Saturday, July 20, 2013

New York City part 2

We went to visit Central Park thinking we would get some relief from the heat - NOT! It was so hot the horse drawn carriages stopped working as it was too hot for the horses - not to mention humans. We decided to take a one hour covered kabuki cab ride around the park which made several stops along the way. The poor driver was a Muslim and it is now Ramadan and he is not even allowed to drink water until dark.

Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan in New York City. The park initially opened in 1857, on 778 acres (315 ha) of city-owned land (it is 840 acres today). In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year, continued during the American Civil War, and was completed in 1873. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the park is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the city government. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 83.5% of Central Park's $37.5 million annual budget, and employs 80.7% of the park's maintenance staff.

In the park we stopped at a beautiful lake then the Bethesda which was designed by Frederick Olmsted who also designed the Uplands in Oak Bay.

In a covered spot of this area we were entertained by students from the Juilliard School of Music.

Fountain from the beginning of Friends
Place where ice rink is located in the winter
Twin towers - but these ones were in the movie Ghostbusters
Proposal bridge in Central Park

Strawberry fields in memory of John Lennon
Lincoln centre
Top floor of Dakota where yoko Ono lives - New Yorkers say very nice things about her
Here is a job I would not want
First cancer clinic in USA - it has all round walls because they believed the disease was contagious and the germs could stick in the corners if the room was square - boy have we come a long way.
Grant's Tomb

The Apollo Theater in New York City is a music hall in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show consisting of new talent.

The theater is located at 253 W. 125th Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, specifically in Harlem, one of the United States' most historically significant traditionallyAfrican-American neighborhoods. There are precisely 1506 seats in the Apollo Theater.

The Apollo became famous for launching the careers of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown & The Famous Flames , Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Miracles,Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Vaughan, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, and Machine Gun Kelly.


Renovated brownstones in harlem


Harlem market

Third visit to New York City and I still have not found time to visit a museum - next visit!

At least I have seen the outside of several museums!

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Deli

New York has the BEST deli sandwiches !!!!
Having a drink at the Blue Fin in TimesSquare
View of Times Square


We got tickets to Motown the Musical, the story of Berry Gordy. If you like Mowtown music and are in NYC this show is a must -it was fabulous.

Every space in NYC counts even parking

We also went to an off broadway play The Fantasticks - it was good but nothing compared to the Mowtown musical.

On my birthday we went to the jersey boys - another great musical on broadway!

No trip to NYC is complete without visiting the food network's Cake Boss cafe and bakery - I think the vanilla slice at the Dutch Bakery tastes better
Time square at night



Keeping cool in 100 degree weather


Visit to 911memorial where one tower is completed and three more will be built
South tower memorial - along the edge all the names of those who lost their lives have been engraved
North tower memorial
Is your money here?


The High Line is a 1-mile (1.6 km)New York City linear park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur called theWest Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway. A similar project in Paris (the nearly 3 mile Promenade plantée, completed in 1993) was the inspiration for this project. The High Line Park currently runs from Gansevoort Street, three blocks below West 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District, up to 30th Street, through the neighborhood ofChelsea to the West Side Yard, near the Javits Convention Center.

The recycling of the railway into an urban park has spurred real estate development in the neighborhoods which lie along the line.

We walked the high line - What a fantastic idea:




Watching the traffic below from the high line
Friday night rush hour traffic


New Yorkers do have a sense of humor!


Last look at Empire State Building

Well it has been a great trip and since the beginning of 2012 I have been on 93 flights, 22 different airlines and covered just under a quarter of a million kilometers! I think I am ready to stay put at home for a while or at least until my new little granddaughter is born the end of September and then off in December for a family vacation in Costa Rica. It has been a great adventure - wish me luck getting on a standby flight tonight to Vancouver. Hope you have enjoyed following this latest portion of my blog.

1 comment:

  1. I love your pictures. It looks like a beautiful place! Do you know Viet Nam. I think you should try take a halong bay tour or Vietnam sightseeing