Jun 6 2016

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

I walked over this incredible bridge a few times during the off season, which were incredibly enjoyable. Today the crowds makes it far less inviting. But the views and vibrations are the same.

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The coupling

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Pier 17 and the multi million dollar condos at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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The cop to the right has visited Beijing and Guilin last year.

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The Manhattan Bridge, to the south

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Jun 6 2016

Aerial bridges of New York

George C. Parker (1870–1936, wiki) was a con man who loved to sell public properties in New York, especially  the Brooklyn Bridge to unsuspecting immigrants, hence the popular phrase that I’ll sell you the Brooklyn bridge.

Ok, the Brooklyn bridge is off the limit but New York is never out of things to sell. How about a sky bridge? Here is the Gimbels skybridge @ 101-139 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001. This copper-clad proto-Art Deco triplex skywalk links Gimbels and an office building now housing the Manhattan Mall. The left pic is taken at Gaonnuri and down on 32nd Street. NYTimes in 2014 reported the winding history of this bridge and its fate is unclear.

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Another skybridge, in Tribeca is up for sale in 2015, asking $30m: 9 Jay Street and 67 Hudson Street #3AB. The apartment has 6,300 square feet; the 9 Jay Street can be used for commercial. The common charges are $1,481.86 and its annual taxes are a hefty $70,395.

More bridges in New York:

  

 


Jun 6 2016

Gaonnuri

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1250 Broadway, 39th Fl
New York, NY 10001

An upscale Korean restaurant in K town/Ktown in an office building – a staff’s to clear the patrons at the ground level. The view is wonderful, especially on a sunny day.

The elevator opens up to the bar. The wine cellar to the right – not sure it’s ideal for storage tho, maybe the inventory is being consumed quickly.

The maître d’ is on high heels and the waiting staff is mixed. Bathroom is clean but without a/c. Very good service and food. The host ordered for us. However, for the price, the beef isn’t the best – too many tendons and the kimchi isn’t spicy enough. yelp

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Jun 6 2016

The Farrington

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Jun 6 2016

The park

Starting a busy day with a yoga in my favorite park. We arrived at 8:45, on the dot at the opening. An park caretaker is blowing the parking lot. The American flags are wavering in the wind.

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Jun 6 2016

Winter Garden Atrium

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Vesey Street
World Financial Center
New York City

This 10-story atrium is in Brookfield Place office complex. Originally built in 1988; was damaged in 2001 in the 9.11 attack, was rebuilt in 2002. (wiki)

Jeremy and I revisited it today. We went there during his first trip to New York in 1990, after the Wall Street tour. At that time, I remembered ran into his friend Chai from Amex in the skybridge. The pix below are from today (2016) and 1984 Oktoberfest in Munich.

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I’d lunch with a friend who had moved back to New York in 2000 at the Chinese restaurant here, who would escape the attack the following year.

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More than quarter of century had gone by, so much had happened since. We matured and grew stronger, so did USA. Going downtown is never easy for me since the attack. Regardless of ugly politics, this is still the land of freedom, where dreams become true. Ideas survive forever. Long Live USA.

At the back, it opens up to the World Financial Center Plaza and the North Cove Yacht Harbor, which is on the Hudson River.

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Many green spaces are public.

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Jun 6 2016

9.11 Memorial

RIP.

From day 1, I felt that US could have shot down the remaining hijacked planes but chose not to: 1 they weren’t prepared to such bold attack and 2, most importantly, unlike the Russians who had no problem to down a commercial jet such as #902 in 1978, #007 in 1983, #17 in 2014 …, the Americans just won’t shoot down passenger jets, not in their heart and culture.

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Jun 6 2016

South Street Seaport

Pier 17 is still under construction, downtown New York. The yellow water taxi. Brooklyn bridge. Peking the merchant ship.

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Jun 6 2016

Buildings in New York

Downtown.

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Gehry’s IAC in Chelsea.