New York City: Essential New York

New York City: Essential New York 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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Crossing Brooklyn Bridge

The Harlem Meer lake in upper Central Park

The Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood, 11th Avenue

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

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

Freedom - view from Liberty Island towards Ellis Island and Manhattan

125th Street, Harlem

View over the tenements and housing developments of Harlem

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)

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

Uptown square

Times Square billboards

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

One Way - the financial district

Green lights along Park Avenue, Harlem

Family baseball in Central Park

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

New York colors

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

Skylines, Liberty Island

Central Park is very popular with cyclists and joggers

Lady Liberty

The New York subway

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

Times Square

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

Looking up in the financial district

Wall Street after work

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

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