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Old July 23rd, 2013, 05:54 PM   #121
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Thank you Andre. I don't know the name of the bridge, but I like it too.










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Old July 23rd, 2013, 08:36 PM   #122
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Excellent photos Benonie! Can't wait to see the photos from the rest of your journey.

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wow photos! how do you find Harlem in terms of safety and amenity?
Contrary to popular belief, NYC is actually a very safe city. According to crime statistics, it is the safest large city in the US and one of the safest cities in the US overall. The crime rate has dropped exponentially since the 80's and 90's. It still has it's rough patches to avoid but places that used to be no-go areas like Harlem and Bed-Stuy are just fine today. NYC is probably one of the most tourist friendly cities in the US due to low crime rate and expansive public transport.

Same with Washington DC, it went from a city with a murder rate of close to 90/100,000 in the mid 90's to about 22/100,000 today. DC had a higher murder rate than Johannesburg was for a while back in the 90's. It's really remarkable how things have improved so much.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 06:19 AM   #123
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Love this one!
This is the Park Avenue bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx. It only carries the Metro North commuter trains into Manhattan where they travel down Park Avenue to Grand Central Station.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #124
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Thanks mate! I think I've noticed one of these commuter trains on its way to the Park Avenue Bridge.

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Old July 25th, 2013, 05:37 PM   #125
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More Harlem architecture:









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Old July 26th, 2013, 06:02 AM   #126
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The grey and white structure in the distance and on a hill is the main hall, Sheppard Hall I believe, of City College. The full name is the City College of New York or CCNY. The main part of the old campus, and that building you see, is some very nice gothic architecture.

The history is CCNY is very interesting. It was the first campus and the main one of the City University of New York. For most of its history it was completely free, now they charge tuition, and he hosted the children of the waves of immigrants who came through.

From the 1920s through the 1960s it had a largely Jewish student body as they were one of the main immigrant groups of the time and they were limited by quotas (and expensive tuition) at prestigious private universities.

During those years CCNY was famous as "the poor mans Harvard". It has 13 alumni who won the Nobel prize.

During the 1930s it was also very famous for left wing politics. Supposedly the cafeterias were divided between where the Stalinists ate and where the Trotsyists ate.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 01:33 AM   #127
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Thanks for the information! I guess you recognize this old mansion next to the College too: The Hamilton Grange National Memorial.





















That's all for scenic Harlem folks. Now back to Brooklyn and then Washington DC.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #128
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Central Park by ardues2013, on Flickr


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Old July 30th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #129
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Some shots from Atlantic Avenue and Long Island Rail Road @ Brooklyn:









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Old August 1st, 2013, 12:30 AM   #130
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Leaving NYC by BoltBus to Washington DC:







Passing Baltimore over the impressive Francis Scott Key Bridge.



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Old August 1st, 2013, 01:34 AM   #131
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Very interesting that you went over a bridge across Baltimore harbor. I've never been on that route before. Generally everyone stays on I95 which goes in a tunnel.
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Old August 1st, 2013, 01:32 PM   #132
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I think the bridge is cheaper, and probably that's why the cheap BoltBus takes the bridge. It was a great feeling with stunning views, but difficult to take pictures from a driving bus.
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Thanks dude, awesome pics,esp of New York and the Washington Union station seems very impressive! :-)
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Old August 13th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #134
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Thank you Abarag!









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Old August 15th, 2013, 12:37 PM   #135
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Old August 18th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #136
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Old August 19th, 2013, 01:22 AM   #137
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Wow! What a sobering experience - and a very long wall. How many were killed in Vietnam?
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Old August 19th, 2013, 07:50 PM   #139
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Truly amazing pictures Benonie!

Love the Lincoln Memorial just for its size. Immediatly when I saw the collumns in you pictures I though: Palace of Justice Brussels They seem to be somewhat the same in size
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Old August 24th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #140
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Thank you, they're both impressive, indeed.
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2,5 million people in Vietnam. Almost 60.000 Americans.... Sad!









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