New York City

New York City pictures. A city of 8 million people (metropolitan area: 18 million), New York City is the financial and cultural hub of the United States.

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Intersection of Gansevoort and Washington Streets viewed from the High Line, a former elevated railway turned into an elevated park

Crossing Brooklyn Bridge


The Harlem Meer lake in upper Central Park

Coastguard helicopter in the USS Intrepid museum

The Container Store - with hundreds of hangers in the shopwindow

Strolling down Columbus Avenue

The Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood, 11th Avenue

Many New York cycle lanes are excellent - wide and well separated from the main traffic. Interestingly (compared to large European cities) very few people cycle in Manhattan even though it's a very good way to get around in the city

Cycling down Washington Street

Having cocktails on the deckchairs of the South Street Seaport, overlooking the East River and Brooklyn


Dog run in the Hudson River Park (at Pier 84)

A dogwalking business

Drug-free school zone (i.e. it's even more drug free than the others)

Avenue of the Finest - found this while looking for the pedestrian approach to Brooklyn Bridge (not as easy as it sounds)

Quintessential New York fire escapes

Friendly NYC firefighters talking to locals and tourists at a midtown fire station (15 of whose firefighters died in the 9/11 rescue effort)

Foot massage - neon signs are still quite popular in NYC

Freedom - view from Liberty Island towards Ellis Island and Manhattan

Graffiti in a schoolyard

Graffiti in downtown Manattan

125th Street, Harlem

View over the tenements and housing developments of Harlem

Lunchtime on the High Line, a former elevated railway turned into an elevated park (the first section was opened in 2009 with further sections to follow later)

View over 10th Avenue from the High Line, Meatpacking District

According to the exhibits of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, about 100 million (1/3rd of the country's population) US citizens' ancestors first entered the States via the Ellis Island immigration station (open between 1892 to 1954)

Medical instruments used to examine the newly arrived at the Ellis Island immigration station - the doctors often had only minutes, if not seconds to examine people for various kinds of illnesses that could have posed a threat for the country's population

Is it a coincidence that the highlighted initials of NYPD's motto (Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect) spell CPR?

USS Intrepid, a former aircraft carrier turned into a war museum, moored at W 46th Street

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird exhibited in the USS Intrepid museum (capable of acquiring speeds of over 3 Mach)

The Manhattan Greenway, a 50km long cycle path mostly running along the shore of Manhattan

Memorial bench for a 9/11 victim in Central Park


Uptown square

Multi-storey car park (car rack?) with little 'elevators' lifting the cars to their places - probably quite good against theft

Times Square billboards

Even the police station has a (blue and pink) neon sign in Times Square

Boarded up (one of about 10 such windows on the skyscraper)

Old tenement in downtown New York

One Way - the financial district

Lead article in the free satirical newspaper The Onion ( showing how much better a few beers make a people's job market prospects

Taking an afternoon nap in Central Park

Green lights along Park Avenue, Harlem

Family baseball in Central Park

On the corner of Bryant Park, one of the relatively few open spaces in downtown Manhattan

Cycling is one of the best ways to get around in Manhattan - lanes are wide, traffic is often slow-moving and the grid system is easy to navigate

Diner hidden in the underground maze under Penn Station

A busy day in Manhattan

New York colors

A bit of amateur modelling in the park

Central Park after work

Little interceptors, an example of the vast arsenal of NYPD equipment (ranging from bicycles to huge command centers) - New York has become one of the safest North American cities in the past decades

Huge police Mobile Command Center - it certainly commands respect, which happens to be a key element of the NYPD's slogan ('Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect' or CPR)

Psychic offices are surprisingly common in New York

Statue of Hungarian-born publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the founder of the Pulitzer Prize

Enormous Queensboro Bridge towering over the tiny cars and buses crossing it


'The marriage of money and real estate' - the first half of a two-piece statue pre-dating the subprime mortgage crisis by 10 years

'The marriage of money and real estate' - the second half

Rebelling against the system - licking the balls of the Charging Bull (or Wall Street Bull) statue, often used as the symbol of the power of the financial world

A rather subtle US Army recruitment center (aka 'Career Center') in Times Square

Love, Roosevelt Island

Tennis courts on the bank of the Hudson River

Roosevelt Island, a relatively calm spot off the coast of the Upper East Side

The Roosevelt Island Tramway costs the same as a subway ride and offers good views over the Upper East Side and the huge Queensboro Bridge as it takes you to Roosevelt Island

Street grocer

Ten second-rate superheroes and ten Sesame Street wannabes - rather creative ads above Times Square subway station (where 9 subway lines stop)


A rather serious-looking shoeshining business outside Bryant Park


Skylines, Liberty Island

Snake 'charmer', Battery Park

Central Park is very popular with cyclists and joggers

Lady Liberty

NY bagels are excellent, cheap, and widely available (try the classic cream cheese, salmon and black pepper bagel)

Outdoor chess in Greenwich Village


2nd Avenue near Queensboro Bridge's ramp

Battery Park

The New York subway

Rundown underground tunnels connecting the scattered entrances of 14th Street station

The NYC subway

Avenue of the Americas (formerly 6th Avenue)

The boss

Times Square

Times Square is entirely surrounded by billboards and neon signs like these

Incredibly crowded Times Square

Tourists (and a cyclist in the background going against 4 lanes of one-way traffic on the Avenue of Americas)

Times Square billboards advertising Atlantic City and less obvious casino destination Yonkers (a town north of NYC)

The chaotic streetscape of Midtown East

Under the elevated FDR Drive on the shore of the East River. Sadly much New York City coastline has been sacrificed to car traffic - the legacy of famous/infamous urban planner Robert Moses, one of whose taglines was 'Cities are for traffic'

Looking up in the financial district

A hot day in Harlem


Wall Street after work

The pleasant pedestrian boardwalk on Brooklyn Bridge runs above the road cars use

New York is the city with the lowest percentage of private car ownership in the USA - these are compensated for by an extensive public transport network and a huge fleet of (yellow) taxis

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