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symbol of prosperity in the stock market. Di Modica worked on the piece for two years before he left it on the doorstep of
the Stock Exchange as a Christmas present to the city of New York in 1989. The police seized it with the plan of impounding
it, but, after much public protest, it was reinstalled a few blocks down in Bowling Green Park where it remains today. The
surrounding area also allows for great views of Brooklyn across the water and the Statue of Liberty.
2) Just a few skips away from the Bull, also in the Lower Manhattan area, stands Fritz Koeing’s
The Sphere
. Just another
sculpture? Take a closer look. Koeing’s work earned its place as a part of the city’s history on a tragic day that changed
New York’s history forever. Originally installed in the plaza between the two towers, 
The Sphere
 suffered damage on Sep-
tember 11, 2011 from the falling debris surrounding it. When the rescue crew entered the wreckage that day, one of the
only objects that maintained its basic structure was 
The Sphere
. After the rubble was cleaned up, local volunteers came
in and helped restore the sculpture. It was temporarily moved to
Battery Park
until decisions on further restoration and
placement could be reached. Several months later Mayor Bloomberg announced the park would be its permanent home.
The dents and cracks were left as reminders of that day and the regenerative abilities of New Yorkers.
The Masstransiscope
 is a perfect outlet for those visitors of the more exploratory spirit. Within the deep dark tunnels of
Myrtle Avenue Flatbush subway station
, a pleasant surprise awaits passengers of Manhattan-bound B and Q trains. 
 is a set of 228 wall paintings that line the walls of the tunnel. As the train whizzes by the brightly colored,
geometrically decorated panels morph together to create an effect similar to that of a flip book. The first
was installed with the opening of the original subway station in 1980 as a Creative Time Project. Inspired by the old
fashioned zoetrope, the view from the train car window takes viewers’ minds back to an old film reel splaying out before
The Masstransiscope
, sadly, was heavily vandalized, and for a while, was not as beautiful as it had been in other years.
In 2008, Bill Brand brought it back with a restoration project known city-wide, and as part of a film experiment. The display
is a bit of a hike but well worth the journey. As a side note, the area outside of the station is a fun place to explore for the
local coffee shop and small concert-loving crowd.
4) Ironically, a hidden treasure unknown to even most locals was created by an artist whose name resonates worldwide.
Pablo Picasso’s
The Portrait of Sylvette
 sculpture in Greenwich Village is one of the only two colossal concrete structures
by Picasso. The sculpture resides in the courtyard of NYU’s Silver Towers residence at
110 Bleeker Street
. It was created
from a sketch Picasso made of a girl he met in France in 1953. The sculpture has proven itself a keeper to the city, protected
by a 2008 act in which the real Sylvette David was involved. This piece is highly worth a visit, and hardly the last thing to
do in Greenwich Village. Take a tour of Bob Dylan’s studio, see an off-Broadway play, or visit the house of a favorite poet;
this is what New York is about.
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