Three Coins in the Fountain…

As a follow up to the Tying the Knot post, some of you may be looking to capture your special day with pictures or video. Clearly, the scene should be memorable and attractive and what could be a better backdrop than a scenic fountain?!? For those getting married at the Manhattan office of the City Clerk, the fountain in City Hall Park is just a few blocks south and would be the perfect photo op for the newlyweds!

The Fountain in City Hall Park
The Fountain in City Hall Park

Of course there are many other famous fountains in New York, the fountain in Washington Square Park, Bethesda Found in Central Park (said to be the inspiration for the introduction to the television show “Friends”), Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Manhattan (rumored to have been visited by F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife for moonlit dips), Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Brooklyn, Rockefeller Fountain in the Bronx Zoo, The Uni-sphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and South Beach Park’s Dolphin Fountain in Staten Island to name just a few.

The Fountain in Washington Square Park
The Fountain in Washington Square Park

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park


Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Manhattan

Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Manhattan

Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Brooklyn
Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza-Brooklyn

Rockefeller Fountain in the Bronx Zoo
Rockefeller Fountain in the Bronx Zoo

The Uni-sphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The Uni-sphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Dolphin Fountain in South Beach Park
The Dolphin Fountain in South Beach Park

Tying the Knot

With wedding season well underway, the summer is the perfect time to get married in New York City. Getting married in the city is so popular, in fact, that NYC Media has dedicated a whole show to the topic, “Say I Do, NYC”. Our friends at NYC Media provide ten helpful hints and services provided by the City Clerk’s Marriage Bureau including getting a marriage license, holding your ceremony at the City Clerk’s office, information on language translation and of course, where the clerk’s offices are.

Manhattan Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Get a map of the Manhattan office

Bronx Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451
Get a map of the Bronx office

Brooklyn Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Get a map of the Brooklyn office

Queens Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Get a map of the Queens office

Staten Island Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Staten Island, NY 10301
Get a map of the Staten Island office

Locations of City Clerk's offices

Earth Day NYC… Green Infrastructure Map

In September of 2010 NYC DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan. According to the Executive Summary, “This Green Infrastructure Plan presents an alternative approach to improving water quality that integrates green infrastructure, such as swales and green roofs, with investments to optimize the existing system and to build targeted, smaller-scale ‘grey’ or traditional infrastructure. This is a multi-pronged, modular, and adaptive approach to a complicated problem that will provide widespread, immediate benefits at a lower cost. The green infrastructure component of this strategy builds upon and reinforces the strong public and government support that will be necessary to make additional water quality investments.”
A major component of the web strategy is to implement a mapping application to show Green Infrastructure projects. This application can be accessed through the ‘Other Themes’ menu on NYCityMap or by clicking here.

Green Infrastructure map

Happy Earth Day!!!!

Centennial at infamous landmark…

March 25th, 2011 marks the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire located in lower Manhattan. According to wikipedia, it “was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history.”
The site of the fire was designated as a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) in 2003. From their designation report, “Now a New York University science building, this neo-Renaissance-style loft building was constructed in 1900-01 for investor Joseph J. Asch. On March 25, 1911, it was the site of one of the worst industrial disasters in American history, when a fire in the Triangle shirtwaist factory on the building’s top three floors resulted in the death of 146 workers, most of them young women.”

While the fire itself was short in duration, the tragedy had long lasting effects. Again from the LPC report, “The tragedy stunned the nation and
became a catalyst for a broad range of reforms. In the next few
years, New York City and New York State adopted a battery of
new laws to protect the public from fires and ensure the health
and safety of workers. The new laws were the most advanced and comprehensive in the country and served as models for
other state and local ordinances and for the federal labor legislation of the New Deal era, twenty years later.”

Happy Ferris Wheel Day

According to WikiHow, “Ferris Wheel Day is held on February 14 in honor of the American engineer and inventor George Ferris (born Feb 14, 1859). The Ferris wheel was invented for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893. Since then it has been a must-have part of every fair and is beloved by many.”
To celebrate, why not take a trip to Coney Island and see the Wonder Wheel? This steel Ferris wheel was built in 1918 and opened in 1920. It has both stationary cars and rocking cars that slide along a track. The facts from wikipedia state that, “It holds 144 riders, stands 150 feet (46 m) tall, and weighs over 2,000 tons.”
The Wonder Wheel in Coney Island
If it is still too cold to take a ride on an outdoor Ferris Wheel, Toys ‘R’ Us has an indoor one at their Times Square location. It is located at 1514 Broadway, in what is considered the largest toy store in the world!

25th Anniversary of a National Landmark…

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the designation of the USS Intrepid as a national landmark. The famous aircraft carrier is permanently moored at West 46th Street and houses the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.
According to the Museum’s website, the Intrepid “was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War.”

The USS Intrepid is moored on the west side of Manhattan at 48th Street.

If you are planning a trip to New York City, or just happen to be on the West Side of Manhattan, take a look. You won’t be disappointed.