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North America » United States » New York March 23rd 2021

21st March - Chelsea Market Art exhibits What a gem of a building; the Chelsea Market, formerly the National Biscuit Company factory - currently a free exhibition of the work of artist Voodo Fe' celebrating Black History Month & Women’s History Month with seven-foot-tall portraits of notable figures using recycled bottle tops, corks, screws and regular house paint. Having been on the Highline tour previously it was even more special to be inside one of the iconic buildings that we had passed by. The area has always been the locus of food in the city, beginning with the Algonquin Indians, who traded their game and crops on the banks of the Hudson River at this same spot. The trains of the High Line once served the wholesale butchers who lined the streets beneath the tracks and ... read more

North America » United States » New York March 16th 2021

Greenwich Village - Times Square - Children’s area Central Park Greenwich Village Its name comes from Groenwijck, Dutch for Green District. In the 20th century, Greenwich Village was known as an artists' haven, the Bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement. We started the tour in Christopher Park - Located just across from the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park has been at the center of the LGBT rights movement since the historic 1969 uprising. In June 2016, after a multi-year effort by local advocates, President Barack Obama designated Stonewall National Monument, the boundaries of which encompass Christopher Park. Across the street a small shop Village Cigars with a triangular plaque on the sidewalk. The plaque reads "Property of the Hess Estate which has never been dedicated for public purposes. The plaque is the result of ... read more

North America » United States » New York March 10th 2021

10th March - A walk across Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John A. Roebling. Construction began in 1869 and was completed in 1883. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Between 1944 and 1954, a comprehensive reconstruction took place. The inner and outer trusses were strengthened, new horizontal stays were installed between the four main cables, the railroad and trolley tracks were removed, the roadways were widened from two lanes to three lanes, and new approach ramps were constructed. The Brooklyn Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972. A few interesting facts about the bridge. In its initial conception, the Bridge had an honorable goal: Providing safe passage across the rough and frigid East River for Brooklyn ... read more

North America » United States » New York February 23rd 2021

22nd February - Madison Square Park Madison Square Park, a true urban park is nestled in the heart of Flatiron between Fifth & Madison Avenues between 23rd & 26th Streets In 1624 New York City was founded & in 1686 The area now known as Madison Square was designated as an urban public space and used mainly as a hunting ground. In 1839, a farmhouse located at what is now Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street was turned into a roadhouse, it was renamed "Madison Cottage", after the former president. The roadhouse was the last stop for people traveling northward out of the city, or the first stop for those arriving from the north; visitors were encouraged not to sleep more than five to a bed. The body of General William Jenkins Worth is buried in Worth ... read more

North America » United States » New York February 19th 2021

18th February- Roosevelt Island via the Aerial Tram Roosevelt Island had been connected to Manhattan by trolly cars that crossed over the Queensboro Bridge. These trolly cars stopped in the middle of the bridge to meet an elevator, which then took passengers down to the island. This trolly system remained in service until 1957, & was replaced by buses In the 1970s, Roosevelt Island was redeveloped to accommodate low- to mid-income housing projects which meant the need for a new public transit connection to the city. Several projects were suggested, the aerial tram system was opened in 1976 as a temporary solution for the island's commuting needs. The subway project fell behind schedule & the "tram" became more popular and was converted into a permanent facility between Roosevelt Island and the rest of Manhattan until the ... read more

North America » United States » New York February 12th 2021

11th February - Brooklyn Heights Our tour started overlooking the Former City Hall, I joined a little late so not sure if I missed any info about it, we then moved to Montague Street Brownstone townhouses are among the oldest styles of homes in the United States. The name is from a form of sandstone mined in the American northeast, which turns brown once it’s been weathered due to iron ore. Brownstone was plentiful and inexpensive during the 19th century, when New York City grew rapidly. By the 1840s, it was a popular choice for townhouse facades. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the ... read more

North America » United States » New York February 9th 2021

9th February- Penn Station The original building was completed in 1910, enabling direct rail access to New York City from the south for the first time. The station contained 11 platforms serving 21 tracks. The original building was one of the first stations to include separate waiting rooms for arriving and departing passengers, and when built, these were among the city's largest public spaces. The huge building had Doric columns, 150-foot ceilings and was shaped from the same stone as the Coliseum. Archive photographs of the interior show high vaulted spaces, with light pouring in and illuminating the building's numerous elegant features. Passenger traffic began to decline after World War II, and in the 1950s, the Pennsylvania Railroad sold the property and shrank the railroad station. For decades Penn Station was famous worldwide for giving its ... read more

North America » United States » New York February 3rd 2021

My 4th tour of yesterday - I think I overdosed on tours but all different and all so interesting. Although I have booked a 2nd part tour of Central Park in a couple of weeks time I managed to get booked up for yesterday’s tour in the snow. What fun with the two guys as they made their way through the snow which had fallen (17 inches!).... read more

North America » United States » New York January 30th 2021

30th January Grand Central Station - NEW YORK. Another virtual tour to New York, this time to visit the iconic Grand Central Station but before we entered we had the chance to view The Jewel in the Sky, The Chrysler Building. The project for the Chrysler Building began as a collaboration between architect William Van Allen and contractor William H. Reynolds. Van Alen’s original design was containing a decorative ‘diamond’ crown, showroom windows that were tripled in height and topped with a 12 story section of glass corners. His designs proved to be too expensive and a bit too advanced for Reynolds’ tastes, who sold the design and lease Walter Chrysler. Chrysler saw an opportunity in the project. The east 42nd street area, once glamorous in the time that The Grand Central Station was completed, had ... read more

North America » United States » New York January 26th 2021

26th January The High Line & Hudson Yards - NEW YORK The High Line is a beautiful plant-lined elevated parkway converted from an abandoned freight line above the west side of Manhattan. This 1.5-mile parkway opened in 2009 stands 30 feet over street level & wraps around the Hudson Yards. The High Line was once destined for demolition but the community rallied together to repurpose it instead, creating this beautiful park. Back in the 1800’s Freight trains on street-level tracks, delivered food to lower Manhattan, but created dangerous conditions for pedestrians, it became known as “Death Avenue.” By 1910, more than 540 people had been killed by trains. In the 1920’s In response to the increasing number of deaths the railroad hired men on horses to protect pedestrians by carrying a red flag or at night ... read more




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