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Old December 26th, 2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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Simply New York

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent

Frank Lloyd Wright


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New York is unlike anywhere else. There is something dark in the soul of the city but also something captivating, beautiful and mysterious. The temple to greed but also ambition and self betterment. A dream to many lost souls looking for a better life. Which all too often proves to be a mirage. After all among the first things I saw in the city was an advertisement - "you made rent, celebrate by not making dinner". A fast place which can be rewarding but which also is unforgiving. Walking the streets you will see many people that have fallen through the cracks in the system - the homeless, the mentally ill and desperately poor. Plenty of fat cats too. Plenty of stores to waste your cash in. Making money is what the city does the best. The skyline attests to that.

1. The Statue of Liberty. The symbol of New York.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"



2. The Statue of Liberty was the first sight of America that millions of immigrants saw.



3. After that the immigrants would be dropped off at the Ellis Island for processing. During its history 12 million people have passed through its halls...



4. A wider view. New Jersey just behind.



5. The skyline of the Financial district.



6. Too often, however, the new arrivals found that the streets were not paved with gold. Instead they faced deprivation, corruption, crime and grinding poverty. Despite that many did make it. They built America.



7. Skyline.



8. Can you spot Chrysler Building? The city is massive.



9. I liked this building. Something very New York about it!



10. Broadway.



11. Wandering the Financial district you can find many fantastic buildings. That's 70 Pine Street right there! Built in 1931-32 in Art-Deco style. Today it is luxury residential rental apartments.



12. The atmosphere and views are amazing.



13. Nassau Street. We tried New York Hot Dog just around there. A total disappointment. It is tiny! And the guy uses the same hand to handle money and food. Dafuq!



14. New York Stock Exchange.



15. Stunning isn't it? Although I'm having difficulty in believing that every floor of every building is occupied.



16. A slice of piece and quiet in the middle of the maddening crowds. Trinity Church Cemetery - built in 1697. It contains the mortal remains of many famous Americans (and foreigners).



17. Trinity Church.



18. On the whole the Financial district reminded me a lot of London's City.



19. Random street.



20. This street was full of Irish pubs.



21. Fraunces Tavern on the corner of Pearl Street and Broad Street. It played a prominent role during and after the American Revolution.



22. The Woolworth Building. No comments needed here. Maybe except that they could have picked another time for a renovation.



23. The main entrance.



24. City Hall Park.



25. 8 Spruce Street by Gehry. I usually like Gehry but not this building. Just looks odd. I don't think his style works with skyscrapers.



to be continued...
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Old December 26th, 2016, 10:46 PM   #2
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Impressive photos of New York, everything in the thread looks so grand and stately. I don't feel attracted to the city but you did an excellent job making it seem appealing!
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Old December 27th, 2016, 04:13 PM   #3
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26. The famous Chrysler Building. Built in 1930. It was the worlds tallest building for the whole 11 months until surpassed by The Empire State Building. However in my opinion Chrysler Building is far superior to The Empire State Building aesthetically.



27. Grand Central and Chrysler.



28. The Canyon effect.



29. Mooore!



30. The hated MetLife Building. A hulking mass of ugly concrete.



31. Closer view. The old skyscraper is the handsome Helmsley Building.



32. Closer.



33. General Electric Building. Probably one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built.



34. See what I mean? The spire is amazing!



35. Look at that! Hard to believe it was built in 1931. The crown is lit from within at night.

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Fantastic shots of details not often noticed by photographers!
Keep them coming please!
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Great, very nice photos from New York, El_Greco
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stone st isnt a random street. great shots of The Capital of the World, seems as though you didnt like it and wont be back i take it
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Great NY shots, El Greco!

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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:48 PM   #8
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stone st isnt a random street. great shots of The Capital of the World, seems as though you didnt like it and wont be back i take it

I did like it. But I just prefer Europe and Asia.
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I did like it. But I just prefer Europe and Asia.
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Superb.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #11
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Fabulous impressions of a mega city. Love that little graveyard in the midst of it all.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 09:16 PM   #13
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excellent. love the oh-so-vertical verticals in #12 and elsewhere, really crisply captures the griddiness of NYC architecture. #18 reminds me of the Castle in Aldgate/Whitechapel, brilliant, never realised there were sights like this here! crown in #35 is amazing too
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We would like to see more photos, El_Greco
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15. Stunning isn't it? Although I'm having difficulty in believing that every floor of every building is occupied.
It is not, the city has about a 9% office vacancy rate.

Nice shots. Personally I do not care for NYC, I find most people there think that the city is the be-all and end-all of western civilization and "you can't find that anywhere but New York" when that just is not the case. Sure, it is a great city, one of the best, but there are comparable cities in the west and east. I personally know people that fly back to the city to buy certain things "because it is not available here, and not as good"...when they could buy the exact item locally if they just cared to look - which they have not.
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Nice shots. Personally I do not care for NYC, I find most people there think that the city is the be-all and end-all of western civilization and "you can't find that anywhere but New York" when that just is not the case. Sure, it is a great city, one of the best, but there are comparable cities in the west and east. I personally know people that fly back to the city to buy certain things "because it is not available here, and not as good"...when they could buy the exact item locally if they just cared to look - which they have not.
It is visually amazing, but definitely not the capital of the world as some claim. People are pretty cold and it is prohibitively expensive, with all kinds of taxes added!

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36. There are some amazing architectural marvels to be found in the city!



37. The Seagram Building.



38. Impressive.



39. The Fifth Avenue.



40. The Rockefeller Complex is full of architectural goodness.



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43. Every corner of Rockefeller Complex is filled with art.



44. Inside the 30 Rockefeller Centre there is a massive mural celebrating work.



45. 30 Rockefeller Centre.

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That delicious hot dog gets added flavor after the vender goes to the bathroom, where ever that be??.....hot dogs are garbage anyway........Great time to be in the city, during the Holidays.
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It is visually amazing, but definitely not the capital of the world as some claim.
that's a matter of opinion of course. IMO, only London has a shot of being called that ahead of NYC
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Fantastic photos! It sounds cliche, but I've always wanted to visit NYC!
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cool shots....nyc is one of a kind.
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