Columbia University



  • Subway Exit to Columbia University
    1. Entrance to Columbia University. I like the old entrance (in the 60s and 70s) better because there were no police guards there.
    2. Old Library for Ceremonies facing south at the western side of the campus mall. There is a huge portrait of Dwight Eisenhower in this building. He was the president of Columbia University from 1948 to 1950, after the retirement from the army and before becoming the first NATO commander. He had connections with New York's financial circles, and raised tons of money for the University. I took a photo of the Eisenhower portrait there during my earlier visit, and I hope to post it here when I find it. I was not allowed into the building when I went there in March of 2009, because the board of trustees meeting was being held there.
      Eisenhower did many things for the United States and for the World. Not many people seem to know that he redefined the role of university presidents: to bring in money.
    3. Front Steps are for student gathering and relaxation.
    4. Present Library facing west on the easter side of the mall.

  • Street Sign at Broadway and 117th Street telling you are coming to Barnard College. Barnard College is one of the elite colleges for women in the United States. It was created because Columbia University used to be a all-male college.
    1. Entrance to Barnard College. Barnard ladies seem to like Hillary Clinton.
    2. Columbia's Earl Hall seen from the entrance to Barnard.
    3. Courtyard surrounded by dormitories.
    4. Photo with a Student. It was a pleasure to have a photo with a Barnard lady at her college (February of 2009).

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Central Park and Museums

Lincoln Center and Central Park South

57th Street and South

Trump Tower

    Trump Tower next to Tiffany & Co.,
    open to the public during the
    Christmas season of 2016.

  • The Trump Tower is on the east-side of the 5th Avenue just south of the Tiffany Jewelry store located at south side of the 57th Street. Both the 5th Ave. and 57th Streets are New York's prime shopping areas.

    The Trump Tower used to be an obscure structure surrounded by those big-name stores, such as Tiffany, Looius Vuiton, Saks Fith Aavenue, etc. The building became prominent only after Donal Trump became elected to the president of the United States in November of 2016. Click here to see where the place is.

    The Trump tower was built by Donald Trump in 1979 for a luxury shopping mall, a luxury apartment complex, and luxury everything. I do not know too much about its apartments on upper floors. The first four floors and the basement are used for a shopping mall and a food court. This shopping mall is no match to those those nearby big-name stores, but its elegant dining places are seen from the entrance to the tower.

    Thus, the Trump Tower in the past has served and hopefully will serve as a convenient place for the 5th Ave. shoppers to sit down and relax. I have been there several times in earlier years. This time (Dec. 24, 2916), the place remained the same except Trump's name which appeared more prominent.





  • Quite contrary to the impression from TV news, the building was open to the public and was easily accessible. The police officers were there to look for suspicious people. Perhaps I did not appear to be suspicious to them, and I was able to enter the building as usual. Let us look at some photos.

    1. Entrance to the Tower and a close-up photo of the entrance.
    2. Concrete blocks on the 5th Avenue to protect the building for possible bomb trucks.

    3. Ivanka Trump's portrait in the main lobby of the Tower.
    4. One of the Gucci store windows inside the lobby, and one of them outside the Tower. Other than the main lobby and the dining area, the first three floors of the Tower are the Gucci Luxury Shop.

    5. Shops and dining areas inside the Tower. Another photo.
    6. Christmas trees in the dining area.
    7. Statbucks Coffee is one the third floor of the shopping mall.
    8. Trump Bar.
    9. Trump Icecream Shop.
    10. The backyard of the Tower is also a scenic eating-drinking place. The Trump Tower indeed is indeed a confortable resting place for the 5th Avenue shoppers.

    11. The VIP dining quarter is a hidden corner of the dining area. Trump eats here occasionally, but this area is open to the public. You are welcome to invite me there as long as you are willing to pay for me.
    12. Since Trump wants to have hamburger with the young dictator of North Korea, I checked prices from the hamburger menu.

    13. Trump Gift shop at the halfway between the dining area and the rest rooms.
    14. Trump's campaign shirts. Make America great again!
    15. Show cases for the Trump store.

  • There are many expensive stores within the radius of two blocks from the Trump Tower. Click here here for the map.

  • There are many other buildings associated with Donald Trump outside the two-block radius. Among them are:



    1. Plaza Hotel is on the 59th Street, just south of New York's Central Park. Trump once owned this hotel, but is is now owned by his first wife named Ivana, who is Ivanka's mother.
      • I did not have a chance to sleep in this hotel, but I dined twice at the hotel restaurant called Palm Court. Click here for photos of this unusual place.
    2. Trump World Tower is on the UN Plaza near the United Nations building on the eastern end of the 42nd Street. This is a tall residential building, but I do not know anyone who lives there.
      • Here is the Wikipedi page for this tower. This page tells you how tall this tower is.
    3. Trump International Hotel , in Washington, DC, is within a walking distance from the White House. We expect to hear often about this hotel in the future. This photo tells how tall the building is compared with the Washington Monument.


