What fun! It was a cloud-free, hot summer’s day but a gentle cooling breeze guided us gently through the steel girders and artfully strung cables that make the Brooklyn Bridge the icon it is today. Great views across the East River and NYC’s downtown skyline, framed by the lines and squares of the bridge cables, made it quite thrilling, despite the heat haze. It’s only a 20-minute or so amble and was really worthwhile.
Here are the pics to prove that I was there…
Zooming in on the Manhattan Bridge through the heat haze
The Empire State through a shimmer of hot air
My love affair with architect Frank Gehry's buildings continues. I discovered this residential building is called Beekman Tower - 76 stories, with stainless steel ripples wrapping around the facade. He manages to make walls bend and curve with graceful ease. Here, Gehry said he was inspired by the drapery in Bernini's 17th-century marble sculptures.
This is another of Gehry's well-recognised buildings, the IAC building, resembling the filled sails of a sea vessel, as viewed from the Highline urban park - which once used to be a defunct elevated railway line. Today it has been transformed into a wonderful restrained, architectural, indigenous-planted walkway with benches, an amphitheatre suspended over the street and stylish lighting.