On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
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The Colors of NYC
No trip to NYC can ever be called complete without a trip to the city’s most famous (and iconic) building – the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, it stood as the tallest building in the world for over 40 years and is widely hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Even though it has now been surpassed as the tallest building in NYC (by the new One World Trade Center) its impact has remained undiminished. The simple fact is that the Empire State Building will never play second fiddle in the skyscraper stakes for it has transcended into something more, something cultural, something inspiring and something that represents everything great about NYC.
From miles away, as you approach the city, you’ll be able to pick out its towering spire that has become synonymous with the New York City skyline. However, there’s something that you’ve probably noticed, but never given much thought to – the fact that virtually every time you gaze upon the Empire State Building, it’s shaded in a different wash of color.
This tradition of lighting up the top of the building at night with floodlights started in 1964, and since this time has marked a variety of events including the 80th birthday of “Old Blue Eyes” (Frank Sinatra), when it was bathed in blue light to the royal colors of Purple and Gold to thank the UK for playing the Star Spangled Banner during the Changing of the Guard Ceremony following the September 11 attacks.
While the Empire State Building’s changing color scheme may seem like a small thing, it’s come to represent something much more. I’m sure you’ve all heard about that old adage of “lighting a candle in the window to help you find your way home”. Well, just consider this to be the city’s effort to help you find your way back – no matter where you might be.
Some of the colors displayed during 2012 include:
Blue / Blue / Blue
In celebration of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI Victory
Red / Pink / White
In honor of Valentine's Day
Green / Green / Green
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA
Red / White / Blue
In honor of Major League Baseball's Opening Day
Yellow / Yellow / Yellow
In honor of Opening Day at the US Open
Red / White / Red
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Where’s Waldo?
Orange / Black / White
In honor of Halloween
Red / Green / Green
In honor of Christmas
This is only a few of the color combinations seen in 2012. For a full list, go to the official Empire State Building website.
Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York…
Come on, you know the rest!