4 Days in New York City - 9/8 - 9/11

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Day 4 - Streets of New York City - 9/11/13

St. Patrick cathedral

 St. Patrick's Cathedral is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan.  St Patrick Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and is a prominent landmark of New York City with over five million visitors of every different nationality and faith.

In 2012 Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, the incumbent Archbishop of New York, announced that the Cathedral would undergo a massive five-year, three-phase, $175 million renovation because of crumbling bricks, faulty heating, acid rain, and pollution that has eaten away part of the marble of the facade of the 135-year-old church. Early donors and grants from the Archdiocese and the Trustees of the Cathedral have already raised $45 million for the first phase, which began in late March of 2013. This involves repairing, restoring, and cleaning the soot-covered exterior, and an extensive cleaning of the outside and inside surfaces of the stained glass windows. The Cathedral will remain open during the renovations and work will pause during Masses.

As you can see renovations are in progress.

This is the entrance on Fifth Avenue

Side entrance door with antique door

Lots of construction going on...

The interior was designed in the style of English churches. The ornate Lady Chapel was constructed in 1900 after a design by Charles T. Mathews, complete with magnificent stained glass windows crafted in England and added gradually over the next 25 years.

 Even with construction going on it does not stop people from coming and pray.


The Altar

Close view at the Altar and on top you can see the magnificent stained glass windows.


Off the side of the altar you can see a statue of La pietà created in 1906 by American sculptor William O. Partridge is three times bigger than Michelangelo's pietà in the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.


Praying area.

Our Lady of Czestochowa praying area.


Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue

Trump Tower is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The Trump Tower is the 55th tallest building in New York City.

Rising 664 feet above 5th Avenue between East 56th and East 57th streets, Trump Tower was completed in 1983 as the tallest all-glass structure in Manhattan. The office and retail entrance is on Fifth Avenue and the residential entrance is on 56th Street.

Trump Tower is the setting of the NBC television show The Apprentice including the famous boardroom where at least one person will be fired at the end of each episode.

The Atrium with lots of retail stores

Dramatic and lovely waterfall in the Atrium.

If you watch the Apprentice you definitely will recognize this waterfall.

I was told that Trump Bar offers a variety of specialty cocktails but it was too early to drink.


Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury goods department store on Fifth Avenue.

 The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman.

Bergdorf is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus, which is owned by the private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus.


Inside the store- Chanel corner.

The store is really beautiful.

Apple Store on Fifth avenue

The Apple store on 5th avenue Live up to its “Think Different” motto.   The store is a subterranean store with a 32-foot-tall glass cube across from the Plaza.

The place is full of tourists and local coming to browse the latest from Apple.


This the side view of the store - Pretty avant garde design.


Once you walk in the cube you have to descend via a floating spiral staircase to a bright, sprawling space crammed full of laptops, Bose sound docks, and iPod phones, etc.....


Floating spiral staircase - Pretty cool!

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