Saturday, November 22, 2008

New York City

We arrived at JFK Airport and took the Subway to our hotel in Queens.

Our room had quite an interesting view.

Times Square.


One of three giant banks of coloured M&Ms...

The tallest building (NBC Tower?) in the Rockefeller Center.

The view north from the top of that building. Note Central Park and just how huge it is.

The view south east towards the Brooklyn Bridge. You can just make out the Financial District on the far right. The Empire State Building stands alone and is of course the highest building in Manhattan.

Why not take a helicopter ride over the city?

Some great views from up here.

Looking down at the USS Intrepid and another carrier (which wasn't there the next day).

Manhattan from the sky is amazing.

The Liberty statue is much smaller than I imagined it would be. However, it's still impressive to see in person.

The Brooklyn Bridge.

Looking over the East River (which isn't a river) towards Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Sunset from the centre of the bridge.

The next day we went for a walk in Central Park. The weather was stunning as you can see.

The American Museum of Natural History and Rose Space Center. The giant ball inside is a planetarium. At night, this whole structure is lit up and supposedly looks amazing.


The largest meteorite held in captivity. Called the Ahnighito fragment or Cape York meteorite, it weighs over 30 metric tons and is almost entirely iron.

A beautiful night time view from the top of the Empire State Building. Note the Chrystler building on the right. It is a beautiful building.

We went to see a Broadway musical - "Hair Spray". Neither of us are big fans of musicals by any stretch, but we went to see one anyway. It was extremely good. Very entertaining and the production quality was amazing.

No photos allowed inside so we had to have a special photo shoot outside afterwards.

Grand Central Station - see if you can find P.

A gloomy investor in front of The New York Stock Exchange.

Ground Zero. The gap in the skyline is very dramatic.

Here I am standing in front of the USS Intrepid. A once-operational American aircraft carrier that served in the Pacific in the 1940s as well as in the 1960s as part of the Apollo recovery missions. It is now a floating naval aeronautical museum.

The meatball - helps pilots land on the carrier by reminding them about dinner.

This is an F-16 Fighting Falcon. This is an impressive fighter, even parked on the flight deck.

A British Harrier jump-jet.

An American F-4 Phantom.

As you can see, the flight deck of the carrier holds quite a few aircraft on display.

On the wharf nearby is a Concorde.

Swish! Leather seats and plenty of leg room.

The Concorde cockpit.

While I was onboard the Intrepid, P went to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which she really enjoyed. Then we regrouped and jumped on a train for Baltimore.

I have one last post to make, and that's our time in Baltimore and Washington D.C.


Matt said...

GREAT photos!

Aron said...

I lived 16 years of my life an hour from New York City, and somehow in one short trip you managed to see and do more, and get more iconic photos, than I ever have.

Though I'm suspicious of cheating: when Photoshopping David in front of those fighter jets, you should have at least used at least a slightly different image in each one!

meowsqueak said...

Actually those photos of me are real - I was on my own so I had to take them myself. I ended up taking many and only a few turned out OK.