March 2005 found us in Manhattan for three days for Jack's thirteenth birthday. We poked around Times Square, took a cab to the Guggenheim ( I caused the cab driver some distress when I thoughtlessly threw open the passenger side door - we'd pulled over to the left on a one-way street), and took a subway downtown to see Chinatown.  I became interested in Manhattan history when I read Asbury's Gangs of New York thirty years ago. It bears almost no resemblance to the movie, but I liked the movie enough to purchase the DVD, on which some of the commentary (the more lurid bits) is done by my high-school classmate Brian Ferguson, who is now a professor at Rutgers.  Asbury also wrote an underground history of San Francisco called The Barbary Coast

Grand Central Terminal - crossroads of the world. Grand Central Terminal.
Times Square Times Square, "Crossroads of the World".
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. the Guggenheim Museum
Bryant Park Bryant Park, near the New York Public Library.
FAO Schwartz FAO Schwartz.  It's that piano from "Big" with Tom Hanks.
This picture was taken about twenty years ago from a tour boat in the harbor.  The excursion went from the docks on the west side, down around the Battery and up the East River to the Brooklyn Bridge. scaffolding
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