Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tiles for America

Don and I have spent a lot of time in NYC over the years. Since our distributor, Waterworks, has a few showrooms there, and we work with a number of architects in the City, it's not unusual to make a day trip of it. But we also have family who live in NYC, so it's also a destination for family fun. There are parts of the city we know really well, and parts we really don't know at all. Greenwich Village is one of those areas that we just haven't spent that much time in. So it was nice to have a good reason to walk about the Village after we dropped our tiles to a new restaurant that will be opening soon, on Greenwich Avenue. We actually explored the night before and got the view of the evening crowd versus the morning crowd - there was a very different feel to 7th Avenue from night to day!

We're always on the lookout for tiles, so it was a surprise to find that there is a tile memorial on the corner of 7th Avenue and 11th Street, called "Tiles For America". Hand-painted tiles are attached to the fence surrounding a parking lot, all commemorating the events of September 11, 2001.



We spent a long time here, and I was really touched by the demonstration of kindness and love that these tiles represent. Read the whole story of the memorial here. I took a number of photos, here are just a few.







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