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Old December 12th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #41
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In the respect that this event destroyed the 'innocence' of the population, to some extent - in a way previously unknown; and, furthermore- left a visibly scarred landscape - with huge public memorials as a reminder of what came to pass.

( obviously scale is altogether different - but the psychological impact - similar - maybe!)
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Old December 12th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #42
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Fascinating pictures from Battery Park.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #43
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Thanks! Now something different on the shore west of Midtown Manhattan:

USS Intrepid is a historical aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943, one of 24 essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II. Since 1982 it houses the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, located in Pier 86 in Hudson River, on the west bank of Manhattan, near Hell's Kitchen and close to Midtown. It served USA during World War II and in the Vietnam war. She has visited historical places as Pearl Harbour in 1943, and Okinawa. It is one of the few aircraft carriers in the world that are open to public. Even the interior beneath deck has been converted into a museum, but I think it would be more interesting if they had kept more of the original interior. The captain's tower is comparatively authentic. The carrier is 266m long and can carry up to 100 aircrafts. Between 2006 and 2008 Intrepid was moved to Staten Island for reparations and renovation works. There are great views over Midtown Manhattan skyline and New Jersey from the upper decks of the museum.

We visited the musuem on a Friday, the day before the hurricane Irene was expected to hit New York, so it was a hectic day since we planned to take an early flight in the evening, to escape from the hurricane. It was also extremely hot and humid this day, and there were dark clouds on the sky.

USS Intrepid:


USS Intrepid was often called "The Fighting I" because of her prominent roles during battles. It participated in World War II and in Vietnam.




In 1986, Intrepid was designated a National Historical Landmark.




This Concorde, once operated by British Airways, stands just next to the carrier, as a part of the museum. Concorde was a supersonice airliner that entered service in 1976. It retired in 2003, 2 years after the fatal 2000 Paris accident. Before the accident it was known as the world's safest airliner. An interesting thing is that the first Concorde flight after the Paris accident was on September 11 2001, it landed just hours before the WTC attacks!

Midtown skyline seen from underneath the wings of the supersonice Concorde.


The Concordes used these kind of Rolls-Royce turbo engines.


Ugly highrises in commie block style on the New Jersey side, across Hudson River.




Concorde in direction towards Midtown skyline, here dominated by One Worldwide Plaza. To the right is its RR engine.


USS Growler is a cruise missile submarine. It was the 4th US Navy ship to be named from the growler, a large-mouth black bass! It was laid down in 1955 and participated in the battle of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #44
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Upper deck: Aircrafts and skyline views:


Captain's tower and upper deck seen from one of the elevator towers.




Midtown Manhattan skyline.


Looking towards Empire State Building.




Skyscrapers around Times Square, tallest from the left: Marriott Marquis, One Astor Plaza, Bank of America Tower. In the near left you can see part of the Blackbird.


The black clouds above the skyline and airplanes, the day before the hurricane Irene was about to strike. We left earlier that day!


View towards mansions on hills at the New Jersey side, across Hudson River.







Blackbird, officially Lockhead A-12. It was part of the 1962 secret military program Project Oxcraft. This particular Blackbird served as a radar test example in Nevada.






The escape from New York. Cars leaving New York, escape from the hurricane Irene, along West Side Highway with Jersey City in the background. Or is it just normal rush hour?




Colourful aircrafts and tourists in front of a wealthy New Jersey suburb.


Captain's tower from upper deck.


Captain's view.


A school class, one of many that visited the museum.


Captain's sea cabin. The Spartan home of the captain.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #45
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Underneath the deck, inside the museum:


In one of the lower decks, you can find the indoor part of the museum, featuring objects of air -and spacecrafts.




A model of how USS Intrepid looked during WWII...


These kind of wagons give signals for aircrafts during takeoff and landing.


An aircraft in the indoor deck.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #46
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Amazing museum Thanks for the great updates
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Old December 13th, 2011, 05:28 PM   #47
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The skybridges connect the elevator glass tower with the aircraft carrier.


