City Paper is not for tourists
The canvas shroud covering the Netherlands Carillon—that 100-foot bell tower near the Iwo Jima Memorial—denotes not the efforts of the wrap star, but of the Dutch government. Nearly 50 years ago, the Netherlands gave the U.S. the carillon as a thank-you for dispatching the Nazis. Now, that country is renovating the token of its esteem with a spiffy paint job, a new bell-playing mechanism, and re-tuned bells. Thirty-seven of the 49 bells have been shipped back to the Netherlands for tuning; presumably the larger bells will also hit the right notes at the May 5 rededication.