Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day 55, 5th Avenue, NYC, USA

We are thoroughly enjoying this aerial view of New Brenda points out famous landmarks to us.......

There is the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building and The World Trade Centre Site!

Where to next Brenda?

5th Avenue!

Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare and the section of Fifth A
venue between 34th Street and 59th Street is often ranked as one of the most expensive streets in the world.

Oh, yippee, Brenda is taking down 5th Avenue Midtown where the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center is situated.

Even though we were surrounded by so many other tall, tall buildings in Manhattan, there are quite a few places in the city where we could clearly see the distinctive top of the the Empire State building above the others.

The Empire State Building is an art deco style skyscraper that was the tallest man made structure in the world when it was opened in 1931.

Even today it's 110 stories still tower above the other skyscrapers of Manhattan.
More than 110 million people have taken in the awe-inspiring views from the observation decks of th
is most famous buildings on the New York skyline and of course we simply had to do so too!!

Movies such as King Kong, An Affair to Remember and of course Sleepless in Seattle have also immortalized the structure.

We took the elevator to the top and the views from the 102nd floor observation deck were simply beath-taking......
We could see the whole island of Manhattan and the other Burroughs of New Yo
rk as well as Central Park, and isn't that the Metropolitan Life Building? Wow!

Next stop.....Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City.
Built by the Rockefeller family, it is also home to NBC studios and Radio City Music Hall.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Oh, thanks for this tour Brenda, this is great.......there are over 200 shops here!!!

This outdoor cafe in summer

becomes an ice rink in winter so Brenda invited us back in winter so that we can enjoy the ice rink and Christmas tree


What is that golden sculpture Brenda???

The Prometheus Statue is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. After the Statue of Liberty, it is perhaps the most celebrated piece of artwork in America. Cast in bronze from the original model of the Prometheus Statue at Rockefeller Center, this Prometheus sculpture is gilded by hand in 24K gold leaf, and bears the sculptor's signature, P. Manship.

So who was Prometheus???

Nopi, the expert on Greek mythology, told us that Prometheus was a member of the earliest race of gods called Titans. The god Zeus plotted to destroy humanity by depriving the earth of fire.Prometheus, who had fashioned man out of clay, saved humanity by teaching man how to use fire. Thus, Prometheus became a champion of humanity and the first "sculptor" of man.

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