Tag Archive: Manhattan


         Staggering 360-Degree Image Taken 1,776ft Up The Nation’s Tallest Skyscraper Is Released As One World Trade Center Prepares To Finally Open

 

 

 

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” The beautiful image is also available online in interactive high-resolution that allows users to pan across the panorama and to zoom in onto landmarks such as the George Washington Bridge 11 miles away and across the five boroughs of New York City and across to New Jersey.

   The 360-degree view was constructed digitally with computer software developed by GigaPan Systems of Portland, Oregon using the same technology as NASA’s Mars rovers.”

 

 

      Back in January we featured a post on a GigaPixelArt creation , an interactive panoramic “Easter Egg Hunt” in Seattle that was immediately called to mind by this photo . Check it out .

 

 

” The image marks something of a resolution too. Twelve-years on from the destruction by terrorists of the Twin Towers this is a view that some thought would never be seen again in New York City.”

 

 

 

Clean up, recovery and construction: This is the World Trade Center development site seen from the newly opened 7 World Trade Center in 2006 as work on the huge foundations of One World Trade Center began unseen by the public hundreds of feet below ground

Photo: James Leynse




” Over the past 12-years, nine governors of New Jersey and New York, two mayors and thousands of victims’ families all battled over real estate that also needed to be a shrine.

  It took three years of clearing and cleaning for the cornerstone to be laid and another two years after that for construction to actually start.”

 

 

Relief: Indeed, for many, this image is a relief. The political and bureacratic wrangling over how to rebuild the 16-acre hole in downtown Manhattan left by the destruction of the old World Trade Center was one that many feared with never be filed again

Photo: Getty Images



    Regular readers may remember our post on the final assembly of the spire or the 9 year time lapse construction video . This is the final product . It’s no Twin Towers , but better than a hole in the ground . I guess . Here are the building by the numbers …

 

 

” Building, with observation deck, height: 1,368 feet, the height of the original WTC North Tower

Building, with observation deck and antenna, height: 1,776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed

Base: 200 feet square, the same as the original twin towers

Stories: 104

Total number of steelworkers involved: 10,000

Total amount of steel used in the construction: 48,000 tons

Total number of external glass panels: 13,000

Total square foot of One World Trade Center: 3.5 million square feet

Amount of steel used in construction is enough to build FIVE Empire State Buildings

Depth of foundations: 200 feet below the streets of Lower Manhattan

Number of 18th Century British revolutionary warships found during construction: 1

Final price tag of construction: $3.9 billion

Number of steelworkers killed during building: 0

Height of antannae: 408-feet “

 

 

 Lot’s more info and pictures at the Daily Mail 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teens Defend ‘Fail Factory’ School In Error-Filled Letters

 

Teens defend ‘fail factory’ school in error-filled letters

” Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects.

  Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap.

  Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

  A junior wrote: “What do you get of giving false accusations im one of the students that has blended learning I had a course of English and I passed and and it helped a lot you’re a reported your support to get truth information other than starting rumors . . .

  Another wrote: “To deeply criticize a program that has helped many students especially seniors to graduate I should not see no complaints.

  One student said the online system beats the classroom because “you can digest in the information at your own paste.

“ Us as New York City Students deserve respect and encouragement,” one letter read. “We are the future of New York City and for some students, The future of the country.”

  A Murry Bergtraum teacher said, “I am embarrassed that the school will graduate students who write this poorly.” “

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Chain Of Freedom

 

 

” Dear friends, please join us on Saturday, Feb 22nd to support Ukrainian people.

  We are inviting you to come to Brooklyn Bridge (the Manhattan Side) to form a human chain to demonstrate our solidarity with people of Ukraine. We will hold Ukrainian flags, sing the national anthem and light candles in memory of killed protesters. Please bring Ukrainian flags, black ribbons and battery operated candles to the event.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biker Cop Joined In SUV Beatdown, Hit Vehicle

 

 

” An off-duty undercover cop who had claimed he took no active role as fellow bikers pulled a Manhattan dad from his SUV and beat him to a pulp was actually pounding the vehicle with his fists at the height of the bloody road-rage attack, sources told The Post.

