Monday, September 01, 2008

New York City, 8 months Later

My apologies, dear readers, for such a long downtime. The fun part of living in New York City is that there is so much to do. The bad part about living in New York City is that there is so much to do, which makes it hard to find time to sit down and write about it.

In my attempt to be somewhat more organized at understanding my current home, I've purchased a Frommer's "Memorable Walks in New York" book. The goal is to attack each one of the tours in the book, after which I should have a good understanding of the various neighborhoods around New York. I've done the first two tours which represent Lower Manhattan/Financial District and Chinatown. I did my best at photo-chronicling each site mentioned in the book and accompanying them with my famous witty comments. And by "witty" I of course mean "makes myself laugh".

For completeness, here is a list of the sites in the Frommer's Book with wikipedia links for reference:

Lower Manhattan / Financial District:

1. US Customs House
2. Bowling Green Park
3. Bronze Bull
4. Fraunces Tavern Museum
5. New York Stock Exchange
6. Federal Hall National Memorial
7. Wall Street
8. Trinity Church
9. Jean Dubuffet's Group of Four Trees
10. Isamu Noguchi's 1967 The Red Cube
11. Ground Zero
12. Kalikow Building
13. St. Paul's Chapel
14. Woolworth Building
15/16. City Hall Park / City Hall
17. Tweed Courthouse
18. Surrogate's Court (Hall of Records)
19. Manhattan Municipal Building
20. AFrican Burial Ground National Monument


1. Golden Pacific National Bank
2. Vegetable Sellers
3. HSBC Bank
4. Manhattan Bridge
5. Confucius Plaza
6. Edward Mooney House
7. Statue of Confucius
8/9. Doyers Street / Bloody Angle
10. Mott Street
11. Good Fortune Gifts, Inc.
12. Sinotique
13. Church of the Transfiguration
14. Ming Fay Book Store
15. Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
16. Eastern States Buddhist Temple of America
17. Kam Man Food, Inc.
18. Museum of Chinese in America
19. Columbus Park
20. Kimlau War Memorial
21. First Shearith Israel Graveyard
22. Mariner's Temple
23. First Chinese Presbyterian Church
24. East Broadway Mall
25. Chinatown's Wild West

In addition to exploring inside the city, I'm also trying to start exploring the nature outside of the city. Photos from a recent hiking trip to Bear Mountain State Park are up as well.