not created with landfill, is designated to be located in New York City. This has led to a major dispute between these two cities and was eventually brought before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

The Court ruled in 1998 that New Jersey had jurisdiction over all portions of the island created after the original compact was approved (more than 80% of the island’s present land). This caused confusion and some buildings became parts of both states. New Jersey and New York agreed to share jurisdiction to the island. But Ellis Island is a Federal property and the National government is responsible financially and legally for any maintenance, preservation, or improvement of the historic properties. But sales tax on the income of the Bookshop continues to have New York and New Jersey at odds. Since the Bookshop is in New York they continue to get that tax money and the buildings on the New Jersey side wait until clarification is decided upon.

Immigration Stats

Ok, so why was I so excited about Ellis Island. Because it has so much histroy and has impacted America to degrees that are hard to fully explain. There were over 12,000,000 immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Of this number only about 2% were not accepted into America. That number is split roughly even with 1% rejected for legal reasons and 1% rejected for health reasons.

 

Families who came to America came for a reason. Most came for better opportunities. It’s what used to be called the “American Dream.” Make something out of yourself. This was the “Land of Opportunity” and it seemed like anyone willing to work hard could become successful. Many came for LAND, others for POLITICAL or RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, still other for HEALTHY or BETTER JOBS or a hundred other reasons! But the fact was that these people were coming of their own choice. They wanted to become Americans and were wiling to lose much of their old culture in order to fit in and assimilate and become “Americanized.” 

 

But there were some who didn’t make it. Yes only 2% were rejected. But even with these small numbers of rejected immigrants, the fear of possible rejection must have been extreme! Can you imagine coming to America as a family and 1 member of the family not able to continue on. What would you do? Would the whole family go back to the old land or just the one person? And once they got to America, what unknowns would they face? A strange language and different money. Odd customs and new laws to learn. Would they find a job and where would they live? So many fears and unknowns! They had to be nervous and scared.

 

But it was America and they were excited to see the Statue of Liberty!  Yes and this brings me to my final portion of the day. We stopped on Liberty Island and visited “Lady Liberty.”  I have always wanted to go see this icon of American freedom. And here we were only to find out that someone didn’t get us passes to go inside! What? How could this be? Come on, we went up the Bunker Hill Memorial. I was very sad about this but I am planning on bringing 10 – 20 students next year to New York and Washington D.C. so I will make sure we go inside this icon of freedom and my dream will finally come 100% true!

Baby I Love You! 🙂

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A Tenement Experience!

June 10, 2010

Me and Bear are Dreaming about You!

Day 8 (Yes the 1st night we were here counted as a day) and we are on our way to the Lower Eastside. Today was a day of real experiences on this Exploring American History Grant. I like to call it the first “Meat & Potatos” day on this trip, not because thats what we ate, but because today we got to actually feel and touch experiences that impacted America. It was another, and hopefully final (may feet are sore) walking tour around historical parts of New  York City. But today was special because of how the tour ended. But I’m getting a little aheard of myself so lets go back and start at the beginning of the day.

Five Points Neighborhood Today

Many people have seen the movie “Gangs of New York.”  It is about the different ethnic gangs from the 5 Point district who fight for political and physical control of the area. The film starts in the mid 1840s and then jumps into the early 1860s. The two main issues of this time period were Irish immigration into the city and the American Civil War. There are political leaders such as “Boss Tweed” , mob leaders, and other political “kingpins” fighting over control of the city as well as Draft riots brought on by the American Civil War.

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So now, here I am in this spot that has been portrayed in the movie and I get goose bumps. But this area is just this funny little spot. It doesn’t stand out and it reminds me of several spots in Pueblo with a small park in the shape of a triangle. I missed several parts of our tour guide Ed O’Donnell’s talk because, being the terrific hero that I tell everyone I am, I was off helping the straggling history groupies get across the street. So I asked a couple of members of our group why they call it Five Points if it is shaped like a triangle and only has 3 points. Turns out that a road is missing. There were the streets of Mulberry, Anthony (now Worth St.), Cross (now Mosco), Orange (now Baxter), and Little Water Street (no longer exists). Today, the Five Points District is located between Chinatown and the Financial District. The name Five Points therefore came from the five corners at this intersection. 

