- Subway Exit to Columbia University
- Entrance to Columbia University.
I like the old entrance (in the 60s and 70s) better because there were no
police guards there.
- 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.
- Front Steps are for student
gathering and relaxation.
- 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
- Entrance to Barnard College.
Barnard ladies seem to like Hillary Clinton.
- Columbia's Earl Hall seen from
the entrance to Barnard.
- Courtyard surrounded by
- 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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Columbia photos and stories.
Central Park and Museums
Lincoln Center and Central Park South
57th Street and South
- Carnegie Hall on 57th Street
between 6th and 7th Avenues. Carnegie Hall has
a very rich history. These days, main music events take place
at the Lincoln Center, but Carnegie Hall is still carries out
its important mission. When I was in Princeton from 1958 to
1962, the Lincoln Center did not exist, and I used to go there
- Carnegie Tower
is a high-rise condo building added to this famous music hall.
- Isaac Stern Place.
This section of 57th Street is named after this legendary
- Other Condo Buildings
on the Isaac Stern Place.
- Russian Tea Room is
another landmark on this section of 57th Street. This
restaurant is next to Carnegie Hall.
- Tiffany & Co. The
headquarters store of this famous international jewerly
chain. This store is located at the south-eastern corner of
5th Ave. and 57th St.
- Tiffany building with Christmas decorations
in the evening of December 24, 2016.
- Louis Vuiton across on the 57th Street and Tiffany.
It is also on same side of the 5th Avenue.
- The Christmas Star is shining above the
intersection of the 5th Avenue and the 57th Street. This photo tells how this
place was crowded on the Christmas Eve of 2016.
- Tournou Watch seen from the backyard of the
Trump Tower. It is the biggest watch store in the world.
- Van Cleef & Arpels at the
- Bergdorf-Goodman department
| 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.
- Entrance to the Tower and a
close-up photo of the entrance.
- Concrete blocks on the 5th Avenue
to protect the building for possible bomb trucks.
- Ivanka Trump's portrait in the main lobby of
- 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.
- Shops and dining areas inside the Tower.
- Christmas trees in the dining area.
- Statbucks Coffee is one the third floor of the shopping mall.
- Trump Bar.
- Trump Icecream Shop.
- 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.
- 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.
- Since Trump wants to have hamburger with
the young dictator of North Korea, I checked prices from the hamburger menu.
- Trump Gift shop at the halfway between the dining
the rest rooms.
- Trump's campaign shirts. Make America great again!
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Crown Building on the west side of the 5th
Avenue diractly facing the Trump Tower. This building houses Bulgari, Piazat,
and Mikimoto. They are stores selling expensive items.
- The same building on the Christmas Eve of 2016
- Abercrombie & Fitch is on the oppoposite side
of the Trump Tower. The Trump Clock is blocking the view of this building.
- The Clock Tower is located near the entrance
of the Trump Tower. The clock has four faces.
- Harry Winston Diamond Store seen from the
the Trump Tower entrance on the Christmas Eve of 2016. From its appearance,
you can tell it is a diamond store.
- New York Hilton seen from the 6th Avenue south.
- Daytime View of the hotel.
- Main Lobby during the Christmas season
- Window-side Cafe seen from the 6th Avenue.
This photo was taken in 1966 during the APS meeting in January.
- Empty second floor where the annual
APS meetings used to be held, abandoned by physicisits.
Photo taken in 2016
- Very Rarely, the 6th Avenue
is like this in front of the Hilton (July 2007). The "Radio City"
sign is seen.
- Hilton's Tall Neighbor,
viewed from an upper-floor room of the hotel.
- New York's Central Park and Jacqueline Kennedy
Pond seen from the Hilton room.
- Hilton's Rich Neighbor. UBS
(United Bank of Switzerland) is one of the leading financial institutions
in the world. Rich Americans used to come to this bank to hide their
money. I assume they still do. This is a
photo of the bank during the Christmas season of 2016.
The Rdio City Music
Hall is the must-see place of the New York City. I have been there many
- Main Entrance of the
Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue (Avenue of Americas).
- A noble man
travels to Bethlehem to pay his respect to his new King.
- Rockettes (Radio City Dancers)
perform on the stage.
- Happy people dancing under
the bright sun.
- Falk Dance performed by
- Christmas Party on Stage.
- Animals on Stage.
- Celebrating the moon landing in 1969.
Rockets are seen in the background.
- From this gift box, the dancers came out.
- Statue of a Rockette Dancer.
There is a small museum in the lower floor of the music hall. This
museum contains historical items collected since this music hall
was opened in 1933.
- Living Nativity at the Radio City
Music Hall (2004). Jesus was born!
- Nativity of 1975 at the Radio
City Music Hall.
- Nativity of 1961. The photo
quality is not great, but I was there with my camera.
- Nativity of 1945. I saw
my first Nativity scenes at my childhood church in Korea, now in the North.
