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Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Elm trees and outcrop of Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York

The bedrock under Manhattan Island is 90 per cent composed of Manhattan schist and it underlies practically all of Central Park.

USA - Elm trees and outcrop of Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York

The Mall and Literary Walk, Central Park, New York

The Mall is one of the formal features in the design by Olmstead and Vaux.It was intended as an area where people dressed in their best Sunday clothes could stroll up and down and socialise hence it is 40 foot wide.In order to provide shade for all these people four rows of American elms were planted on either side of the walkway. It has been described as "walking in a cathedral of trees" and that is certainly true. Plus the framework of the trees, the branches and the trunks, looks so artistic. At the southern end of The Mall is Literary Walk and figures represented there include William Shakespeare by John Quincy Adams, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns by Sir John Steell, and The Indian Hunter by John Quincy Adams Ward. In 1873 it was decided that this would be the area for any statues of this kind to help maintain the natural feel in the park.

USA - The Mall and Literary Walk, Central Park, New York

The Carousel, Central Park, New York

The Carousel is one of the country's largest merry-go-rounds and has 58 hand carved horses and two ornate chariots They were made by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein in 1908. A Carousel has stood on this spot since the park first opened and in the 1870's it was turned by a mule and a donkey in the basement. As recently as 1912, it was still horse powered , but a few years later was replaced when electricity was installed. In 1950 the Carousel was destroyed by fire and a replacement was found in an old trolley terminal at Coney Island. The carvings by Stein and Goldstein have certain trademark characteristics such as big teeth, bulging glass eyes and manes that looked like they were being blown by the motion of the Carousel. The outer ring of horses are twice as large as those on the inside.

USA - The Carousel, Central Park, New York

View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

A view from The Dairy in Central Park New York. This was designed by Vaux and erected in 1870.This area of the park was originally seen as the Children's District and the Dairy was built to look like a stone cottage. Fresh milk was brought in here from approved farms outside the city and sold as cheaply as possible, before this many children had died from drinking milk provided by cows kept in bad conditions in the city. As milk became improved in the city and through general neglect of the park, the building fell into decay.During the 1970's the Central Park Conservancy was formed and by 1981 the whole of the Dairy's buildings and structures had been restored. It now serves as an information centre and has lovely views across to the city.

USA - View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

Looking across "The Pond", Central Park, Manhattan New York

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - Looking across

Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

USA - Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

New York Stock Exchange, Manhattan, New York

The New York Stock Exchange (nicknamed the "Big Board") is the largest stock exchange in the world. Back in 1792 the Buttonwood Agreement was signed by 24 brokers on Wall Street , under a Buttonwood tree. In 1817 the organisation drafted a constitution and became known as the New York Stock and Exchange Board. The first location for the business was Wall Street but in 1865 it moved to Broad Street. In 1896 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was established.Due to a huge increase in the amount of stock traded, a new building was required and a design competition was held. The New Classic design by George B. Post won and in 1901 demolition started of the existing building and those lots adjacent to it. The new building opened in 1903 at 18 Broad Street. A sculpture by John Quincy Adams Ward in the pediment is called "Integrity Protecting the Works of Man".

USA - New York Stock Exchange, Manhattan, New York

Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

USA - Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

"The Sphere", Battery Park, New York

The Sphere is displayed at Battery Park, New York and is a large metallic sculpture by Fritz Koenig, conceived as a symbol of world peace. It originally stood in a plaza between the World Trade Center towers and was recovered from the rubble. It was resited in Battery Park, without any repairs, six months after the attacks. The Eternal Flame is a memorial to the victims of September 11th and when the Freedom Tower is completed, the Sphere will be moved back.

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"Floating Island" being tugged around Manhattan Island.

This "Floating Island" by Robert Smithson is inside a barge and weighs 150 tons. The 30 by 90 foot plot of floating land has schist rocks inside it which can be seen in Central Park and forms the bedrock there. Robert Smithson had the original concept of the island back in 1970 but only made one detailed sketch of his idea. Due to the artist's death in 1975 it was left to a team led by Diane Shamash to translate the sketch into a reality. The only notes they had to work from merely specified that the plants had to be native to New York and included a willow tree. I really liked it.

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Water taxi on the Hudson River, Manhattan New York

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - Water taxi on the Hudson River, Manhattan New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

USA - North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

USA - North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

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