The cop, a seven-year veteran, had told investigators he didn’t help the injured man because he rode up to the scene as the beating was nearly over, sources said.

But video footage clearly shows otherwise, disgusted sources said Monday — and Internal Affairs Bureau higher-ups want to nail the officer.

The unidentified cop has already been placed on modified duty and turned in his gun and badge.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Rise Of Lawlessness  

 

 The Driver Who Was Chased And Beaten Up In Front Of His Wife And Child By A Pack Of Motorcyclists After Trying To Run Over Them In His SUV

 

Pictured: Alexian Lien drove through a swarm of motorcyclists in his SUV on a New York City highway, apparently in fear of his safety and that of his wife and 5-month-old baby

 

” Video has emerged showing the shocking moment a Range Rover driver apparently drove through a crowd of motorbikes as it fled with its family inside for fear of being attacked.

Police have revealed the bikers started to damage the vehicle after the driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, hit a motorcyclist.

Fearing for the safety of his wife Roslyn Ng and young child, aged five months, the SUV driver then sped off, hitting several bikers in its path.

The six-minute film shows the SUV hit another motorcyclist after it was chased by the pack of bikers.

The family are eventually brought to a standstill in Manhattan traffic and immediately bikers run to attack the vehicle, smashing the driver’s window and attempting to smash the rear door window.”

Video of the attack can be viewed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack Of Motorcyclists Beat Up SUV Driver After High-Speed Chase When He TWICE Ran Over Bikers In Bid To Escape With Wife And Child

 

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” Video has emerged showing the shocking moment a Range Rover driver apparently drove through a crowd of motorbikes as it fled with its family inside for fear of being attacked.

According to police, the bikers started to damage the vehicle after the driver accidentally hit a motorcyclist.

Fearing for the safety of his wife and young child, aged under five, the SUV driver then sped off, hitting several bikers in it path.

The six-minute film shows the SUV hit another motorcyclist after it was chased by the pack of bikers.

The family are eventually brought to a standstill in Manhattan traffic and immediately bikers run in to attack the vehicle, smashing the driver’s window and attempting to smash the rear door window.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3D Map That Shows The Vast Income Difference Between Neighborhoods

 

Stark vision: Artist and web researcher Nikolay Lamm created visualizations in which he superimposed graphs representing median household net worth onto aerial views on Manhattan

 

 

” Surveying the breathtaking skyline of New York City, it is sometimes impossible to see with the naked eye the huge difference in income beneath the surface. 

But artist and web researcher Nikolay Lamm decided to change all that with his new set of visualizations created for the site MyDeals.com, in which he superimposed graphs representing median household net worth onto aerial views of Manhattan, to startling effect.

For example, a neighborhood where the net worth is $500,000 would be represented by a 3D bar graph 5cm high, compared to an area where the net worth is only $50,000, where a bar would be 0.5cm high.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Who Said She Was Raped In 2001 By Sheldon Silver Aide Critical Of Latest Scandal

 

 

” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is coming under increasing fire for leaving top aide Bill Collins on the payroll despite his mishandling of another sexual harassment complaint.

Among those joining the fray Thursday was Elizabeth Crothers, the former Assembly legislative aide who in 2001 accused Silver’s then-chief counsel Michael Boxley of raping her.

Crothers said Collins further victimized her in 2003 when he sent a letter threatening to smear her in the press if she continued to speak out after a second staffer accused Boxley of rape.

Now, Collins is in hot water for allegedly covering up allegations made four years ago against Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, by a twenty-something woman who worked for him.

Aides to Silver, who vowed to make the Assembly a safer place for women, claim he acted swiftly by immediately referring the matter to the chamber’s Ethics Committee when he learned that Collins had failed to bring the Kellner matter to his attention four years ago. But he has offered no explanation for why Collins is still drawing his $145,000 salary.”

