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New York, New York

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In August 1981 I flew to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to visit a friend who had just moved to the Greater New York area to take his first job out of college.

It was a busy weekend that included an NFL game at the the Meadowlands between the Giants and Jets on Saturday night — it was an exhibition game — and a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

We saw the Yanks shutout the Kansas City Royals 8-0. Interesting, all three games in that series were shutouts with KC blanking the Bronx Bombers 4-0 on Friday and the Yanks winning 5-0 on Saturday.

We fit in a visit to the Empire State Building where I made this image of Manhattan. It was my first and I believe only visit to the observatory atop what for many years was New York’s tallest building.

This image was scanned from a faded slide. I was able to restore some of the color in Photoshop. It doesn’t look as good as it did, but I’m reasonably satisfied with the restoration that I was able to do.

The view is looking northeastward and features the Chrysler Building and the former Pan Am Building in the upper left-hand corner.

Back in 1981 I was younger and more impressionable. It was not my first time in New York, but was my first true visit. New York City is the type of place that it helps to have a friend show you around even if the friend is himself new to the city.

As for the view, well you only get a view such as this in New York. Other cities offer similar views and perhaps some that are just as breathtaking.

But this is New York. What else can I say? What else needs to be said?

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