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Re: Grand Central Terminal, New York (Where Gumbo Was #164)

GarryRF ·
Looks like you have a great liking for the good old days of the railroad. Loved the reference to the new complex - It was picking up steam in the 80s and 90s. Fascinating slice of architecture hidden away. But better a market hall than a memory.
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Re: Grand Central Terminal, New York (Where Gumbo Was #164)

DrFumblefinger ·
Love the history and old photos! Nice post!
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Re: Grand Central Terminal, New York (Where Gumbo Was #164)

PHeymont ·
And thanks to you, DrF, for suggesting it to me as a topic!
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Re: More WiFi in NYC Subway...soon...maybe.

Travel Rob ·
This is supposed to be the current list of stations with wireless and Wi-Fi service. http://www.nycsubwaywireless.com/ What I don't understand is if this a free service ,how exactly does Transit Wireless, make money ? Are the phone carriers paying for them? http://www.transitwireless.com...or-transit-agencies/
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Re: More WiFi in NYC Subway...soon...maybe.

PHeymont ·
Transit Wireless is a company formed for this project; it's owned by the phone and data carriers, which have paid part of the costs. The other revenue stream is the potential for advertising, and also sponsorships ("WiFi at this station is sponsored by...") Everything here seems to be a big to-do; we've been on lots of European systems that have had full service, including tunnels, for quite a while. We're also way behind on "train will arrive" signs, because the NYCTA way is to design from...
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Re: Places where nature has taken over

PHeymont ·
Walking through wooded areas in rural New England (including in park land), it's not uncommon to come on foundations or other evidence of human occupation, and we're not talking paleolithic! Industrialization, urbanization and westward expansion lowered population levels in rural New England in the later 1800s, and today more of New England is covered in forest than at the time of the American Revolution! Old farmsteads, mills, even villages just disappeared.
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Re: Places where nature has taken over

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent observation, PHeymont. I notice the same when hiking through the forests in the west. Log cabins, old mines -- mostly all gone and taken over by nature.
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Re: Nov. 8, 2018: Milano Centrale railway station

PHeymont ·
Actually, in passenger traffic, it's listed here as #8 in passenger traffic. Perhaps it's #1 in mainline traffic? Certainly #1 Gare du Nord and Gare de Chatelet, both in Paris, have heavy concentrations of commuter and regional passengers.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18, 2015: The Conservancy Gardens NYC

PHeymont ·
Quite a surprise! I can't believe, for all the time I've spent in New York parks, that I completely missed these. Thanks for the introduction! Do you know who the sculptor was? I'm reminded a bit of Carl Milles.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

DrFumblefinger ·
Estimated construction costs of $3.6 billion.... Shall we start a pool on what the real costs will end up being? I'd guess double that.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
So you're taking the low end of the pool? LOL! Actually, there is a smallish incentive to keep the cost low as possible, because the consortium's $2.5 billion share is meant to be made back out of operating profits once the terminal is open. So, if they run the cost up, it will take them longer to get their money back. On the other hand, my guess at the scenario is that they'll have arranged for most of any overrun to come from PA or state funds...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. That is absolutely excellent advice. I hope that most people were wise enough to take your advice. Many of my best trip memories are made of such stuff. Thank you so much, PHeymont, for this walk in the park. It is just what my jangled nerves needed today.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I suspect a walk in the park is a habit acquired over time and familiarity with a place. I have a feeling, too, that the urge to go at top speed is the initial and overriding one. Or is it years and not travel experience that slows us down enough for such places to finally come into focus? Looking back over the decades I think maybe it's the latter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think people's perspectives and priorities change with time. For example, I care little about a bar or nightlife scene in most of my destinations nowadays; that mattered more to me when I was much younger. I have always loved walking in parks because of the beautiful gardens, etc. But I think i'm much more into people watching in these places than I used to be. One of my favorite places to visit is the provincial park a short block from my home. It's grand to go for a walk in it, see...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
Maybe travel advice of the very concrete sort then, hotels, trains, etc. is the most satisfying for all concerned. A suggestion to slow down just may not compute, something for each of us to discover on our own. So PHeymont may be preaching to the choir...may he continue.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Good advice is good advice. People can accept it or ignore it. I'm all for freedom of choice. But sometimes an alternative needs to be presented in a clear way, as PHeymont has nicely done in this piece.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I don't disagree. Just pointing out the nature of human beings and, like world peace, we can wish for it while not actually expecting everyone to join in. But lessons are learned from war too and how would we feel about every tourist in town flocking to OUR park.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
I've mentioned in other pages that I love wide open spaces - like the State Delaware Park - but the designer of New York Central Park rung a Bell with me. Frederick Olmsted came to Liverpool to check out the "Peoples Garden" and he wrote in 1850 : "Five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
It is clear that the "dumb" animals always seem to know the best places to hang out. We can never have enough parks. Nice to read that Frederick Olmsted also knew a good park when he saw one. Thanks for that info GarryRF
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Garry's note about Olmsted's travels (and he was quite a traveler) set me off on a quick look to find the park he was referring to (which I didn't; apparently "people's garden" was a description rather than a name?) and found that Liverpool has more parks and especially top-class parks than any British city besides London. The article also mentioned that for reasons of health—and keeping social unrest down—the city commissioners set out on a park-building spree starting about 1833. Many...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Even a certain similarity of shape...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
Another Park from the 1850s. People would escape Liverpool for the day and travel north to Hesketh Park. 20 minutes on the train. This is taken in Mid-Winter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Grouchy Gumbo: The last pic is of my cousin Priscilla, who lives in Prospect Park. I see that you gave her a little gnosh. Not that she needs it. She seems to be putting on a little extra "winter coat" this year. She has a fine home. I would really like to visit the park sometime. Grouchy, I'm curious how a squirrel manages long distance travel to visit relatives. Maybe you can enlighten us mere mortals.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 7th, 2014: Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York

