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Old October 9th, 2019, 10:53 PM   #301
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Great pictures! Though, if only the Thames didn’t look like a giant snaking mud puddle...
More of a closeup. The Thames is...not bad.



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Old October 10th, 2019, 07:30 PM   #302
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One wonders where they got the money to build such interesting projects? And not just in the financial centre. There is a esprit de corps among greater London developers sadly lacking here. Of course, the City of London Corp. has something to do with it. They welcome development, but only if it contributes to the surroundings and the skyline.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 08:34 PM   #303
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There is also an interesting zoning requirement in London that helps/encourages some of the interesting shapes. There are eight view corridors that radiate out from St. Paul's Cathedral. Buildings going up in that corridor are not forbidden but they must not block the view of St. Paul's...with some exceptions. So some buildings that are in the corridors have shapes that allow them to maximize size while still maintaining the view.

This is a pretty good explanation: https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/world...ews/index.html
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Old October 10th, 2019, 09:42 PM   #304
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And it pisses off Prince Charles, and who doesn’t enjoy that?
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Old October 11th, 2019, 07:27 PM   #305
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More of a closeup. The Thames is...not bad.
Fascinating BBC series, 'filthy cities'.
3 parts; Medieval London, Revolutionary Paris & Industrial New York.
How dirty and polluted these places were at one time.
I guarantee you will never look at these places the same way again.

https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/filthy-cities/
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Old October 15th, 2019, 12:44 AM   #306
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Extinction Rebellion events, London

Rainy (it's London), but many, many people...






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Old October 19th, 2019, 08:58 PM   #307
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London

Trafalgar Square is never dull

(Left picture is mine from last Saturday; right picture is from today's NY Times)

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Old October 21st, 2019, 02:27 AM   #308
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I was on the East Coast for work last week, and managed to steal 2 nights away to visit Manhattan for the first time. Despite having seen it so many times on film and TV, and being a fan of dense urban environments, it still blew me away. Once I figured out how to navigate around on the Subways it began to click in a big way. Pardon me while I dump some photos.

I stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania, as it's right across the street from Penn station. So it's easy to go from JFK -> Airtrain -> Long Island Rail Road -> Penn and then go up or downtown whenever you need. However I can't say it was a particularly nice hotel. It was build in 1919, and recently remodeled, but let's just say it was more of a paint and fixtures remodel. Had the "old building smell." Still, it was clean and reasonably priced.

My view was suitably brutal.

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Arriving at rush hour in the pouring rain and just walking around under an umbrella was a very cool experience.

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WTC:

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The Ronald Perelman Performing Arts center under construction. Steel is rising above grade.

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The new Path station is operational (and the contrast between its infrastructure an the legacy Subway network is stark) but there is still finishing work going on around the edges. Some of which is nicely concealed behind temporary artwork.

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Of course, the central draw is a somber one. Can't say I enjoyed the tourist atmosphere of the crowd though. It doesn't seem the place to take selfies to me. I just walked around both pools, trying not to think (or trying hard to think) about what happened under my feet. It's a very respectfully done and moving memorial.

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I found 3 World Trade Center to challenge One for dominance of the site, even with the height difference. It's much more interesting architecturally in my opinion.

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125 Greenwich St going up.

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Yes, I had never used a true subway system before. It wasn't clean, it smelled, it was loud, it was downright dangerous. But it was awesome. Once I figured out trains don't go in loops, but in set directions it became much easier to navigate. And even if you get on the right train going in the wrong direction, (which I did once) stops are so frequent that you can quickly hop on a train going back the other direction.

LIRR coming in from JFK was hilarious though. Extremely dirty, grimy, shaking from side to side. Lights flickering as it passed electrical whatevers. And a dude in a conductors uniform actually checks your ticket. What year is it? However, the train back to JFK was much better so there seems to be a lot of variance in the quality of the fleet. Same went for the Subway cars.

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I loved how there were little areas around for people to gather. With such valuable real-estate it surprised me. There have been some strong planners in the cities history. I suppose that goes without saying. Greeley Square with Virgin Hotel rising behind it.

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My personal favorite building.

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I'm not one to take pictures of my food. But the food scene was worth mentioning. Both restaurant and street were just... I need to go back.

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The Empire State Building Observatory has recently been remodeled, and I have to say it was very cool. These walls were video and told the story of the towers construction. There were some cheesy parts, like the King Kong exhibit, and it was all really a cleverly disguised elevator line. But still fun.

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The 86th Floor Observatory looking downtown

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Looking West at the seemingly almost complete Hudson Yards.

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Looking North. I believe left to right under construction is Central Park tower, The Steinway Tower and One Vanderbilt. With One57 done between Central Park Tower and Steinway (I like it), and Tower Verre (my favorite) between Steinway and that big white stupid thing, or 432 Park Avenue.

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The lobby of Empire State deserves some praise.

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Looking south at Manhattan while we were still climbing out of JFK.

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Old October 21st, 2019, 02:20 PM   #309
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Great pictures! Really makes me miss New York!
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Old October 21st, 2019, 05:43 PM   #310
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Great pics! I’ll be in NYC in a couple of weeks.

Most of the new construction looks great, however, I’m not a fan of those ultra skinny towers by Central Park.
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Old October 21st, 2019, 07:55 PM   #311
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City planners throughout the hundreds of years New York City have been kind of...all over the place, but they did a whole lot of things right.

Their subway system desperately needs some TLC though.
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Old October 21st, 2019, 09:06 PM   #312
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Their subway system desperately needs some TLC though.
It's finally getting it, but it's going to be a slog while the work is going on:
https://ny.curbed.com/2019/9/16/2086...y-improvements
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Their subway system desperately needs some TLC though.
NYC Subway Public Restrooms: 3 More Places
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrpMbO-FOuo
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Old October 22nd, 2019, 06:57 AM   #314
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I'm also heading to New York for a few nights in two weeks, on the way to a conference in Boston. Greatly looking forward to experiencing both for the first time.
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