Thursday, October 24, 2019

Slums of Manhattan

R's nephew and his family, wife and two teenage children went to New York last winter. Seems an odd time to visit. They are going back next year but I am not sure at what time of the year. Yes, I am talking about that nephew who I am still exchanging Whatsapp messages with.

His son would have been 17 when they were in New York. I don't know if this is his own photo he posted on FB, or one he filched from somewhere. Pretty good photo, regardless.

I joke about the slums. An apartment alongside Central Park costs a motza, like millions. The photo is taken from Upper Manhattan looking towards Lower Manhattan with the Hudson River to the right and the East River is just visible on the left. Across the Hudson is the state of New Jersey. Click on the photo to embiggen it.


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  1. It is a good photo. My (half step) nephew and his family went to the US last winter. They chose the time deliberately to experience things they will not see here (and had a ball).

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    1. EC, perhaps it is a thing to visit NYC in winter. It was stinking hot and humid when we were there.

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  2. That is a great shot. I would not want to be in NY in winter. Brrr.

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    1. Sandra, different strokes for different folks.

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  3. Brilliant photo, funny that, Daughter was telling me today that an acquaintance here, 30 yo had an interview in NY for a job and hauled her entire family with her none of whom had ever been outside of their 200 person outport.

    They are all still reeling from the shock.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I can imagine the culture shock. It is a big and very busy city.

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  4. Never had any desire to visit NY although it's only a hop and a jump from here (Toronto). I have, however, been to Melbourne. Is that where your header photo is?

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    1. Chris, yes, flew from Toronto to NYC. I hope you enjoyed your visit. My header photo is from our balcony looking over the suburb of South Yarra. We can't' see Melbourne city from our side of the building.

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  5. It doesn't look as packed-in-tight as I expected, but still a lot of buildings. How many millions live there?

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    1. River, while Times Square near where we stayed was very busy, I can't say we felt overcrowded in NYC.

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  6. Have only been there once - back in 1988. Enough for me thank you very much. Just something about it I wasn't keen on.
    Several of our grandchildren love it though, keep returning which amazes me considering all the other places they could visit!

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    1. Cathy, I agree. I was not taken with NYC at all. The museums, yes, great, lalala.

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  7. Oh My

    The Blue Z had an uncle, actor, living in Manhattan. We stayed with him a few times for The String Cheese Incident Shows. Once at Radio City Music Hall. Like Hell YES!! Winter is an amazing time of year as the yahoos are less prevalent. All of the store fronts are decked out and the fashion is remarkable.

    Center Park is the perfect pace to simply check out for a moment. Gr8 Photo By The Way!! I Highly recommend a trip to the states during winter.

    Enjoy the rest of the week and have a brilliant weekend in beautiful Melbourne

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, I've seen a bit of the US in winter via you and others. I think you are right, and thanks for the nice words.

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  8. I shall be staying deep in the French countryside this winter. Only if in chains and a straightjacket would I head for NY.

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    1. Cro, Having been to NYC several times, what with the crowds and the noise, I imagine it would drive you nuts.

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    2. Cro, while I would not want to return, I am pleased I saw it and learnt much about its history. Crowds? Not as bad as Cambridge. Noise, oh yes. It is a loud city.

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  9. I miss New York terribly. Have visited six times since 2000. I can even see the place we stayed at from this aerial photo.
    That long Avenue in the picture is called Central Park West.

    Sundays in Central Park is a must, with something going on around every corner.
    And I would often go to Penn Bus Station and on a whim, jump on a Bus/Coach and take a trip to maybe Boston, Washington or Atlantic City... a sort of eeny meeny miny mo, where shall I go?

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    1. Interesting Dee. They would be good things to do.

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  10. Anonymous8:50 pm

    Embiggen? Really? I thought you must have made it up. But no, it's in the dictionary. But so are a lot of other silly words. - Ian

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    1. Ian, quicker than writing click to enlarge the photo. I picked the word up years ago from Ann O'Dyne, her nick being great word play too. I am surprised it is in the dictionary. I really didn't think it was a proper word.

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  11. I was in NY in March for work, and it snowed enough to force a change of venue for the meeting. The more times I go there, the more times I want to go back.

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    1. Really Travel. I think most non NY Americans aren't keen to visit.

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  12. A good portion of my friends are from New York, so they go back to visit throughout the year for various reasons. Some of the sights there are fabulous, but driving is crazy! Apartments are expensive there for sure, but on average, I believe San Francisco may have them beat. Thoe pics are great by the way! Hugs, RO

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    1. RO, driving is so crazy there and a polite driver won't get anywhere. Interesting about San Fran property prices.

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  13. We spent 3 days in New York and we liked it very much it was 20 years ago. We even made a sightseeing trip through Bronckx and little Italy (of course)

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    1. Gattina, we too toured through those areas. I think I liked them more than Manhattan.

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  14. My ex lived and worked in New York for nine years...he lived on the Upper East Side. He loved New York...loved the city with a passion. Some of his feelings for NY rubbed off on me.

    I almost got there once...but Life's path took a different turn...veering off in a different direction.

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    1. Lee, I didn't know that. Some are so passionate about NY. I am pleased we visited but I wouldn't go back.

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  15. I've never been there. I don't even think about New York because I know I'll never visit there.

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    1. Strayer, come on, you must think about NY. Just not about visiting. It is one of the world's great cities.

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  16. There is absolutely nothing that could entice me to visit the US, even before #45 there are just too many people running around with guns 😱

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    1. Grace, that is true, and just this week one of our own died in a home invasion.

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    1. Jackie, isn't there a line in a song, I love Manhattan?

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