I love that stretch of the East River and you capture it beautifully. I'm fond of so many of the viewpoints along the water, from the "peppermint stick" factory pipes to the lighthouse to the bridges.
I used to live on the Upper East Side and I was surprised to hear French being spoken on the street fairly often. Now I'm in East Harlem, aka Spanish Harlem. Bet you can guess what language I hear the most now.
I'm really impressed by how much ground you covered. Looking forward to seeing more of your perambulations.
How far up do you live NYCgirl. When I was living there the fringe was E94th. I suspect you're higher up. still and all, a great neighborhood, and, I felt ever so safe there. Moreso than here and I was out by myself way late at night, but, was never frightened.
Mossie, NYC can certainly feel overwhelming from this end, too, but I'm trying to take it in a little at a time since I assume I'll make a return trip back in a few months. However, I do believe I'll have an even greater appreciation for Paris after this trip.
Though it's warmed up a good bit, we've been having light rain showers. This had been expected and I'd saved this day so I could visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with the rest of the tourists. I'm not sure whether I just felt disconnected from the Met, or if I'm just tired from staying up late, but two hours inside was enough for me. I did get to see a lot of enjoyable art, but also found myself wandering in some of the areas of little or no interest to me.
Tonight we are going to a play along with the cousin from Queens, so I'm looking forward to another late evening.
Just saw on breaking news that a large apartment building in the East Village collapsed and burned. Don't know much more. Hope you were not too close by. It's kinda rare when these historic buildings in close confines are subject to this,but, certainly not unheard of. Waiting for more word. NYFD are awesome!
Sorry to hear. These things are never good. I heard a lot of sirens as I was heading to 86 and Lex. Also heard some this morning, but I have no idea to where they were responding. Please let me know if you get a location.
Okay, I finally caught up on all of the photos thus far, but it will take considerably longer to manage to comment on everything that struck me. So far, my thoughts are back on the first set of photos, and I continue to be astonished that there are still countless outdoor fire escapes on the buildings. Of course those contraptions are a totally iconic part of NYC, but they seem next to useless except for burglars and escaping international movie spies and drug lords, so I am a bit surprised that they have never been phased out. I would absolutely never want to live in an apartment with a stairway accessible to just about anybody right outside my window.
The other thing that strikes me is winter. My last trip to New York was in the middle of winter (January) and I swore that I would never set foot there in winter again because it was ten or fifteen degrees below freezing. Of course that is not true at all -- I'm sure that I will return to New York during winter again some day, but I remain certain that whenever I make my next trip, it will be during mild or hot weather. Especially in places like 7th Avenue or anywhere where you are completely surrounded by skyscrapers, the wind whipping around the corners absolutely turns me into an ice cube.
The only place where I ever rented a holiday apartment was on the upper east side of New York and that's when I knew that I would never want to live in a part of Manhattan like that. As much as I like things like the delis in New York, I am well aware that the prices charged are very high, and supermarkets were extremely rare, usually at least 15 blocks apart. It really made me realise how lucky I am living in Paris, at least as far as food shopping is concerned.
I met up with S at Grand Central Station and we walked to a restaurant on the other side of Times Square. Here are a few photos taken both before dinner, as well as after the play as we walked to Lexington Avenue. Just before it started to rain. Hard.