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Queens By Bike, and NYC From the Air - Riffs and Licks
steelbrassnwood
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Queens By Bike, and NYC From the Air
I rode out to the Queens Museum yesterday to see the second of the three Robert Moses exhibits (and folks, I know eyes tend to glaze over when urban planning comes up, but these are great). This one focuses on Moses' good side, his early projects to build parks and pools and playgrounds, including the incredible summer of 1936 when he opened a new pool every week of the summer, all magnificent palaces that remain jewels of the city's park system.

And with just a few minutes remaining, we visited the reopened New York City Panorama, the scale model of the city built by Moses for the second world's fair.




Central Park
Central Park
Midtown
Midtown
Downtown
Downtown
Last time I saw the Panorama, it had not been updated to show the World Financial Center where I used to work. And it still has the Twin Towers and the rest of the World Trade Center.
Brooklyn
Brooklyn
The Manhattan Bridge, left, and the Brooklyn Bridge, right; follow Flatbush Avenue from the Manhattan Bridge straight up to Prospect Park.
My Neighborhood
My Neighborhood
My building's on the Panorama. There are three large apartment buildings to the left of Grand Army Plaza (the green oval just below the park). Below and to their right you'll see a set of smaller brick apartment buildings. Mine is one of those.
Staten Island
Staten Island
The North Shore of Staten Island, and the Verrazano Bridge connecting it to Brooklyn. At the top of the picture is Coney Island.
Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge
Brooklyn again, with Fort Hamilton and Dyker Park in the foreground.
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Almost exactly as old as I am, and my second favorite bridge in the city.

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harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: April 22nd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Way cool! Questions: When did Robert Moses die? Have they added features to the panorama as they were added to the landscape of the five boroughs to keep it current? What's your favorite bridge? I love the V-Z, personally.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 22nd, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Moses died in 1981, but he fell out of power more than a decade earlier, in the late 1960s. The panorama looks to have been updated last in the early 1990s: it shows the World Financial Center, completed in the late 1980s, but not the new building for the NY Merc, which was completed in the mid-1990s.

I do love the Verrazano, but the Brooklyn Bridge is my favorite. If for no other reason than that you can walk or bike across it; Moses refused to allow access for anything but cars to the V-Z.
larrondo From: larrondo Date: April 23rd, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can walk/bike across the Manhattan too, which has a certain rusty charm too.

So these exhibits on Moses don't run concurrently, do they? What was the first and what will be the last? It seems like a great topic.
larrondo From: larrondo Date: April 23rd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just looked at the link and it answered my questions. Sounds great.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 23rd, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a great topic and they are running concurrently. And yes, you can walk/ride over lots of bridges including ones Moses built (eg, the Triborough). I was just comparing the Brooklyn vs. the V-Z.
larrondo From: larrondo Date: April 23rd, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I know you knew that. I just wanted to add a shout out for my favorite bridge, too. :)
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