Koreans there enjoyed their brief period of freedom from August
1945 (liberation from Japanese occupation) until March 1946 (beginning
of communist rule). They had a big Christmas celebration in December of 1945.
Click here for the history of
the first Protestant church in Korea.
In the 1945 Nativity, King Herod was dressed like the Japanese emperor with
his Japanese sword (evil king). The three wise men were in academic caps and
gowns (like PhDs in their graduation day). In the Korean Bible, the wisemen
were described as "Baksa," meaning PhD degree holders.
- Prometheus at the Rockefeller
- Another View of the Prometheus
- Summer-time Restaurant in front of
at the Prometheus (1970).
- Skating Rink during the Christmas season
- Three Ponds at the Center (1970).
- The department store called "Saks Fifth Avenue"
is on the east side of 5th Avenue.
- During the Christmas Season, the wall of this
store is decorated with snow flakes.
- Interesting People.
There are a number of specialty shops attracting sophisticated shoppers.
I met a group of ladies at a shop offering British items.
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel,
where kings and presidents of the worlds stay.
- Sunday Breakfast Buffet
at the Waldorf.
- Expensive Shops on
the ground floor.
- Nikita Khruschev of the Soviet Union
stayed in this hotel while attending the 1962 session of the United
Nations (from hotel exhibition). He performed some shows with his
shoes at the UN conference hall.
- Interesting People.
Not everybody in this hotel is a king or president. I had a
photo with a group of fun-seeking young people.
- Convenience Cafeteria near
the Hotel. It is generally agreed that restaurant
within the hotel is unreasonably expensive. Let the presidents
or king eat there, but their bodyguards eat at outside
- Marilyn Monroe's Subway Grate
is one block north of the Lexington Avenue entrance of this hotel.
I am standing here with two ladies from Croatia. They became very
happy when I told them about Tesla.
To them, Tesla was a Croatian, while he was a Serbian to
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
- This is now the MetLife Building,
seen from Park Avenue South (2009).
- MetLife Building seen from
the UN Plaza on 42nd Street (2009).
- 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.
- 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.
- View from the Empire State Building (1975).
Both the Chrysler and PanAm buildings are seen.
- Professional Quality Photo from
the public domain.
- Seen from the UN Plaza through 43rd
- 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.
- Grand Central Station south of
the PanAm building.
- 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.
- Oyster Bar Restaurant in the Basement
is one of New York's landmark restaurants.
- The Grand Central Supermarket is one of
the numerous shops in this station.
- Interesting People.
There are many interesting people in this building.
This man is dressed like Jesus during the Halloween weekend.
- 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.
- 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.
- Front View of the UN building from 42nd
- Entrance Pool viewed from 42nd Street.
- Conference Hall. This building appears to
be a new addition.
- Flags representing member countries.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Times Square of 2009.
- 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.
- Movie Theaters on 42nd Street
(1970). These days, all those theaters are gone.
- Stores on Broadway.
- Broadway and 7th Avenue. The Times
Square is at the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street.
- 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 .
- Back of the Library.
- Bryant Park between behind the
New York Public Library.
- Treed Area of the Park provides
enough shaded area for people to relax in the middle of the busy city.
- Free Internet Connection is
available throughout the park.
35th Street and South
- Macy's entrance at the Herand Square
at corner of the
34th Street and Broadway.
- Macy's and the Herald Square where
you can meet many interesting people.
- Macy's during the Night
seen from the Greely Square at the 32nd Street on Broadway.
- Macy's seen from the Empire
State Building. Macy's is the largest department store in the world.
- Macy's along 34th Street seen from the
eastern end at Broadway.
- Macy's along the 34the Street seen from the
western end at the 7th Avenue.
- The Empire State Building seen from the Macy's,
along the 34th Street.
- The first floor is for ladies,
including perfumes, shoes, handbag, diamonds, and everything
women need. Here is
- 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
- Restaurants on Korea Way.
There are too many.
- Another view of the Restaurants.
- Two Japanese ladies at the restaurant
called Geum-Gang-San. They seem to be quite familiar with Korean
- 35th Street. The second Korea Way
is growing on 35th Street.
- Korean Book Store. Koreans believe
in books written in their own language.
- Korean Tea Room, where young Korean
boys and girls meet and talk about things.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hotel Lobby. I used to meet many
colleagues in this lobby. These day, I meet many interesting people
from all over the world.
- Pakistan International Airlines
Crews staying in this hotel (February 2001). These Moslem ladies
were polite and cheerful.
- Czech Airlines ladies
I met (December 2007). They became very happy when I talked about
my experience in their country.
- My photo with Japanese
students staying in this hotel. They became very happy when I spoke
- Flatiron Building
at the intersection of Broadway and Madison Avenue (photo 1975).
- 1903 Photo of this building.
- Still there! in 2009.
- Flatiron District seen from
the Empire State Building.
- Children's Corner at the Madison
- 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
- Click here for New York University and south of
New York City.