Day 1. Walking from 9am – 7pm

Today (Sunday) until Tuesday, I will be assisting two professors (James Cooper and Moses Lim) with a walking tour of New York. O M G!! My feet hurt. We were walking from 9am to 7:30pm. I took most of my photos with my camera, just a few with my phone. I am writing this post from my phone (while I rest my feet for tomorrow), so I will use the photos on my phone for this post.

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Map and route of walk

This is pretty much the walk and the buildings we would see and talk about. We didn’t do all, but we did most of them. Since I am writing this post from my phone, I am not sure if the captions are showing up. Forgive any repetition if there is any.

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One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower

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The Woolworth Building

Designed by Cass Gilbert, construction started in 1910 and completed in 1913.

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8 Spruce Street

Residential tower designed by Frank Gehry.

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A great lunch of meatballs, tomato sauce, burrata, and bread. Delicious!!

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Needed!!

I took this pic by accident and liked it.

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Flatiron Building

Built in 1902 and designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Dinkelberg. I learned about the phrase, 23 skidoo, where during the early 1900s, “groups of men reportedly gathered to watch women walking by have their skirts blown up, revealing legs, which were seldom seen publicly at that time. Local constables, when sometimes telling such groups of men to leave the area, were said to be “giving them the 23 Skidoo.” [Link]

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Met Life Tower aka Clock Tower

Built in 1909.

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The Empire State Building

Built in 1931, designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. I also learned about the Evelyn McHale story (“the most beautiful suicide”), photographed by Robert Wiles, and appropriated by Andy Warhol.

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The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of my favourite buildings in NY. Built in 1930, and designed by Van Alen, who was never paid by the client (Chrysler) for his work.

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Grand Central Station

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Grand Central Station

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The RCA Victor Building designed in 1931 by John W. Cross.

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The Seagram Building

Designed by Mies Van der Rohe and built in 1958.

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Another shot

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Sculpture in front Seagram Building

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Exterior details on Waldorf Astoria

Photos of the interior are on my camera.
It was a great day! Intense, and fantastic.

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