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Statues near Ceasar's Palace, The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Statues near Ceasar's Palace, The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

Statue outside Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Statue outside Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Mirage volcano, Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - The Mirage volcano, Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Copy of the Trevi Fountain, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Copy of the Trevi Fountain, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Central Park Manhattan New York

Central Park Manhattan New York

USA - Central Park Manhattan New York

Conservatory Water, Central Park, New York

Conservatory Water was originally supposed to be next to a large iron and glass conservatory as proposed in the original Greensward Plan but the building was never constucted, probably due to lack of finance. A floral parterre here was replaced by an ornamental pool and over the years it has been used for ice skating and sailing model boats. It is now commonly called the boat pond as on Saturdays sailing races are held and boats can be rented from the Kerbs Memorial Boathouse nearby which was built in 1954. The regular enthusiasts can apply to stow their boats there. In front of the boathouse there is a large patio area with tables and chairs and you can buy light snacks and drinks from a counter near the boathouse. Plus, there are benches where you can sit and watch the activity on the water or just admire the view- it is a very relaxing, peaceful spot.

USA - Conservatory Water, Central Park, New York

View of San Remo Apartments from Central Park

The San Remo's Apartments architect was Emery Roth and it replaced a ten storey hotel of the same name. The twin towered luxury apartment building is one of four similar structures built on Central Park West during the 1930's. A 17 storey main structure covers a full city block, while the towers add another 10 stories of apartments. The south tower apartments have two stories while those in the north tower have single floors.

USA - View of San Remo Apartments from Central Park

View of the New York skyline, across Central Park, from the Metropolitan Museum

In 1853 a bill was passed authorising the city to buy 778 acres of land to create a "Central Park". Ten years later the site was increased to 843 acres. A competition was held to prepare designs and had 33 entrants but in April 1858 the "Greensward Plan" submitted by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux was selected. Their original plan can be seen in the Arsenal. It was a huge feat as stagnant water in the swamps needed to be drained, roads croossing the park had to be blasted through Manhattan schist and granite and millions of cubic yards of earth or stone were carried in or out of the park. Sheep Meadow began life as a parade ground for military drills, one of the conditions for entries in the 1858 Central Park Design Competition. The sheep and a shepherd were housed in a Victorian building, part of which is now Tavern on the Green. In 1934 the flock was moved to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The Great Lawn started as the Croton Reservoir and was filled in with city building rubble in the 1930's. The southern end was turned into Belvedere Lake. The Reservoir was constructed between 1858 and 1862 and was once a major element in the city's water supply system. The Bethesda fountain " Angel of the Waters" actually marked the opening of the Croton Aqueduct System of 1842 which brought the city its first supply of pure water. It's probably best known for the 1.58 mile cinder jogging track surrounding it, but is now the only relic of the Croton system which provided 130 years service. The 106 acre water body is 40 feet deep and holds over a billion gallons of water. Though it no longer supplies fresh water to Manhattan residents, the overflow is necessary to feed other ponds in the park. In 1994 it was named the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir because of her fondness for the place and her contributions to the city. Central Park fell into neglect in the 1970's and the Central Park Conservancy raised funds to restore the Park to its now wonderful condition.

USA - View of the New York skyline, across Central Park, from the Metropolitan Museum

Manhattan, New York

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early gothic revival skyscraper built with massively scaled gothic detailing able to be read from street level several hundred feet below. The 1916 Zoning Resolution required setback in new buildings, and restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size, to allow sunlight to reach the streets below. The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930), with its tapered top and steel spire, reflected the zoning requirements. The building is considered by many historians and architects to be New York's finest building, with its distinctive ornamentation such as replicas at the corners of the 61st floor of the 1928 Chrysler eagle hood ornaments and V-shaped lighting inserts capped by a steel spire at the tower's crown. A highly influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building's structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.

USA - Manhattan, New York

US Park Police

SeaArk Marine delivered a 44-ft. Dauntless Class patrol/rescue vessel to the U.S. Park Police at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The boat is responsible for patrol, surveillance, search and rescue, port security, diving and anti-terrorism activities in New York Harbor and surrounding waters. The SeaArk 44-ft. Dauntless is constructed of all-welded marine grade aluminum and features a deep-vee variable deadrise hull that produces a smooth, dry and stable ride. These characteristics are greatly appreciated by the crew for fast response and all-weather maneuvering capabilities. A recessed aft cockpit is installed to facilitate the vessel's mission, aiding in diving, recovery and towing operations and in boarding other vessels. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSM11 inboard diesel engines, each rated at 580 hp. Additional outfitting includes a 10.0 kW generator, an Icom VHF/FM radio, a Northstar chart plotter and a Furuno radar. In addition, a Hurley infrared system is installed for nighttime operations. For all-season crew comfort and operation, the boat includes central heating and air conditioning.

