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Monday, June 12, 2006

Canyon Land

At the bottom-most tip of Manhattan begins a long stretch of skyscraper canyons created by the narrow shafts of space between rows of extremely tall buildings. New York City is built on layers of bedrock. Manhattan schist is the most common and is what allows skyscrapers to be built. In lower Manhattan and midtown, where the schist is close to the surface, you find concentrations of tall buildings (in other areas like the village, the bedrock is too deep to make getting to it practical). For many, these skyscrapers symbolize NYC and create its distinctive skyline. This photo was taken at the exit from the Staten Island Ferry terminal at State Street near Battery Park, where there are also ferries to other locations such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island. Downtown has the greatest mix of the early skyscrapers with the ultramodern. There is now a new Skyscraper Museum at Battery Park City.

12 comments:

Kala said...

the large image of this post is amazing - the reflections and colors can only be fully appreciated by clicking on image to view the large version!

Jazzy said...

What a great view you got in this picture.

Rob said...

Nice view. Does any sunlight get into the streets?

luggi said...

Had no idea about Manhattan schist. VERY interesting.

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Brian said...

Certain streets like Wall Street do stay pretty overcast, but because the streets are not on a grid that far downtown it depends on the direction they go, some get sun certain times of day. The newer buildings have a lot of glass that reflects light back and forth which brightens the atmosphere.

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