New York City in the wide


Intrepid Museum Flight Deck & Lockheed A12


The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has to be one of the best museum’s I’ve ever been to. The Intrepid ship first set sail in 1943 and served in both WWII & in the Vietnam War. She was decommissioned in 1974 and turned into a museum in 1982. On the right is the famous supersonic jet, the Lockheed A-12 built by the CIA (1962-68). Only 13 were made and only 7 remain.

The Enterprise Space Shuttle


The Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was built in 1976 as the first space ship designed to carry astronauts into space and back. Although the Enterprise never actually went into Space, you can think of it as the grandfather to all current and future space ships. The ship was transported to NYC this summer and is now a fixture on the Intrepid Museum.

Fort Tilden Beach

Fort Tilden State Park has my favorite beach in New York City. It always amazes me this is within the city limits :-)

200 West Street / Goldman Sachs Lobby

Long Island City view of Manhattan Skyline – 4 Parts

I took ten panoramas from the roof of the Z Hotel in Long Island City and put my favorite five to a vote for my friends to decide which would be posted. Everyone insisted I post a series. If you feel one is exceptionally better than the rest, please post in a comment below – thanks :-)

West Side Restaurant

One of my favorite Manhattan diners, the West Side Restaurant is located on 69th Street & Broadway.

Springtime in Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park

I asked everyone to hold still … but nobody obliged :-( Sheep’s Meadow used to be simply called, The Green – hence the name of the infamous former restaurant on it’s western edge, Tavern on the Green.

From Central Park’s website:

“This 15-acre lush, green pasture began as something very different. The 1858 design competition for Central Park required a parade ground for military drills.  Winning landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux reluctantly included the parade ground. However, they convinced the Park’s Commissioners that military use conflicted with their vision of the Park as a quiet escape.
Although these days you’ll mostly find sunbathers lounging on the lawn, the meadow was actually home to a flock of sheep from 1864 until 1934. The sheep and shepherd were housed in a fanciful Victorian building nearby – what became the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant.
In the 1960s and 70s, thousands of people came to Sheep Meadow for large-scale concerts.  Even the first landing on the moon was televised to a crowd at the Meadow on July 20, 1969.  But these events, and the lack of management and maintenance, led to the lawn becoming severely eroded –a virtual dustbowl.
In 1980, it was restored and has been maintained by The Central Park Conservancy since then. The meadow became the Park’s first Quiet Zone – which means it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.” 

* The sheep were ejected at Robert Moses’ request and were transplanted to Prospect Park … also designed by Olmsted & Vaux :-)


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