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New York New York

Sun­day 29 Novem­ber 2009 00:53

On my way to Saint Pierre I also vis­it­ed New York City, be­cause I thought that was kind of in the neigh­bor­hood. I didn't take that many pho­tos in New York City be­cause every street cor­ner is al­ready pho­tographed about a gazil­lion times, but here is my im­pres­sion of New York City from Septem­ber 2006 in 13 im­ages.

I stayed at the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press Ho­tel in Queens, and from there start­ed walk­ing to­wards Man­hat­tan dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour.

And at some point you get the first view of Man­hat­tan, which is im­pres­sive. It might have had some­thing to do with jet lag, but when I was about to cross the street and an FDNY fire en­gine stopped for me and let me pass I al­most cried. That's what that sky­line can do to you in Septem­ber.

But we're still on the oth­er side of the East Riv­er, in Queens, which is very dif­fer­ent from Man­hat­tan.

On the shore of the East Riv­er we can see the Unit­ed Na­tions build­ing on the oth­er shore. I found it strange that when I passed it the night be­fore it was just like any oth­er of­fice aban­doned, like solv­ing the world's prob­lems can ap­par­ent­ly wait un­til the next day.

After we took the sub­way across the riv­er we're on Man­hat­tan, Seventh Av­enue near Madi­son Square Gar­den. I don't think it's pos­si­ble to take a pic­ture on the streets of New York City that doesn't look like it's tak­en in New York City. It's all there, even more real then you would ex­pect it to be.

On Man­hat­tan it's all so damn typ­i­cal. The whole vi­su­al ex­pe­ri­ence is like you know it from movies and tele­vi­sion, the sur­prise is in the tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­i­ty.

After tak­ing the sub­way South we see the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty. I didn't ex­pect it to be sur­round­ed by in­dus­try, har­bours, cranes and bridges be­cause I had the im­pres­sion it kind of was like an is­land in the ocean that was the first thing of Amer­i­ca that would be seen by im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing on a ship. So that's a bit less epic.

Fol­low­ing the East Riv­er we then get to Brook­lyn Bridge. That's the mas­sive one in the front.

From Brook­lyn Bridge you have a nice view on the Fi­nan­cial District. But since you're kind of walk­ing on top of a six lane high­way it's not very tran­quil.

The next day we are in Cen­tral Park.

And on the oth­er side of Man­hat­tan at the Hud­son Riv­er with a view on New Jersey.

Then we walk straight back to Mid­town.

From our sub­way sta­tion in Queens we also have a view on Man­hat­tan.

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