Leaving Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. I didn't visit it in 1998, something I regret. So it was good to come back, even if we had to leave later the same day because of the threat from the hurricane Irene.

This is just a summary of my Intrepid pictures. The rest can be seen on this link:

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Great pictures . And the menacing clouds of Hurricane Irene add a classy touch to the pics . You sure picked a great time for a visit
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Old December 18th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #49
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Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is a neighbourhood on Manhattan, located between Times Square and Hudson River. It is spanning from 34th to 59th streets, west of 8th Ave. It is partly a bit rundown with many workshops and warehouses, but there are also some streets that features many good restaurants and postmodern skyscrapers have been popping up in the hood. It is also known as Clinton or Midtown West. Hell's Kitchen is featured in Marvel Comics (Daredevil) and West Side Story. We only visited the hood once, on our way to Intrepid Sea air and Space Museum. It was just one day before the hurricane Irene was about to arrive, it was really hot then, like a hells kitchen...


On the way back from Intrepid we passed through Hell’s Kitchen:


Silver Towers are new 58-storey residential skyscrapers from 2009, part of the Hell's Kitchen vitalization.


One of the brand new Silver Towers.


St Clemen's Church and Theater.








Postmodern skyscrapers contrast to the gritty facades in Hell's Kitchen.


A large American car wash. In Hell's Kitchen there are many workshops and more dirty sides of the city.
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Interesting. Thanks.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #51
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Fascinating pictures !
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Old December 19th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #52
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Thanks! More will come
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Flatiron District

Flatiron District is the name for the district between Lower Manhattan and Midtown where the famous Flatiron Building is situated. Madison Square Park is situated there, where you can find some classic skyscrapers. So is Union Square, where Andy Warhol was active.




Broadway (right) and 5th Avenue (left) meets here. The famous Flatiron Building is in the middle.

Flatiron Building

This is a classic New York highrise in beaux-arts style that got the name that got the name from a flatiron because of its shape. It was built in 1902 and has 22 floors.
It is just 87 m tall, so it is not very tall, but when it was completed it was one of New York's tallest buildings. Many people think it once was world's tallest building, but that is not true. It is featured on many posters and famous movies such as the Spiderman (as the Daily Bugly Bldg). It is designated a National Historic Landmark


Flatiron Bldg seen from 5th Ave.

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park is the beautiful square park that is surrounded by many classic skyscrapers and occupies most of Madison Square. It is situated at Madison and the intersection of 5th Ave and Broadway. Several classic skyscrapers, such as Flatiron Bldg, New York Life Bldg and Metropolitan Life Tower, once the world's tallest building, are situated around the square. Empire State Bldg is also visible from the square. It has fountains and many sculptures. The sports arena and concert hall Madison Square Garden were located at the square until it was moved in 1925.



Madison Square Park with Flatiron Bldg and the Echo sculpture.


Metropolitan Life Tower with its goldspire and famous clock. This classic skyscraper was built already in 1909. It has 50 floors and is 213m tall. Metropolitan Life was the world's tallest building between 1909 and 1913. It was modeled after the Campanile in Venice and designed by Pierre LeBrun.


One Madison Park is a very cool skyscraper since it is so thin, that is really rare to see. It was completed as late as in 2010, was drawn by Dan Kaplan and is 188m tall. It has 50 floors, all residential.


New York Life Building. A classic gothic skyscraper from 1928 that is featured on the insurance company New York Life's logo. It is 188m tall and has 40 floors.




The squirells are very social, almost tame!


Empire State Building from Madison Square Park.


Flatiron from Madison Square.
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Wow! I can't help not being astounded by the images of this city and envisioning wandering around it!!! No doubt about it, there's a unique vibe to this city.
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I didn't realise that you had red squirrels in the U.S.

