New York City, 1982

Copyright Photos © Ruud Leeuw


New York City '82
Our first visit to the Big Apple! In awe about the skyscrapers, the hustle & bustle of the town that never sleeps... This is the view over Lower- and Midtown Manhattan, from the RCA Building.

New York City '82 We had been booked in the New York Statler, near the Penn Station and Madison Square Gardens.

New York City '82 We took a boattrip around Manhattan. This photo shows Pier 58, which was destroyed by fire many years ago. It was also the pier the Titanic was supposed to arrive at...

Twin Towers, NY 1982 The Manhattan skyline, with the Twin Towers reigning proudly.

Brooklyn Bridge, 1982

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretching 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River, connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Upon completion in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first steel-wire suspension bridge, and the first bridge to connect to Long Island.

New York was founded as a commercial trading post by the Dutch in 1624. The settlement was called New Amsterdam until 1664 when the colony came under English control. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country's largest city since 1790.
Located on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, the city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The city's 2007 estimated population exceeds 8.3 million people, and with a land area of 305 square miles (790 km2), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States.

New York City, Little Italy
Little Italy.
You couldn't see 'Italy' for all the mess in the street. Filthy. Especially not to be endured on a hot day.

Chinatown, N.Y.
Chinatown. Squeezed into a tiny area of lower Manhattan, Chinatown has maintained its identity. We felt like walking in an Asian town. There is no escaping the crowds.

Mural, New York City
Nice mural in Chinatown
Chinatown, New York
In Chinatown this is a shop too

Skyline,  New York City
Another nice view with the Twin Towers in the distance.

 New York City The streets of New York have a lot going on. Here people are interviewed for television on Madison Ave.

New York

 New York City Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge, seen from the Twin Towers (no.2).

View from Twin Towers, Broadway
Another view from the Twin Towers, with the Empire State Building in the far distance.

Macy's,  New York City

The big store... At the time of our visit we had just started using a credit card, ours being a Diner's Card.
Maybe it was a good thing the Diner's Card wasn't accepted here!

New York City Avenue of the Americas (or 6th Avenue).

Washington Square,  New York City
Via the Bowery (Dutch history transcends here, meaning 'bouwerij' or farm) we arrived at Washington Square, a fun-loving place on this warm day.

Music on Washington Square Several bands were playing on Washington Square, different styles could be enjoyed.
Washington Square, NYC
Chess & Checker
Washington Square, artist
Honky tonk piano


The Cloisters,  New York
We took a long trip on the bus, passed Harlem, to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.

The Cloisters, N.Y.

The Cloisters is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages.
John D.Rockefeller was mainly responsible for the creation of the Cloisters. It has been built using architectural elements from the 12th - 15th century from European monasteries, but the cobblestones outside have been taken from old streets of New York City!
Parts of the Clint Eastwood film Coogan's Bluff (including the final chase scene) were filmed in Fort Tryon Park.


Central Park, New York City
No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to Central Park. Actually, we went twice: once on a quiet day during the week (a good place to escape the heat and busy streets) and on a sunday to see the difference!

Central Park, N.Y.C.
The quietness is unbelievable in a busy city such as NYC.

Central Park is a large public, urban park in the heart of New York City and is host to approximately twenty-five million visitors each year. Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963.
The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux. While much of the park looks natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. It contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds, extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, a reservoir with an encircling running track, and the outdoor Delacorte Theater which hosts the "Shakespeare in the Park" summer festivals. [Wikipedia]

Central Park, NY
People playing baseball...
Central Park, New York City
Or they go for a jog around the 'Receiving Reservoir'

Central Park, NYC

New York City
This is Central Park on a sunday!

Central Park, New York
It isn't over until the fat lady sings, but in this case the 9th Street Stompers!!!

New York Magazine
New York Times
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