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New York University is a very important research and educational
institution. However, I have never been to its campus. The university
consists of nearly 100 high-rise buildings east and south of the
Washington Square Park.
- There is an NYU flag on each NYU building.
- The Law School on the southern boundary of the Washington Square Park.
- The Entrance to the Law School is quite impressive.
- Evening class conducted in a show window.
- University Store three blocks east of the Park. These days, students are good consumers these days. When I was a student (1954-61), I was like a prisoner.
- The Physics Building is also three blocks east of the Park. Physics buildings are not stylish in any campuses, but that of NYU appears to be very ugly. This is the name of the building. This building also carried the NYU flag.
- The Natural Science Center is next to the physics building.
This cheerful Italian lady owns
two restaurants in Little Italy.
- Little Italy along Mulberry Street.
This a photo taken in 1900 (available from the public domain). Italians
played a very important political role in New York until recently.
New York's LaGuardia Airport is named after Fiorello LaGuardia who was the
mayor for 12 years from 1934 to 1945 covering the depression and WWII
periods. He invented the present form of the city government.
- Mulberry Street of 2009. The place is still Italian.
- At the Northern End of Mulberry Street there is the standard New York.
- Eat and Drink. Little Italy is largely an "Eat and Drink" town.
- Cafe Napoli. In addition to
eating and drinking, I go to restaurants to meet interesting people.
- She is the owner of this restaurant. She was kind enough to take off her overcoat when I proposed a photo with her. From the way she looks and talks, it was clear to me that she is a capitalist and is very confident about herself and her family.
- Another Italian Restaurant across the street owned by her niece.
- Statue of Columbus. Italians are very proud of Christopher Columbus whose statue is at the Columbus Circle near the south-western corner of the Central Park. Some years ago, Italians in New York became angry at their city government, and had a demonstration at this circle.
- Chinatown of 1970. The Chinatown
of New York used to be a sleepy place before the United States established
trade relations with China. Things are different after Richard Nixon's
visit to China in 1972.
- Chinese-style Building. This multipurpose building houses shops, cafeterias and offices.
- Information Booth tells about Chinatown to visitors and about New York to Chinatown residents.
- One of the Gift Shops, selling standard items.
- Gift Shop with Chinese antiques and antique imitations.
- Medicine Shop, also with
health foods and health drinks.
- Fish Market. I like Chinese sea food dishes with exotic items such as lobsters and sea cucumbers.
- Seafood Restaurant. How can
I skip Chinese restaurant while in Chinatown. Here is my
photo with the owner and hostess.
This is a crowded restaurant.
- City Hall seen from Chinatown. Chinatown is expanding rapidly as more people are coming from China. Someday, the City Hall may come into Chinatown.
- Historic Seaport District.
Until the end of World War II in 1945, passenger airlines were not
available. When Europeans came to New York, they had to land at
this seaport area. Einstein had to go through this seaport.
- Einstein in 1921.
Dean Henry Burchard Fine of Princeton University came to this seaport
to pick up Albert Einstein,
who had chosen Princeton
for a lecture series on his new theory of relativity. Scientists all
over the United States packed the lecture hall for five talks.
Einstein decided to settle down in Princeton in 1933. He died there in
1955. Photo courtesy of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections,
Princeton University Library.
- Christmas Tree (2009) at the Seaport.
- Fulton Market. Robert Fulton was an American pioneer of the steamboat. The Seaport is at the eastern end of Fulton Street.
- Antique Oceanliner and modern
- Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the Manhattan side. Lower East Side apartment buildings are seen.
- Brooklyn across the East River seen from the Seaport.
- The Pacific Grille is one of the trendy restaurants at the Seaport. I go to restaurants for interesting people to talk with, as well as for good food. I met two young students there. One is from Russia and the other is from India. Here is my photo with them.
- Einstein in 1921. Dean Henry Burchard Fine of Princeton University came to this seaport to pick up Albert Einstein, who had chosen Princeton for a lecture series on his new theory of relativity. Scientists all over the United States packed the lecture hall for five talks. Einstein decided to settle down in Princeton in 1933. He died there in 1955. Photo courtesy of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
- St. Paul's Chapel, where George
Washington held a reception after his inauguration as the first
president of the United States. Of course, he prayed here also.
This church is next to the Millennium Hilton, and survived the 9.11
disaster in 2001.
- The Church seen from the Church Street (1970). George Washington used to pray here before and after his inauguration as the first president of the United States.
- Inside the Church.
- The Church Tower seen from the Millennium Hilton (photo taken in 2000).
- Washington Monument in the church ground.
- Wall Street Entrance to the
New York Stock Exchange Building. The building is heavily guarded
against possible terrorists.
- Main Entrance to the Stock Exchange. It is said that this place is the headquarters of the world capitalism. There are many people taking photos.
