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Photo by myself on the 28th floor above Bryant Park, at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Another photo from my excursion on Monday. Far below, people sunned themselves on one of the first hot days of the year.
In the background looms the white Neo-Classical facade of the New York Public Library. The Library facade has recently been unveiled, after spending many months under scaffolding.
Photo by myself in Midtown, around 37th Street and 8th Avenue.
You can get chicken schwarma and falafel from the 'Meal O'bama', a sidewalk food vendor in Midtown.
Incidentally, here's an article in the Times describing how many businesses have renamed themselves to include the President's surname.
Photo by myself at Fairway, the supermarket in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
A host of lesser known beers line the shelves of this supermarket. Here you can find J.K. Scrumpy Hard Cider, Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager and Arrogant Bastard Ale.
Photo by myself in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Red Hook is a slightly gritty, quirky neighborhood. It's located on the edge of Brooklyn by the water and unfortunately does not have direct access to the subway.
Photo by myself in front of the American Legion in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
This neighborhood is actually quite charming, with old brownstones, tree-lined streets and little stores. Graffiti is rare in this area.
Photo by myself of Trinity Church, downtown at Broadway and Wall Street.
Here's another photo from my jaunt downtown the other day. Just around the corner from the Stock Exchange, the church has occupied this piece of land since the late 17th century. It's since been rebuilt several times.
The grounds are fenced off and there are gravestones surrounding the church. Alexander Hamilton is buried there.
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Photo by myself of the New York Stock Exchange, at 11 Wall Street.
Although the building has a grand facade, it isn't located in a grand space. Unfortunately, you can only get limited views of the building, which is dramatically lit.
It was a quiet night. Armed guards stood on call outside, just in case.
Photo by myself in Midtown.
The crowds are in full force in Midtown, with commuters racing to the subways and visitors ambling around, viewing the sights. It makes for a heady situation on the sidewalks during rush hour.
Photo by myself in Bryant Park, around 42nd Street and 6th Avenue.
There is a working merry-go-round in Bryant Park. Rides are two dollars, and children can take their pick of colorful horses and frogs.
Photo by myself at Rockefeller Center, around 50th Street and 5th Avenue.
If you're interested in skating in New York, you'll have to act quickly! The open air skating rink is open until April 19th this year.
Other rinks in the city include Central Park (outdoors on the Pond), Chelsea Piers (indoors), Bryant Park (outdoors), The Museum of Natural History (outdoors) and South Street Seaport (outdoors).
The rink at Rock Center even offers a special package for those wanting to propose marriage. For a fee, you have ice time all to yourselves, a song of your choice is played on the intercom, and you and your fiance are given a champagne toast.
Photo by myself in Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side.
Here's another photo from my visit to Riverside Park this weekend. An abandoned structure just off shore looks very mysterious. It turns out that the area between 59th to 72nd Street was once a rail yard. The elevated structure is part of the West Side Highway, which runs the length of Manhattan.
Like most public spaces New York, Riverside Park was run down and dangerous in the 1980's. Since then, the city and volunteers have worked together to rehabilitate the park into a thriving destination.
There are ball fields, free tennis courts, basketball courts, community flower beds, and running tracks. Separate lanes keep cyclists and rollerbladers clear of pedestrians.
Photo by myself in the courtyard of the Lever House, at 390 Park Avenue, at Park Avenue and 53rd Street.
A collection of giant bronze sculptures is currently on display at the Lever House, one of the seminal buildings in modern architecture. By the artist Tom Sachs, these huge Hello Kitty and bunny sculptures provide startling contrast to their surroundings.
Photo by myself of the Boat Basin in Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side, around 79th Street and West End Avenue.
Believe it or not, you can live in a houseboat year-round off Manhattan. The Boat Basin is one of a few places where you can moor your boat, on the Hudson River. On the opposite shore lies New Jersey.
Photo by myself in Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side.
A series of towers called Trump Place are built along the west side of Manhattan. The development has extended the park, while giving the apartments have a clear view of the Hudson River and New Jersey.
Riverside Park starts around 158th Street and runs down to 72nd Street on the west side. From there you can take a bike path that runs along the water, all the way down to Battery Park City, at the southern tip of Manhattan.
Photo by myself of the Plaza Hotel, on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.
This entire building used to be a hotel. In 2007, some of the upper floors were converted into condominium units, which would enjoy the hotel amenities. Ownership was changed and all of the Plaza fixtures were sold off. Many wound up on ebay.
According to Wikipedia, one of the Plaza apartments sold for $53 million (yes, you heard me) in May, 2007. The apartments are actually not ideal - the ceiling heights are low, because the building added central air conditioning after being built.
Photo by myself at the subway station at 34th Street.
A group of talented teenagers practiced their acrobatic dance moves in the subway station Wednesday evening. They did a mix of spins, jumps and twirls.
Noticing that I was taking pictures, they mugged for the camera.
Photo by myself outside Prospect Park, in Park Slope.
This weekend we saw spring-like weather, which included fog.
There were many people walking about, with children and dogs, just taking in the air. A colorful blanket of leaves carpeted the grounds of this large park in Brooklyn.