- 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.
Along the Hudson River west of Columbia Campus
- Riverside Drive and George Washington Bridge along the Hudson
- G.W.Bridge seen from the Palisades Cliff, New Jersey.
- The Bridge seen from the sky. Here is
another sky view.
- seen from the Hudson River.
- The Bridge is a double decker bridge. Here is
the lower deck.
- Grant's tomb and Riverside Church
seen from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Who was
The Riverside Church was a Presbyterian church many years ago, but
is now a Baptist church. There are many sculptures of the saints
in this church, and Albert Einstein is one of the saints.
- Henry Hudson Bridge across the Harlem River
seen from the Palisades Cliff, New Jersey. The Harlem River serves
as the boundary between Manhattan and Bronx Boroughs.
- International House used to provide low-cost
lodgings for foreign students and foreign visitors from money-less countries.
This house was maintained by the Rockefeller family, and their purpose was
to promote America's standing in the world. Until 1970, many Koreans stayed
in this house. I used to go there often to meet my Korean friends when I was
in Princeton from 1958 to 1962.
- The treed area in above photo is a park for relaxation
- Click here
to learn more about this interesting place.
- Korea became a rich country since then. These days, there are Korea towns
along the 32nd Street, in Queens, and in
Fort Lee (New Jersey). Visitors from Korea stay at the New York Hilton or
the Lotte New York Palace.
Central Park and Museums
- Central Park seen from the Empire
- Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir
at the northern part of the Central Park. The twin-towered Eldorado
Apartment building is seen in this photo.
- Telephoto of the Eldorado Building.
- The Reservoir seen from the
5th floor of the Guggenheim Museum (2009).
- Central Park seen from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
- Old trees on the banks of the Reservoir.
- The Reservoir and the Park
seen from the New York Hilton (2007).
- The Park seen from the Hotel Essex House
(2004). Trees and westside condos, south of Columbia University.
- Under the trees of the Central Park.
- The city south of the Central Park, and
the pumping station at the southern edge of the Reservoir.
- New York Pops Orchestra
performing summer concerts in the Park.
- Meeting Interesting People.
I had a pleasure of having a photo with Barnard and Columbia students
- Old-fashioned transportation for young people.
- People relaxing over the weekend.
- Westside Residential Buildings
seen from the Central Park.
- Fifth Avenue between the
the Central Park and the eastside residential buildings.
- 7th Avenue and the
Central Park at 62nd Street.
- Statue of Christopher Columbus
at the Columbus circle near the south-west corner of the Central Park.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Greek warrior. (2001)
- The Death of Socrates
(2007). After seeing this painting, I went to the Agora Park of Athens
where Socrates died.
Click here for what Socrates means to me.
- Artwork from Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Central Park and west from the roof terrace.
I asked this gentle lady where she came from.
She said "England." We noted that
we speak Emglish in America. She did not mind in this
photo with me.
- with American students from Brooklyn.
- with an Art Student from Japan.
There are thousands of portrait of photos of important people
in this museum, but there are not as important as one living student.
- Two art-loving Brazilian Ladies
at the entrance of the Museum.
Click here for more photos from this museum.
- Click hers for other
great museums in the world.
- Solomon Guggenheim Museum.
This landmark structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in
1959, while I was a student at Princeton. I used to go there
often then, but not now. I still go there when they have important
- Full Exterior View.
- Spiral Exhibition Floors.
There are five floors.
- El Greco to Picasso
Exhibition was held in 2006-7, and I was there.
- Kandisky Exhibition. I was there in 2009.
- Artist from Croatia.
It is always a pleasure to meet real people, instead portraits, at
museums. I met this graphic artist from Dvornik and talked about
her place. She invited me to visit her house when I come to that
area. She was with her daughter.
Lincoln Center and Central Park South
57th Street and South
Trump Tower and Vicinity
- There are people who like Donald Trump and there are also those who
dislike him. This is not the issue. The Trump Tower provides a resting
place for the shoppers and visitors along the 5th Avenue. You will meet
interesting people in this building.
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 Avenue shoppers to sit down and relax.
I have been there several times in earlier years. I was there on
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.
- 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.
- Two visitors from Kazakhstan. I met these
ladies from Kazakhstan inside the Tower in 2019. I met some people from
Kazakhstan when I went to Moscow, but I never expected to meet them in New York.
Yes, you can meet many interesting people in this building.
- 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.
- Show windows of the Trump stores.
- There are many expensive stores within the radius of two blocks from
the Trump Tower. Click here
here for the map.
- 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.
This 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.
