Central Park, New York

Times Square, New York City

Me at Times Square. This one was taken during my first visit to New York City in August 2002 when I was still using a 35mm camera. The following pictures below are a mix of those taken in 2002 and my return visit in 2003.
The bright neon lights and giant posters of Times Square at night. The square is the center of activity in New York City and the main hub of the metro subway underground.
It's been my dream to watch "Les Miserables" in Broadway and this was realized in 2002 at the Imperial Theater. It was the best musical I've seen and was happy to see it before its 16-year run ended in March 2003. It was the 2nd longest running show in Broadway's history after "Cats".
This is a bad and unauthorized shot of a "Beauty and the Beast" performance. Picture and video taking is strictly prohibited during a show but I managed to sneak this one by not using my flash and by surreptitiously aiming my camera at the general direction of the stage.
The Chrysler Building, in Art-Deco style, was finished in 1930. Its eye-catching seven-storey pinnacle was first assembled inside the building, and then hoisted into position through the roof opening and anchored on top in less than two hours. Talk about dramatic finish!
This fire escape stairs is a common site in high rise apartments in Manhattan. This one was taken at the Soho District.
The New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. To those who saw the movie "The Day After Tomorrow", this is the building where the main characters were holed up as they waited to get rescued.
The Central Park is an urban oasis where people can commune with nature and enjoy a time of quiet away from the hustle-bustle of what's probably the busiest city in the world.
At 22 acres, the Lake is Central Park's largest body of water excluding the Reservoir. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the designers of Central Park, created the Lake out of a large swamp and they intended it to provide boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States and first opened for public use in the winter of 1869. It spans two and a half miles from 59th Street to 110th Street and half a mile from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue.
The 1252-feet Empire State Building snatched the "tallest building in the world" honor from its neighbor Chrysler Building when it was completed in 1931. I took this picture in 2002.
Back to being the tallest building in New York after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building still has the elegance and grandeur of an old and beloved landmark.
The tower of the Empire State Building was once used as a mooring mast for Air Blimps. The lightning rod on top is struck more than 100 times per year. This shot was taken from the Observation Deck.
Me at the top of Empire State Building. For movie buffs of my generation, this 86th floor Observation Deck is better known as the location of the final scene in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle".
The northward view from Empire State Building. Its rival Chrysler building is on the right side. At the center is the Met Life Building on Park Avenue, and a little farther is the Citicorp Building with its slanted roof.
The soutward view. Conspicuously missing is the familiar World Trade Center which used to dominate the skyline of lower Manhattan. It was a bleak and cloudy September day when this was taken, practically a year after the collapse of the Twin Towers.
A regular sight at the lobby and entrance of Empire State Building. These are mostly tourists lining up to go to the top. Notice the metal relief sculpture of the building that highlights this classic 1930 Art Deco style.
This is The Dakota, best known as the last residence of John Lennon and where he was senselessly assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. This also served as the scary setting for Roman Polanski's classic 1968 movie "Rosemary's Baby".
Just across The Dakota is the Strawberry Fields Memorial dedicated to John Lennon at Central Park. The only specific tribute to the musician is the single word "Imagine", the title of one of Lennon's greatest hits, set on this black-and-white mosaic.
Pennsylvania Station is one of New York City 's main railway stations. Madison Square Garden is located atop the station.
America's most popular entertainers have thrilled audiences at Radio City Music Hall since its doors opened December 27, 1932.
At the front of the historical Stonewall Inn - the location of the Stonewall riots between the police and the long-persecuted gays who resisted a raid on the pub in 1969. This event was a turning point in the gay rights movement and is commemorated in the annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebrations around the world.
The Rockefeller Center, with its giant Christmas Tree in December, is America's favorite Christmas destination. This was named after the multi-millionaire, John D. Rockefeller, who leased the space from Columbia University in 1928.

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