New York City Pictures
New York, USA
Brooklyn Bridge, heading for Manhattan island, New York City.
Brooklyn Bridge - or even just walking halfway across then back -
is one of New York's most illuminating experiences, summarising the
city perfectly. An impressive sight during the day, Manhattan becomes
a glowing, magical fortress of light after dark, enveloped by thunderous,
roaring, destructive forces of four-wheel evil.
The stunning bridge, opened in 1883 after a number of tragic accidents,
was the world's first steel suspension bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian and cyclist section, above the motor vehicles.
path running down the centre and above the noxious transport beasts,
was added to the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1980s.
The starting points of the path are poorly marked and vehicle noise
is oppressive, but the city views after sunset are wonderful. Walking
out from the Manhattan end up to the central point and returning from
there is probably the easiest way to accomplish this walk, but don't
stray into the bike lane without looking or you stand a good chance
of being wiped out by two-wheel furies.
The art-deco Chrysler Building, Manhattan, considered by many to be the city's finest skyscraper; it was completed in 1930 and is currently the third tallest building in New York.
is no shortage of striking sights in New York City from the bridges
across the Hudson to
the older skyscrapers and official
buildings, though the newer structures tend towards style-free, glass and concrete lumps.
The Manhattan Bridge, crossing the East River to connect Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn; completed in 1912.
The Empire State Building gleams in the background.
The US Post Office, Manhattan
The New York Post Office, sports perhaps the world's
grandest slogan above the columns: 'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor
gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their
Grand Central Terminal, more often known as Grand Central Station.
Grand Central Station
This massive rail station, rebuilt in 1913, has 44 platforms that run over 600 trains a day on the Metro-North Railroad as well as NYC subways and buses. The Grand Central Terminal information desk - at the centre of the photo above - is a popular meeting place, while the restaurants serve excellent, reasonably priced food. The Oyster Bar is particularly famous.
Check the New York City Trip Planner for maps of subway stations, directions and schedules.
Times Square photo by Daniel Schwen.
This, the Piccadilly of Manhattan, used to be the favourite hangout for New
York's wackos, weirdos, whores and druggies, but is now awash with
tourists looking for a place to eat, drink and watch the wackos, weirdos
etc etc, who have now moved on to pastures new (except for the occasional cowboy singing folk-rock in his underwear and cowboy boots). Times Square is consequently
overcrowded, less-than-interesting and not a square anyway, though
it is adjacent to Broadway's famous shows that are definitely worth
the ticket if you can get one.
Broadway, New York City's theatrical center; photo by UpstateNYer.
7th Avenue, Manhattan, nothing out of the ordinary there then.
The New York Public Library, Manhattan. Ah yes, the tidal wave place was it? Or Godzilla trashed it? Or both?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Otherwise known as the Met.
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, with Manhattan
island in the background
Statue of Liberty (official name: Liberty Enlightening the World) is, of course, New York's premier sight, though
officially it's in New Jersey. A gift from the French to celebrate
America's 100th year of independence, the statue was unveiled in 1886.
Monument Visitor Information
A dramatic sculpture near the Battery Park ferry dock on the south-west tip of Manhattan island, port for Liberty Island ferries.
Park is prettier than the brutal name would suggest and offers tourist ferries to the Statue's island and neighbouring Ellis Island - the historic immigration area - as well as
a brilliant distant view of the famous monument.
All visitors now
have to undergo an airport style body and baggage check before boarding the ferry. If you wish
to climb the monument, even to the lower level, you will probably
need to book ahead by phone or internet, or at least arrive very early.
Ellis Island, the first point of contact for millions of immigrants into the USA.
Liberty island also offers an excellent museum on the background and structural
details of the big girl.
The ferries run via Ellis Island and its lively and well produced
museum at the same cost, for those who wish to learn more about early
immigration to USA.
Central Park, Manhattan's lungs and a spectacular relief from traffic drone, concrete canyons and shopping psychosis.
seeing Hollywood's typical portrayal of Central Park over the years
would imagine that it is a haven for muggers and rapists, whereas Central Park is, in fact, a haven for nature, with 26,000 trees, huge lakes
and meadows, and is home to 260 species of bird. 25 million humans
a year get to use the 9,000 benches, as well as cafés, restaurants,
baseball pitches, boating lakes, skate rinks, tennis courts and rental
Central Park's rocks such as those pictured above are 450 million years
Compared to London's Hyde Park, for example, this park is bigger (the perimeter is 6 miles long),
greener, more shapely and offers more entertainment. Unlike Hyde Park,
however, you would be ill-advised to walk (58 miles of pedestrian paths!) or jog the park at night,
unless in the company of savvy New Yorkers.
you want to keep the kids entertained for a few blissful moments (21 playgrounds!)...
...do some quiet contemplation (9,000 benches!),...
...take a romantic ride or find somewhere
to exercise, Central Park is New York's finest space case. But take
a map, it's a monster!
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