Manhattan Monday 25 – Chinatown 4

New York City - entrance to Chinatown from he top of a tour bus.

New York City – entrance to Chinatown from the top of a tour bus.

This statue of Lin Zexu is in Chatham Square, where 8 streets meet. Lin Zexu was not given much attention until well into the twentieth century, but is now seen as a National hero for Chinese people; no fewer than three films have been made on his role in the Opium Wars; and he is now one of the symbols of modern China’s resistance to European imperialism.

New York City - Chinatown as seen from the elevated off ramp from the Manhattan Bridge.

New York City – Chinatown as seen from the elevated offramp from the Manhattan Bridge.

These photos, from June 2015, were taken from the top of a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Brooklyn. The tour left from Foley Square in Manhattan – at least I think that’s right – it took us long enough to find it on the day! The first photo was before we reached the Manhattan Bridge, the second as we were coming off the bridge on the way back.

I now have a dilemma. Whether to show shots of Brooklyn on Manhattan Monday, because Brooklyn is not in Manhattan. Maybe Brooklyn can wait.

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Manhattan Monday 22 – Chinatown

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

In September 2014 we walked from Pier 11, under the Brooklyn Bridge, through Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita,  NYU, and Washington Square Park before succumbing to exhaustion and finding the nearest subway station to take us to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and back to Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

I loved the outside fire escapes and the bright colours, the Chinese characters and the street life, of which, more to come in future posts.

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

Photos taken with Sony R100III, the second day I owned it.

Manhattan Monday 21 – Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre (Canadian spelling) is a vast complex of 19 buildings on 22 acres.  I don’t know what I was expecting to find there – but I was disappointed. Radio City Music Hall (showing my age now) is only open for big shows and there wasn’t much else to see. We sat for a while where the first photo was taken and then I went looking for a street photo opportunity.

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre

I found a setting and waited for people to come out the doors.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

New York City..Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

When Isamu Noguchi created the bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza (the Associated Press Building) in 1940 it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world.

In 1962, the center management placed a plaque at the plaza with a list of principles in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr. believed, and first expressed in 1941. It reads:

I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the Dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individuals highest fulfilment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His Will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

Manhattan Monday 20 – Celebrity?

I couldn’t resist trying to photograph this scrum of reporters and cameras (and handlers?) around…whoever this is. If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments below.

New York City - Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

I took this photo for my second oldest grand daughter Annabelle – but she is too young to be reading WordPress.

New York City - Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

New York City – Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

Manhattan Monday 19 Street Life

On the way to and from the Hudson River Greenway, showcased here and here, were some street photography opportunities.

The first two shots are from the Upper West Side on the way to the Greenway. When the Google earth photos were taken of this street, the same motorcycle was parked in the same place.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

 

The next two shots are from the west side somewhere around West 55th Street as we dragged our way back to our hotel, Pod 51, on East 51st Street, between 3rd and 2nd Avenue. (Yes, I would recommend the Pod Hotels.)

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th...

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th…

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th...

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th…

Manhattan Monday 15

Shh…Pretend it isn’t Wednesday.  Life has been crazy lately.

Still along the Hudson River walkway at supper time in early June.  The elevated highway can be seen in the background.

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park

It wasn’t clear who had created this installation or any of the others along The Hudson River Greenway. In fact one was still in the process of being installed further along.

I guess these are the folks who have brought us the sculptures found along this stretch of the Parkway.

I guess these are the folks who have brought us the art in the park!

Looking west to New Jersey.

Looking west to New Jersey.

Halifax B&W

Old Public Library

Old Public Library

The old Halifax Public Library has been decommissioned. Churchill will be lonely.

Sir Winston Churchill in front of the library

Sir Winston Churchill in front of the library

Perhaps they’ll move him across the street and up a block to the new library, which is supposed to look like a stack of books, which it does, somewhat, but not from this angle.

New Public Library

New Public Library

The building on this corner was once a bank and now houses a couple of pubs and a restaurant, including Rogue’s Roost.

Cigarette Roost

Cigarette Roost

We hiked up to the Halifax Citadel and walked around 3/4 of it but didn’t go in; it was too nice a day to spend in a museum.

Citadel Shadows

Citadel Shadows

And we walked through the Public Gardens, also shown in an earlier post.

Bandshell, Halifax Public Gardens

Bandshell, Halifax Public Gardens

Bandshell, Halifax Public Gardens

Bandshell, Halifax Public Gardens