MOMA yard

New York 2015

Visit to New York City during winter of 2015, almost two full years after my last visit. The Lexington Avenue Subway line was slow and crowded as usual, but it was nice to see some of the smaller venues like the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

New York Redux

Second time staying in Brooklyn, and took advantage of the winter sun to get different light than what I had in the summer. Also went across the Brooklyn Bridge, the first time I had really seen the city at night. Had to see Grand Central again since I had missed the 100th Anniversary celebration, and was quite surprised to see the new Apple store in the central hall. Arrived at Rockefeller Center during Zamboni time and had to move on to High Line before it closed, so no ice skaters.

Manhattan Redux

First visit to New York during the winter, and the cold kept me moving when touring the city. I finally made it to the High Line this time and really enjoyed a nice park separated from the hustle of the city. If high rises throughout the city could share elevated parks like these it would completely change the urban dynamic. Cities want to develop more of the ground level into buildings, so this could be the way to mitigate the loss of open space: simply lift it off the ground.

Manhattan

New York City in June is a vibrant place, and quite different from Chicago.  In Toronto, Los Angeles and New York one can walk down a street and end up finishing lunch without even stopping.  New York’s bridges also make it unique among large American cities, and the ability to walk around the corner and get a deli sandwich from the bodega is something that has been lost in this Subway and Jimmy John’s world.

Brooklyn

Finally got around to exploring the second densest borough in New York City.  On a previous visit to New York I only left Manhattan once and that was to visit downtown Brooklyn.  Prospect Park is not Central Park, but it is still a wonderfully diverse landscape.
 

Brooklyn Bridge

A wonderfully built bridge that has withstood the test of time and shows just what American engineering can accomplish.  They simply don’t make bridges like this anymore.