Posts Tagged ‘Berlin Wall in New York City’

A piece of the Berlin Wall hidden downtown

June 2, 2014

BatteryparkcityberlinwallIn a verdant stretch of Battery Park City, just steps away from the soon-to-open Freedom Tower, sits another global emblem of freedom.

It’s a piece of the Berlin Wall, one of four segments known to be  in New York (left).

How did it end up in a small, hard-to-find expanse between Gateway Plaza and the North Cove Marina?

The city of Berlin donated it to Battery Park City in 2004, the 15th anniversary of the destruction of this Cold War icon.

“These segments were originally located in downtown Berlin in the area between Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz,” a sign helpfully explains.

berlinwallphoto1“They were not exposed to the West (“Outer Wall”), but part of the Inner Wall that was designed to prevent East Germans from entering the heavily guarded death strip between the Inner and Outer Wall.”

A bigger section of wall can be found at lovely pocket park Paley Park on East 53rd Street (left).

There’s also pieces at the entrance to the Intrepid Museum and at the United Nations.

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.