- Stock traders inside (photo taken in 1970).
- George Washington formally became the president of the United States precisely at this location on Wall Street.
- I wanted to become a participant of this Wall Street activity. On my right is a female reporter getting ready to talk to her TV camera to tell what is going on in the stock market. On my left are police officers armed with M-4 combat rifles.
- Trinity Church seen from Wall Street.
- Vending Truck and Wallstreeters taking a coffee break.
- Peaceful Place next to the
Deutsche Bank building on Wall Street. It is not for stock traders. It
is for those who wait for subway trains.
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
There are gold bricks in the basement of this building. Naturally this
building is also heavily guarded.
- Side View of the Federal Reserve Building, looking like a fortress.
- Chase Bank at Chase Manhattan Plaza. I was here in 1962. I had to send $100 to Korea, and local banks could not handle this problem. Things are quite different these days.
- Bank of New York Mellon.
- Fidelity Investment, One of the mutual fund dealers.
World Trade Center
- Twin towers of the World Trade Center, photo taken
from a helicopter in the public domain.
- WTC Towers. Photo taken in January of 2000, 21 months before their collapse on September 11, 2001.
- WTC and the Bay of New York photo taken from the top of the Empire State Building.
- WTC and the Statue of Liberty, photo taken from a Staten Island Ferry boat.
- One of the twin towers is not yet completed.
- WTC towers when newly built, viewed from the
Hudson River (west). . Another view.
- WTC towers seen from the New York Bay (south).
- Additional buildings started to rise up since then. Eventually many more buildings, including the five buildings for the World Financial Center (WFC). Two tallest WFC buildings are called the twin towers of WFC.
- Lower Floors of the WTC towers close to the street.
- WTC Restaurant on the ground floor.
- Photo of myself with my wife at the ferry point in Jersey City across from the Hudson River (2000).
- More Photos of WTC Twin Towers. Over the years, I took many photos of these two landmarks using different cameras. They seem to be valuable items these days.
- Many people came to WTC and had their photos taken.
- Click here for the Wikipedia page for more stories and photos.
- WTC towers seen from the New York Bay (south).
- World Trade Center after September 11, 2001. The twin towers were totally
destroyed by two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists. Since then,
the city of New York cleaned up the WTC ground and started constructing
new sky scrappers.
Click here for the Wikpedia story.
- Reconstruction site seen from the 25th floor of the Millennium Hotel which survived the 9.11 disaster in 2001.
- Closer View of the reconstruction site.
- One of the Cranes is working hard to raise the "One World" building.
- New WTC to be. This is a future plan
for the new WTC.
- One of the completed structures (October 2013)
is called the One World Building. This photo was taken from the Battery
Park, about 2km south along West Street.
- Close-up photo taken from the 40th floor of the World Center Hotel 500 meters directly south.
- During the night.
- This One World
Tower changes the skylines of New York City.
- Downtown seen from Staten Island, and without the One World Tower.
- South Ferry with the new tower, and earlier photo without the building.
- Between the two towers of the World Financial Center, and with the "One World" Tower being constructed.
- What happened to the old WTC Towers? Their bases became two big square fountain wells. This photo was taken from the 33rd floor of the World Center Hotel.
- Twin Towers of the World Financial Center.
Those buildings were not affected during the 9.11 disaster.
The twin towers consist of the northern tower with a triangular roof and
the southern tower with a round roof. This photo was taken in 2000.
Since then many new buildings went up around these twin buildings. and the
area now is called
- On the 9.11 day of 2001, the WFC towers were not affected by the disaster on the WTC towers just cross from the street. This photo was taken from Jersey City across from the Hudson River and is in the public domain.
- The twin towers of WFC (World Financial Center) seen from the Hudson River, after the 9.11.
- The towers after the 91.11 seen from
the Millennium Hilton Hotel across the street
from the WTC towers.
- Night View of the Financial Center seen from the same hotel.
- The Century 21 Department Store is next to the Millennium Hilton, and is also across the street from the World Trade Center. This building also survived. This is a discount store for rich people. They do not spend money easily, while looking for luxury items. Prices are reasonable for those nice-looking items.
Views from the One World Tower (2016)
New York Harbor and Battery Park
- Battery Park is
the wooded park area at the south-western coroner of Manhattan. This place
served as a military base during the British invasion of 1812. Britain at
that time did not recognize the United States as a country and attempted to
reclaim the territory of the former colony.
- The wooded area in this photo is the Park.
- The Park seen from the Staten Island
- Fortification with gun positions is still in good condition.
- One of the guns is still operational.
- These days, the Park provides a place of rest and recreation for hard-working New Yorkers and visitors from other places. Jogging is an excellent form of recreation.
- Looking at the sea is another excellent
form of recreation.
- The Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island in this photo.
