Upper East Side – Park Ave – Grand Central Terminal

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This is the Upper East Side, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of New York. The agglomeration of skyscrapers goes from the Midtown to, mostly, the Upper East Side and the height goes down progressively till Harlem in the north, where the Central Park ends. Inside this neighborhoods is the Fifth Avenue and other important arteries. I saw, particularly on this neighborhood, a considerable amount of buildings with french architecture, somehow unusual in the US and New York. It has a lot of buildings with an immense patrimonial heritage that it seems had their golden age in the beginning of the 20th century. There’s also new buildings being constructed at the time. Some of them use the advantages of the New York system, which consists in buying the airspace of the surroundings buildings in order to increase the height and at the same time put windows on all the facades. Later, I went to Park Avenue, with its boulevard connecting the south and the north of Manhattan. Below the avenue is the underground train who goes to the ground in the north of the city. The train was putted underground to allow the use of cars but also, as it’s been said, to sell the surrounding lands, which was a huge business for those involved. In the middle of Park Avenue is the Grand Central Terminal, one of the epic US train stations, used as a transport node for the train and the subway. It is as incredible as the old european stations and also somehow futurist for its time, with the bridges connecting it to the streets. It’s famously flanked by skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building and the MetLife, with its unique International Style design, who also once had the iconic PanAm logo on the last floors.

Este es el Upper East Side, de los barrios más exclusivos de Nueva York. La aglomeración de rascacielos del Midtown sigue hacia el Upper y baja en altura paulatinamente hacia Harlem en el norte, donde termina el Central Park. Pasa por él la Quinta Avenida y otras avenidas importantes. En este barrio en particular vi mucha arquitectura de influencia francesa, dentro de todo poco común en Estados Unidos y en Nueva York. Es una zona con muchos edificios de inmenso valor que se nota tuvo su época de oro a principios de siglo. Igualmente, hay edificios en construcción de bastante altura, los cuales usan el sistema neoyorkino de compra del espacio aéreo de los edificios circundantes para aumentar su altura y pudiendo de esa manera agregar ventanas en las caras laterales. Dejándome llevar y dando vueltas por el barrio, llegué a Park Avenue, una avenida con boulevard que une el sur y el norte de Manhattan. Abajo de la avenida pasa el tren que emerge en el norte. Éste fue soterrado para permitir el paso de autos y, se dice, para la venta de los terrenos que tiene alrededor. En el medio de su parte norte y su parte sur está la Grand Central Terminal, una de las grandes terminales ferroviarias estadounidenses que sirve como nodo de transporte para tren y subterráneo. Es igual de imponente que las estaciones europeas y hasta algo futurista para su tiempo por los puentes que la conectan. Es famosa por estar flanqueada por rascacielos como el Chrysler Building y en especial el MetLife de un International Style algo original que alguna vez tuvo el logo icónico de PanAm en los últimos pisos.

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