Monday, August 29, 2011

ABC Wednesday: G is for Grand Central Station

Following our trip to the World Financial Center and World Trade Center, My sister and I took the subway to visit the Grand Central Station.

I have often heard of this New York landmark but have never visited.  For this trip to New York, I was determined to make a visit to the site and be a real tourist.

After taking my first photographe of the Main Concourse and got my postcard perfect picture, I was wondering what else I could photograph.  Well, there are many many interesting opportunities.

 We stayed all of our time in the main concourse, not knowing that there are two levels underneath us, all underground.  the Upper level has 41 tracks and the lower level has 26.  It is the world largest train station in terms of the number of platforms.   It covers an area of 48 acres.

The Grand Central Station were to be demolished in 1968 if not for the opposition from general public and celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy.  The case went all the way to the supreme court.  We are lucky that the Grand Central Station has been preserved and now completely restored.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

ABC Wednesday: F is for World Financial Center and World Trade Center

This is the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center of New York.  My sister and I took a ferry from the Exchange Place at Jersey City, New Jersey across the Hudson River and arrived at the World Financial Center.  It has office buildings, food court and shopping center.

This is a full view of the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center.  When we turned around at this spot, we then facing the observation deck of the World Trade Center Site.

This is the 1 World Trade Center now under construction.  The 911 memorial will be finished this year and will open to the public on September 11 this year.

Coming out from the World Financial Center, looking up, we can see the 1 World Trade Center at the left and the 7 World Trade Center at the right.  7 World Trade Center also collapsed following the collapsing of the twin tower in 911.  The reconstruction was finished in 2008.

Here is the 1 WTC and 7 WTC as seen at night.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ABC Wednesday: E is for Exchange Place

Exchange Place is a district of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey.  It is directly across the Hudson River from Downtown Manhattan.  When I stayed with my sister at New Jersey last week, we went to visit a young friend at Exchange Place.  Here is the Goldmen Sachs Tower.

A detail view of the Goldmen Sachs Tower.

Here is a panoramic view of the Exchange Place.  Our young friend worked in one of the three smaller buildings in the waterfront.

From the Exchange Place, we can have a fantastic view of the lower Manhattan.  The building in the center which is under construction (with two cranes at the top of the building) is the new 1 World Trade Center.

We took a ferry across the Hudson River from the Exchange Place to New York City.  Here is a view from the ferry port to the midtown with the Empire State Building in the center.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ABC Wednesday: D is for Dragonfly from My Sister's Garden

As I was on my way from Taiwan to Cape Cod.  I stopped by my sister's home in New Jersey for a few days.  The weather was very nice.  I photographed this dragonfly in her garden.  I have not be able to find the scientific name of it yet.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ABC Wednesday: C is for Cape Cod

 I have not been back to Cape Cod for a while.  I usually will make a trip to our home on the island in Spring or early Summer.  But this year, we could only manage to go back in August.  I came out from Taipei on Monday at 6:35 PM and arrive at Newark airport at 9:25 PM the same day, a not too bad 15 hours flight.  Since I am still hang out with my sister at New Jersey.  I have not yet gotten my pictures of Cape Cod for this year.  Here are the photos from June last year.

What we think of Cape Cod, naturally our mind drifts to the leisure Summer afternoon close by the water, fresh ponds, salt water marsh land and ocean.  Here is an old boat house at the center of the century-old town of Sandwich, Cape Cod.

A beach of a saltwater marsh land, which is only accessible by canoe.

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