"A Fast City" New York City by PeterVancouver

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Travel to and from JFK

A great place to visit, possibly due to being unlike many cities in the world. It is fast and aggressive and many of the locals appear to be abrupt, but that’s generally just their way. Traffic is chaos and around the Broadway area it is often quicker to walk, than to take a cab. Our first trip to NY was the most memorable as after 'deplaning" at JFK, we transferred to a scheduled helicopter service which flew us to downtown Manhattan just a few blocks from the UN buildings and got a fabulous sight of that, and of NY in general. Unfortunately this service, and the even more exciting trips offered in the 60,s by New York Airways from the roof of the Pan Am building 200 Park Avenue (now MetLife Building ) to JFK, have now been discontinued.. The Pan Am service was closed in 1968 because it was not profitable, but reopened February, 1977, only to close again three months later when the landing gear of a large, 30-passenger helicopter collapsed as passengers were about to board and one of its rotor blades broke off, killing four people on the heliport and a pedestrian on the street and as it crashed over the roof. For most of us it is now a fairly unexciting journey by either cab or limo from the airport to downtown, although it is sometimes a challenge to understand exactly what the driver is saying!.

WTC 2011

Twelve years on and the new world Trade Center is well on its way to be finished by the due date of 2013. The new tower is very much different in that it is constructed in the main out of a steel frame covered with glass. There will be an increadible 70 elevators and 9 esculators built by the German company Krupps who, under the leadership of Alfred Krupp was one of the largest industrial supporters of the Nazi party in the 30.s and 40's

WTC 2011 (Freedom tower)

Some 470m high this will be one of the highest buildings in the western hemisphere

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  • In a nutshell:A city in a hurry - but great fun
  • Last visit to New York City: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 25, 2013
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