45th Street and South

  • PanAm Building (used to be), seen from Park Avenue North (1975). PanAm was once America's flagship airlines company., and this building used to be one of New York's most prominent buildings, just north of New York Central Station on Park Avenue. PanAm is now gone, and this building carries the MetLife sign. But it is still called the PanAm Building.
    1. This is now the MetLife Building, seen from Park Avenue South (2009).
    2. MetLife Building seen from the UN Plaza on 42nd Street (2009).
    3. PanAm Terminal at the JFK Airport. As America's flagship carrier, PanAm used to maintain this terminal building at New York's JFK Airport. Since PanAm became absorbed into the Delta Airlines in 1995, this building is now one of the two Delta terminals.
    4. PanAm Reunion. This Delta Airlines lady used to work for PanAm. I met her during my Delta flight from Nice to Washington in 2006. When I asked her whether she used to work for PanAm, she became very happy, and we had this photo.

  • Chrysler Building used to be New York's tallest building for eleven month before the Empire State building was completed in 1931 (photo from the public domain). It is one block east of the PanAm (MetLife) building.
    1. View from the Empire State Building (1975). Both the Chrysler and PanAm buildings are seen.
    2. Professional Quality Photo from the public domain.
    3. Seen from the UN Plaza through 43rd Street.
    4. What is this building for? I tried to go inside and find out, but was stopped at the entrance lobby. I had a photo with a couple from Portugal who also came here for the same purpose. The guard told us we could get into the building only through guided tour services (October 2011).


  • Grand Central Station. Main entrance on 42nd Street. The main purpose of this building is to host trains coming into and going out from the New York City, but it provides many other services.
    1. Grand Central Station south of the PanAm building.
    2. The Main Hall is still used for railroad passengers. Ticket windows and the information booth can be seen. In 1958, I bought here a round-trip railroad from New York to Rochester, Minnesota. I went there to see my cousin who was visiting the Mayo Clinic.
    3. Oyster Bar Restaurant in the Basement is one of New York's landmark restaurants.
    4. The Grand Central Supermarket is one of the numerous shops in this station.
    5. Interesting People. There are many interesting people in this building. This man is dressed like Jesus during the Halloween weekend.
    6. Wedding Receptions are held here for some couples. These young ladies were waiting for the bride to come, and I had a photo with them.
    7. Grand Central Building north of the PamAm building (1970). This building is not for railroad services. There are many offices in this building.




  • United Nations Building on the bank of the East River.
    1. Front View of the UN building from 42nd Street.
    2. Entrance Pool viewed from 42nd Street.
    3. Conference Hall. This building appears to be a new addition.
    4. Flags representing member countries.
    5. Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union came to the UN in 1960, and make his case in his stylish way. At that time, the Soviet Union was so strong that the independence of Eastern European nations was unthinkable. This is an anti-Khrushchev sign in front of the UN building.

    6. The United States Mission to the United Nations across the street from the UN main building. People say this and that of the American influence on the world, but the United States still plays the dominant role in this UN organization.
    7. 335 E. 45th Street. At this location, there used to be the main office of the American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society. This building is now for the Korean mission to the United Nations. The Korean government was set up according to the UN-mandated election held on May 10, 1948. In 1950, the United States sent troops to Korea according to UN's Security Council resolution. The Israeli government was set up in a similar way.
    8. The United Nations is the most important peace-keeping and humanitarian organization. When foreign students come to New York, the UN Plaza is the No. 1 place to visit. I had a photo with a group of Indian students in front of the UN building. I asked them from which region of India they came from. They said Assam. I said a rainy place. They became very happy with me.

  • Times Square. Broadway and the 44th Street (1975).
    1. Times Square of 2009.
    2. Southern End of the Square at 42nd Street. The new year's ball falls down from the tall building. Since the name of this building is changing so often, I cannot keep track of it.
    3. Movie Theaters on 42nd Street (1970). These days, all those theaters are gone.
    4. Stores on Broadway.
    5. Broadway and 7th Avenue. The Times Square is at the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street.
    6. NASDQ Headquarters on Broadway at 43rd Street (2004). The appearance of this building changes too often to keep track of it.

