Greenwich Village, SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown

Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012

We did the tourist thing today.

Caught the subway from Brooklyn into city, a 30 min trip from our brownstone apartment (see photos this blog).

First trip was Downtown, which encompassed the eastern part of Manhattan Island only.  We drove past some prominent landmarks in the CBD including Maceys, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Empire State Building.  Took heaps of photos here.

Then moved into East Manhattan though the Garment district, to Greenwich Village, SOHO, Little Italy, the Financial district and Wall St, China Town, the Lower East Side.  Also went past Ground Zero where the twin World Trade Centre buildings were destroyed during 9/11.  some photos of the replacement buildings, etc.  Finally arrived back at Times Square.

In the afternoon we took the Uptown bus trip which takes in most of the western part of Manhattan Island. Past Central Park is 840 acres in size. Between 5th & 8th Ave wide; 59th & 110th St long. It is not the largest park in NY.

We then proceeded towards Harlem.  We sort of expected to see something a bit grim here with slums and the like.  But no, the streets are wide, buildings in good condition, and it is now one of the most integrated areas of the whole city.  It had a real vibe, with lots of shops, people everywhere, street stalls selling anything.  Harlem is now one of the most expensive places to live in the city, apart from Park Avenue.

At the western of Manhattan is Columbia University.  They are the largest landowner with a portfolio in excess of 10% of Manhattan Island, much of it is low cost housing - amazing.

I lost track of all the photos i took, so couldn't name them all.

New York city contains 11 mill people, 5 boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.  There are 14000 taxis in Manhattan alone. If Brooklyn was its own city, it would be bigger than all but 2 cities of the USA after New York. One in seven yanks trace there roots to Brooklyn.

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See. amaZing that Harlem has changed from the Uncle Tom,s Cabin. Days, also
The size of Central Park. I,m quite excited about your trip as I love facts and
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