“5 Points” Mid 1800’s

 

Our next historically important stop was at the Church /School that Alfred Smith attended. Al Smith was elected Governer of New York 4 times and was the Democratic candidate for president in the 1928 election. He lost to Republican Herbert Hoover but he was he is remembered because he was the first Roman Catholic to run for President as a major party nominee. He later became president of the Empire State Corporation and was the driving force in getting the Empire State Building built in spite of the Great Depression. He is a political legend and here we were standing in front of the place that educated him.

  

We walked around Chinatown and learned how the neighborhoods have changed from ethnic group to ethic group. One group moves in to the poorer sections and then works hard to better themselves and eventually move up to better conditions. Then a new ethnic group moves in and repeats the same scenario. One thing that really stood out was the trash in the streets. This area seemed the worst kept and dirtiest of all the neighborhoods we have visited so far! I wonder if it is a cultural thing coming from China. Another possibly I’ve thought of could be a lack of funds due to the fact that this is an immigrant and poorer area. 

      

Next we walked across the Bowery, past the Manhattan Bridge, stopped for a bathroom break, saw Hester St., and worked our way over into a Jewish neighborhood for lunch. We ate at Katz’s Deli where I had Pastrami on Rye with an extra kosher pickle. The food was really good and I stuffed myself even trying some of Kelli’s and Wendy’s sandwiches. I really think I better find that gym and quit spending all my down time writing these blogs! 

       

After lunch we headed to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. OK, this is where it really gets good. I just taught 4 classes this last school year on immigration. Due to the importance of New York as a hub of immigration I focused on Ellis Island and the assimilation within this community. One major section we covered was Tenement Houses. So here I was, walking into a real tenement!

 

After lunch we headed to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. OK, this is where it really gets good. I just taught 4 classes this last school year on immigration. Due to the importance of New York as a hub of immigration I focused on Ellis Island and the assimilation within this community. One major section we covered was Tenement Houses. So here I was, walking into a real tenement!

So here is the basic information about the average tenements and this house/museum. The average immigrant family had at least 6 people and after 1910 that rose to somewhere between 8-10 people. Each tenement building had 5 stories with 4 apartments per floor. The average total square footage was 325 feet. Each apartment consisted of a kitchen, bedroom, and living room. Cold water was added around 1905, before that the only water was outside or in the basement. The basements of each building were used for businesses such as laundry or beer halls. The particular tenement that we visited was opened in 1863 and closed as residential apartments in 1935 during the great depression. But the ground level continued to be rented out and thereby helping the owners to at times break even. In 1988 Ruth Abram discovered this building that had been shuttered in 1935 and was exactly the same as it was left all those years ago! What a thrill it was to go inside this building and see how the Levine family lived from 1890 to 1906. How small and cramped it was. The house was used as a sweatshop, making garments in all three rooms. Then we compared what life was like for another family around 1920. These people changed with the times and didn’t have a sweatshop in their home because factories were the in thing and very much more efficient. The rooms were about the same size, yet much roomier without all the garment equipment. This was just a great experience and I will never forget it! I’m just sad that we were not allowed to take pictures inside! How I would love to share this experience with my students through pictures! Sorry Mr. Sims, guess you will have to write about your day instead of posting another slideshow!

Click this link for a Virtual Tour of 97 Orchard Street (The Tenement House):

http://www.tenement.org/Virtual-Tour/index_virtual.html 

Land of Hope is a historical novel for middle school aged kids dealing with immigration. The year is 1902. The Levinski’s are a Jewish family fleeing the Pograms in Russia. They come over on a ship where Rebecka meets and befriends Kristin from Sweden and Rose from Ireland. They get to New York City and they move into a tenement house that their uncle got for them so that they can open a sewing factory (sweatshop) in the apartment. The novel goes through many experiences that immigrants would face such as steamship conditions, fears on Ellis Island, language barriers, cultural differences, old world expectations vs. new world opportunities, ethnic neighborhoods, and typical tenement living. My students all loved the book and what’s more, they remembered the facts about immigration by thinking about this story. I highly recommend as a supplement to teaching immigration!  

Oh, and for dinner we did go out where Mr. Sims was out of control again! What are we going to do with him??? Will someone take him and help straighten him out, PLEASE?????