- There are also many stylish street vendors. Here is
one of them.
New York Hilton and Radio City Music Hall
- New York Hilton seen from the 6th Avenue south.
- Daytime View of the hotel.
- Another daytime view.
- 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
- 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 go to this bank (called Swiss Bank)
in Switzerland to hide their money, but this office in New York must be
operating according to American laws. This is a
photo of the bank during the Christmas season of 2016.
- Credit Agricole is one of the largest international banks.
Its New York office is just cross the street from the Hilton.
- Fidelity Investmants is the largest
mutual fund dealer in the world. It is just cross the street from the
Radio City Music Hall, as the reflection on the window shows.
- The Wall Street Jounal is also in this financial area.
This journal was nice enough to carry my photo on the issue of February 20, 2021.
Click here to see the photo.
- Very Rarely, the 6th Avenue
is like this without cars (2007).
The front yard of the Hilton was was like this.
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, and
- 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 (2004).
- Interesting People.
There are a number of specialty shops attracting sophisticated shoppers.
I met a group of ladies at a shop offering British items.
Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the largest department stores in the world,
with its stores in every major city throughout the world. It flagship store
is on the Fifth Avenue across the street from the Rockefeller Center. The store
provides a variety of luxury goods.
- viewed from the Rockefeller Center.
Front view of the store during the Christmas season.
- During the night in the Christmas season, the store
appeared like this in 2004,
like this in 2019.
- The ground floor of the store is rich in decorations.
- There are many many luxury items.
- There is also an up-scale cafeteria. It was
closed for renovation when I went there in 2019l.
- View of the Rockefeller Center through a window
between two poles. The three ponds are clearly visible.
- 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 (old) and MetLife (new)
This was the PanAm terminal at the JFK Airport in New York.
This facility became a Delta terminal.
- 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
- South side of the PanAm Buliding.
The Grand Central Railroad Station is seen.
- This PanAm Building became the MetLife Building,
seen from Park Avenue South (2009).
- Anoter photo.
- Northen face of this building. The Grand
Central Station is seen.
- Entrance to the building during the
Christmas season (2016).
- 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.
- Two more PanAm ladies .
They are now wearing the Delta uniforms.
I met them at New York's JFK Airport in June of 2013. They
were going home after their duties. They live in northern Virginia,
and we were on the same flight to Washington. While we were talking about
those good-old PanAm days, the Delta pilot in the middle could not
understand why we were so excited about PanAm. He is a younger person who
joind the Delta person directly, and does not know much about PanAm.
The PanAm was the flagship airlines of the United States in those good old days.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Broken globe, and Statue
Neptune at the UN ground.
- 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.
- 42nd Street seen from New Jersey.
- Movie Theaters on 42nd Street
(1970). These days, all those theaters are gone.
- Stores on Broadway. Same place with
a different scene.
- Broadway and 7th Avenue. The Times
Square is at the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street.
- NASDAQ 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
32nd Street and South
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.
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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 them in an elevator (December 2007). They became very happy when
I talked about my experience in their country.
- I met students from England. I always enjoy
talking with young people.
- My photo with Japanese
students staying in this hotel. They became very happy when I spoke
- Penn Station faces the Hotel Penn from the opposite
side of 8th Avenue. It is the busiest railway station in the United States.
There is a unique culture within this building, in addition to train stops.
- Tiecoon is my favorite shop selling
necties with crazy designs. I bought many of them from this shop.
- The Pennsylvania Railroad used to be, may still be, the biggest
railroad company in the United States. This New York hub played its
unique role for many years. It is still the major transportation hub
for the East Coast of the United States extending from Washington, Dc
Click here for more about this station.
- Madison Square Garden Center is behind the
Penn Station building. I was inside this buidling in 1970 with my son
(5 years old) to see the Mary Poppins show.
- Click here
for the history of this important place.
- 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
- Brasseri Les Halles French
is in this district. Since the prices are reasonable, you can
meet many interesting people. Unfortunately this restaurant
was closed in 2016. I went there six times.
- The hostesses
were students, and were happy to talk with me (2006), but they seem
to be happier
- In 2009,
I went there again, and I met these nice-looking young ladies.
- Also in 2009, I met
this young lady from Poland. She came to the United States
with her parents when her father was assigned to the Polish Embassy
in Washington. When her father went back to Poland for
a different duty in the government, she decided to stay in the
United States to build her own life. I told her I cam to this
country when I was 19 years old, and worked hard to establish
myself. She said she misses her father, and we produced
17th Street and South
- Click here for New York University and south of
New York City.