Twenty-six years after moving out of New York and fourteen years after moving out of the metropolitan area, Dave got consulting assignment that allowed him to live there again--if only during the week. During the first three months of the year, he worked in midtown, staying at the Doubletree Hotel on Times Square. During the last three months, he worked downtown, staying in the Club Quarters, half a block from Wall Street. This time, he benefits from having received a 3 megapixel digital camera for Christmas. These pictures should be a bit sharper than others on this web site.
The crossroads of the world has gone through many changes since 1967. Now, instead of billboards you have what amount to giant television commercials. But much of the feeling has never changed.
A Snowy Night
There is nothing (well, ok, not much) more fun than New York at night when it's snowing. The third week of my assignment there I got to enjoy it.
The city from the top of the Empire State Building and other scenes on Fifth Avenue
Rockefeller Center--The Rockettes, NBC, and, yes, the Skating Rink
The East Village
My old neighborhood. St. Marks Place has succeeded in maintaining almost exactly the same degree of seediness it had when I was first here in 1969, although head shops have been replaced by body piercing shops. The rest of the neighborhood has been "gentrified", though, so young people from out of town probably can't afford it any more. Pity.
At the end of the year, I got to live and work on Wall Street. This is a much stodgier neighborhood than Times Square, but apartments are beginning to be built here, and it is certainly livelier than it was years ago.
The South Street Seaport is a modern attempt to recapture some of the excitement of old New York as a seaport. It is modern plastic, but it is well done. And you get a wonderful view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, remains one of the most moving and memorable structures in the city.
The Staten Island Ferry
The greatest bargain in New York never ceases to take my breath away. It doesn't even cost a nickel anymore, and it is 40 minutes of incredible pleasure.
New York is all about transportation, especially the busses and subways.
Grand Junction in New York
Wander around a cul-de-sac in the North American Forests section of The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and you'll find yourself in Colorado National Monument overlooking the Grand Valley. (the City of Grand Junction has considerately been airbrushed out...)
"Ground Zero" is slowly healing. It is now a construction site, much at it was when I first saw it in 1971.