With a trip for work to New York City I had little time for sightseeing, but my wife didn’t! This is her photo blog of a 4 hour New York Architectural Society (almost) circumnavigation of Manhattan. I say almost, since there was a bridge on the Harlem River in a down position so they had to backtrack back around.
They set sail from a pier in Chelsea.
And headed for the harbor…
Passing by Jersey City…
The trip was actually offered for college credit, so there was an instructor on board whom reportedly spoke ‘constantly’. The trip took them past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which I wouldn’t think would need any dialog to explain.
It was time to head up the East River…
This carousel in a park in Brooklyn came from a defunct amusement park in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.
Nearby was a jet ski school!
As you make you way up the East River you go past many areas that are undergoing gentrification.
An interesting view of Roosevelt Island, and the 59th Street (Queensboro) Bridge.
The United Nations Building
Roosevelt Island was once home to a Tuberculosis Hospital, but now is home to thousands in new apartment buildings.
A great view of the bridge and the Roosevelt Island Tram.
A series of bridges on the far end of the East River, where they ended up turning around.
If you have plenty of money ($850 one way for a 30 minute plane ride) you can get from Manhattan to the Hamptons in a hurry on a seaplane.
Or a helicopter…
The cruise continued back down the East River
The late afternoon sun made a interesting view of the Staten Island Ferry with the statue in the background.
The World Trade Center from the Hudson River
One of the many New York Waterway ferries.
Finally some interesting new architecture along the Hudson.
I think you will agree her photos were great – I am so jealous I had to work, it looks like it was a great cruise 🙂
A slang for someone who rides the subway a lot is a ‘strap hanger’. The term comes from the early days where there were actual straps that the standing passengers held onto.
This posting illustrates the history of New York City Subway cars and the changes in the seats, and ‘straps’.
Only the very oldest cars have the cloth straps! In addition this BMT Q car has rattan seats that are very cool.
Very early on the cloth straps were replaced with metal ones.
The next version has already moved to the metal bars. I am certain the straps wore out quickly, whereas the bars last forever.
Our next version loses the rattan seats, replaced with these stylish green and yellow stripes. The bars have also evolved to be much larger, so more people can hang on while standing.
This is an IRT R-12 car dating from 1948.
On the IRT R-15 car the bench seating continues, only in solid red, while the bars are still large and protruding. This car dates from 1950.
The first plastic seats make an appearance on an R42. This type of car was most famously used in the 1971 movie The French Connection, where the good guy is in a car chasing the bad guy who stole a train.
Time to board our next car – the ‘straps’ have returned! This car is a R33 ‘World’s Fair’ car, so named as it was released in 1963, the same year the city hosted the World’s Fair.
The last of the straight bench seating makes an appearance.
As we move closer to the modern design, randomized seating.
Finally by the 1970s it looks essentially the same as today’s cars. Not nearly as elegant as the cloth straps and wicker seats, but far more functional and durable.
Time to hang out on the benches in the station and reflect on the changes of the subway over the last 100 years.