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Old December 13th, 2011, 06:04 AM   #1
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New York East River and West River Walks

Ok, so I decided to particpate in a competition to upgrade the Upper East River Walk, so I walked most of the East and West river promenades and esplanades of New York... this is what I saw.....

Start of the Walk at East 23rd St. heading South....



East River and Brooklyn suburbs and beyond...



View of Manhattan skyline...notice the United Nations building?




Walk narrows... White Steel fence separates it from busy FDR Expressway...
Easy to see the Empire States building sticking out....



The esplanade in all it's glory...



Bridge Ahead....



The Money Shot....



Love those towers...



Some fancy park sculptures by the wayside...



Approaching an Elevated highway structure... love the shaded lower part , specially if it is well maintained and clean...



Approaching another bridge... this one heading to Brooklyn...



Love the towers!!!!




Awesome walking by the river and under the elevated expressway...



And yet... a new brige in sight... this one is the Brooklyn Bridge inagurated in 1862...



A little Manhattan's beach by the East River... oh well, is not Cancun but....



More Brooklyn Bridge for the fans out there...



View of Bridges converging into Brooklyn...



Suddenly the walk becomes nicer... look at the shadow of myself taking the picture...



As we move forward we encounter an impromptu open market selling organic foods... nice!
(what the hell is porchetta?)





Arriving to Fulton Street. A few remaining buidings of Lower Manhattan's past framed by huge skyscrapers behind...



I stop and I buy a german sausage hot dog...price: $6 dollars... ouch!!!



Side street with the last few old buildings that remain in Lower Manhattan....
I don't know if I'd like this Mahattan better than the new one with all the skyscrapers....



This is how the riverfront used to look in the early 1800's... alll those ships... all that activity... I bet that there were plenty of smells... something that today's riverwalks lack is a variety of smells...



This is the only leftover ship you find today...



I kinf of like this old ticket booth cabin...1930's?



Suddenly the walk becomes very modern and sleek:





View of Downtown Brooklyn across the river:



View of Downtown Manhattan this side of the river... and we have arrived to Battery Park....



Imposing 70's skyscraper:



A bit of wildlife in the park... what are you looking at?:



More views of Downtown Manhattan... with ground zero in the back:



Ferry ready to take the tourists to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty:



Now we are approaching the Westside with the Hudson River... the New Jersey skyline shows up:



The walks on the Westside appear more manicured:





Some very impressive towers border the city's side of the promenade:



Further along some new residential developments. Nice , but not that great... I wonder how much a condo runs for in those towers:



The sun is getting lower as the afternoon comes to an end:



The geese in the lawn area seem happy, they are after all in New York:



We are approaching Tribecca, and the walk gets very fancy:





Platform at pier's end to enjoy the river views:



Looking right I see Spring St. in Tribecca... that combination of old and new buildings gets my attention... I have to go there and take a look:



Trump's Soho Tower...he is everywhere... the building not bad though:



Further along the bustling streets of Soho:



That's all!!!

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And Now the East Walk Esplanade:

Ok, at the beginning of the thread I stated my participation in a competition for improving the East river Esplanade which runs from roughly 60th St. all the way to 125 th St. in East Harlem. So the next day I decided to walk the project site. My expectations before going: It's gonna be a wasteland, I am going to be the only soul on that walk and I might even get mugged.....

Well, actually, I had a great time, it was better than expected, and I didn't get mugged...

So let's go....

Getting to the start of the esplanade I passed by the Roosevelt Island tramway...coool....




Love the detailing of the towers:



Also, I noticed the Queensborough bridge... oh well, hard not to notice it, it's massive...



The access to the East River Esplanade off 60th St..... getting into the unknown...be afraid!!!!!



First thing to encounter is the East Pavilion.. what are those roller coaster tracks incrusted to the roof structure?



The no go stairway... New York's public works loves to put up fences and say..."closed do not enter"



There is some hope though... a vehicular ramp not used by any vehicles seems to gently land on the start of the river walk...let's go...



And now we are in the famous East River Esplanade proper:



Look at signage on the sidewalk...bikes, pedestrians, one on top of each other....hmmm...
BTY the buildings on the right are on Roosevelt Island...




To the left the busy FDR expressway and steep retaining walls made out of stone... kind of like the stone textures...



Suddenly the buildings advance over the FDR Expressway and form a fake facade along the esplanade...



You can see the expensive towers of the Upper East side looming over the river's edge...



That street ends just right up there!!!



4 blocks of the esplanade are closed for repairs, so I have to detour into the Upper Eastside.. the courtain wall of this building gets my attention:



Typical street of the Upper Eastside:



Love and old row of building with lively color awnings at street level, makes me think about New York's old days:



Love the design of the new bustops. They certainly look solid, modern and sleek...



Another beautiful row of Brownstones:



More Upper Eastside residential panoramas:



These are the pedestrian bridges that connect the neighborhoods with the esplanade:



I returned to the esplanade. Suddenly it goes over the FDR Expressway and it separate in height from the river:



And that is the view acrooss the river:



The esplanade reaches Schurz Park and suddenly it turns elegant:









Now we approach another section which features a nice meandering look:



Leftover posts of old pier with seagulls on top makes for a nice view!



Another view, I think it has a sculptural quality to it:



Nice pedestrian bridge... like usual... closed for repairs:



Getting to the end of my walk approaching the RFK bridge leading to the Bronx.



Time to cross the FDR Expressway and explore East Harlem... oh my!!!



And this is East Harlem... kind of like it:



Kind of stepping into the New York of another era:



Busy sidewalks offer a cacophony of colors, textures and sounds:





My kind of storefront:



And heading back, more beautiful old buildings:


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Old December 13th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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Nice NYC captures! A mix of ugly and beautiful.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #4
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I enjoyed viewing these photos! Thanks for posting!!
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #5
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Thanks for the nice pics from New York.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #6
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This is A GREAT thread, thank you so much, my friend ...$6 dollars for a german sausage hot dog...Damn
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Yes if you do not pay attention they rip you off big time in New York!!
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Old December 16th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #8
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Marvellous pictures, very nice! some places i recognize from my visit to New-York in august, but i missed a lot to (esp the East walk espl). .
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Awesome photos!!!
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Old December 17th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #10
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Thank you for a very interesting guided tour - I really appreciated it.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 11:28 PM   #11
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That's just awesome. Never wondered how good looking these boulevards are! Also loved the old Manhattan sight you brought us. Congrats!
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Very nice pictures. THX for sharing!
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