Saturday, August 15, 2015

Day 12 - New York City


Wiki:"The Empire State Building is a 102-story[7][8][9][note 2] skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, onFifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high.[7] Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping outof the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970.[14] Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York, until One World Trade Center reached a greater height in April 2012.[15] The Empire State Building is currently the fifth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United Statesand the 25th-tallest in the world. It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. When measured bypinnacle height, it is the fourth-tallest building in the United States.
The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Decostyle and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate.[16] It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[12][17][18] In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA's List of America's Favorite Architecture."

Empire State Building is one of the places that I did visit previously, as I can't afford it. 
When I saw the pictures taken by my friend, I was disappointed that I did not pay for it. 
So I am glad that I am back!! =)

Empire State Building

View from the top

Chrysler Building

Central Park at the back


Lower Manhattan and Statue of Liberty (at the right hand corner)

Love New York!!!
I have been to many big cities around the globe. NYC is a class of its own. 
Love it!!!

Iconic building (Triangular shaped building) - Flatiron Building

Wiki: "The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story[4] steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreakingskyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high,[5] and one of only two skyscrapers north of 14th Street – the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, one block east. The building sits on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Streetgrazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name "Flatiron" derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.[6]
The building, which has been called "[o]ne of the world's most iconic skyscrapers, and a quintessential symbol of New York City",[7] anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District after its signature building, which has become an icon of New York City.[8] The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966,[4] was added to theNational Register of Historic Places in 1979,[9] and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[10][11]"

Stunningly Beautiful.
It encapsulates the human ingenuity. 

Can't get enough of it! =)

One of favourite buildings - Chrysler Building
Always reminds me of the Gotham City in Batman

Wiki: "The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood. At 1,046 feet (319 m),[4][6][7] the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.[8] It is still the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with an internal steel skeleton. After thedestruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 1,200-foot (365.8 m) Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.[9] Both buildings were then pushed into 4th position, when the under construction One World Trade Centersurpassed their height.
The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.[10] It was the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until the mid-1950s. Although the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.[11]"

Rockefeller Center

Wiki: "Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York CityUnited States. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.[2][3][4]"

New York Public Library

What a nice place to study!!

Sisters Love. =)

Grand Central Terminal

Evening in NYC.

Met up with my University friend who have settled down in NYC. 
He is working as a trader in a top investment bank, yet, he still complains that NYC is an expensive place to settle down and raise kids. Well, if he is complaining, what happens to the rest of New Yorkers? Haha...

Always nice to meet up with friend in foreign land.
Good catch-up and got to know NYC better through him.

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