Bryant Park. Note that reservoir in lieu of the NYPL.
It would be a fun adventure to find one of these old school switch stations.
In 2005, at a kitchen-size relay room in the Chambers Street station in Lower Manhattan, a fire destroyed hundreds of antique switches and circuits, nearly crippling two subway lines for months and disrupting the commutes of 580,000 New Yorkers. It could happen again tomorrow. The subway system has about 480 relay rooms, 25 of which still use technology that was in place when the subway opened in 1904. Only two companies in the world can repair the antiquated signals, which help locate trains in the tunnels. In 2005, it could have been worse: officials said the room that caught fire was one of the least critical in the system.
Checked out the abandoned City Hall subway station as part of a New York City Transit Museum tour. Since closing on New Years Eve 1945, the station has remained basically untouched. You can also check it out by staying on the downtown 6 train after the last stop at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. Before heading back uptown, the 6 gives a glimpse of the station. More info here.
Check out the map of the ship graveyard in Staten Island right by the dump.
I have always been fascinated by this NYC version of the bridge of the sighs located between Penn Station and Herald Square. Apparently, commerce is the engine of all things NYC: Full story from the Bowery Boys.
I have always found Justice Stevens the most logical and least political of the justices on the modern bench. His opinions were always eloquent, pointed and well argued. He will be missed. The New Yorker profile treatment here.
Why are these elegant beasts wasting away on the Red Hook piers? Apparently, Bob Diamond, the urban spelunker behind the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (a Must See!), was planning on resurrecting the Brooklyn Trolley under the rubric the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association. Sadly, his grand scheme has lost steam.