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Rubeology 102: Rube Etiquette and Mannerisms

June 10, 2010

I can “Bearly” stand being away from you! 🙂

Definition of a RUBE:  An awkward unsophisticated person -or- a naive or inexperienced person. 

Etymology: Rube, nickname for Reuben

You might be a RUBE if: You spy a very large Bull, then run over to scratch or rub or do both to it’s underside.  

 You might be a RUBE if: You posted a comment complimenting a blog from this year on last year’s Chicago blog site!    (See:  
Chicago & go & go & go…….  June 9, 2009)
Hutch,
Your rube posts one funny–and spot on.
Matt

     by Matt Harris June 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm edit comment

You might be a RUBE if: You are so interested in everything going on around you that you step on the sign that warns you to watch your step! 

You might be a RUBE if: Every time you see a pole you have to try it out for size!

You might be a RUBE if: Your only color was plaid, your only drink was milk, and you bow before your king!.

You might be a RUBE if: You wear a bright blue “Fanny Pack” (early 80’s edition!), fastened together with a safety pin, around your front to help hold the belly up.

You might be a RUBE if: You buy a bright pink umbrella with New York printed all over it and love it so much that you use it everywhere yougo, even on bright sunny days!

You might be a RUBE if: You meet Matt Damon at the Statue of Liberty and argue with him for 10 minutes that he is just an impersonator and not a very good one at that!

You might be a RUBE if: You gather around a pole on the subway when most of the car is empty and plenty of seats are open.

Talking Sex Education???

You might be a RUBE if: You are the only people dancing to the the YMCA in a stadium of over 50,000 people!

 

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Touring Fun! NYC part 3

June 9, 2010

Baby, we (Me & Bear) are thinking about you!

OK, so my point this morning as I jumped out of bed, freaking that I would be late for the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th walking tour (I can’t remember what day it is or how many walking tours we have had), was: What’s the point? All we do is walk and stop and talk and walk and stop and talk and… well, you can see where I was going with this. My feet are tired, my stomach hurts, I can’t sleep, and what is the point of all this walking? I thought about the 3 other Exploring History trips we have taken to Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. We didn’t walk on the tours very much at all. Why the change this year? Then during today’s walk Ed O’Donnell, our worthy tour guide made just a simple little point that struck home with me. He mentioned that so much has gone on in New York, continues to go on here, and will always go on here that the people living here seem to take everything they have for granted. I thought about Colorado and everything we have there. Don’t Coloradoans often take our beauty and resources for granted too? Wow, now that was quite the eye opener for me. Sorry, I will try to never take what we have for granted and I now appreciate how these walking tours have opened my eyes to the history and importance of this great city of New York. 

Farmer's Market in front of the Brooklyn Government Building

Along the way to the Brooklyn Bridge we came across a farmers market in full swing. For some reason this amazed me! I guess that I really didn’t expect to see something that I’ve always associated with Colorado and our open space right here in downtown Brooklyn. But these people do have to eat and the man I talked to at Giovanni’s Pizza in the Bronx did mention that they buy fresh, local vegetables whenever possible so now this fresh produce open market makes perfect sense.

I have always been a Revolutionary War buff! When we got to Brooklyn Heights I imagined what it would have been like for General Washington before, during, and after his miraculous escape with his Continental Army from Brooklyn. Here is the story. George Washington almost lost his entire Continental Army (and the war) at Brooklyn Heights. This battle, also know as the Battle of Long Island was fought on August 27, 1776. It was the first major battle of the Revolutionary War following America’s Declaration of Independence.  It was the largest battle of the entire conflict and could have ended the war very easily with a British victory.  

Brooklyn Heights

Washington wanted to keep New York out of British hands. He brought his army to the southern end of Manhattan and waited for the expected British attack. In July, General Howe landed his British troops on Staten Island a few miles away and over the next moth was reinforced to a force of around 32,000 men. On August 22, 1776, Howe crossed the East River and after 5 days attacked the Americans at Guana Heights. But unknown to Washington, Howe moved his main army to the rear of Washington and attacked there. The Americans panicked and fled to Brooklyn Heights. For reason unknown the British stopped and dug in for a siege. If not for this one fatal mistake, the British probably would have destroyed or captured Washington’s entire force and brought the war to a quick end. So the night of August 29–30 1776, Washington evacuated the entire army to Manhattan without the loss of his army or a single life. Although Washington and the 