USA - US Park Police

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of American Independence. It was designed by a French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi while the steel framework was made by Gustave Eiffel. The workshop Bartholdi chose for building the statue was Gaget, Gauthier, and Company because they were experienced in the intricate technique of copper repousse. The location chosen was Bedloe's Island situated just inside the narrows of New York Harbour, a "gateway to America". The statue was shipped to America in 1885 in 241 pieces by the French frigate "Isere". The pedestal on which the statue stands was paid for by the American people spurred on by a major fund raising effort undertaken by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who promised to publish in his newspaper the name of each donor, no matter how small. Finally in 1886 the statue was erected and the dedication ceremony took place on 28th October and although the symbol of liberty was female, no women were invited. From the ground to the torch is 305feet; from the top of the base to the torch is 151feet. The pedestal itself sits upon a foundation that grows up from within the star shaped walls of old Fort Wood. The seven rays on her crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents; the torch portrays a beacon which enlightens, whilst the tablet represents law and the broken chains at her feet, liberation. 1903 saw the installation of a bronze plaque in the base of the statue inscribed with the famous poem by Emma Lazarus "The New Colossus" including the lines".give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free." In 1916 renovation was carried out which included removing copper from the torch and installing gas lamps and amber glass. In 1924 the island was renamed Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty was declared a national monument. In 1984 major restoration work commenced, including the replacement of the torch, the original is kept on display.

USA - Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of American Independence. It was designed by a French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi while the steel framework was made by Gustave Eiffel. The workshop Bartholdi chose for building the statue was Gaget, Gauthier, and Company because they were experienced in the intricate technique of copper repousse. The location chosen was Bedloe's Island situated just inside the narrows of New York Harbour, a "gateway to America". The statue was shipped to America in 1885 in 241 pieces by the French frigate "Isere". The pedestal on which the statue stands was paid for by the American people spurred on by a major fund raising effort undertaken by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who promised to publish in his newspaper the name of each donor, no matter how small. Finally in 1886 the statue was erected and the dedication ceremony took place on 28th October and although the symbol of liberty was female, no women were invited. From the ground to the torch is 305feet; from the top of the base to the torch is 151feet. The pedestal itself sits upon a foundation that grows up from within the star shaped walls of old Fort Wood. The seven rays on her crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents; the torch portrays a beacon which enlightens, whilst the tablet represents law and the broken chains at her feet, liberation. 1903 saw the installation of a bronze plaque in the base of the statue inscribed with the famous poem by Emma Lazarus "The New Colossus" including the lines".give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free." In 1916 renovation was carried out which included removing copper from the torch and installing gas lamps and amber glass. In 1924 the island was renamed Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty was declared a national monument. In 1984 major restoration work commenced, including the replacement of the torch, the original is kept on display.

USA - Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of American Independence. It was designed by a French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi while the steel framework was made by Gustave Eiffel. The workshop Bartholdi chose for building the statue was Gaget, Gauthier, and Company because they were experienced in the intricate technique of copper repousse. The location chosen was Bedloe's Island situated just inside the narrows of New York Harbour, a "gateway to America". The statue was shipped to America in 1885 in 241 pieces by the French frigate "Isere". The pedestal on which the statue stands was paid for by the American people spurred on by a major fund raising effort undertaken by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who promised to publish in his newspaper the name of each donor, no matter how small. Finally in 1886 the statue was erected and the dedication ceremony took place on 28th October and although the symbol of liberty was female, no women were invited. From the ground to the torch is 305feet; from the top of the base to the torch is 151feet. The pedestal itself sits upon a foundation that grows up from within the star shaped walls of old Fort Wood. The seven rays on her crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents; the torch portrays a beacon which enlightens, whilst the tablet represents law and the broken chains at her feet, liberation. 1903 saw the installation of a bronze plaque in the base of the statue inscribed with the famous poem by Emma Lazarus "The New Colossus" including the lines".give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free." In 1916 renovation was carried out which included removing copper from the torch and installing gas lamps and amber glass. In 1924 the island was renamed Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty was declared a national monument. In 1984 major restoration work commenced, including the replacement of the torch, the original is kept on display.

USA - Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

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