    Silver is a disgrace and it seems entirely likely that Mr Collins is offering himself up as a scapegoat to save Shelly “hushmoney” Silver’s career . A safer environment for women , indeed . 

 

  For more on the true nature of Shelly Silver’s respect for women and the law see these previous posts …

 

“And Therein Lies The Rot That Is Albany”

NY State Assembly Democrats Shamefully Muzzle Debate On Sexual Harassment

Shelly Silver Sued Over Sexual Harrassment Hush Money

More On Why Sheldon Silver Must Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Authority Releases Photo Of One WTC Workers At Dizzying Heights

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” The World Trade Center has tweeted a photo of its workers placing the spire on top of One World Trade Center tower, at incredible heights of 1,700 feet. 

The spectacular photo, taken on May 10th, shows the brave iron workers installing the final sections on top of One WTC, with New York City sprawled beneath them.”

See Also : One World Trade Center: A View From The Top

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And Finally : One World Trade Center Reaches Full Height

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10 Things You May Not Know About The Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

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” The Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public on May 24, 1883, thereby connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn for the first time. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” early visitors gawked at its immense granite towers and thick steel cables, not to mention its birds-eye views. The bridge, which took 14 years and around $15 million to complete, remains among New York City’s top tourist attractions and a busy thoroughfare for commuters. On its 130th birthday, here are 10 things you may not know about the frequently photographed landmark.”

 

 

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How They Got Away With It

FILE PHOTO TAKEN APRIL 18, 2012

” This time, it’s about sex. An all-too-detailed report on the Vito Lopez scandal reveals that the once-powerful assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic leader harassed and humiliated his female staffers — demanding that they wear sexy clothes, playing with their hair, plying them with alcohol, luring them to hotel rooms and sticking his creepy hand up their skirts.

Perhaps most depressing of all was the reaction from Assembly Democrats when told their leader had turned a blind eye to despicable, potentially criminal behavior and put young women in harm’s way:

They excused him. They forgave him. They defended him. They praised his leadership.

Above all, they scoffed at the idea that the Manhattan Democrat’s 19-year reign as speaker should end.

The key to understanding all of this, as with so much of the corruption in Albany of late, is the corrosive culture of the Legislature.

And that begins and ends with the Democrat-controlled Assembly’s near-absolute boss rule.

As soon as they get elected, like it or not, Democrats forfeit virtually all of their power to Silver — who’s now been speaker for 19 years running — as their party leader and speaker.

Assembly members are independently elected, yes. They have their own ideas and their own duties to their districts and constituents.

But as soon as they cross the Capitol threshold, they basically become Silver’s employees.

He singlehandedly determines what laws his members can bring to the floor and pass, what committees they sit on, what hearings they hold and how much cash they’re allotted to hire staff and rent office space. He can even manipulate their salaries by awarding — or taking away — leadership posts that come with extra stipends ranging from $9,000 to $41,500.”

 

 

 

 

 

Fireworks Show Prompts Some In Manhattan To Fear A Terrorist Attack

 

 

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” A late-night charity fireworks show on Manhattan’s West Side on Thursday night had residents fearing they were under attack.

It started late, at 10 p.m., and as CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Friday, many people were caught off guard.

As revelers aboard the Intrepid enjoyed fireworks lighting up the sky above the Hudson River, blasts echoed through West Side neighborhoods, leaving many residents fearing the worst.

“I thought we were actually coming under attack. I didn’t think fireworks. With everything that’s going on, it’s nerve-wracking,” resident Dahlia Rodriguez said.

The fireworks spectacle was the finale to an evening charity gala for North Shore-LIJ Health System, but nearly 100 unknowing and concerned locals had no idea and called 311.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Faces 3 Years In Jail For Pulling ‘Unlicensed’ Gun On Burglar Inside His Home

 

 

 

” George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January, The Daily Mail reports.

Mr. Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.

After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm.”

