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A chunk of the Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

September 8, 2011

Tucked away in a tiny pedestrian plaza between Fifth and Madison Avenues is an authentic piece of history, complete with colorful Eastern Block graffiti.

It’s a 20-foot-high slab of Berlin Wall. So what’s it doing in the middle of corporate New York?

It was sold by the former East German government to Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer, the real estate giant that owns the plaza. Speyer installed it here in 1990, a year after the wall’s demise.

It’s not the only section to make it to New York; three more dot the city.

“One can be found at the entrance to the¬†Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and another between¬†Gateway Plaza, the North Cove Marina, and the World Financial Center,” NYCityMap Blog tells us. A third segment rests in the gardens at UN Headquarters.