City Life

Favorite cities Skyscrapers New York City Other city links

  I was raised in a small town in Idaho (which accounts for my trusting nature and wholesome, "small-town" values) but I've spent most of my life in or near large cities. Since 1973 I have lived in greater Boston, and prior to that I lived in Seattle. I find cities stimulating, challenging, rewarding, and a never-ending source of things I love including knowledge, culture, and rich social opportunities. I strive for a sense of urban self-sufficiency and I am what you would call a real city aficionado.

This page started out as a section on my Favorites page, which is why it consists mostly of links. Most of these sites have photos of city life, including buildings and other structures. See Google maps and Panoramas under Favorite cities below for some spectacular views, and I highly recommend using Street View on Google Maps to see what a city really looks like.

 


Favorite cities

Google maps
Panoramas
  Here are some of the cities I have lived in or just spent time in that I really enjoy. You can see aerial photos of some of these cities at Aerial photos .
   Boston
I have lived in Metro-Boston since 1973. It is a great city with lots of American history. I love to walk around and see things I have heard about since I was a child.
My Boston page


   New York City
NYC, the "Big Apple," offers pretty much everything and never sleeps. Because Manhattan is laid out on a grid it is very easy to navigate.
My NYC section


   Seattle
I lived in the "U district", "Wallingford", and "Capitol Hill" neighborhoods in Seattle from 1968-1973. It is very hilly and beautiful, with many bodies of water.
My Seattle section


   Washington, DC  (see government links on the Favorites page)
Washington is one of my favorite places to visit, with all the Smithsonian museums, the grand government buildings, and the Mall. We generally stayed in the Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom areas when we were there because our son went to GW.
City of Washington, DC
A View on Cities - Washington
Washington DC photos – Elliott Teel Photography
Washington, DC--Stock Photos – by Keith Stanley
George Washington University (GW) – my son Ben graduated from there in 2011
Some aerial views
     View 1 – the White House and the Ellipse
     View 2 – showing the proximity of GW to the White House
     View 3 – showing the proximity of GW to the Kennedy Center and Watergate complex
Virtual Tour
Sightseeing map – click on the Bird's Eye view
National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Free Large Photos: Washington, DC
TrafficLand.com – Live Traffic Cams
See inside White House


   Amsterdam
Amsterdam is so charming, with all the canals and the thousands of bicyles (more bikes than cars). It is fairly compact and the trams are easy to get around on.
Amsterdam.nl
Amsterdam photos
Dan Heller Photography
Pictures of Amsterdam
Amsterdam pics
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum
Rembrandt House
panoramsterdam.com – Citymap kaart van Amsterdam panorama 360 view
WhyGo Amsterdam – lots of good info


   Paris
It would be difficult to exaggerate the good things you can say about Paris.
Mairie de Paris
Dan Heller Photography
Paris photos
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum
Versailles
Panoramiques des Monuments de Paris – 360° panoramic views
The Louvre 360°
[Notre-Dame de Paris] Panoramic views 360°


   London
London contains many fantastic sites including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and The London Eye.
The tube is a really good subway system, and you will be warned to "Mind the gap!"
City of London
Dan Heller Photography
London Pictures – by Keith Stanley
London Photos
Tower of London
The London Eye
Kensington Palace


   San Francisco
SF is one of the great American cities, and besides many visits I lived there in the summer of 1967 (the "Summer of Love").
City of San Francisco
A View on Cities - San Francisco
     San Francisco Buildings – photos & stats of individual buildings
Dan Heller Photography
S.F.Heart
Scenic San Francisco – Pictures, Panoramas
San Francisco Victorian Home Walk
Ken Adelman's coastal aerial views
Photos from Free Large Photos: Aerial Views
     A view including the Golden Gate Bridge and part of the Bay Bridge
     Downtown, with Golden Gate Park and the Presidio in background
     Downtown and a portion of the Bay Bridge
     Golden Gate Park
     Golden Gate Park
     Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County
     Marin County
Some S.F. photos from a 2005 trip


   Toronto
I have only visited but I love Toronto.
City of Toronto
CN Tower
Toronto Attractions
Toronto photos
Torontowide.com
Worldisround.com - A weekend in Toronto