 

 The African Burial Ground was amazing. We were outside the museum yesterday but I had no idea how wonderful the inside would be. There is tons of information set up on every wall and the movie was terrific. I wish I knew about this place last fall in my Master’s research class that focused on Slavery! For more on this site see my blog from

 

Now the bridge and the theme for today: Competition! This time period in New York history as well as that of America and even the whole world is defined as trying to out built, out size, and out perform other people, companies, cities, and countries. For America, the 1860s marked a period of reconstruction following the Civil War. There was a technological and industrial undertaking that had a profound impact on the cities, especially New York. Industry had been was established since before the Civil War. America was already a manufacturing economy and the 1860s led to a greater industrial explosion of growth. And what would lead the way in this new competition? Steel! It changed everything. Steel allowed for the building on a grand scale without the use of “mass” (of weight and materials) needed in the past. Steel would allow for the growth and rebirth of New York and America as well. It was the improvements in steel making that transformed the metal industry and made it possible to mass production steel that was needed for railroads and skyscrapers. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in1869 and in New York City, the first elevated train started operations in 1868. And in New York City, the era of skyscraper had begun with the construction on the Equitable Building in 1870.

 

 The need for a bridge became apparent in 1860 with 2 major freezes that shut down commerce of the East River because the ferries could not run. But they said the bridge could not be built and it was on a scale so massive that it stood for years as the largest suspension bridge in the world. There is so much cable in each of the 4 main lines that if you took it apart and laid it out, each would be as long as America is wide. The bridge has regular inspections and ranks as the top bridge in New York. All of this, in spite of its age as the oldest bridge in America. It is a work of art and its towers were, at the time of their construction the tallest structure in the city. The theme of this bridge was competition.

 

The Woolworth Building was commissioned to be the tallest building in the world. Opposite city hall, it eventually rose 792 feet in the air and was the tallest building in the world! It opened in 1913 and is still today one of the 50 tallest building in America. Again the theme of competition is apparent in NYC.

 

Woolworth Building: The one with the green top.

 The Chrysler Building was completed in 1930 and stood as the tallest building in the world for a mere 11 months before being passed by the Empire States Building. It is today the 3rd tallest building in NYC and the 7th tallest in America. Competition!

Chrysler Building

 The Empire States Building is a 102 story skyscraper completed in 1931. It was the world’s tallest building for over 40 years and is an icon in American and NYC culture. It is the 3rd tallest building in America and the 15th tallest in the world. Competition!

  Empire State Building

 After a light lunch we joined up again and headed to Central Park. Competition again became the theme here! It was felt that if New York City was ever going to compete with world class cities like Paris and London that a higher culture aspect must be brought into the city. Designed by architect Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it covers over 840 acres of prime Manhattan real estate.

 While much of the foliage (up to 90%) in the park appears natural, it is almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds as well as walking and bike paths. There are 2 ice skating rings, the Central Park Zoo, an outdoor amphitheater, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. The re are many grassy areas, areas for teams sports, enclosed playgrounds, and also serves as an oasis for migrating birds. Again, the word competition comes up when thinking about this park.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

 For our enjoyment in the evening we took in a Broadway play. We thought it would start at around 8 pm so we showed up to buy tickets just after 7. To our surprise most shows began at 7 and this limited our options. Dave and I took in Mary Poppins. I saw the movie when I was four. I loved it then but it didn’t do a whole lot for me this time. But at least I can say that I did a Broadway play. Wow, another “Bucket List” item to remove and only several 1000 more to go!

 

Baby, The Bear & I ReallyMiss You! ❤ 🙂

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The Original Commodore Hutch Association!

June 8, 2010

Rubes of the world unite! Announcing the creation of the Original Commodore Hutch Association! Associate membership packages will be sold. The cost of the membership varies on how much you want to give but a suggested donation of $40 will do just fine for now. Office positions and honorary titles will be awarded to those who pay the largest voluntary membership fees. New titles and positions will be invented to keep up with the anticipated explosion in demand, understanding at the same time that members who fail to renew their dues will be dropped like a rock in the East River.

