New York Bound – Around NYC

So we had three full days in New York to walk around and see the sights.  We came here for our honeymoon in 2008, so this time we wanted to try and see a few things that we missed.  One of those was going to the Top of the Rock, which is at the top of the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  Here are some of the more choice shots I took of the New York sky line on that nice Friday morning.  A wide shot looking south:

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A shot of Central Park and the north of Manhattan.

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A look at the Empire State Building and the new tower being built on the World Trade Center site.

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Also at Rockefeller Centre, the Lego store, featuring these Maersk models.

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We also toured around Grand Central Terminal.  The underground sections are not pretty, but the great hall is still beautiful.

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Yes, Apple has a store in the upper level.  It’s kind of cool how they integrated the usual Apple store look into the classic architecture.  It’s only a little bit blasphemous.  The following day we went to the south of Manhattan to go over the Brooklyn bridge and take the Staten Island Ferry.  We started our crossing of the bridge from the Brooklyn side.

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There were a number of vantage points along the way.  Here’s one, where I’ve got some of the Manhattan skyline and the approach on the Manhattan bridge.

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As well as Pier 17, which was to the south.

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From the Staten Island ferry, I shot the Statue of Liberty any number of times, but I think this one was the best.

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For food, we ventured to the Shake Shack and stumbled upon Rub BBQ on West 23rd Street on our way to the High Line.  What’s the High Line you ask?  Here’s the description courtesy of the High Line website:

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.

This is a really great idea and I wanted to see it since I had heard of it.  The pictures on the official site and their associated blog are terrific, of course, but I think I did an okay job getting the general idea.  Here’s our approach to the entrance on West 23rd Street.

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And some I took as we progressed north towards the end at 34th street.

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When we got to the current end of the park (the High Line continues north, looping around the back of Madison Square Gardens and Penn Station), I took one looking east:

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And one of what will eventually become more park to the north.  An inadvertent self portrait, as my shadow invades the right hand corner.

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And that was our three days.  We did more than this, of course, but these are the highlights of what I took photos of.  I also went to Gotham Model Trains and picked up an undecorated SD40 model which I’ll be spinning into a feature on its own in a little while.  A wonderful time, all together!

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2 Responses to New York Bound – Around NYC

  1. William Self says:

    You can never go wrong taking a trip to NYC. Looks like you checked out some choice sites! I was also impressed with the High-Line. Pretty cool converting a former L-Train line into a public park. Possible future for the Gardiner Expressway? Not likely but I can dream cant I?

    • Adam Walker says:

      Thanks for the comment, William! I’ve actually thought about the Gardiner as a park before and it has some of the same elements as the High Line. However, it would take a sea change of opinion and transit in the city to ever do something of the sort. As you say, we can dream!

      Adam

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