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Friday night we were walking east down 39th street towards 2nd Avenue (my sweetie fancied a craftbrew at 7pm) and saw this over our shoulders. There was the lightest imaginable mist of rain - not heavy enough to even wet my eyeglasses, but enough to create a lovely haze around the lit-up, bejeweled tower.

Me: "Look at that, honey, isn't it beatiful?"
Her: "Which buildng is that?"
Me: "The Empire State Building....I think. Unless it's the Chrystler Building. No, I think the Empire State...maybe. Which one did King Kong climb up again?"

But at least I can now cross "NYC Tour Guide" off my list of potential careers.
Is it weird that the first thing I thought of when you described your confusion was: "Fire bad. Tree pretty."?


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"Fire bad. Tree pretty."?

I'm pretty sure I thought that at least half a dozen times on this trip!

The awful thing was, in that moment I wasn't tired, I was genuinely confused (I did the same thing that same night and the next day when we saw the Chrystler bldg) - I had to come home and look up which buidling was which! *MASSIVE FAIL*
It's an amazing place, I hope you get to go! My favorite memories of the city over the past ten years are the two times I was pretty much by myself - it took me a while to fall in love with it, but that's another story.
Some of the views in nyc are pretty amazing. My fave is the skyline of the city at dusk when the sky is that mauve/orange color.

The Empire state building is on 34th street and the Chrysler building is on 42nd street. So, if you were on 39th street, it really could have been either building. Maybe you could still have that career as a nyc tour guide. ~_^

Many years ago, when I worked in Manhattan, I worked on 33rd and Park Avenue. Which is right around the corner from the empire state building and I've never been to the top.
Some of the views in nyc are pretty amazing. My fave is the skyline of the city at dusk when the sky is that mauve/orange color.

The last time I was in NYC (7-10 yrs ago?), I was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge by myself for the first time, just to say I had, and the sky was begining to set to my right; it painted the bricks of the bridge and the Statue of liberty with the most amazing rose-gold light set against a brilliant robins egg blue, then turned into that mauve/orange color as you say. I think that is my all-time favorite memory of NYC.

The Empire state building is on 34th street and the Chrysler building is on 42nd street. So, if you were on 39th street, it really could have been either building. Maybe you could still have that career as a nyc tour guide. ~_^

*LMAO*

We saw the Chrystler bldg that same evening lit up with the same white-lavender lights at the ESB, which is when I really got confused - "No, maybe that's the Empire State Bldg? One or the other, I'll have to look it up." I think I assume the Chrystler is the Empire because it's - showier? More obviously "art deco" at the top.

Then walking back from the hotel to GC along Lexingon on saturday, I looked up and saw the Chrystler Bldg, shining in the sunlight and realized I had passed it a dozen times in three days and only noticed it that one time at night. Obviously, that section of manhattan (midtown?) doesn't exactly encourage skygazing when you're trying to keep pace on the sidewalk.
We saw the Chrystler bldg that same evening lit up with the same white-lavender lights at the ESB, which is when I really got confused - "No, maybe that's the Empire State Bldg? One or the other, I'll have to look it up." I think I assume the Chrystler is the Empire because it's - showier? More obviously "art deco" at the top. From what I understand, in 60s or 70s the empire state building added flood lights to the top of the building and the Chrysler building wanting to keep up with the "Joneses" decided to add lights also. When the Chrysler building people started to make plans to add lights, they discovered that the original building plans had already made accommodations for adding lights inside the tower. So I guess that's why the CB lights are more showier and more art deco looking.
Actually I was referering to the 'arches' at the top of the building with the "spokes" that radiate outward - which look like something out of a Busby Berkley stage show set, or from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"; not the lights themselves. That's what makes the CB look more art deco (and therefore "dated") to me, even during the daytime; the ESB is a bit more "timeless" in comparison because of that, at least from the view most of us see it at. But thank you for the info!

And hey, this conversation made me find this nifty website with historic photos of the buildings so score!
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/TEN/TEN-NY.htm

That's what makes the CB look more art deco (and therefore "dated") to me, even during the daytime; the ESB is a bit more "timeless" in comparison Really? You think the CB is out dated looking? I think the arches and the art deco features make it look more classic. Well I guess it's all a matter of opinion. My son and I often have the discussion about which is the more majestic bridge the Verrazino or the Brooklyn.
Maybe "dated" wasn't the right word - more visually distinctive or dramatic is probably better. And definitely of it's time - I can tell when it was probably built, the ESB not so much.