Fees for the Commadore Hutch Association

Membership duties and privileges will include nothing more than paying your annual fees to me. Semi annual fees and quarterly fees are available upon request as long as the $40 fees come in on the same schedule. We will hold our 1st Annual Party, Affair, Soiree & Gala Naval Ball of the Original Commodore Hutch Association on Wednesday, the 16th of June, 2010 . This ball is not designed to help others. It is solely to Benefit Commodore Hutch and his Rube Party of Political Dissent. Please plan on joining us and bring additional voluntary fees of at least $25 to help cover the cost of everything you will not get.

International Symbol of the Rubes,

All members should wear Orange, the Official color of the national Rube association. Members who wear orange will be charged a handling fee of $10. Non members and those who don’t choose to wear orange will face a $15 fine. A $5 late fee will be assessed daily to encourage proper compliance with the Original Commodore Hutch Association rules, procedures, and by-laws. Questions can be given to whom ever you please, preferable a New York City cabbie having a bad day, cash can be given to Commodore Hutch himself. Sorry, no checks, credit cards, Russian Rubles, scratched lottery tickets, or wooden nickels accepted!

Sincerely, Commodore Hutch     

Commodore Hutch

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Big Apple, Big Onion, or Big Oyster?

June 7, 2010

I ❤ you!

Just where did the name “Big Apple” come from? According to out tour guide, nobody really knows for sure! Guess I will do a little research and see if I can figure it out, later. But the “Big Onion”, thats the name of his tour business because of the great onions that grow in the area. And as for the “Big Oyster”, thats my play off of the fact that Shell Street was so named because of the many oyster shells littering the area by Indian tribes native to the area.  

So here we are today reading ourselves for another walking tour. Oh yea, that’s right Dave and I were the “Geniuses” who already did our own sweltering heat, time crunching, 40 plus blocks walking tour before the Metropolitan tour, before the Coney Island and Brighton Beach tour. So you seriously expect another walking tour out of me the next day? The answer from Matt was paraphrasing: Yes we expect you to be there, be one time, and behave! Wow, that is a 3 part answer! So I guess I should just stop right there, question answered, problem solved, and move on. But lets do the math! That is a three part answer to a one part question. And three minus one equals two and two out of three ain’t bad. So I only have to do 2/3 of Matt’s answer. This means I choose (Yes Sims I CHOOSE!!!) to “Be there” and “Be on Time.” But “Behave” now that is just plain funny!

Our Tour Guide:

I guess the theme of today would be change. Change due to technology, change due to attitudes, and change due to circumstances such as war and terrorism. Technology has forced change on New York City in many ways. Cars have led to more roads, roads have led to more people, and more people have led to the need for better efficiently getting around the city. Technology led to the ability to build bigger and taller. The led to more people, higher land values, and taller buildings. This led to changed zoning laws since tall skyscraper buildings too close led to increase pollution, less beauty, and poorer health. The need for land caused more change. An area called Battery Park is a modern example of backfill designed to expand the livable and useable area, expand the harbor, and add millions if not billions of dollars of real-estate to New York.    

The real possibility of running out of land in this area surrounded by water led to back-filling land to expand and “manufacture” additional new land as far back as the early 19th century. In an area called the Collect Pond, ground was reclaimed from marshes and waste water. The area around here was also home to a large African American community. From the late 1600’s on through the 1700’s, they gathered to bury loved ones here. From the Colonial era onward this area was the only cemetery for and estimated 15,000 people of African decedents. In 1991, while digging a foundation for a new Federal building, the government discovered the remnants of an African burial ground experts estimate once covered over 4 acres and containing these burial ground. Located around city hall, the site was declared a national monument and a memorial was built and dedicated on October 2007.

Attitudes have changed in New York for a variety of reasons. There is an inclusion among the people of New York. They generally see New York as the best place on earth to live. That is a major reason that real estate prices are up so dramatically and crime is down so significantly. As we walked throughout the town (and on the subway), people seem to be much friendlier than we were led to believe. People just seem to have a civic pride and want to help keep the city clean. There appears to be a real drive to make their town(s) a place where everyone would want to visit and be comfortable in.

