New York: Sight and Sound – IV

Built in 1915, the Brooklyn Bridge, a hybrid suspension bridge, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) spans the East River between Manhattan Island and Brooklyn on Long Island and was opened on May 24, 1883. The Bridge has an elevated promenade open to pedestrians and cyclists in the center of the bridge, located 18 feet (5.5 m) above the automobile lanes. During the 2003 blackouts, many crossing the bridge reported a swaying motion. The higher-than-usual pedestrian load caused this swaying, which was amplified by the tendency of pedestrians to synchronize their footfalls with a sway. There have been several notable jumpers from the Brooklyn Bridge; it has developed a reputation as a suicide bridge due to the number of jumpers who do so intending to kill themselves, though exact statistics are difficult to ascertain.

Quench thirst after a long walk on the bridge.
Little Italy has become more of a bustling tourist destination.You can glimpse some of the restaurants and bars made famous by gangsters and members of the Rat Pack and also an opportunity to enjoy delicious imported Italian specialties.

Because of the Covid-19 the restaurants are on the road now!

An architectural landmark:

The Empire State Building

A high end Brand Name:

The Soho Shopping Complex

In India dhabas are truck stops, roadside joints famous for hot spicy meals eaten sitting on cots. The food at Dhaba is lively, with complex and subtle flavors. Though not in the same rudimentary state, we did find one in New York, whose culinary skills were quite native.

Sarson ka Saag and Makkai Ki Roti; delicious!

Thus ended the sojourn in New York. Heading for Boston! At last I can stretch my legs and travel in comfort!

The Grand Central

No wonder the New Yorkers say so openly:

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