A day and a half in DC gave the opportunity to visit numerous museums (later posts) as well as check out the town. This post are randoms views of the city.
Starting with an unusual view of the Washington Monument down the tracks.
Stores near Eastern Market
The Eastern Market interior. I was surprised how small it was.
A lone runner going past the capital. The reason there are no people around is the visitor center is underneath, and the police keep everyone off the steps.
The aforementioned police.
For those who read this blog that are not from America – nearly every 8th grader (13-14 year olds) make a field trip to Washington DC. They always have matching shirts so their chaperones can keep track of them.
Apparently DC ducks don’t fly, so they have a ramp to get into the reflecting pool.
The view down the Mall
A well protected fountain
The famed Watergate Hotel/Apartment Complex.
And finally a ride on the Metro.
Most people in the world know about Stonehenge in England. Less known, but still amazingly cool and very popular is Manhattanhenge.
With most of Manhattan built in a grid street system in a general east-west pattern twice a year the sun sets directly down the east-west streets. Because it is not exactly due west it does not occur on the equinox’s, rather slightly different dates. We were fortunate enough to be there for the May event.
We chose to watch the event from Park Avenue and East 34th Street, as it is a wider street and lined with tall buildings. With sunset scheduled for 8:13 PM we arrived around 7:45 to already find people gathering.
While we waited we noticed there was some light fog around the Empire State Building. The fog made some interesting streaks into the sky (which was even more visible to the eye).
As the sun continued to set the crowds grew. Each time the light would change for Park Avenue people would crowd into the street for the view west on 34th Street.
Literally ever minute the view changed.
Eventually the crowds were blocking the street long enough the taxis and other cars would blast their horns to get through – further adding to the atmosphere.
While a few clouds obscured the event it was still amazing.
With a 600mm zoom the views were intense.
When the sun is just right it will also reflect off of the street.
Finally at 8:13 the last of the sun set over the buildings in New Jersey.
Our day ended in Jersey City with a stop at Liberty State Park. As we entered we paid our respects at the 9-11 Memorial. With the late afternoon sun and lack of crowds it was a moving moment to see the names of those who lost their lives that day.
Nearby is the iconic view of lower Manhattan.
The former Jersey City rail station continue to be refurbished.
There were numerous sailboats out in the harbor.
Including a large sailboat for tourists.
The last of the day’s Statue of Liberty cruises was returning.
Later we were treated to a great full moon over Manhattan.
Since we were in the area and I have never been there, we stopped by Coney Island for lunch at Nathans!
After our nutritious and delicious lunch we took a walk on the boardwalk.
Even though it was a beautiful summer day (the day after Memorial Day) the place was empty for 1 PM.
They even have a palm tree on the beach (which is actually a misting palm tree)
Having seen photos of Coney Island my entire life it was cool to see it in person, with the tall apartment buildings in the background.
The pier appears to have been recently refurbished.
We continued down the boardwalk past the various rides, shops and restaurants
Ending up at the iconic Coney Island subway station.
We had been travelling for a couple of hours when we came to Albany, New York. As the state capital there are a number of interesting buildings in the government section – including the capital itself.
Just across a green space from the state capital is an older, art deco looking office building, the Alfred Smith Government Building – completed in 1930.
The Department of Education Building lines another side of the park.
This however ends any of the classic looking buildings – the rest are in the brutalist style of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Empire State Plaza is lined with them.
The Egg – A performing arts venue.
One of the fountains was drained for repairs – giving it an interesting look.
The view from the museum steps gives an interesting mix of architectures.
The State Museum of New York.
Whose arches frame the capital at the other end of the plaza.
Nearby is either a) a sculpture garden b) a workout park – not sure.
A final view of the plaza.
A couple of days in Baltimore allowed us to check out the sights, most from the ‘Top of the World’ observation deck on the 27th floor of a building situated along the harbor
First up though is a statue in West Mount Vernon Place, with Baltimore’s 175′ Washington Monument in the background.
Meanwhile back in the observation deck; a view of Federal Hill with the Inner Harbor in the foreground and the Outer Harbor in the distance. Fort McHenry would be in the distance.
The famed Oriole Park at Camden Yard. Built in the early 1990s it was the first retro stadium constructed, setting off a stadium building boom.
Another harbor view with the still active Domino Sugar factory.
Much of Baltimore is very old, but there is some new development near the harbor.
Including a high rise with views of oil tanks in the distance.
Baltimore has more row houses than any other city, it seems 90% of the city lives in them.
The ‘Seven Foot Knoll’ lighthouse – built in 1855. In the foreground is the top of the National Aquarium.
The historic Power Plant. Built in the early 1900s it was re purposed into commercial stores in the 1980s.
The USS Constellation. Built in 1854 and used for 100 years, she is a center piece of a museum.
A couple of days in the city with some highlights.
The Staten Island Ferry
The Statue of Liberty
Statue in front of Bowling Green (Customs House)
Madison Square Park in bloom and Met Life Building
Relief on 50 Rockefeller Plaza
By the end of the day I was back in Jersey City and Hoboken, both of which offer great views of Manhattan. This view shows some of the posts from an old pier in Jersey City back across to lower Manhattan. The buildings are lit up from the clouds just beginning to break when the sun was setting.
This view of Midtown from Hoboken across a pier.
A view of the Newport neighborhood with the Hoboken Terminal in the foreground.