(no put down of art deco intended btw; although I'm more of an art nouveau fan myself. I don't think you can reallly do a skyscraper in the art nouveau style *lol*))

My son and I often have the discussion about which is the more majestic bridge the Verrazino or the Brooklyn.

I don't know where you fall in the matter, but are we using "majestic" to mean "bigger"? Because then yes, the VB. Like, the Alps are bigger than the Blue Ridge Mountains.

But I have so much love for the Brooklyn Bridge it's insane. When I crossed it the light was lovely, and I read the historical plaque and was really in awe of how it was interrupted by the civil war and then completed afterwards; there was such a spirit of "yes, we just went through a war that tore our country apart - but we can still achieve THIS". I could feel that "can-do" spirit when I walked across it, and THAT, to me, makes the BB, if not majestic, then certainly awe-inspiring with a deeper well of feeling. How many other bridges can I say that about so far? Zero.
I don't know where you fall in the matter, but are we using "majestic" to mean "bigger"? No I mean more beautiful.

THAT, to me, makes the BB, if not majestic, then certainly awe-inspiring with a deeper well of feeling. MY son and my boss (the photographer) think the BB is the more majestic bridge. I think the VB is breathtaking. I can't look at it and not say wow!

How many other bridges can I say that about so far? Zero. Yes and I'm not taking anything away form the history or how classic and iconic it is, I just think the VB is a prettier bridge with a bigger wow factor.

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No I mean more beautiful.

Gotcha. That is a subjective thing isn't it? And admittedly I haven't seen the VB properly, when I look at photos it looks like a suspension bridge to me, like others I've seen. In person would probably be different. The bridge crossing over into Newport RI is a very impressive suspension bridge to me - I think you have to drive over it to appreciate how the sides "swoop".

The BB wins points from me for being unique, I can't confuse it with any other that I know of. (And 'cause I actually walked across it of course and made it MINE! *lol*)

I just think the VB is a prettier bridge with a bigger wow factor.

Fair 'nuff! I happen to love art nouveau, but I'm pretty sure it would make my sweetie ill looking at those whiplashes for too long. We can look at the same view (as we did a lot of times in NYC) and each find something different to focus on in terms of what we considered "eyecatching".
when I look at photos it looks like a suspension bridge to me, like others I've seen Yes, it's a suspension bridge.... like others you've see.... maybe not because it is so huge, that to me, it is majestically beautiful.

We can look at the same view (as we did a lot of times in NYC) and each find something different to focus on in terms of what we considered "eyecatching". Well, of course because wouldn't life be boring if we all had the same option on things. ~_^
Well, of course because wouldn't life be boring if we all had the same option on things. ~_^

Certainly my relationship with my sweetie is rarely "boring"! (Or fandom for that matter.)
Maybe someday?

I hope you get to! It's an amazing place, it's own universe quite literally.

The first time I went I had an awful headache, so I warned my friend Kackie about that when she went for the first time last year. She LOVED it and is now setting her sights on moving there.

You really have to pace yourself because midtown is so overwhelming and moves so quickly. If you have a friend there who can tell you what's what, all the better. If not, I definitely recommend the Pod 39 and 51 as the most reasonable accomodations in the city. (the YMCA and hostels are cheaper, but trust me, go to the Pod.) And go at your own pace as much as possible, don't let yourself be dragged about by someone else with their own agenda.

Then you can turn down a side street and find quiet places within the city. There's just so much to see and do there, I can't put it into words.

FYI - New Yorkers are a LOT friendlier than their rep suggests. We've had people come out of the woodwork to offer directions - but they usually only know their own little neighborhoods. And there are buses and subways but you'll still have to do a lot of walking, which is the best way to see the city anyway. (Cabs are VERY expensive and slow.)
What a lovely shot! I've never been there, it looks amazing. :)
What a lovely shot!

My sweetie thanks you! I don't think it does the moment justice, but then that's true of any "New York moment" I've ever had. (Also, she got a new digital Canon camera after the housefire and does not like it AT ALL and wants to go back to manual. I think my Epson digital is easier to work with.)
Beautiful picture -- and one of many reasons I love my city!
Beautiful picture -- and one of many reasons I love my city!

Glad you like, hon! She took a lot more, mostly reference photos for paintings but also at the Armory show and the BAM. The sunlight on Saturday morning falling on the buildings on 39th was gorgeous too, in a different way.

Thanks hon! Next time I am bringing my camera (partly because my Epson is less fuss and easier to work with than her new Canon, which she hates, and of course so I can take my own pics.)

I had my sweetie take a picture for you of a piece at the Armory show that commented ironically on the "glass ceiling", I need to get that up.