5 HOURS IN NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 2013
 
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a Charles Fernandez production
 
   
     
 

Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall, World Trade Center and Memorial, Wall Street, Staten Island ferry, Chinatown, and Little Italy. 4 Boroughs, by plane, train, subway, cab, ferry, and on foot with Alessio Gargaro and Fabio Postiglione.

 
     
 

The Brooklyn Bridge is a bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States.

Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. By Wikipedia.

 
 
The Brooklyn Bridge, viewed from Manhattan.
     
 

New York City Hall is located at the center of City Hall Park in the Civic Center area of Lower ManhattanNew York City, between BroadwayPark Row, and Chambers Street. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. While the Mayor's Office is in the building, the staff of thirteen municipal agencies under mayoral control are located in the nearby Manhattan Municipal Building, one of the largest government buildings in the world.

Constructed from 1810 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both its exterior (1966) and interior (1976) are designated New York City landmarks. By Wikipedia.

 
 
New York City Hall
     
 

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (branded as 9/II Memorial and 9/II Memorial Museum) is the principal memorial and museum commemorating the September 11 attacks of 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six. 

The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, on the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the attacks. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation was renamed the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in 2007. By Wikipedia.

 
 
The completed memorial with the museum and surrounding WTC buildings.
     
 

Wall Street is the financial district of New York City,[2] named after and centered on the eight-block-long, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) long street running from Broadway to South Street on the East River in Lower Manhattan. Over time, the term has become a metonymfor the financial markets of the United States as a whole, the American financial sector (even if financial firms are not physically located there), or signifying New York-based financial interests. It is the home of the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies. 

Several other major exchanges have or had headquarters in the Wall Street area, including NASDAQ, the New York Mercantile Exchange, the New York Board of Trade, and the former American Stock Exchange.

Anchored by Wall Street, New York City is one of the world's principal financial centers . By Wikipedia.

 
 
The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, the world's largest stock exchange per totalmarket capitalization of its listed companies
     
 

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry service operated by the New York City Department of Transportation that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.

The ferry departs Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall TerminalSouth Ferry, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park. On Staten Island, the ferry arrives and departs from St. George Ferry Terminal on Richmond Terrace, near Richmond County Borough Hall and Richmond County Supreme Court. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Staten Island Ferry is quite a reliable form of mass transit, with an on-time performance of over 96 percent. The Staten Island Ferry has been a municipal service since 1905, and currently carries over 21 million passengers annually on the 5.2-mile (8.4 km) run. By Wikipedia.

 
 
Staten Island Ferry
     
 

Chinatown, Manhattan, home to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere, is located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, USA, bordering the Lower East Side to its east and Little Italy to its north.

With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Manhattan's Chinatown is also one of the oldest ethnic Chineseenclaves outside of Asia, with most of its residents now MandarinMin, or Cantonese-speaking and originating from various regions of China. It is one of seven Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City and nine in the New York City Metropolitan Area, which contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, enumerating 682,265 individuals as of the 2010 United States Census; the remaining Chinatowns are located in the boroughs of Queens (three) and Brooklyn (three) and in Nassau County, all on Long Island in New York State, as well as in EdisonNew Jersey. By Wikipedia.

 
 
At Canal Street in Chinatown, looking down Mott Street
     
 

Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants. Little Italy on Mulberry Street extends as far south as Canal Street, as far north as Kenmare St, as far west as Lafayetteand as far east as Bowery. It borders ChinatownBoweryNoLita, and SoHo.

Little Italy originated as Mulberry Bend. Jacob Riis described Mulberry Bend as "the foul core of New York’s slums." Bill Tonelli New York magazine said "Once, Little Italy was like an insular Neapolitan village re-created on these shores, with its own language, customs, and financial and cultural institutions." Little Italy was not the largest Italian neighborhood in New York City, as East Harlem (as Italian Harlem) had a larger Italian population. Tonelli said that Little Italy "was perhaps the city’s poorest Italian neighborhood"

By Wikipedia.

 
 
Little Italy in Manhattan one hour after the Italian national football team won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
     
     
 

Italian Harlem was the name that was given to East Harlem in the New York City borough of Manhattan, when it was largely inhabited by an Italian American population. It was also the first part of Manhattan to be called "Little Italy".

Today most of the former Italian population is gone, and the neighborhood has become known as Spanish Harlem because of its large Hispanic population.  By Wikipedia.

 
     
 
Patsy's Pizzeria is one of the few remnants of Italian Harlem.
     
     
 

Arthur Avenue is a street in the Fordham section of New York City's northernmost boroughThe Bronx. It was once the heart of the Bronx's "Little Italy".

"Little Italy" generally refers to Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street. Although the historical and commercial center of Little Italy is Arthur Avenue itself, the area stretches across East 187th Street from Arthur Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and is similarly lined with delis, bakeries, cafes and various Italian merchants. Arthur Avenue and Morris Park are viewed as the Bronx's primary Italian-American communities. By Wikipedia.

 
     
 
Arthur Avenue pushcarts in 1940.
     
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