Britain's native red squirrel population has been, largely, wiped out; a few strongholds remain, including Formby, near Liverpool; but on the whole, the grey squirrel - a U.S 'import' has come to come to dominate - a very successful adaptor.
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We don't have these kind of squirrells in Sweden, and they are rarely seen in cities so it was much appreciated! Unexpected to see these animals among all skyscrapers and traffic.
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Union Square Park

This is where we begun our walk the first day after a short subway ride from Chelsea. It is one of New York's many square parks that is just what the name says; a mix between a square and a park. Union Square is the area where Andy Warhol performed for 3 years before his death in 1987. Union Square borders Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Gramercy and Flatiron District.



The equestrian stuate of George Washington. Union Square is a big subway hub, as well as home to a very rude homeless man!


The Greenmarket Farmers Market, held 4 days a week, on the 5th Ave side of Union Square.


Zeckendorf Towers with Met Life in the background.




Bank of Metropolis (left) with Decker Building where Andy Warhol had his "Factory" 1968-73 to the immediate right of it. In the Decker Bldg the attempted murder of Warhol took place in 1968. All in the west side of Union Square.




A chrome monument by Rob Pruitt dedicated to Andy Warhol. The Decker building is where he had his studio. He was active in the Union Square area.

Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park:










New York Life Bldg with its golden spire. It was designed by Cass Gilbert.


The Gershwin Hotel. A designer hotel at 27th St.




B&W of NY classics.
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nice nyc coverage.
been checking your thread regularly.
have a happy holiday!
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Thanks, happy holiday too! New updates will come soon
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Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a small, but beautiful park in Midtown Manhattan, surrounded by skyscrapers. It is in my opinion one of New York's nicest, since there are tables and chairs that are available to borrow for lunch or breakfast. It also features a great lawn and poetry by W.C. Bryant can be read in the park. Bryant Park, a privately managed public park, is situated between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas and 40th to 42nd Streets. Times Square is only one block to the west of the park. Sometimes you can see people practice yoga and tai chi here, as well as office workers having lunch.



Some of the tables and chairs in café style that can be borrowed for free.


It is hard to believe today that in the 1970s the beautiful Bryant Park was filled with drugdealers. In 1982 the park was cleaned and security increased. Hedges were tored and the ground was lowered to nearly street level in 1987. I photographed one family here, something they were pleased with.


The building to the right is 500 Fifth Ave, a classic looking skyscraper from 1931 with some art deco elements. It has 58 floors and is 216m tall.

New York Public Library:

This is North America's largest public library. The building is called Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and was completed in 1911. We visited this classic library several times, because it has free internet and we needed to find information about the hurricane Irene. Because of that the mood was a bit similar to the ones in disaster movies, such as Day after tomorrow and Escape from New York, where this building has been featured. It has also been featured in The Adjustment Bureau, Ghostbusters, Planet of the Apes and many more movies.


Bryant Park seen from Fifth Avenue with New York Public Library. The skyscraper with the spire is Bank of America Tower.


This lion sculpture, now a famous NY symbol, stands in front of New York Public Library. It is one of 2 that guards the library on each side of the entrance.


The entrance to the Art Beaux style library contrasts with the gleaming skyscrapers that surround it.


NY Public Library's entrance hall resembles historical museum buildings in Europe with its large walls, sculptures and columns, all in with marble.


A LEGO version of the lion lies just at the main entrance. A guard looks inside your bag when you leave.




This is the magnificent 90.5m long Rose Main Reading Room where we used internet, mostly to find information about the threat from hurricane Irene unfortunately. It is also featured in some sci-fi and disaster movies, such as "The day after tomorrow" and "The adjustment bureau". It has large chandeliers and a huge painting on the roof.





Bank of America Tower:


Bank of America Tower, or One Bryant Park as it initially was called is one of New York's newest, and tallest skyscrapers. It was completed in 2009. It is currently (2011) the 2nd tallest building in New York, that reaches a height of 365m. It is also the 2nd tallest counting roof height (288m).
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