So the word’s out about this newest art attraction in the city, which they are calling the “NYC Waterfalls”. Just when you thought there was no more excitement to be had in the city, here comes something to entice people’s moods again! These waterfalls could be seen along the harbor (great view of it from the Manhattan side (don’t have any opinions yet through, from the Brooklyn side). Better cease this opportunity before it goes away in mid-October!
Straight through this “secret garden” (as my colleague calls it – and how rightfully named!) this was truly, one of the perfect spots to view 3 waterfalls at once! – Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Piers and Governors Island. This location definitely transports you away from the true hustle and bustle of the city life and gives you that momentary escape from reality through the tranquil and serene mood that surrounds you while you are there. So, “Where is this is?” you ask. Well…, I won’t spill the “secret garden” location just quite yet (if I did, that would defeat the whole purpose of its name!). Though OK…, I’ll see if I’m in a giving mood later…
So, although today was a very cloudy and windy day, it did give you a different view of how the waterfalls blend in with nature (i.e. how the wind plays with the falls by brushing against it). Though yes, I must (and will) step out during a sunny day and take some newer snapshots and post up for a comparison. (…and I’ll leave the night shots when Frank is there).
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES
Well, there’s no “true” entertainment and activities here, since this is considered more of a sightseeing event than anything else. However, because of the location of where this was being viewed, as a special reward, you get to enjoy the beauty of the garden area too!
Actually, to be honest, when I first stepped foot in, it swept me back to when Frank and I were in Tokyo for our vacation. When we were in Roppongi area, there was a spot outside one of the buildings (near the Mori Tower and TV Ashaii HQ) where it was like a walk-through garden path. It was more beautiful than this one, but wow, it was just a nice feeling to recall. —Sorry, got a bit side-tracked. Continuing on…—
There are a few benches hidden through the mini side paths where you can sit and soak in some peace from the somewhat uptight feel surrounding the financial district area (especially with recent news these days where many of the major investment banks are reporting tremendous loss of all profits due to various write-downs; like Merill for its exposure to bonds issuers, Morgan with its loans/mortgaged-back debts, and so forth). Not an easy time for this cyclical industry…
If you are in the downtown area, visiting the Seaport, the famous Wall Street Bull or Battery Park, this is something a little extra to make your visit to the city a bit more special and memorable. Although not a fascinating draw during the day (maybe better at night?), it will make you go “wow” / “cool”, just to see different side to the harbor that was never there before. Hey, it’s free, you have a camera, so why not!
Alright, so you read up to here. I did give a few hints above, did you catch them? Well, you already know we were viewing from the Manhattan side and down in the financial district (okay, so maybe not the best hints ever, but at least you have an idea of where you need to be). So, okay, in-between the Standard & Poor’s building and HIP building along Water St (I’d say about 2 blocks away from the Ferry), there is an up-escalator that would, seemingly, lead you to the building entrances above. However, it is not! After all my years having been working downtown, I was amazed at what I was seeing! An actual mini garden built on a balcony-like area! With it being perched above ground and the view of the Brooklyn it provides, I’d say it’s one of the perfect (and “secret” spots) to view the 3 of 4 waterfalls! “So, there you have it.” “Now, go and find it!”