Where in New York? Dark Passageway

How well do you know New York? The photo above was taken on a day when this site was closed, but normally, the gate behind me is up. Visitors (humans only, no dogs permitted) proceed through the dark passageway to enter this small site, which is located in downtown Manhattan and is a memorial to an event that occurred in the mid-nineteenth century.

Where in New York am I?

E-mail your answer to using the subject line “WINY” by 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, January 17th. My secretary will randomly choose one winner from all the correct answers. 

Update: A winner has been selected and will be revealed soon.

imageThe winner will receive a copy of Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty by the editors of Garden & Gun, courtesy of the humans at HarperCollins. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond and claim the prize. If no response is received within that time, my secretary will choose a runner-up.

Because of my secretary’s limited mailing budget, I’m sorry to say this contest is open only to entrants in the U.S.

Thank you for reading, and good luck!

A Poem for Karen

I am happy to announce the winner of the (very bad) poem contest. Reader Karen was among those who correctly guessed the name of the houseguest, and she was chosen to receive a (likely quite dreadful) poem in her honor. Without further ado…

A Poem for Karen

Winter, ceaseless grey and damp,
When even the scent of cinnamon
Can’t warm your nose.
Nor can the pleasures of red wine and chocolate
Sweeten the bitter cold.
What to do but persist
Each day, rise and put on your woolen socks
Starting with the left one,
As all sensible people do?
Hope you like it, Ms. Karen! And thanks to everyone who submitted a response!

If you enjoy good poetry, make sure to include a stop at Poets’ House in your next visit downtown. This serene, sunny space in Battery Park City has a library of poetry journals and books, an exhibition space, and workshops and events. As a dog, I can’t go in (maybe if I could, I’d write better poetry), but humans can visit and peruse the library for free.