Atop the Empire State Building

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The WordPress Photo Challenge for the week is “atop.” To see more ‘takes’ on the theme, click on the link.

These pictures were taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building in mid-June, 2013.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Some other photos from the top of the Empire State Building were used to show the bridges of Manhattan here.

 

 

Plymouth Portrait

When I was 5 or 6, (in 1953 or 1954,) my parents got their first car. I don’t think it was new, but it might have been. Our next-door neighbours had a Ford; my father had purchased a Dodge. I hopped into the passenger seat, picked out the letters on the dash and said: “D-O-D-G-E – Ford.” I’ve never really been into cars.

All week in Havana I was on the lookout for an early 1950’s Dodge. This is the closest I got. Plymouths were “in” in Cuba, Dodges were not.

Cuba Day 3 - Central Havana Street Photography

Cuba Day 3 – Central Havana Street Photography

 A Plymouth of the right shape and beautifully painted.

A Plymouth of the right shape and beautifully painted. But not a Dodge.

Cuba Day 3 - Plymouth interior

Cuba Day 3 – Plymouth interior

I’m 68 and when taking a closer look at the photo below I just realized where this car model got its name. The sculpture on the tail light is of a ship; landing in Plymouth, Mass, USA. I’m Canadian; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Cuba Day 3 - Around the back.....

Cuba Day 3 – Around the back…..

Cuba Day 3 - Aha, this is why it was sitting on the street!

Cuba Day 3 – Aha, this is why it was sitting on the street!

Manhattan Monday 49

New York City - How to sparkle up a chain link fence.

New York City – How to sparkle up a chain link fence.

These photos were taken in and around New York University and Washington Square Park.

Notice the similarity in the men’s body language!

New York City - a fountain in Washington Square park.

New York City – a fountain in Washington Square park.

This is Fiorello LaGuardia, who stood only five foot two inches tall. He was New York City’s mayor from 1934-1945.

Fiorello LaGuardia

Fiorello LaGuardia

With these photos I have run out of posts on Manhattan – for now. I do have a few of Brooklyn to post on subsequent Mondays.

Manhattan Monday 48 – East River Ferry

The East River Ferry runs back and forth from East 34th Street, Manhattan, to the foot of Wall Street. It was a cheap and easy way to get downtown from the Pod 39 Hotel (on East 39th!)  It’s a hovercraft and does it ever move! Makes it rather hard to take photos as you’re hanging onto your seat, or the rail, to avoid being pitched onto the deck.

The pictures were taken from north to south. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

The first photo includes the UN and the Chrysler buildings; the second adds the Empire State Building which is also in the centre of the third.  The fourth picture shows the foot of Wall Street on the left with tall, masted ships in the foreground. The last picture features the helicopter port on the East River which is next to the Wall Street ferry terminal.

Manhattan Monday 46 – St Patrick’s Cathedral

Looking south,through the crossing.

Looking south,through the crossing.

St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue at East 51st Street, was undergoing extensive interior work when we dropped in after a full day of walking in June 2015. It’s hard to get a photo these days without getting another photographer in the picture!

Looking towards the Fifth Avenue entrance (west)

Looking towards the Fifth Avenue entrance (west)

The north aisle.

The north aisle.

Windows in the north aisle and crossing.

Windows in the north aisle and crossing.

Manhattan Monday 44 – Grand Central Station Photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

 

On this day in September 2014, I think there were as many people in Grand Central Station taking pictures of themselves and of the building as there were travellers and commuters!

 

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers

NYC selfies and photographers