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Monday, April 5, 2010

Running Along the Edge of Manhattan

Runner, Battery Park City
Photo by myself in Battery Park City.

Pictured above, one of the many runners we encountered during our afternoon in Battery Park City. The park is located at the edge of Manhattan. Beyond, you can see the Hudson River and Jersey City, New Jersey.

The thing about living on an island is that when you look out, you can't see what's behind you. Simple logic, I know, but there it is.

Battery Park City is a complex of many modern apartment buildings, similar to those near Riverside Park. They were all constructed at the same time, in the 1980s, and are a product of that time - pinkish granite, punched windows, vaguely post-modern.

Many people criticize Battery Park City for not being too great to look at, and I have to agree. The neighborhood lacks the charm and majesty of the older buildings, like those along Fifth Avenue or Central Park West.

Fortunately, though, you don't see what's behind you.

Related posts: Looking Out at Manhattan, Running Atop the Brooklyn Bridge and Something Old, Something New.

11 comments:

Emanuela said...

I like the spring of your pictures, even when it's rainy!

frankdejol said...

Good dynamic picture, with nice background.

Olivier said...

Cours Forest, cours ;o)

Kitty said...

Thanks Emanuela!

Thanks Frank. I'm flattered...I'm a big fan of your photos.

Haha, Olivier. Funny movie reference!

Louis la Vache said...

Agreed, what passes for 'modern architecture' rarely equals the beauty and grace of the older buildings.

«Louis» current rant about 'modern architecture' is the hideous new <a href='"http://www.mccullagh.org/db9/1ds-4/de-young-museum.jpg">deYoung Museum</a> in San Francisco. (This image fails to show just how horrible and oppressive this building is.) It is a mystery to «Louis» how the 'architect' could have conceived of such an ugly building, and even more of a mystery as to how the deYoung board could approve it. OK, «Louis» got that rant out of his system. Nice image of the runner; good motion with an interesting background. ;-)

Lily Hydrangea said...

that is a fantastic view!

Lozzie Cap said...

I always get the impression with New York City, that if you don't like the view, you need only turn your head just slightly to see something totally different. Like the weather in Ireland - "if you don't like it, just wait ten minutes."

Luis Gomez said...

Great shot. I always enjoy the view in New York.

Mike said...

A nice view. I like the water scenery.

ChickenUnderwear said...

That could be me

Fredrik said...

Many mistakes were made in the 80's. Great pic of the runner!