In the Belly of the Beast: A Walk through Lower Manhattan, a set on Flickr.
Regular readers will recall that, last month, I visited the US to campaign for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the 11th anniversary of its opening, taking part in events in Washington D.C. and McLean, Virginia from January 10 to 12, and in New York on January 13, which I made available in photo sets here, here and here. An archive of various articles relating to my visit — and videos of my appearances — can be found here.
However, as I explained in an article two weeks ago, An Englishman in New York: Photos of a Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, I actually arrived in New York on the evening of January 7, and didn’t leave until the evening of January 16, so I had plenty of time to wander around the city — and specifically Manhattan and Brooklyn, the former because, of course, it draws the visitor like an irresistible magnet, and because I had appointments there with various friends and colleagues: with Debra Sweet of the World Can’t Wait, with various friends and associates at the Center for Constitutional Rights, with the dancer and activist Nancy Vining Van Ness, and with the journalist and researcher Anand Gopal, as well as my rendezvous for a panel discussion at Revolution Books on January 13 with the Guantánamo attorney Ramzi Kassem, who represents Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, after which a big group of World Can’t Wait supporters went out for dinner before I ended up down an alley in Chinatown being filmed for a forthcoming documentary.
As for Brooklyn, I was staying in the Cobble Hill area with my friend, the secretive blogger known as The Talking Dog, and his family. The ‘Dog has been my friend since September 2007, when we first met over the phone, as he interviewed me for his excellent ongoing series of interviews with people involved with the Guantánamo story, just after the publication of my book The Guantánamo Files, and I first visited him and stayed with him in March 2008, during my first ever visit to America.
This set of photos is the second of eleven sets from New York (plus two from Washington D.C.), and was taken on January 8, my first full day in the city, when it was unseasonably warm, the sun shone magnificently, and my host escorted me on a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge into Lower Manhattan. While he then went to work, I wandered through the financial district and down to Battery Park — somewhere I have always wanted to visit — before walking back up through Lower Manhattan, and then back across the Brooklyn Bridge as dusk fell.
There are five sets from this adventure — plus a sixth from the same day, as, after returning home to Brooklyn, I set out once more through the dark night to capture a few glimpses of the million lights of the Manhattan skyline from the former docks, which was quite an experience, as the docks, in contrast, were lightly cordoned off and in complete darkness!
I’ll be posting these other sets in the weeks to follow, but for now I hope you enjoy the second part of my journey of discovery in New York — through Lower Manhattan, crossing Wall Street and passing the New York Stock Exchange, and on down Broad Street to the southern tip of Manhattan where the skyscrapers end abruptly, and the docks and ferries take over. So come and walk with me through Manhattan — next up is my long-anticipated visit to Battery Park, which, I’m delighted to say, was not a disappointment.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Victor McAuley wrote:
Well named photoset Andy.
Thanks, Victor. Glad to hear it.
Louise Gordon wrote:
Thanks, Louise. Good to hear from you. I hope all is well with you – apart from the state of the world, obviously!
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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