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Midtown East

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  • Day20

    New York

    July 22, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After leaving San Francisco hotel to fly to New York at 7am it was 10:30pm by the time we got dropped at our hotel in New York. There was a note at the hotel for us to say we had to meet the tour guide in the Lobby at 6:45am the next morning. Our body clocks were still adjusting to SF time so took a while to get to sleep, then up and away today for a tour of the city. Photos show some of the sights. Visiting the September 11 memorial was interesting, as was seeing Central Park and Statue of Liberty from a distance.
    The tour finished at lunch time and we went exploring on our own. Lots of places to eat but no one is interested in serving me when I ask what they have,that is gluten free. So far I have managed to find something to eat. Neighbourhood Deli's sell fresh fruit so we are enjoying that.
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  • Day9

    D9 New York - Rooservelt Island

    July 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    It’s our last full day here in NYC, and both of us agree that we’ll not only have to return to see more of this amazing metropolis, but also see way more of America.

    While we haven’t visited any museums or galleries, we have seen many different neighbourhoods and when looking for something quiet to do today, we thought a stroll around Roosevelt Island was a good idea. After catching the cable car across (which offers an unrivalled perspective of the surrounding area), we headed first to the southern tip. This end houses a park launched in 2012- this was after its designer passed away some 40 years earlier when the city was on the verge of bankruptcy! The name of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park was adapted from his 1941 State of the Union address, at the point of America’s early entry into WW2. It defined four essential human freedoms:
    1. Freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.
    2. Freedom to worship in his [their] own way - everywhere in the world.
    3. Freedom from want - everywhere in the world.
    4. Freedom from fear - anywhere in the world.

    Another few kms and a visit to Starbucks (evil, we know, but are balancing their delicious beverages with trips to local coffee establishments- no judgement , please), we headed back to Manhattan only to get caught up in a Saturday train cancellation drama. This took us to the subway on 125th st (Harlem) before we could turn around and head downtown. Fun times, not.

    We said our goodbyes, and with thanks to Akeem and Gemma who hailed a cab for us, headed to the airport. We do not recommend the soggy spinach gozleme from Eat&Go in Terminal 1...

    Goodbye New York (New York) and hello Frankfurt!
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  • Day4

    Central Station und weitere Highlights

    July 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Eine Abkühlung im Bloomingdales ist bitter nötig. Dort hält die Magnolia Bakery leckere Patisserie für uns bereit.

    Weiter geht’s per Subway zur Grand Central Station, wo wir im im Foot Court den hungrigen Kinder zwischen komischen Typen dringend etwas zu Essen organisieren.

    Trotz müden Kinder-Füssen machen wir uns zu Fuss auf den Heimweg. Wir sehen den Sonnenuntergang in den Strassenschluchten und treffen auf den Bryant Park hinter der National Library.
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  • Day15

    Gordon Price Visit & Back to the Met

    August 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    I took a relaxing morning to sit out in the tiny back yard to do a little reading with my French press coffee and yogurt and blueberries. I don’t think I have ever stayed anyplace that had such a beautiful little garden with seating and fireplace in New York City. It was quiet except for the birds chirping!!!! What a treat!

    I met Gordon Price and his husband Len at the 2nd Ave Deli. Both locations of this place are not on 2nd Avenue. Go figure. 2nd Ave Deli has the best pastrami sandwiches in New York - outrageously expensive but perfect rye bread, fall-apart pastrami that was not greasy, fatty, or stringy. Kenny and Zuke’s have nothing on these guys. We took our sandwiches to Roosevelt Island - in the middle of the East River - to walk to the Louis Kahn Park dedicated to Franklin D Roosevelt. They added some “wild” space too with a warning. The park is modern and sleek and was part of the original concept for the whole island. Most all of the buildings on this sliver of an island were completed by 1975. Cornell is constructing a new facility here. It is beautiful.

    Gordon and I talked up a storm. Gordon does a blog of sorts called aptly “Price Tags”. He is a former Vancouver BC City Councilmember and professor at UBC who studies and explores urban design from an architectural and human perspective. He articulates what the urban design and development mean and what it says about the times they are built in. Wonderful and timely stuff these days with the pressures on cities. Len was patient with our discussions. In our stroll, we discovered that the island now has a ferry boat landing that will take you to Wall Street and other parts of the City. It is a nice addition to the transit system - Not sure why this hadn't happened sooner. Brilliant.

    It was also blistering hot. I was planning on heading up to the Met Cloister, but I just could bear to be outside. I sweat through my shirt. I never do that... Gordon, who had taken his shirt off in the heat wanted to play outside at Governor’s Island, so we parted ways. I took the tram over to 59th right outside of Bloomingdales and took the subway up to the Met (again).

    The Met is gigantic. I had only gone to a small part of the museum the other day - and a ticket is good for three days! This time I thought I would visit the European paintings and sculpture - loved it. I bought an audio tour thing so I could learn more about the art and artists. What just slays me is the curation of the place. Every painting and series of paintings finds themes, similar subjects, landscapes, facial expressions - paintings that respond to each other as inspiration and opposition. Every piece in every room is carefully chosen and displayed to tell their stories singly and together. It was 2.5 hours just in that section before it was closing time. I was punch drunk on the art and freezing. They air condition for the crowds. The wall of heat I ran into while leaving the building was stifling.

    I did some searches to find a good restaurant nearby and found this amazing Turkish place. Crab cakes, hummus and spinach with yogurt sauce and a lovely glass of rose. Took a CitiBike back to my place. Life is good.
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  • Day39

    Deutsche Repräsentanz bei den UN

    May 21, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    German House, New York

    Zwischen 1840 und 1860 kamen mehr als 100.000 deutsche Einwanderer in die USA. Um 1880 hatte New York ca 400.000 Einwohner; über ein Drittel deutschstämmig.

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  • Day6

    Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital

    December 31, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Das Smallpox Hospital ist ein aufgegebenes Krankenhaus auf Roosevelt Island in New York City. Das Krankenhaus mit 100 Betten wurde vom Architekten James Renwick, Jr. entworfen. Es wurde 1856 eröffnet, als die Insel noch Blackwell’s Island hieß.
    Das Spital wurde ein Jahrhundert nach seiner Eröffnung geschlossen. Das Gebäude verfiel danach. Es wurde 1972 in das National Register of Historic Places aufgenommen und vier Jahre später als New York City Landmark ausgewiesen. Es ist die einzige Ruine in der Stadt, die auf der Denkmalliste der Stadt geführt wird. Nachdem die Ruine für 4,5 Millionen US-Dollar stabilisiert wurde, wurde sie 2009 zur Besichtigung freigegeben.
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