Liberty Street – Coda (World Financial Center and Battery Park City)

19 – Elevated Pedestrian Walkway across West Street., and a weary pilgrim.

The song nears its end. We hear the same theme we heard during the introduction, except this time, it is in a hopeful D Major. It suggests that Death has won over the Maiden. We can almost imagine her, sleeping soundly in his arms of bone, restful, at peace, but never to awaken.

We end our walk through Liberty Street on a contemplative tone, meandering through the superficial idyll that is Battery Park City to find ourselves an empty bench by the Hudson River waterfront. There we sit and ponder life, love, hope and mortality.

(For information on specific buildings on Liberty Street, I am indebted to New York Songlines: Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets, at

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20 – Entrance to One World Financial Center (1985), home to the Dow Jones.

21 – 2 World Financial Center.

22 – Entrance to Battery Park City, a huge condominium complex built on landfill from the construction of the original World Trade Center.

23 – New York City Police Memorial (1997) in the distance, designed by Stuart Crawford. It commemorates the death of police officers in the course of duty.

24 – North Yacht Cove, in Battery Park City.

25 – Jersey City skyline, across the Hudson River.

D – Coda

PDF: D – Coda (Battery Park City) (1.7 MB)

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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