New York City 2019

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If you have to travel to NYC and go there on Sunday, you may as well make a day of it.  My day was 10+ miles walking past Rockefeller Center to Central Park, the High Line park in Chelsea and a quick jaunt to the Brooklyn Bridge.  Regrettably, the sky was a dreary gray for a photo walk.

So, photo journal, of a sort:

My first stop was near my hotel at the Daily News Building.  Like most buildings in NYC, I lose the sense of scale, but it's 476' with 36 floors and regarded as an Art Deco masterwork.  The Daily News moved out in 1995, but they left behind a 4,000 lb, 12' globe that rotates once every ten minutes that was installed within three months of the building's completion in 1930.  The building and lobby were used in 1978's Superman movie as the setting for The Daily Planet, Clark Kent and Lois Lane's newspaper.

Surrounding the globe on the floor is a listing of cities and their distances from NYC.

At the base of the globe are various comparisons in size between the globe, the sun, the moon, Andromeda and similar.  Note the mirror underneath. For anyone curious, the lobby appears to be open any time, with access beyond the lobby restricted by access card and desk security.

Rockefeller Center was bustling, with some ice skaters.  The famous Christmas Tree was "under wraps" at the time.

Arriving at Central Park, I had forgotten about the ridiculously sized skyscrapers that now intrude on its southern skyline.  Below is "Billionaire's Row" is 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428' residential tower described as being on the 50-yard line of Central Park.  Forty-six full-floor and duplex condos are available now starting at $16M.

Below provides a sense of scale, only this includes Central Park Tower.  It will stand 1,550' tall and offer condos for as much as $63M for a 5-Bedroom (112th floor) or for a more limited view, $6.9M for a 33rd floor 2-BR.  Nordstrom will occupy the first seven floors of the $3B building, which will be the world's tallest predominantly residential building when it opens in 2020.

It's not as if the older buildings weren't suitable as an impressive backdrop...

Central Park's Chess and Checkers House

When you get gray skies... dabble in color.

A bronze inset into the NYC sidewalk.  Appears to hold up pretty well.
A "mixer" work event was at an area restaurant Monday evening, with the below as the elevator decoration.  It reminds me years ago of a table tent ad in a motel restaurant reading "Make the moment last.  Take the elevator home."  I guess NY says the same with a picture.  Or was there was a more privileged menu available?

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I was caught without an umbrella after the event, but the opportunity to catch the city's lights in reflections was worth getting soaked.  So, I detoured towards Times Square, where there are a lot more lights, right?  All of the below were taken with my iPhone.

I felt secure.

Helpfully, the NYC transit system has a great app for helping you get from point A to B, including where the subway entrances are, the bus locations, live tracking for their arrival times, and estimates to get where you're going.  I used this from Central Park to the High Line, from somewhere near there to the Brooklyn Bridge and the return to my hotel.  It was flawless.

It was only 5:30 or so when I arrived at City Hall, where the pedestrian entrance to bridge is located.  I had read "touristy" reviews about the bridge which indicated that the bridge was heavily used by pedestrians to and from Brooklyn.  That turned out to be true, along with the junk salesmen at the entrance and a conspicuous police presence.  So all good, except for tired feet.  It was getting colder, gusty and difficult to hold the camera still for a reasonably tight photo of the city lights.  A tripod and wide angle lens... maybe next time.

Yes, big brother is watching even here.  A good thing.

The pedestrian path is elevated and split between the one-way vehicle lanes.  Even though the path is marked for bicyclists, they rush through yelling at people without braking.  I imagine it's easier for them during commuting hours when the tourists aren't as intrusive.

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