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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Tale of Two Towers, The Chrysler and The Empire State

The Chrysler Building, NYC
Photo by myself of the Chrysler Building, around Fifth Avenue and 40th Street.

One of the gems of New York, the Chrysler Building is clad with stainless steel. This is good news - since there is very low chromium in stainless steel, it is protected from rust.

The green roof at the bottom of the photo is the roof of Grand Central Terminal.


We have 21 days left until Spring! Oh yes, time to take your hand out of the potato chip bag and get the hamhocks to the gym.

Speaking of fitness, did you know there is an annual race in another famous tower in New York? Yes, just a couple weeks ago, over 100 runners ran up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.

It took the fastest male runner a little over 10 minutes (!). I'm pretty sure you have to have a medical exam before participating.

The race is sponsored by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), a popular club which promotes running and hosts weekly races in Central Park.

Below, a NYRR video with footage from the 2009 race. I have to say, seeing 100 runners sprint through a lobby and into a stairwell is rather odd!

42nd Street, Grand Central and Tall Tales and 1 Central Park, At Night.


Olivier said...

impressionnante cette course, faut etre fou ;o))

Bibi said...

The Chrysler Building is one of my favorite buildings in NYC. Gee, run up all those stairs...I live on the 7th floor and occasionally walk up rapidly, but I think I'd not be able to run up.

barbie said...

Looks like te running of the brides at Filenes to me.

ChickenUnderwear said...

I did the ESRUB in 1998. I still feel like I own the city.

Lily Hydrangea said...

you mean I have to stop eating my favorite food??? I love potato chips!
this video was pretty funny. thanks for the laugh Kitty.

Ken Mac said...

i see a smokestack

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

In Chicago, the Respiratory Health Association sponsors the Hustle Up The Hancock, in which some 4,000 people climb to the top of the 100-story John Hancock Center for charity. And the Chrysler Building is a true gem, Kitty, my favorite building in New York. Have you been in the beautiful, dramatically dark lobby?

frankdejol said...

Excellent shot !

Washington said...

Funny! I read about that just yesterday! It is really odd but seems to nice!