New York City, New York

Times Square. Busy place. Definitely gives you a jolt when you first stand before it. Let’s just say the atmosphere is electric.

Steam rises up from manhole cover around subway. It originates from a power plant to do with the subway system.

Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange.

The Trinity Church cemetery is located right at the end of Wall Street. It is the only operating cemetery left in Manhattan and dates back to 1697.

When 26 year old Sarah Henderson died I bet she never imagained that more than a quarter of a millenium later her grave would be nestled between skyscrapes in the financial capital of a globalised world economy.

These gravestones are so old, many have simply withered away and are no longer readable.

Wall Street is no longer really a public street. It is a street divided, with various inner sanctums for Wall Street employees, the police, and finally a small slither left for the public.

Passing the Occupy Wall Street protest, where the whole Occupy protest movement began, I was surprised to see what may be a police captain, or some kind of high ranking cop, actually protesting on his day off. Of course not pictured are the line of police opposite him, watching, waiting.

The site of Federal Hall, now demolished but built as the first city hall of New York City in 1700, this is where Washington was inaugerated as first president.

Relief sculpture of President Washington on wall outside the Federal Hall memorial.

On this day, President Obama was in town, on the same day as the Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Plaza. Here out the front of Fox New Channel the police gather to hear their orders as they take part in locking down the streets for Obama to come through the city.

The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center the afternoon before the lighting.

The New York Public Library, a huge marble library, it has the famous twin lion statues out the front, it has been featured in many films, you would have seen it in Ghostbusters.

A copy of the Gutenberg bible from the 1450s. The first major book to be printed using the moveable type printing press, which set off the printed book revolution. A seriously beautiful object, and a very significant historical artifact.

The reading room at the library. I spent an afternoon exploring some of the millions of books held here, and it was a very interesting environment.

An original invitation to Mark Twain’s 70th birthday.

Times Square by night.

A whimsical store window display showing a business suited lion weightlifting.

The 9/11 Memorial

There are twin memorial pools, and there are stringent security measures to view the memorial. You must book a spot online before turning up. Many were not aware of this and were turned away.

This photo gives a better sense of scale.

This sign is necessary because as seen two photos before you looked at this one, if you look closely, people have been treating the 9/11 memorial as some kind of wishing well, tossing coins into it.

There are electronic kiosks to look up the names of those who perished in the attacks. Here, a man who hailed from Geelong is pictured.

The cascading water evokes a sense of falling and descent.

On the site, just next to the memorial pools, skyscraper One World Trade Center is under construction. It will be 1776 feet tall, and stands to overtake the Sears Tower as the tallest building in the United States when completed. It is ascending at a rate of one floor per week. Here in the photo, it is about half as tall as will eventually be.

This is a computer rendering of what the tower will look like when completed.

United Nations

The exterior of the United Nations headquarters complex.

The interior of the United Nations General Assembly hall. It was interesting seeing the booths for the interpreters, and the benches and seats labelled with the name of each country.

I was surprised the tour took us in to the UN Security Council chambers, this is where they vote on resolutions to authorise military action. This is the room where the fate of Gaffadi’s Libya was sealed earlier this year.

Me inside the UN General Assembly.

A machine gun that has been fashioned into an electric guitar.

This is what a million petition signatures looks like.

Land mine.

A Nobel Peace Prize.

The Intrepid, decomissioned World War 2 era aircraft carrier now serves as an impressive museum.

CIA reconnaissance aircraft, Lockheed A-12.

British Airways Concorde. This very plane is the world record holder for passenger aircraft, it flew from London to New York City in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds during 1996.

This is how much a car detail costs in NYC.

Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli. I had breakfast here and a good conversation with Rubert Jee and Letterman stagehand Pat Farmer, who often appears in skits on the show.

I had a good seat in the first few rows of the Letterman audience for the Monday, December 5 show. Jonah Hill was the guest. Alan Kalter aka ‘Big Red’ the announcer, was there, but was sadly unavailable to record my voice mail message for me. But below you can see Alan Kalter singing Don’t Cha, a very funny clip.

New York City Helicopter Ride

I saved the best for last. I think the photos speak for themselves… breathtaking. My 30th birthday over the skies of Manhattan.


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Ryan in America travel blog 2011-2012
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