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View of Manhattan and a Circle Line Boat, 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 - View of Manhattan and a Circle Line Boat, New York

View of Manhattan and a Circle Line Boat, 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 - View of Manhattan and a Circle Line Boat, New York

View of the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

View of the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

USA - View of  the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

View from South Street Seaport off Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, New York

View from South Street Seaport off Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, New York

USA - View from South Street Seaport off Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, New York

Statue of Liberty Staten Island New York

USA - Statue of Liberty Staten Island New York

View of Downtown Manhattan and New York Skyline

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early gothic revival skyscraper built with massively scaled gothic detailing able to be read from street level several hundred feet below. The 1916 Zoning Resolution required setback in new buildings, and restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size, to allow sunlight to reach the streets below. The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930), with its tapered top and steel spire, reflected the zoning requirements. The building is considered by many historians and architects to be New York's finest building, with its distinctive ornamentation such as replicas at the corners of the 61st floor of the 1928 Chrysler eagle hood ornaments and V-shaped lighting inserts capped by a steel spire at the tower's crown. A highly influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building's structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.

USA - View of Downtown Manhattan and New York Skyline

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

USA - Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park, Utah

San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park, Utah

USA - San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah

USA - Monument Valley, Utah

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

View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

A view from The Dairy in Central Park New York. This was designed by Vaux and erected in 1870.This area of the park was originally seen as the Children's District and the Dairy was built to look like a stone cottage. Fresh milk was brought in here from approved farms outside the city and sold as cheaply as possible, before this many children had died from drinking milk provided by cows kept in bad conditions in the city. As milk became improved in the city and through general neglect of the park, the building fell into decay.During the 1970's the Central Park Conservancy was formed and by 1981 the whole of the Dairy's buildings and structures had been restored. It now serves as an information centre and has lovely views across to the city.

USA - View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

Chrysler Building New York

Walter P Chrysler, the car manufacturer, founded his corporation in 1925 and wanted headquarters in New York to symbolize the company. William Van Alen was the architect and his original plan was to produce a chrome structure to be the tallest in the world at 840 feet high .However, a battle started when H. Craig Severance, his previous partner and now rival, announced that his design for the new headquarters of the Bank of Manhattan would be two feet higher than the Chrysler building. In 1929 the bank topped out at 927 feet after having had ten penthouse floors added and a fifty foot flagpole. However, six weeks after it looked like Severance had won, a 185 foot steel spire which had been assembled inside the lift shaft was raised up and bolted in place. The spike raised the Chrysler building's height to 1046 feet which was 117 feet higher than the Bank of Manhattan. On the 61st floor there are stainless steel gargoyles of eagles, those on lower floors were shaped to resemble the radiator caps of a 1928 Chrysler car. The spire was modeled on a radiator grille and was restored in 1996. The only full time occupant of the building was Margaret Bourke White. She was a photojournalist and lived and worked in a highly decorated studio on the 61st floor. The lobby was used as a showroom for Chrysler cars and is decorated with patterned marble and granite from around the world. A vast painted ceiling shows transportation scenes of the late 1920's. One year after its completion it lost the title of the highest building to the Empire State Building.

USA - Chrysler Building New York

View of the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

View of the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

USA - View of  the waterfront by the Financial District, Manhattan near Castle Clinton, New York

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

USA - Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Cunningham Cabin, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Cunningham Cabin, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

USA - Cunningham Cabin, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Detail of Cunningham Cabin, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Detail of Cunningham Cabin, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

USA - Detail of Cunningham Cabin, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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