Where is the Berlin Wall?

If you answered New York you’d be correct! (at least partially)   Like the “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” question, there is more to this than meets the eye.

The history buffs reading know, of course, that the Berlin Wall was a concrete barrier built by the German Democratic Republic (GDR), more commonly known as East Germany. This ‘wall’ completely enclosed the city of West Berlin, separating it from East Germany and of course, East Berlin.

On November 9th, 1989, after a series political changes and several weeks of protests, the East German government announced that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Throngs of East Germans scaled the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a momentous celebration. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters broke off pieces of the wall and the governments used heavy equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which formally concluded on October 3, 1990, while pieces of the wall were sent around the world.

Four segments of the wall are now located in New York 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. A third segment can be found among the sculptures in the gardens at the United Nations Headquarters, and the fourth segment exists on East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenue.

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