Urban archaeology: Not just any planter
There's history wherever you look in New York -- even on a sidewalk planter. We must have passed this planter dozens of times before noticing this weekend that it's just not any planter, it's an Adlai Stevenson planter! The Democrat and former Illinois governor twice tried to wrest the presidency from Ike before finishing his career as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the 1960s. He passed away in 1965. This planter, on East 35th Street off Park Avenue, is dedicated to Stevenson, an intellectual's intellectual whose name is probably lost on many of the neighborhood's growing share of young professionals.
The planter is outside Community Church of New York, which has an interesting modernist facade. We make a point of walking by here from time to time because of the ever-changing display of inspirational messages on this bulletin board. Here's the one the faithful, or anyone walking by, encountered on Easter morning:
-- Rolando Pujol