The Daily Mail has much more …

 

Millionaire Points Gun At Burglar Who Broke Into His Home –

But Cops Arrest HIM Because Weapon Was Unlicensed

 

” Bardwil – known as the ‘Linen King’ – denies the charges and pleaded not guilty to gun possession at the Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday.

His defense lawyer Michael Bachner told the New York Post that the loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer was kept in a secure box in Bardwil’s apartment and was legally registered to his bodyguard.

Prosecutors will recommend a three year sentence at court.

Mr Bachner told the New York Post: ‘There’s no dispute that George was being burglarized.

‘George had been the victim of multiple burglaries, and the DA’s office concedes that it was used in self defense.’ “

 

 

HT/Guns Save Lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Judge Halts Bloomberg Ban On Large Sugary Drinks In New York City

 

 ” A New York judge is forcing the Bloomberg administration to take a big gulp — striking down its groundbreaking  controversial limit on the size of sugary drinks in New York City shortly before it was set to take effect.Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote in his opinion that the rules are “arbitrary and capricious,” applying to only certain beverages and only certain stores.

“The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule,” he wrote, complaining of “uneven enforcement even within a particular City block, much less the City as a whole.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city plans to appeal, calling the ruling “clearly an error.” “

 

 

City Hikes Taxes On Sandy-Hit Houses

 

 

 

” Homeowners in an exclusive waterfront enclave in Brooklyn thought Hurricane Sandy was as cruel a blow as they could suffer — until the taxman proved them wrong.

The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post.

Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received increases.

“This is totally insensitive and heartless,” said Ira Zalcman, president of the Manhattan Beach Community Group, which has received more than 30 complaints from residents about the hikes.

“We just sustained one of the worst national disasters in our nation’s history, and now the city is delusional, claiming our property values went up.”

 

 

   We’d have more pity for these homeowners if we didn’t know that that they are reaping the benefits of the over-arching government they regularly vote into office .

   They are getting a taste of how the rest of the non-liberal NY residents feel everyday living in a state who’s politics are completely dominated by the left-wing voters of NYC.


GAWKER POSTS FULL LIST OF ALL ‘A**HOLE’ NEW YORK CITY LICENSED GUN OWNERS

 

 

Tell us again why we law-abiding gun owners should register our guns .

 

 

 

” Below is a 446-page list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. I obtained it from the NYPD two-and-a-half years ago via a Freedom of Information Law request. Because the NYPD is more interested in raping and/or eating ladies and spying on Muslims than it is in honoring public records law, the list contains only the names, and not the addresses, of the licensees…

Here’s the full, searchable, NYPD list. (And for the record, they are not all assholes. Some of them need guns for legitimate reasons for their jobs, like providing security for assholes.)

Cook singles out Sean Hannity, Roger Ailes, former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Howard Stern, Don Imus, and Donald Trump for criticism. Apparently owning a gun permit is now enough to get you labeled an “asshole” from a left that considers all gun owners evildoers “

 

 

 

 

Love The View

7 Stunning Photos Of Escalator Hoisted To The Top Of World Trade Center

 

 

An escalator by ThyssenKrupp Elevator being hoisted to the 101st floor of One World Trade Center

 

” Offering a remarkable view of New York City, photos by a ThyssenKrupp Elevator staffer show an escalator being pulled to the top of the new One World Trade Center.

One of 11 escalators to be installed on the site, this piece of machinery dangles high above Lower Manhattan as workers hoist it up to the 101st floor.”

 

 

Giving Thanks for Community: Heroes Emerge Amid Hurricane Sandy’s Wrath

 

 

 

” Throughout this tragedy, the response of churches, community organizations, and neighbors was inspiring. Volunteers stationed near one closed FEMA office continued to hand out supplies. While thousands of families remained without temporary housing or heat two weeks after the disaster, in even the earliest days of the tragedy, residents north of 40th Street in Manhattan who still had power took in people who had lost theirs.

