One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower) refers to the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the fourth-tallest in the world.
The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 6.5 ha World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bordered by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.
The Hudson River is a 507 km river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York in the United States. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, flows through the Hudson Valley, and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean, between New York City and Jersey City. The river serves as a political boundary between the states of New Jersey and New York, and further north between New York counties. The lower half of the river is a tidal estuary occupying the Hudson Fjord, which formed during the most recent period of North American glaciation, estimated at 26,000 to 13,300 years ago. Tidal waters influence the Hudson’s flow from as far north as Troy.
The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609, and after whom Canada’s Hudson Bay is also named. It had previously been observed by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano sailing for King Francis I of France in 1524, as he became the first European known to have entered the Upper New York Bay, but he considered the river to be an estuary. The Dutch called the river the North River – with the Delaware River called the South River – and it formed the spine of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Settlement of the colony clustered around the Hudson, and its strategic importance as the gateway to the American interior led to years of competition between the English and the Dutch over control of the river and colony.
During the eighteenth century, the river valley and its inhabitants were the subject and inspiration of Washington Irving, the first internationally acclaimed American author. In the nineteenth century, the area inspired the Hudson River School of landscape painting, an American pastoral style, as well as the concepts of environmentalism and wilderness. The Hudson was also the eastern outlet for the Erie Canal, which, when completed in 1825, became an important transportation artery for the early-19th-century United States.
Had the pleasure of meeting up with friend Nicole Cambre, who really is one of the most outstanding photographers I know, she had a stop over in AD so we met up at the Grand Mosque, it was 21.00 at night and very, very quiet although we didn’t have very long as it closed at 22.00. This was the last shot of the day. Lots of things going on with regard to my photography, double page spread in Practical Photography’s Beyond the Lens and an exhibition for Ramadan is in the pipeline. very exciting times hence the need to take a break from 500px. Will be viewing other’s work but not posting. regards, julian
The Metlife building, still known by many as the PanAm Building is probably the one skyscraper most New Yorkers would like to see demolished.
The main reasons for the dislike of the New Yorkers for this building are the blocking of the view on Park Avenue and the massive structure, which has often been criticized as ‘cheap quality’ or ‘monumental bad architecture’. On the other hand the structural concept of the building is very intriguing and its sheer massiveness symbolizes New York as a huge compact city.
Due to its location though, the building completely blocks the view on Park Avenue and the – much more appraised – New York Central building (Helmsley Building), which dates from 1929.
Originally the project was called Grand Central City, but was renamed in 1960 after its main tenant, the Pan American Airways. In 1981 the building was sold to Metlife insurance company for $400 million and is since called Metlife Building.
Took this photo of the Pakenham Bridge. The only five arch stone bridge in North America. It was great timing to have a large cross the bridge allowing the read light streak to be visible. The only disappointment was that the light located in the fifth arch from the left was not lit. I hope the town fixes it soon.
The Brooklyn Bridge looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). At least two dozen people died in the process, including its original designer. Now more than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day.