- The ferry boat to the Statue is waiting for passengers.
- People are waiting on the ticket line for the boat.
- A giant cruise ship is sailing toward the Atlantic Ocean. The passengers on board must giving their salutes to the Lady Liberty.
- An open-air cafeteria is also at the Park.
Quite understandably, it is an expensive place. Most of the visitors
are from Europe, and thus the cafe serves European dishes.
Occasionally, there are people from New York and other parts of the
United States. In May of 2014, I had a lunch
with my wife and shared the table with New Yorkers.
- At the northwestern corner there is a
gate telling you are leaving the Park.
- Indeed, you are entering the Robert Wagner Park.
- There is a statue of snake at the entrance. I do not understand why the city chose the snake, but my guess is that the snake is a wise creature, smart enough to fool Eve and eventually Adam.
Who was Robert Wagner Jr.? He was the mayor of New York from
1954 to 1965. While I was in Princeton from 1958 to 1962, I used to
watch TV programs from New York. I remember him as a strong man and an
effective leader. He introduced many new programs to the City.
Museum of Jewish Heritage is one block north of the Wagner Park.
The Museum of course tells how Jewish people survived
throughout the history. I learned many new lessons there, but I was not
allowed to take photos inside the Museum.
- This is the entrance to the museum building.
- The Museum building seen from the Hudson River. The building has a pyramid-like roof. On the right hand side (south side) is the round-roofed gate at the entrance of the Wagner Park.
- Close-up view of the Museum.
A very stylish building.
Impressed? Come to me! In reality, the second photo was taken first at a different place.
New York Film Academy is two blocks east of this Jewish
- The entrance to the Academy faces a busy street, but there is small recreational areas.
- There, I met a group of students studying how to make movies. They seem to know who Sergei Eisenstein was. He was a Russian film maker during the Cold War era. Click here for a story about Eisenstein.
- In making movies, we assume someone writes a story first. Then take
photos of the actors and actresses reproducing the story. Eisenstein
was different. Take the photos first, and construct a story by
arranging the photos.
Eisenstein constructed two movies entitled "Ivan the Terrible I and II," from the same set of photos. In his first movie, he describes Joseph Stalin as a benevolent and decisive leader who expanded the Russian territory. In the second movie, he described Stalin as a ruthless murderer.
This is precisely how I make webpages. Click here to see how Eisenstein influenced me in developing my digital literature.
- There is another big building
flying the flag of the same film academy about one
kilometer east of this place.
- In front of this building is the Charging Bull, which is a very popular spot for tourists.
- Since this Bull will let you become rich, there are gift stands around this Bull selling small replicas of this bull.
- Since I also want to become rich, I had a photo with this Bull. A flag of New York Film Academy is seen in the background.
- Far north of this place, there is another building for New York Film Academy is on the east side of the Union square, across from the Park Avenue. I suppose the film industry teaches many different things, including acting, shooting movie cameras, writing stories, as well as marketing the final products. I do not understand the details.
- Statue of Liberty seen
from the Liberty Island Ferry boat (1973).
- Another View of the Lady Liberty.
- The Statue during the night.
- Lady Liberty and WTC Twin Towers in one frame.
- WTC Towers seen from the head (inside) of the Lady Liberty. One of the spikes from her crown is partially blocking the view.
- New York Harbor seen from the sky
(from the public domain).
- New York seen from the New York Harbor.
- New York Harbor seen from the Empire State Building.
- New York without the Twin Towers (2009).
- Liberty and Ellis Islands seen from the Staten Island Ferry boat.
- Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges seen from the Circle Line boat.
- Verzano-Narrows Bridge connecting the Staten Island and Brooklyn.
- Staten Island Ferry boat.
- Ferry Point seen from
a Staten Island Ferry boat.
- New Jersey side of the
New York Harbor. Jersey City (left) and South Ferry of Manhattan.
- Another View of the New Jersey side.
- Ellis Island used to be one of the major immigration centers.
- WTC Towers seen from the Staten Island Ferry boat.
- One World Tower seen from the Staten Island.
- Downtown, Brooklyn, and Seabirds seen from the Staten Island ferry terminal.
- West-side Docks for the Circle Line boats. The Aircraft Carrier Interped is seen. This ship was built during World War II, and it served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is now serving as a navy museum.
- I have many photos of new structures in the WTC area. I will post them when I have time. Please come again.
Princeton is a university town 60 kilometer from New York. You can
spend one day there while in New York.
- Campus of Princeton University.
This campus is one of attractions for tourists coming to New York.
Many people are interested in sending their children or grandchildren to
- Princeton Carnival.
Before the commencement day (end of May), there is a week-long alumni
re-union. On the final day of the re-union, there is a parade of
Princeton alumni, called "P-rade." You can see the life-style of
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