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Day Three

Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx.

Next day we decided to do the uptown tour on the big bus. This was not as crowded as the down town tour and we had no problems getting on and off so it was a good day.

We began by visiting the Dakota Building. This prestigious building has had many famous residents. One of them was John Lennon and he was assassinated just outside this building in 1980. Other famous people who have lived here include Lauren Bacall, Roberta Flack, Leonard Bernstein, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Lillian Gish, Boris Karloff, Robert Ryan and Rudolf Nureyev.

The Dakota.

The Dakota.

From the Dakota we wandered into Central Park where we were very underwhelmed by the memorial to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields. I really did not find it worth visiting.

Memorial to John Lennon.

Memorial to John Lennon.

We then walked to the lake in Central Park which was a bit more impressive.

Lake in Central Park.

Lake in Central Park.

After a whistle stop look at this area of Central Park, we got back on the big bus and headed to the rather odd Cathedral Church of St John the Divine. This is a beautiful building, well worth seeing. There is an unusual fountain outside it, too. It is called the peace fountain and features the Archangel Michael battling the devil, while surrounded by nine peaceful-looking giraffes.

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine.

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine.

Inside the church.

Inside the church.

The Fountain of Peace.

The Fountain of Peace.

Humorous signs outside the church.

Humorous signs outside the church.

Next up we went to Grant's Tomb. This is the final resting place of General Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President of the USA. It was completed in 1897. Opposite the tomb there is a huge church called Riverside Church.

Grant's Tomb.

Grant's Tomb.

Riverside Church.

Riverside Church.

From Grant's Tomb we boarded the bus which would take us on the Bronx Tour. This is a strange tour as most of it goes through Harlem which is covered on the uptown tour already. After going round Harlem, the bus crosses the Harlem river and goes to the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. There are plenty of other sights in the Bronx, but they are quite far, so maybe that's why the tour does not include them.

The Harlem River.

The Harlem River.

We did not get off the bus in Harlem, but with us going through it on the Bronx Tour, then on the uptown tour, then on our way to Boston by Megabus, then on our way back from Boston, I do feel I have been there even if it was only ever passing through on transport.

Mural, Harlem

Mural, Harlem

Harlem is situated at the northern end of Manhattan Island and is mainly an African-American area. It takes its name from the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem is famous for its gospel choirs and is filled with many, many churches. It is also famous as the centre of the Harlem Renaissance. This is the name given to a variety of African-American-led movements in music, literature, dance and art, which took place in the early twentieth century.

One of Harlem's many famous churches.

One of Harlem's many famous churches.

One of Harlem's most famous sights is the Apollo Theatre. This first opened in 1934 and helped introduce the world to artists such as The Jackson 5, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown.

The Apollo Theatre.

The Apollo Theatre.

Another building of note is the Hotel Theresa. In the early twentieth century most New York hotels only accepted white guests. In 1937 the Hotel Theresa was bought by Love B. Woods, an African American businessman. He ended the Theresa's racial segregation policy and the hotel began attracting famous African American artists who came to perform in New York.

Hotel Theresa.

Hotel Theresa.

We also passed by the statue of Adam Clayton Powell Junior, a Baptist pastor, civil rights activist and New York congressman who represented Harlem.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Other sights in Harlem include the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque and the Malcolm Shabazz Market. Both called after Malcolm X. The market specializes in African goods.

The Malcolm Shabazz Mosque.

The Malcolm Shabazz Mosque.

The Malcolm Shabazz Market.

The Malcolm Shabazz Market.

Finally we crossed the Harlem River into the Bronx and headed to the Yankee Stadium. This stadium was completed in 2009 and is home to the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball fame.

The Yankee Stadium.

The Yankee Stadium.

After the Bronx Tour, it was back on the up town tour through Harlem again and then down the east side of Central Park. This involved passing very many museums. The most interesting architecturally speaking was the Guggenheim with its odd spiral design.

The Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Museum.

We decided to get off the big bus about half way down Central Park, walk through the park and eventually make our way to the Rockefeller Centre. In the park there was an open air summer concert going on, lots of people were lining up to get in; lots more were listening from the grass nearby.

Relaxing in Central Park.

Relaxing in Central Park.

We walked down passed the Literary Mall with its statues of famous writers such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, William Shakespeare; stopped to watch a lady artist perform a gymnastic routine and had a look at the carousel.

Robert Burns.

Robert Burns.

Gymnastic Routine.

Gymnastic Routine.

The Carousel.

The Carousel.

After we left Central Park, we came across the love statue. I saw a hope statue, too, but we were just whizzing past that on a bus.

Love Statue.

Love Statue.

Next we passed Radio City New York, part of the Rockerfeller Centre complex. This excited my husband as he likes many of the shows broadcast from here.

Radio City, New York.

Radio City, New York.

The Rockerfeller Centre itself is a huge complex consisting of 19 high rise commercial buildings. One of the buildings has an observation deck called Top of the Rock. I liked the Rockerfeller Centre's Art Deco style murals. It also has a statue of Prometheus bringing fire to mankind, a statue of Atlas holding up the world, the statue lined Channel Gardens and when we were there 'Seated Ballerina' by Jeff Koons.

The Rockerfeller Centre Art Work.

The Rockerfeller Centre Art Work.

The Rockerfeller Centre Art Work.

The Rockerfeller Centre Art Work.

Prometheus and Seated Ballerina.

Prometheus and Seated Ballerina.

The Channel Gardens.

The Channel Gardens.

Atlas, Rockerfeller Centre.

Atlas, Rockerfeller Centre.

Across the road from the Rockerfeller Centre stands Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral of New York. This looks strange from the outside being surrounded by towering skyscrapers, but it is lovely inside.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

After this it was home and dinner on the East River again.

The East River looking towards Manhattan.

The East River looking towards Manhattan.

Posted by irenevt 21:24 Archived in USA

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