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Old February 4th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #101
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^Yes, it was even ideally situated between Midtown and Lower Manhattan. But we were worried about the proximity to the river because of the threat from the hurricane!

About ESB: It looks sure looks beautiful form afar and is a true masterpiece of architecture, but if you look close on the exterior from the street level, it doesn't look that nice (can be seen in some of my first posts) in my opinion.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #102
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Meatpacking District:

Meatpacking District is right to the southwest of Chelsea. It is a small district with former slaughterhouses that have been transformed to upscale stores and restaurants. So it is a former rough area that has been gentrified. It consists of just a few blocks. We passed Meatpacking almost every day since our hotel was just next to it.



Meatpacking District generally consists of old slaughterhouse, where the ground floor has been renovated and converted into a luxorious brand stores, while the upper part of the building has been left derelict!


Below Standard Hotel (right). The part to the right is a former elevated railroad that has been converted into a park, called High Line Park.


Standard Hotel seen from High Line Park, a former elevated freight railroad. It was converted into a park in 2009. High Line Park runs 1.6 km northwards through buildings in Chelsea and ends at Jacob K Javitz Convention Center.




View from High Line Park: Luxorious bottoms, decadent roof and upper floors! Meatpacking District feels like a way to see grit for rich and trendy people who don't dare to go to the slums...


Upscale fashion stores in former slaughterhouses, Washington Street.


The Police Connection at Washington Street.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 07:11 PM   #103
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Thanks for those pictures. This area looks interesting.

Do you have anymore of the High Line park/walkway?
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Old February 13th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #104
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Old February 15th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #105
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Thanks for those pictures. This area looks interesting.

Do you have anymore of the High Line park/walkway?
Nothing more, actually. This section ends at Jacob K Javitz Convention Center I heard and I only visited this part in Meatpacking.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #106
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Around Chelsea after dark:


This is how the garbage is stored while waiting for the truck, without any garbage can! It could be a shock for a Scandinavian!


Jane Street by night.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #107
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Chinatown

Chinatown on Manhattan is USA:s largest and most wellknown Chinatowns. It is home to the largest concentration of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere and is one of the oldest Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. The population of Chinatown exploded in 1965 because of a new immigration law. We only made a brief visit when walking on Mott Street between Lower Manhattan and Soho. Chinatown borders Little Italy, if feels a bit weird since China changes to Italy in the middle of a street! I also visited Chinatown in 1998. Chinatown, heavily dependent on tourism, was badly affected by Sep 11 2001, much because Park Row was closed. Chinatown feels a bit like being in China (except for much of the atmosphere), it is partly gritty and you mostly see Chinese people except for some tourists. The busy and gritty Canal Street passes Chinatown.




Chatham Square. The first Chinese business we saw while approaching from the south on Water Street.


Chatham Square is heavy trafficated and the traffic lights were broken so it was pretty chaotic with policemen directing the traffic!


Chatham Square; Looking towards the WTC Ground Zero site in the center with Beekman Tower to the left and Municipal Bldg to the right.


Mott Street is one of the main streets of Chinatown. The typical American firescapes reveals it is not China.












The crossing Canal Street/Mott St.




Canal Street is a gritty main street.


The only classic school bus I saw on Manhattan.


Canal Street looking towards Mahayana Buddhist Temple.


In Chinatown you can buy fish on the streets. And frogs! Just like in China.


The last part of Chinatown, here Little Italy begins.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:44 AM   #108
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nice new pics of New York, I like especially chinatown...
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:30 PM   #109
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Little Italy

Little Italy begins immediately to the North of Chinatown on south Manhattan. It is very small and mostly concentrated around only one street, Mulberry Street. Visiting Little Italy feels a bit like being in the movie Godfather. It was once known for its large Italian population, but is today more a tourist attraction. Most of Little Italy has been absorbed by Chinatown.



The entrance to Little Italy with Empire State Bldg in the background. Mulberry Street is the main street of Little Italy. If it really was in Italy and not America, it had definately been a pedestrian street!


Ferrara is a classic Italian café at Grand Street. This is the first Italian business after Chinatown.








Some of the most gritty buildings on Canal Street. Not actually part of Little Italy, that is very well maintained.


Immediately to the North of Little Italy is SoHo, ESB can be seen in the background.


Da Gennaro, a nice but a bit snobbish Italian restaurant that we visited. It is run by guys from some Spanish speaking country. We were very surprised when we discovered that 17% tip was added to the bill!




Walking through Little Italy by night towards our next goal: the observation deck of Empire State Building! You can see the views in the skyline thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1478209


Little Italy is considered a historic district together with Chinatown.
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Thanks for the cool pictures of Manhatten.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #111
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NEW YORK BY NIGHT:
New York is sometimes dubbed "the city that never sleeps" and it really comes alive when the sun has set and the many lights illuminates the streets of the metropolis. Especially Times Square, that is filled with neon signs, looks cool after dark. It is also nice to go up a tall building and look down on all lights of the skyscrapers, signs and traffic. Pictures of New York by night have been featured in endless posters and movies.
After the so called zero vision in the 90s, New York has became one of the safest cities in USA, even after dark. In the 70s New York was known as a crime ridden city that was very dangerous especially after dark, but large efforts by authorities have made most of the criminal gangs disappear. And because there are so many people around, even at night, it feels safe to move around in Manhattan, by foot or the subway. Since Manhattan was the only borough we visited after dark I can't speak for the other ones, but crime rates have decreased heavily in all boroughs.
Around Times Square and Herald Square:










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Around Grand Army Plaza:














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A full-on city!
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Some of my Youtube videos:






New York Youtube channel:
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Great, very nice updates from New York
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Thank you Christos!
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