The Secret Solved?

After I posted about Byron Preiss’s The Secret (A Treasure Hunt), there has been much discussion about where exactly the NYC treasure might be buried. Just the other day, I received an email from a reader who thinks he knows where the treasure is buried. As a reminder, here is the verse and image associated with the NYC treasure:

In the shadow

Of the grey giant

Find the arm that

Extends over the slender path

In summer

You’ll often hear a whirring sound

Cars abound

Although the sign

Nearby

Speaks of Indies native

The natives still speak

Of him of Hard word in 3 Vols.

Take twice as many east steps as the hour

Or more

From the middle of one branch

Of the v

Look down

And see simple roots

In rhapsodic man’s soil

Or gaze north

Toward the isle of B.

 

And here is where the reader thinks the treasure is buried. If you look from “simple roots,” this is what you would see:

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This is Battery Park. It is in the shadow of the grey giant, the World Trade Center, which was still standing in Preiss’s time. The Immigrants statue has an arm that points down a path that was once slender. There are many cars whirring in the Battery Park Underpass underneath the park. Nearby is the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House. Hamilton of course was from the Indies. The middle of one branch of the V would be the WWII Memorial. If you take twice as many east steps as the hour (22 steps) or more, you end up by a tree. North of you is the Isle of B, the Battery, which was once an island. From this place you can see many images in the picture: Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, the bird, water, and so on.

The powers that be won’t allow anyone to dig, not legally anyways. Regardless, what do you think? Is this where the treasure was buried?

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  1. Thanks for uploading that picture Andrew. Yes, I feel 22 east steps from the rear of the memorial is the place the box was buried in the early eighties. If you start at the middle of the branch of the eagles wing or the wreath it perches upon, the steps will be more.

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  2. Great thought, never considered it. Bowling Green park where the bull is located is actually an island within roads itself, and it starts with a B just like flanking ‘B’roadway . The bull itself may post date the hunt. Its funny, neither that location (BG park), or Castle Clinton is truly N of my proposed site. Perhaps the direction is general, as the park is not in the litteral shadow of the former #2 WTC.

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  3. Hello! I think you are on to something, but The Immigrants statue, although sculpted in 1973, was not placed in the Park until 1983. Byron Preiss buried the casque earlier than that, probably in 1981 or 1982. I’m curious as to where the Giovanni da Verrazzano statue was positioned in 1981. Could he be the “grey giant”?

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  4. Where is the Verrazano statue? The Immigrants statue was ‘dedicated’ in may 1983. At that point all the finish work and concrete walks were in place. I could never find the actual installation date. If it is indeed the arm over the slender path clue, my guess is it was there prior to the official dedication with a foot path under the arm .

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    1. Scott, you got me to look at the Immigrants statue and image 12 again. Pehaps a coincidence, but Lady Libertys left arm is the reverse of the arm on the immigrants statue. With Preiss and Palencar ‘one never knows’.

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  5. I initially thought the Immigrants statue was key to solving this. It was commissioned by Samuel Rudin, who wanted it placed by Castle Clinton to honor his parents (who emigrated to the US when the Castle was the processing center for immigrants before Ellis Island). I believe George Gershwin to be the “rhapsodical man” in the Verse and that his parents emigrated through Castle Clinton as well, strengthening the connection. And I also believe the “man” in the waves in Image 12 bears a strong resemblance to the “immigrant” with the outstretched hand. However, I have been unable to find out when the statue was actually placed in the Park. All I know is that it was cast in 1973 and dedicated on May 4, 1983. Preiss had to be there almost 2 years before then. Is it possible that it was in the Park two years before it was officially dedicated?

    By the way, if you look at an aerial view of the Park, the Castle’s half-circle shape is similar to the “window-pane” shape at the top of the image.

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  6. I believe it’s in Battery Park too. And I believe I know exactly where. Look at the birds legs. It’s a tree – a small tree with a very specific shape. There is a tree near Castle Clinton that looks just like it. In 1981, the walkway in front of Castle Clinton was a V. There was was another walkway in the middle that connected the 2. That is the branch. Walk 22 steps east from the middle and you get to the line of trees. In that line of trees (that are still there), the tree that I’m speaking of is also still there. If you look at the shape above the statue for this verse, it is Castle Clinton. The blue circles, I believe, represent the aquarium that was once there. In that spot, at the right time of day, one of the towers of the WTC would have caused a shadow. The whirring noise is from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, or possibly helicopter tours (there are 2 pads in that area), or from the many boats that are out during the summer months. The long arm is the flag pole that is still at the base of where the V was, and is opposite the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customers Office. At this location you are at the southern most point of NYC. If you turn north to see the Isle of B, you are looking at North Brother Island in NYC near the Bronx. Castle Clinton was built on a man-made island. It was filled in later, so much of Battery Park is man-made. Rhapsodic, to me, represents music. This area has been used throughout history as an amphitheater, opera house, and many concerts have taken place here from the 1980s on. If you use Google Map, and put yourself in Battery Park in front of Castle Clinton, and then go down the east walkway towards the flagpole, you will see the small tree I am speaking of. You can’t dig there. So I don’t know how anyone will ever find it. But the tree matches the eagle’s legs.

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      1. Hello, Alayden! Have you had a chance to check out the possible site in Battery Park yet? Could you confirm which direction the shadows fall at 11? Would the Towers cast a shadow over that section of Battery Park in the “Summer” (like the Verse mentions)? Or are we looking for a different “grey giant”? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Lorri! You have an interesting theory. I believe you are in the same area my research has led me, but I can’t seem to find the exact tree you are identifying on Google Maps. Is it near the Jerusalem Grove? Can you see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the spot? Is the flag pole you are referencing the Marine Flagstaff or the Netherland Monument? You also made reference to the shadow being cast by the Towers at the “right time of day.” Could that time possibly be 11 AM? That’s the time on the clock in the Image. I think we’re getting closer to solving this!

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  7. In the shadow

    Of the grey giant

    (Behind the statue of liberty)

    Find the arm that

    Extends over the slender path
    ( East River is slender than Hudson River) and Brooklyn bridge extends over the slender path

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  8. In summer

    You’ll often hear a whirring sound

    Cars abound.

    I also found out that Brooklyn bridge made a funny noise that could be heard driving on the bridge and up under the bridge until they fix it

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  9. Although the sign

    Nearby

    Speaks of Indies native

    Find a sign that have to do with native Indians or the east india company….

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  10. The eagle
    The clock is on 11 and the Chrysler building was the tallest building for 11 months
    In the sky race all the buildings have that top that u see in D.4,5

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