  • New York Public Library, photo taken in 1908 (from the public domain). This building extends from 40th Street to 42nd Street. The main entrance is on 5th Avenue .
    1. Back of the Library.
    2. Bryant Park between behind the New York Public Library.
    3. Treed Area of the Park provides enough shaded area for people to relax in the middle of the busy city.
    4. Free Internet Connection is available throughout the park.

35th Street and South

Views from the Empire State Building (1975)




  • Macy's entrance at the Herand Square at corner of the 34th Street and Broadway.
    1. Macy's and the Herald Square where you can meet many interesting people.
    2. Macy's during the Night seen from the Greely Square at the 32nd Street on Broadway.

    3. Macy's seen from the Empire State Building. Macy's is the largest department store in the world.
    4. Macy's along 34th Street seen from the eastern end at Broadway.
    5. Macy's along the 34the Street seen from the western end at the 7th Avenue.
    6. The Empire State Building seen from the Macy's, along the 34th Street.
    7. The first floor is for ladies, including perfumes, shoes, handbag, diamonds, and everything women need. Here is another photo.

    8. Christmas at Macy's. Macy's cannot be separated from Christmas, from the Movie "Miracles on 34th Street."
      • Macy's entrance at the 34th Street during the Christmas season of 2017. The store believes in Santa Claus.
      • Christmas Deer. I am sitting with this deer on the second floor.


  • Korea Way and 32nd Street. The section of 32nd Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue is called "Korea Way." A Korean bank is seen at Broadway entrance to Korea Way.
    1. Restaurants on Korea Way. There are too many.
    2. Another view of the Restaurants.
    3. Two Japanese ladies at the restaurant called Geum-Gang-San. They seem to be quite familiar with Korean foods.
    4. 35th Street. The second Korea Way is growing on 35th Street.
    5. Korean Book Store. Koreans believe in books written in their own language.
    6. Korean Tea Room, where young Korean boys and girls meet and talk about things.
    7. Lincoln Continentals. There is a hotel on this street where many Korean tourists stay. They like to use Lincoln Continentals for their taxi services. They are OK. Since they don't come to New York often, they like to be treated as king, presidents, or capitalists while there. The taxi fare is not bad. It costs $40 to go to the Kennedy Airport from their Korea Town, about the same as for yellow cabs.




    8. Hotel Radisson Martinique. This is one of hotels on Koreaway where many Korean visitors stay. There are also many non-Koreans. I am with an Egyptian family in this photo. This hotel accommodates airline crews from many different countries. In the afternoon, there are many airlines persons waiting in front of the hotel waiting for their bus to the Kennedy airport. I ask them whether I can have photos with them. They always say YES. Let us look at some of them.
      • Virgin Atlantic. I met these cheerful Virgin Atlantic ladies on Broadway at 32nd Street (March 2007).
      • Austrians. I met them there in November of 2009. They became very happy when I told them I go to Vienna very often. We promised to meet again in Vienna.
      • Swiss International Airlines ladies in New York (November 2009). In the middle. I was invited to stand between them.
      • Egyptian Airlines. They just arrived from their flight from Cairo. They are tired but still cheerful (November 2009).
      • Jordanian Pilots for the Royal Jordanian Airlines (2006). In the middle is a Jordanian lady pilot. Lady pilots are very rare, especially among Moslem ladies. Therefore, it is a valuable photo.
    9. Korean Airlines (2004). When they come to New York, these Korean Airlines ladies used to stay in this hotel. Since they were in the Korea Town, they used to enjoy their good times. Alas, the company thought too much good time for them is not good for its business. Thus, the Korean crews are not accommodated at hotels far away from this prosperous Korea Town.

    10. Click here for more photos of airline people.

  • Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Avenue. This hotel used to host the January meeting of the American Physical Society until 1962. It was called the "Statler Hilton." It is now a moderately-priced hotel, and many foreign visitors stay here.
    1. Hotel Lobby. I used to meet many colleagues in this lobby. These day, I meet many interesting people from all over the world.
    2. Pakistan International Airlines Crews staying in this hotel (February 2001). These Moslem ladies were polite and cheerful.
    3. Czech Airlines ladies I met (December 2007). They became very happy when I talked about my experience in their country.
    4. My photo with Japanese students staying in this hotel. They became very happy when I spoke Japanese.

  • Flatiron Building at the intersection of Broadway and Madison Avenue (photo 1975).
    1. 1903 Photo of this building.
    2. Still there! in 2009.
    3. Flatiron District seen from the Empire State Building.
    4. Children's Corner at the Madison Square.
    5. Les Halles French Restaurant is in this district. I go there fairly often and meet interesting people. This restaurant basically serves American dishes with French names, and thus the price is reasonable.

17th Street and South


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