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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.
    1. There is an NYU flag on each NYU building.
    2. The Law School on the southern boundary of the Washington Square Park.
    3. The Entrance to the Law School is quite impressive.
    4. Evening class conducted in a show window.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    1. Mulberry Street of 2009. The place is still Italian.
    2. At the Northern End of Mulberry Street there is the standard New York.
    3. Eat and Drink. Little Italy is largely an "Eat and Drink" town.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    1. Chinese-style Building. This multipurpose building houses shops, cafeterias and offices.
    2. Information Booth tells about Chinatown to visitors and about New York to Chinatown residents.
    3. One of the Gift Shops, selling standard items.
    4. Gift Shop with Chinese antiques and antique imitations.
    5. Medicine Shop, also with health foods and health drinks.

    6. Fish Market. I like Chinese sea food dishes with exotic items such as lobsters and sea cucumbers.
    7. 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.

    8. Statue of Sun Yat-Sen in Chinatown. Sun was the leader of the Chinese revolution which overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China. Click here for more about him.

    9. Statue of Lin Zexu is also in Chinatown. He is portrayed as an anti-drug hero. In China, he is known a hero against Western imperialism. He started the Opium War in China. Click here for more about him.

    10. City Hall seen from Chinatown. Chinatown is expanding rapidly as more people are coming from China. Someday, the City Hall may come into Chinatown.

Downtown

  • 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.
    1. 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.


    2. Christmas Tree (2009) at the Seaport.
    3. Fulton Market. Robert Fulton was an American pioneer of the steamboat. The Seaport is at the eastern end of Fulton Street.
    4. Antique Oceanliner and modern sky scrappers.

    5. Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the Manhattan side. Lower East Side apartment buildings are seen.
    6. Brooklyn across the East River seen from the Seaport.
    7. 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.
    8. I met two young students there. One is from Russia and the other is from India. Here is my photo with them.

  • 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 Millenium Hilton, and survived the 9.11 disaster in 2001.
    1. 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.
    2. Washington's pew.
    3. Inside the Church.
    4. The Church Tower seen from the Millennium Hilton (photo taken in 2000).
    5. Washington Monument in the church ground.




  • Wall Street Entrance to the New York Stock Exchange Building. The building is heavily guarded against possible terrorists.
    1. 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.
    2. Stock traders inside (photo taken in 1970).
    3. George Washington formally became the president of the United States precisely at this location on Wall Street.
    4. 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.
    5. Trinity Church seen from Wall Street.
    6. Vending Truck and Wallstreeters taking a coffee break.
    7. 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.

    8. Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There are gold bricks in the basement of this building. Naturally this building is also heavily guarded.
    9. 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.
    10. Bank of New York Mellon.
    11. Fidelity Investment, One of the mutual fund dealers.

  • New Millenium Hilton Hotel. This hotel is across the street from the twin WTC buidlings, but remained uncratched during the 9.11 bombing of 2001.
    1. Postcard of the hotel.
    2. City Hall and St. Paul's Chapel seen from a hotel room. Here is another photo taken at a higher floor of the hotel.
    3. Brookfield Center seen from the the Hotel dining room. The black area on right is the One-Wold Tower.
    4. The hotel sign seen from the site of the old Twin Towers.

  • The Century 21 Department Store is next to the Millenium 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.

World Trade Center (before 9.11/2001)

World Trade Center on and after 9.11/2001

Views from the One World Tower (2016)


Brookfield Place (World Financial Center)

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.
    1. The wooded area in this photo is the Park.
    2. The Park seen from the Staten Island Ferry boat.

    3. Fortification with gun positions is still in good condition.
    4. One of the guns is still operational.

    5. 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.
    1. The Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island in this photo.
    2. The ferry boat to the Statue is waiting for passengers.
    3. People are waiting on the ticket line for the boat.
    4. A giant cruise ship is sailing toward the Atlantic Ocean. The passengers on board must be giving their salutes to the Lady Liberty.
    5. When this ship was closer to the Park, it appeared like a giant building.




  • 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.
    1. Indeed, you are entering the Robert Wagner Park.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    1. This is the entrance to the museum building.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 Museum.
    1. The entrance to the Academy faces a busy street, but there is small recreational areas.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    1. In front of this building is the Charging Bull, which is a very popular spot for tourists.
    2. Since this Bull will let you become rich, there are gift stands around this Bull selling small replicas of this bull.
    3. 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.

New York Harbor

Princeton

    Princeton is a university town 60 kilometer from New York. You can spend one day there while in New York.




    Why is he with Einstein?

  • 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 this university.

  • 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 affluent Americans.

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