Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Port Authority

Manhattan's Port Authority Building is an important train, bus and coach interchange and quickly became very familiar to us when we stayed just metres away from one of its many entrances. I don't recall it being a very inspiring or attractive building but it was certainly well used.

I had forgotten we in Melbourne have our own Port Authority Building and it is lovely building. After bits began falling off the 1960s constructed Suncorp building in a block within Collins and William Streets and Flinders Lane, the Suncorp building was demolished and a lovely view of the Port Authority Building was opened up. The interior is mostly apartments now with some businesses  at ground level. I can't decide which of these photos to use, so I've used both. Of course this view is only temporary. Something just as hideous as the demolished building will undoubtedly be built.

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  1. Andrew, I can never remember what The Port Authority Station looked like unlike Grand Central Terminal which is very grand looking indeed, especially inside the main entrance.
    But what I always remember about my half dozen visits to New York was the availability of so many coaches at The Port Authority Bus Station. I would literally decide at the moment where I might go...would it be Washington, Atlantic City or maybe Boston. Such a useful Bus Terminal for the adventurous traveller.
    Although when I took my partner he was a little worried and concerned at the great speed those Greyhound buses travelled. My guess is that the driver basically had to keep up with the rest of the fast moving traffic.
    But no, I don't remember anything outstanding about The Port Authority Building. Guess I was too concerned about which East Coast City that any bus might take me.

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    1. Deejohn, I googled some images of the Port Authority and I can see neither of us remember it. Catching a Greyhound bus is the stuff of movies for me. Great that you did it.

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  2. You do have grey towers popping up.
    Unless we increase our immigration quota we will have lots of apartments empty when all the baby boomers die.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merle, how about we reduce immigration and slow the building of tower blocks. I had not thought of what you say. We are baby boomers and who will live here when we are gone?

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  3. I like the proportions of the building but hate the white bit at the top, spoils it. I suppose that is the Penthouse apartment and if it overlooks the bay then I might consider buying it.

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    1. Jah Teh, probably would have bay views. Nice to live in but not so nice to look at from the outside......rather like our place.

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  4. Just popping in to wave and warn you that I'm baaaaaaaaack!

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    1. Ah, a knife attack victim returns, self inflicted in case anyone doesn't know. You do know it is your wrists you are supposed to slash when it all becomes too much and not your finger. Take care girlfriend.

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  5. Jahteh is right, as she so often is on matters of taste. I need a bit of green space so apartment living is not for me. Yet.

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    1. Funny EC, I was the gardener and don't miss the garden. R was not the gardener and misses a courtyard garden. I tell him to take a walk in the park.

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  6. The second photo is nicer to look at, but as you said, something else will get built in front of it, which is a shame. I don't think I'd enjoy apartment living unless I had the ground floor. Or no pets that like to wander in and out at will. And of course it would need a 270* view of the ocean. Fussy aren't I?

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    1. River, I agree. The second photo is better. It does mystify me as to why people buy into a highrise on the 2nd to say the 5th floor where you have no views. I'd rather be on the ground floor in that case.

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  7. Not my favourite era of architecture, but hey, we need to keep it all renovated and secure.

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    1. Hels, looks like a bit of mix of styles, some art deco with, are they Doric or Ionic columns. Thanks for alert. I will give it some thought and investigation.

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  8. Andrew, the building is very nice and in nice surronding

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    1. Gosia, and very close to river too.

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  9. The building is not too bad. It is difficult sometimes with two photos very similar - which one to choose.

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    1. Margaret, not something that happened when we used film cameras, was it.

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    2. No that never happened with film photos..

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