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New York-Last Day-Lower Manhattan.

11 Sep

Lacking time to go up town and also 23 June was very hot and we were feeling tired so just had walk into Lower Manhattan on our last day.

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City Hall-unfortunately post 9/11 access and therefore viewing is restricted.

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Grey Squirrel in City Hall park. Unfortunately like many New York parks it is used by vagrants making you feel uncomfortable about staying around too long.

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Can’t remember the exact site just like this picture.

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African Burial Grounds-Wanted to visit this site but was too tired to map read and just stumbled across it. In the early days of the city, African people, both slaves and free, had to be buried outside the city walls. With the expansion of the city the burials were disturbed and the remains were re-interred along with a memorial.

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The above are symbols on the memorial which had meaning to the various tribal groups shipped from Africa to America as slaves.

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A floral tribute on one of the re-burial mounds. Had my last American Robin in flight here. To me the bird of New York.

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New York Supreme Court-My last photo in New York.

Tried to visit the large Buddhist temple on our way back to our hotel but weren’t made welcome.

Never thought I’d visit this great city and when I did make plans to go it was to accompany a relative and I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it. However although I’m not a city person I had a great time. If I did it again I’d make more time and plan what I’d want see in the the museums and galleries. Also I try to do some more serious birding in Central Park and spend a full day at Jamaica Bay Refuge.

Bird list for the trip

Double-crested Cormorant

Black-crowned Night-heron

Snowy Egret

Great White Egret

Glossy Ibis

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Mallard

American Oystercatcher

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

American Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Common Tern

Least Tern

American Black Skimmer

Osprey

Rock Dove

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Eastern Kingbird

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Blue Jay

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Yellow Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

Baltimore Oriole

House Sparrow

New York-Day 4-June 19

31 Jul

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The plaque in the garden commemorating the Commonwealth victims on 9/11. Although the main 9/11 memorial is pristine local workers us this garden for a fag [cigarette] break as witnessed by the discarded tab ends.

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Plaque remembering the American fallen of the Vietnam war. One of the good things Harold Wilson PM did was keep the UK out of this one.

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The main Vietnam memorial. Some very moving inscriptions including passages from letters written home by GIs.

Took the Staten Island Ferry mainly for the Statue of Liberty

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Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry.

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Ferry berthed at Staten Island

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Another Staten Island Ferry going the other way

Had a look round the National Museum of the American Indian in the 1907 Custom House. A very good exhibition and free. I am English and we don’t take pictures in museums but took a few of the building.

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 Christopher Columbus in 1907 Custom House-rather poignant considering it now houses the American Indian Museum.

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Interior of 1907 Custom House

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Street performers near Brooklyn Bridge. Very entertaining but didn’t have the time to watch the full act.

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Started walking across Brooklyn Bridge but very busy and hoardings, due to maintenance  work, blocked the view of the actual river crossing so turned back.

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Brooklyn bridge

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Beekman Building. Interesting architecture as from some angles looks like it been “bent” by a collision . A bit weird when so close to the 9/11 site.

Did a rather pointless “Lonely Planet” tour of film locations this afternoon, including Holly Golightly’s apartment then had another quick walk through Central Park where I added Eastern Kingbird to the trip list.

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Common Grackle-Central Park.

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Chocolate statue for a same sex wedding.

New York-Day 3-June 18

29 Jul


On Tuesday took the subway to Coney Island to visit Nathan’s and sample the famous frankfurters. Instead I had chips [french-fries] with a disgusting liquid “cheese”.

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The other thing Coney Island is famous for is the fun fair.

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At least I had the chance to photograph some gulls on the beach.

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Ring-billed Gull

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Laughing Gull

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American Herring Gull

Ventured onto the beach to get shots of birds on the rocks. Always feel like a voyeur going onto beaches with scantily clad women!

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Double-crested Cormorants, American Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gull.

From Coney Island headed to Grand Central Station.

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Grand Station Station main atrium.

Next was the UN building.

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Biblical inscription opposite UN building. Great ideal but no sign yet of it being heeded.

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The UN building.

Then headed to the Empire State Building, timing our visit to coincide with sunset

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Empire State building from the “sidewalk”.

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Where’s King Kong?

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The Flat Iron building

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Macy’s

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It’s a long way down!

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Manhattan all lit up including Chrysler Building

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Sunset over Manhattan

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Finally headed to Times Square.

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IMG_0306 My hero Bender

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I found Times Square a bit too much. The lights are so bright! Also very busy but it had been a long day.