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NYC - Battery Park City: Monsignor John J. Kowsky Plaza - Berlin Wall | by wallyg
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NYC - Battery Park City: Monsignor John J. Kowsky Plaza - Berlin Wall

Kowsky Plaza, formerly known as Pumphouse Plaza, is located on the roof of an underground pumping station that was used to supply water to the cooling towers of the World Trade Center. It was in the midst of a redesign when the attacks of 9/11 delayed the project.

 

This 12 foot high, 8 foot wide, 2.75-ton section of the Berlin Wall was given to the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, by the German Consulate, in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 2004. It was placed in Kowsky Plaza on the upper level of the esplanade just east of the intersection of Liberty and West Streets. This segment once stood in downtown Berlin in the area between Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz. It was part of the inner wall designed to prevent East Germans from escaping.

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Taken on January 6, 2007