PHeymont ·
You won't find me eating oysters there (or anywhere!) but I've always loved the Guastavini tile ceilings. Not only gorgeous, but a lot like stepping back into another time in the station (Jack Finney fans will know what I mean...)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 7th, 2014: Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York

DrFumblefinger ·
There's more than oysters at this restaurant, one of my favorites in New York as well. Excellent seafood selection as well.
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Look east! Gallery re-examines East German interior decor

PHeymont ·
A glittering new gallery in Berlin, just off Karl-Marx-Allee, is taking a new look at mid-century design in the former German Democratic Republic, along with contemporary design from elsewhere in the East bloc and the west.   East German (and...
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May 24, 2017: Seattle Central Library, Washington

Samantha ·
A visit with Samantha to Seattle's architectural and cultural gem.
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April 19, 2020: A Walk in Central Park

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L Walked past the Central Park lake and took some photos
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Mercado Central, San Jose

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the Central Market in the Costa Rican capital. It's a large market, covering a square block, with lots of things to buy.
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New York City in the time of COVID

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour on Manhattan at the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Calgary's Central Library (Where Gumbo was #346)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the new Central Library in Downtown Calgary. A popular building, it opened to the public almost one year ago.
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December 10, 2019: Education is the New Buffalo, Calgary

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares photos of an interesting work of art he discovered while exploring Calgary's new Central Library.
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February 2, 2020: Post-Holiday restocking

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a winter walk near and in Central Park.
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NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
New York's Laguardia Airport, my favorite (but it don't get no respect) has taken a big step toward its major upgrade with the selection of a developer consortium that will design, build and operate a new terminal to handle double the passengers with...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18, 2015: The Conservancy Gardens NYC

Jonathan L ·
  Up near the Northern end of Central Park is an oft forgotten gem - The Conservancy Gardens.  These 3 gardens are 6 acres of formality in what is often an area of the park that has been allowed to grow close to natural.   The Gardens...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 20, 2015: Central Aguirre, Salinas Puerto Rico

Jonathan L ·
  For many years growing sugar was the main industry in Puerto Rico. It has left many abandoned plantations in its wake. But Aguirre Central goes way beyond a plantation.   Aguirre was a company town. And its purpose was refining sugar. The...
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Chinese ice cream truck visits NYC

PHeymont ·
An unusual sight late last month, this Chinese ice cream truck was parked in New York's Flatiron district, giving out samples of Chinese-style ice cream as part of a tourism promotion for Hangzhou Province. The flavors included Sweet Olive and...
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Places where nature has taken over

DrFumblefinger ·
Many of us think of man as "dominating and destroying the world", to the point where we forget how resilient nature is.  Came across this interesting photo essay from Telegraph Travel on places nature has come back.  Well worth a look, I...
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Central India, Pt.4: Mandu

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's journey in central India continues, this week with a stop in beautiful Mandu, with visits to palaces, stepwells and monuments. Be sure you follow the good professor's travels!
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Central India, Pt.7: Ajanta

Professorabe ·
This week Professor Abe takes us to the fantastic Buddhist cave monuments cut into the rocks of the Sahyadri hills. The caves were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
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June 27, 2018: German Fleckvieh (Simmental) Cows

Samantha ·
Samantha shares a few of the many pictures she took of the brown and white German Fleckvieh (Simmental) cows.
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June 17, 2018: Grand Central Terminal (not Station)

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes gives us a peek at one of the grand old train terminals
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Central India, Pt.2: Orchha

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe visits the town of Orchha in Central India, including its impressive Raja Mahal and Jahangir Mahal palaces.
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Central India, Pt.6: Aurangabad and environs

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's travels in Central India continue, this week in Aurangabad where he finds (among other travel gems) an amazing replica of the iconic Taj Mahal, a nice assortment of surviving historic city gates, and Aurangabad Caves, rock-cut Buddhist temples dating from the 6th and 7th century.
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Central India, Part 8: Ellora

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's informative and educational series on visiting Central India concludes this week with a visit to Ellora, another of Maharashtra's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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May 20, 2018: Oak Bridge, Central Park, New York

Jonathan L ·
An early spring walk in Central Park takes Jonathan L through some of the most picturesque parts of the Park.
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Comrade Bob in the Steps of Tamerlaine

Amateuremigrant ·
Comrade Bob (did you know it means 'bean' in Russian?) Cranwell recalls a visit to Uzbekistan back in the waning days of the Soviet empire.
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Central India, Pt.1: Gwalior

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe shares the magnificent sights of Gwalior, including some magnificent temples and palaces.
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Central India, Pt.5: Maheshwar

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's journey through Central India takes us to the charming city of Maheshwar, on the north bank of the Narmada, one of India's seven holy rivers.
 
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