UN Building, New York

View of the UN Building as seen from street level and from the East River.

The nearby Isaiah Wall, and a hope that seems as far from being realised as ever.


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Located in New York’s Museum Mile on the East Side of Central Park, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was founded in 1939 but did not adopt its present name until after the death of its founder in 1952. The move from rented space to Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark building came in 1959 but the need for a purpose-built space was identified in the early 1940s. Wright was commissioned to design the building in 1944: it took him 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to realise the project, which is his only New York building.

125th Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

Perched atop a spectacular 19th century viaduct at the intersection of 125th Street and Broadway, this station is served by the 1 Train on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. It is the southernmost elevated station on the line, the southernmost one in Manhattan, and the only one south of Dyckman Street.

Brooklyn Bridge

Linking Manhattan island to Brooklyn, the mighty Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 after fourteen years under construction. The bridge’s main span is 486.3 m (1,595.5 ft) and it was the first steel-wire suspension bridge to be built. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was originally named the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and later the East River Bridge. However, it became informally known as Brooklyn Bridge, and this name was officially adopted in 1915.

One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial

One World Trade Center is the 541 m (1,776 ft) tall skyscraper built to replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.  Two memorial reflecting pools, framed in steel, now occupy the footprints of the Twin Towers. The height in feet is a reference to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

The names of 2,983 victims are inscribed on 152 bronze parapets on the memorial pools: 2,977 killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks and six killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry provides a free 7/24 hour link between Manhattan and Staten Island. The short voyage provides excellent views of Lower Manhattan and of the Statue of Liberty, making the ferry popular with tourists. Passengers are required to leave the ferry when it reaches Staten Island, but many simply re-embark on the next ferry back to Manhattan. The vessel shown in the first picture is the MV Samuel I. Newhouse. At 3,335 tons gross and a capacity of 6,000, she and her sister ship Andrew J. Barberi were the largest ferries in the world when they entered service in the early 1980s.


American Museum of Natural History

To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, the American Museum of Natural History is big. Mind-bogglingly big. The museum complex comprises 45 permanent exhibition halls housed in 28 interconnected buildings, as well as a library and the Rose Centre for Earth and Space. The total floor-space is over 190,000 sq. m (2 million sq. ft) which can nevertheless display only a fraction of the museum’s 33 million specimens at any one time.