Church community halls and gyms teemed with donations that had been rushed in from across the country. These included more than 2,500 boxes of coats, winter clothes, diapers, and other supplies from Mormon congregations in D.C. and surrounding areas, which hundreds of volunteers sorted and loaded into five 26-foot trucks.

The immediate responses of neighbor-to-neighbor outreach in the first hours of the disaster were nothing short of heroic. In the devastated Belle Harbor community of New York City, one man created a lifeline from twine, rope, extension cords, and lamp cords that families clung to as they escaped from a raging fire through torrential flood waters in the streets. Another man moved through chest-high waters, shepherding two women—with a toddler on his shoulders—to safety.

Another Belle Harbor resident, who was out of the state when the hurricane hit, drove for 20 hours to the devastated community in his truck, which was loaded with generators, pumps, and supplies that he had maxed out his credit card to purchase “

Improbable Journey: The story of New York’s High Line

 

 

How CSX helped turn an abandoned rail line in the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District into one of the country’s most unique parks

 ” Railroad lines crisscrossing the country move freight, delivering everything from coal to cars. But one rail line running above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side moves your soul, delivering sanctuary amid coneflower and pink evening primrose.
The High Line, a deteriorating elevated rail line turned iconic city park, moves closer to completion with the recent donation of the third and final section of the High Line by CSX Transportation, Inc. The first two sections offer a mile walk along a lush, meadow-like setting from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues.
A brief history
Trains began chugging through the West Side of Manhattan more than a decade before the start of the Civil War. The trains traveled at grade level alongside pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons on crowded city streets. So many accidents happened that 10th Avenue became known as “Death Avenue.” This led to men on horses — the West Side Cowboys — to ride in front of the trains waving red warning flags. “

  It’s almost as if old Wile E was never told that his fellow traveler , Al Gore , had invented this thing called the internet , the greatest fact-checking tool the average citizen has ever possessed . The man seems to think that the factually challenged pabulum that he regularly spews forth to curry the favor of his varied interest groups won’t find its way into the discourse of those of us who constitute the rabble .

    There is tremendous satisfaction to be derived in watching this Obamadrama come unglued and self-destruct in slow motion . Make no mistake , these are professional manipulators and they still possess the power , waning though it is , of their bootlickers in the media and should not be taken lightly . Now is the time to redouble our efforts and see that come November the most incompetent administration in our nation’s history is handed their walking papers .

 But there’s no reason we can’t enjoy the show .

” Don’t worry guys. Meryl Streep’s got this. Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour, too.

Our celebrity president dropped his “man of the people” mask last during a $40,000 a plate fundraiser at the home of commoners Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The star-studded 1 percent crowd got to hear how much more important they are than those 99 percent plebs.

“You’re the tie-breaker,” he said. “You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”

Obama has celebrities at the wheel, but he thinks the GOP is driving the car into the ditch? “

Out of touch , thy name is Barack “the private sector is fine” Obama .

Who else but ?

“There are monarchies and republics aplenty, but there’s only one 24/7 fundraising presidency.”

  …. but Mark Steyn .

  “Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee a few days ago — that’s 60 years on the throne. Just to put it in perspective, she’s been
queen since Harry S. Truman was president. At any rate, her jubilee has been a huge success,save for a few churlish republicans in various
corners of Her Majesty’s realms from London to Toronto to Sydney pointing out how absurd it is
for grown citizens to be fawning over a distant head of state who lives in a fabulous, glittering
cocoon entirely disconnected from ordinary life. “

“Which brings us to President Obama. ”

One more taste

” However, there are some cheap seats available. A year and a half ago, big-money Democrats in
Rhode Island paid $7,500 per person for the privilege of having dinner with President Obama
at a private home in Providence. He showed up for 20 minutes and then said he couldn’t stay for dinner.

   “I’ve got to go home to walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he told them, because when you’ve paid seven-and-a-half grand for dinner nothing puts you in the mood to eat like a guy talking about canine fecal matter. “

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