New York City - 1

Last month end, I'd a weeklong vacation in US of A (New York City and Niagara Falls) and had a great time, visiting many things that it has to offer. I flew with US Airways and it took a while to cross the pond (Atlantic Ocean). Here are some pics of islands, that I shot, just before we crossed the pond:

From Manhattan - New York City


From Manhattan - New York City


From Manhattan - New York City


After crossing the pond, we reached the 'Port Of Entry' (Philadelhia) and it took an additional hour, for us to catch the connecting flight and reach New York City. Ok, now lemme post some info, regarding NYC:

New York City (NYC), also known as the 'Big Apple' or 'Gotham', is the most populous city in the United States and consists of five boroughs:

1) The Bronx
2) Brooklyn
3) Manhattan
4) Queens
5) Staten Island

Its interesting to know that NYC (Manhattan) had a great skyline, even in the 1930's, when there were many countries in the world, which haven't made any progress. In fact, New York City rose to prominence, after the World War II, which resulted in America, drawing all the attention, in the world. As a result of World War II, NYC gradually became the center for many things like Arts, Entertainment, Fashion, Literature, International Affairs (and hence the 'United Nations' was set up). Also, it has become the dominant financial center, since World War II.

New York city was discovered by an Italian explorer (Giovanni da Verrazzano), but the real European settlement started when the Dutch folks used it, as a trading center. Since I've been living in Europe for a while already, I could see some patterns with all the names/languages used in the US. For example, New York was called 'New Amsterdam' before. Also, most of the European city/town/village names can be found in the US. Spanish, British, German, Dutch and French are the most of 'em, that I could identify. For example, the names of cities/towns/villages that end with 'berg/burg/dorf/stein' are German based...Does that mean, they are German settlements? (I mean, do these cities/towns/villages have majority of the German population?)..And are these Germans/German-Jews, the ones who emigrated before or during the World War II? ..Hmm..There's much to history and although, I paid good enough attention to the history class in school, I cant get all the statistics/information regarding this..haha. Also, I started paying more attention to history and culture, since I started traveling to different countries and knowing different cultures (Since it gave me a bit of culture shock! ;-)).

After scribbling the above paragraph, I did some research and found some important info regarding the German settlements in America. Below are some links, if you are interested:

Identifying German Names

German Heritage Map

German-American Stuff

Ok, now I will get back to the trip details. Since we wanted to stay close to the attractions in Manhattan and also get a feel of staying in New York City, we booked an apartment in the 'Upper West Side' part of Manhattan, NYC. So, after reaching NYC, we took a taxi to the apartment and were tired enough to hit the bed.

The next day, we planned on strolling around the city and look at some of the attractions. As we walked along the 'Broadway' street, we discovered that NYC is not exactly like its depicted in the movies and has a lot of royal/nice buildings with pretty good architecture..and people are generally friendly, although its known a bit for its crime rate. This is how it looks like, right across the street, from our apartment:

From Manhattan - New York City


From Manhattan - New York City


From Manhattan - New York City


Since our apartment was close to Broadway and 'Central Park', we walked along Broadway for a bit and then went to 'Central Park'. Central Park is a public park in Manhattan - NYC, which is known, not only in the US, but in many other parts of the world (specially because of the Hollywood movies and also because its in the middle of Manhattan and is surrounded by some of the World's most famous buildings/skyscrapers). This park is something like 'English Garden' in Munich, because of its location in the center of the city, with pretty natural-looking lakes/ponds. We had a nice time strolling around the park and also hired a carriage horse. Below are some pics from Central Park:

From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


America has no real castles like in Germany/Europe, but here are some pics of a castle in the 'Central Park':

From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


.....And some more pics:

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From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


From Central Park - New York City


One more thing, that I would like to say (as I noticed and also constantly hear from Europeans) is that the parks in America have roads running through 'em, whereas in Europe, you wouldn't find that...and this is one of the moot points for Americans and Europeans. ;-)

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After looking at 'Central Park', we planned on visiting 'The American Museum Of Natural History', which is one of the biggest and famous museums in the world. This is located, just beside the 'Central Park', in the 'Upper West Side' part of Manhattan, NYC. I was interested to look at this museum, because it showcases a lot of stuff related to animals/wildlife (specially the stuff related to dinosaurs), scientific, geographical, archeological, et al. Also, I was partly excited, because I got to see the movie (A Night At The Museum), before visiting NYC and which was shot there.

Some of the interesting facts about this museum are that the museum was found in 1869 and 'Theodore Roosevelt Sr.' (Father of 26th U.S president), was one of the founders. Below are some pics from that museum:

From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


All the pictures posted above were set up so good, that you believe that they are for real. Also, the painting in the background was done on a wall, which is semi spherical in shape (which gives a 3D effect) and gives you a feeling that the animals are really in the woods of Africa/India or any respective country. Below are some more pics:

From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


One of the interesting things that are showcased, is dinosaurs. Below are some pics of 'em:

From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


.....And some more pics from other sections of the museum:

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From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


And here are some pics of 'Manhattan skyline' that you see from inside the museum:

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From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


...And some more pics of ethnic/medieval/cultural stuff:

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From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


From American Museum Of Natural History - New York City


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