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 Union Square, which includes the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, will have more "hardscape space" rather than lawn, to make the area more sustainable for when large crowds gather, designer Rodrigo Abela said. (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond)

Union Square, which includes the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, will have more "hardscape space" rather than lawn, to make the area more sustainable for when large crowds gather, designer Rodrigo Abela said. (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.