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Spanning the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, New York with water taxi .

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Spanning the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, New York with water taxi .

Spanning the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Spanning the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

View of the Financial District, Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - View of the Financial District, Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

View of the Financial District, Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - View of the Financial District, Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Municipal Building, Manhattan, New York

Municipal Building, Manhattan, New York

USA - Municipal Building, Manhattan, New York

United States Courthouse, New York

The United States Courthouse was one of the last buildings designed by the architect Cass Gilbert. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1859 and went on to design many landmarks such as the Customs House at Bowling Green, the Woolworth Building and the Broadway Chambers Building. The U.S. Courthouse was constructed 1933-1936 and is Neo-Classicism in design. The most common features of this style are colonnades and arches and the overall building design usually has a pronounced base with a ceremonial entrance, a middle shaft with little decoration and a distinctive top. The Courthouse building is 590 feet tall and has 32 floors. The tower has 24 storeys and is topped by a golden pyramidal roof. Gilbert died in 1934 in England while the Courthouse was still under construction and his son, Cass Gilbert Junior finished the project. Foley Square and its buildings were built over the infamous Five Points neighbourhood named for the points in the 1830's created by the intersection of Mulberry, Anthony, Cross, Orange and Little Water Street.

USA - United States Courthouse, New York

View from the Winter Garden of Ground Zero, New York

View from the Winter Garden of Ground Zero, New York

USA - View from the Winter Garden of Ground Zero, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

USA - North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

USA - North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

USA - North Cove, Yacht Harbour, World Financial Center, New York

Water taxi on the Hudson River, Manhattan New York

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - Water taxi on the Hudson River, Manhattan New York

"Floating Island" being tugged around Manhattan Island.

This "Floating Island" by Robert Smithson is inside a barge and weighs 150 tons. The 30 by 90 foot plot of floating land has schist rocks inside it which can be seen in Central Park and forms the bedrock there. Robert Smithson had the original concept of the island back in 1970 but only made one detailed sketch of his idea. Due to the artist's death in 1975 it was left to a team led by Diane Shamash to translate the sketch into a reality. The only notes they had to work from merely specified that the plants had to be native to New York and included a willow tree. I really liked it.

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"The Sphere", Battery Park, New York

The Sphere is displayed at Battery Park, New York and is a large metallic sculpture by Fritz Koenig, conceived as a symbol of world peace. It originally stood in a plaza between the World Trade Center towers and was recovered from the rubble. It was resited in Battery Park, without any repairs, six months after the attacks. The Eternal Flame is a memorial to the victims of September 11th and when the Freedom Tower is completed, the Sphere will be moved back.

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Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

USA - Bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York

New York Stock Exchange, Manhattan, New York

The New York Stock Exchange (nicknamed the "Big Board") is the largest stock exchange in the world. Back in 1792 the Buttonwood Agreement was signed by 24 brokers on Wall Street , under a Buttonwood tree. In 1817 the organisation drafted a constitution and became known as the New York Stock and Exchange Board. The first location for the business was Wall Street but in 1865 it moved to Broad Street. In 1896 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was established.Due to a huge increase in the amount of stock traded, a new building was required and a design competition was held. The New Classic design by George B. Post won and in 1901 demolition started of the existing building and those lots adjacent to it. The new building opened in 1903 at 18 Broad Street. A sculpture by John Quincy Adams Ward in the pediment is called "Integrity Protecting the Works of Man".

USA - New York Stock Exchange, Manhattan, New York

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