NYC - Brooklyn Bridge & Stone Street

March 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tony encouraged my desire to visit old New York and walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  I liked stepping the steps where George Washington was inaugurated.  I liked walking Pearl Street, where Thomas Edison pulled the switch to bring electricity to NYC.  Our Wall Street tour was prevented by a peaceful prayer meeting of 50,000 faithful Hasidic Jewish Americans exercising their right to free speech & assembly.  Specific prayer included a request for non-passage of an Israeli bill to draft Hasidic young men for service in the armed forces.  From a photographer's perspective, it was a joyous SURPRISE to see 50,000 God-fearing men in black strolling the streets of Manhattan - some hurrying with long coats flapping to reach the meeting by 2.  I wish I had known to watch for the dance circles.  Afterward the mood of the 50,000 was joyful as families or groups walked home across the Brooklyn Bridge - some hats re-set at a jaunty angle, and many smiles: Photo Hasidic Jew pray and protest in New York City50,000 Hasidic Jews gathered in the financial district of lower Manhattan to pray together against a bill for compulsory military service in Israel. A celebratory mood ensued on the walk home across the Brooklyn Bridge in the sun and blue sky.

 


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