Thankfully I do remember quite a lot and some bits of the rest - it is the blanks that I have been filling in with some additional reading online, hence it taking me a while to write my next post on New York City. (Those of you who are only joining me now can read the first installment of my adventure here. For the rest of us we can just pick up where we left off, right? (*smile*) Let's go!
New York rain drops - very special rain drops, these. I just had to photograph it! haha
Lots of electronic media.
More electronic media.
The Minskoff Theatre. There are several theatres on Broadway. It is advised that you buy your tickets directly from the box office to save on surcharges and handling fees which can add up to $10 to the ticket price.
Oh, Mary Poppins! How about that?
I'm sure everyone has heard of Ripley's - Believe it or not! This is claimed to be New York's most amazing museum attraction. "As weird as it is real....Believe It or Not!"
Just a busy street on a rainy day in New York City.
The Christopher Columbus statue in the Columbus circle. I didn't realize it at the time of taking this picture but that is the Time Warner Centre in the background - the two tall buildings behind the statue.
A few things make this statue significant: (1) The marble statue of Columbus was part of New York's 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in America. Columbus stands atop a 70-foot (21m) granite rostral column decorated with bronze reliefs, each one representing one of his ships. On the pedestal is an angel holding a globe, and (2) It is the point from where all official distances from New York City is measured.
The Time Warner Centre is the world headquarters for Time Warner corporation and is on the west side of the circle. The buildings also hosts a few other attractions including NYC studio headquarters of CNN, Shops at Columbus Circle and the Mandarin Oriental, NY hotel. On the north side is the Trump International Hotel and Tower with the noted steel globe. Unfortunately I didn't see that side of the building. I would have liked a picture of that, but it's visible in the Time Warner Centre link above.
The Hearst Tower - home of the Hearst Corporation - owners of some well known communication companies and publications such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and Seventeen.
One of the things I battled with a little was how high the buildings are in NYC. Often when we drove or walked right by it the buildings were often so tall that you could not fit all of it into the frame. On the one hand it is a wow factor and on the other it takes away a little from the picture. Thankfully there are some very photographic images available on the internet if you want art.
Did you know that Broadway is considered the longest street in the world? A thoroughfare of New York, it starts at the southern tip of Manhattan and runs for 150 miles (241km) right up to Albany in the north near the Canadian border. (Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/broadway)
The building on the right is The Dakota (John Lennon) with more apartment buildings across the road as well.
This is just one of the entrances to Central Park. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the whole park - that is a real pity - this is (I'm sure) not even the tip of the ice berg. Now here is a place where I would have loved to cycle!!
The Strawberry Fields memorial is a triangular piece of land of which the top two corners fall away shaping it in the form of a tear. The entrance is on Central Park West and West 72 Street - across from The Dakota Apartments where John Lennon lived and was murdered. The memorial was dedicated by the mayor and Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono on - what would have been - his 45th birthday on 9 October 1985. Still today people gather here for Lennon's birthday and to pay tribute on the anniversary date of his death. People also gather to commemorate the birthdays of the other Beatles, and also after the 20/11 tragedy. All of the Strawberry Fields are designated a "quiet zone".
This circular pathway mosaic of inlaid stones is the focal point of the Strawberry Field memorial with the single word being the title of Lennon's famous song "Imagine". It was a gift from the city of Naples. Still today the memorial mosaic is frequently covered with flowers, candles in glasses and other personal items that fans have left behind. And no, it has absolutely nothing to do with strawberries. Instead, I think it has something to do with this song: Strawberry Fields Forever.