And the change in attitudes is extremely apparent in the possibility of any kind of terrorism. Huge concrete planters have put in place to insure that truck bombs can never again terrorize the city. Decorative iron posts and fences adore the downtown looking nice, yet providing a measure of security for these high risk targets and people. Ground Zero is rising from the ashes. Construction activity seems at a fever pitch as rebuilding and re-growth take center stage in the World Trade Center Site. A Memorial and Museum are being built at this site to remind New Yorkers, Americans, and the world just what can happen if we ever forget!

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A Day in the Life of a King! Art, Fun, and NYC!

June 7, 2010

I can bearly stand being away from you! 🙂

 So you think you know a lot, or a bunch, or even some about art? Come on along and take a virtual journal with me as we explore NYC and the world as seen through the eyes and lens of King Hutch. Lets call this virtual tour the  “A Day in the Life” tour.

I read the news today, oh boy  (OK, so I didn’t even read the newspaper but lets just go with it)
About a lucky man who made the grade   (This would be our Hero, the one and only: King Hutch)
And though the news was rather sad  (Well truely, not really sad, just missing someone) 
Well I just had to laugh  (So if you know me at all, you know I find life funny and love to laugh)
I saw the photograph  (Ah, yes, the photograph(s), now we are getting somewhere!)

He blew his mind out in a car  (Well if I don’t watch the lights better I might run into a car)
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed  (Those lights change all the time)
A crowd of people stood and stared (Could it be my good looks or something else?)
They’d seen his face before  (Of course, I’m the King!)
Nobody was really sure  (Surely you Jest)
If he was from the House of Lords  (Nope, just the House of Hutchins) 

I saw a film today, oh boy  (Now we are talking, watch the film, we won’t have to read)
The English Army had just won the war  (When was the last war they won, The Revolutionary War? Oh yea, we won that one!!)
A crowd of people turned away  (Well nobody will even look you in the eye in NYC)
But I just had to look  (Of course, I’m a Rube from Colorado!)
Having read the book  (OK, just for you Jonathan and Matt!)

I’d love to turn you on  (Baby, its all about you!)

Woke up, fell out of bed  (Thats from Dave’s snoring like a Fred Flinstone)
Dragged a comb across my head  (Why I did that I’ll never tell, but I used my “Bald Man’s Brush”)
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup  (Just follow gravity. Oh yea, Green Tea Frapaccino-Soy/No Whip Cream)
And looking up I noticed I was late  (Well ordering something that complicated would make anyone late, better run!)

Found my coat and grabbed my hat  (Dave had my coat in his backpack. Were is my hat??? Oh, on my head already.)
Made the bus in seconds flat  (OK, it was the subway and my darn “Metrocard” pass didn’t work again so I jumped the gate.)
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke  (Just followed the rest of the pack upstairs so I wouldn’t get lost again: remember Boston. By the way it was my shoes that were smoking from ali the walking we have been doing) 
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream  (Must have been a “Monotone” historian so I dream about my Baby!) 

I heard the news today, oh boy  (Russian Mafia have taken over Brighton Breah!)
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire  (I have no idea why that is in my tour? We are in NYC, not England!) 
And though the holes were rather small  (I’ve always heard that size doesn’t matter!)
They had to count them all 
(well we are in the financial Capital of the world! It does them good to practice their math skills.)
Now they know how many holes it takes
To fill the Albert Hall 
(But how many does it take to fill Madison Square Garden or Yankee Statium? Now thats a real question!)

I’d love to turn you on  (Baby, You are my one and only, together-forever!)

  

By the way, we got up early on Sunday morning to work on our blogs and around 9:45 we caught the subway (well it came around 10:20, apparently fewer cars are running on Sunday morning) and headed to Grand Central Station. From there we walked and shopped over to 5th Avenue and then up it passing million/billion dollar property, Central Park, until we made it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During this walk of a couple hours and slightly over 40 blocks we had quite the workout, yet made great time. We even had time to hit a street vendor and check out the Carnegie Mansion. The museum was great as witnessed by the slide show. I loved the guided tour and every exhibit was terrific. We left there at 5 pm and headed to Coney Island. We had a Nathans Famous Hotdog and I called my mother who went to Nathans while dating my father to let her know where I was. We walked down to Brighton Beach and found a Russian restaurant that served us 1 person at a time in intervals of about 10-15 minutes. We were afraid to say anything for fear of never being heard of again. Then we walked back up the boardwalk and caught the subway coming home. Quite an eventful night!