   Chicago
One of the interesting things about Chicago is that like all the cities on the Great Lakes you think you are at the ocean when you are there.
City of Chicago
A View on Cities - Chicago – many photos and descriptions of the city and its buildings
     Chicago Buildings – photos & stats of individual buildings
You know you're from Chicago when... – from an email


   Atlanta
I have visited several times and lived there briefly in the summer of 1967.
City of Atlanta
Atlanta Magazine
Atlanta Photos by Consultwebs


   Los Angeles
One of the great and famous cities in the U.S.
City of Los Angeles
Architectural Photo Galleries – downtown 1818-1939, the historic core
Los Angeles Photos and Pictures
Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour – USC Department of Geography
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Skyscrapers and other urban structures
  Here are some links relating to my fascination with mankind's great architectural and engineering achievements, especially tall buildings.

The History of Skyscrapers
Building BIG – from PBS
The World's Best Skylines
How Skyscrapers Work
Skyscraper Picture Collection – from many cities and countries
galinsky – people enjoying buildings worldwide
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Great Buildings Online
Great Structures of the World
Glass, Steel, and Stone – architecture of the world
How Skyscrapers Work – from HowStuffWorks.com
Hong Kong - The City of Nights (Lights)
World City Photos
The Skyscraper Web Ring
Great Buildings and Structures
The Skyscraper Museum
SkyscraperPage.com
Tallest Buildings in the United States
Skyscrapers.com – the most extensive skyscraper resource on the web
The High-Rise Pages – your online guide to the tallest buildings in the world!
structurae: International Database and Gallery of Structures
Skyscrapers Collection – stats for North American metro areas
World's Tallest Buildings
Federation of High-Rise Websites
    
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New York City
  I have always been a fan of The Big Apple, the ultimate American urban experience. I used to work for a company in Boston that had an office in Manhattan located at the intersection of Broadway, 5th Avenue, and 23rd St. (Madison Square), which is also the location of the visually delightful Flatiron Building (see Google Maps Street View ¹). When I went to New York on business I would stay in a company-owned, mid-town condo, and I always found it exhilarating to get up in the morning and walk down 5th Avenue past the Empire State Building to the office.
NYC.gov – the official New York City website
     NYC Visitors Bureau – the official tourism website
NYCvisit.com
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
World Financial Center
Grand Central Terminal
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
New York City Graffiti @149st
New York City Subway Resources
City Lore
NYC Street Smarts
NYCRoads.com – New York area roads, crossings, and exits
Gothamist: New York City news, events, food, and fun
Worm Your Way Through the Big Apple
New York City - Wikipedia
 
     Neighborhoods, boroughs, & maps
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City of Neighborhoods
List of Manhattan neighborhoods
Manhattan neighborhood Map
Big Think - Manhattan neighbourhoods
Times Square
NYC Subway Map
Queens for a Day – a great Washington Post article on Queens
If It's Noon, It Must Be Bed-Stuy – a tour of all 5 boroughs in a single day
Must See New York - Maps
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
     Guss' Pickles – a landmark
CityRealty's Neighborhood Guide
Google Maps Street View – looking south in Times Square

     City photos, architecture, and more

Manhattan Photos – the results of a Google search
New York City Skyscrapers
     Downtown Manhattan from the air – identify downtown buildings with mouse
     Midtown from the Empire State Building – identify downtown buildings with mouse
A View on Cities - New York – many photos and descriptions of the city and its buildings
     New York City Buildings – photos & stats of individual buildings
NewYork.com – some great views and links
A magnified satellite view of lower Manhattan (pre-9/11)
Wired New York – a great picture site
     Manhattan aerial views
Virtual New York: NYC Panoramas Map
Free Large Photos: New York City
New York City Skyscrapers – from Skyscraper Picture Collection
New York City, October 2001 – great photos and travel journal by Keith Stanley
Aerials Only Photo Gallery of New York and New Jersey
Dan Heller Photography
SMurphy's NYC Skyscraper Photos – individual buildings by address and name
Manhattan Neighborhoods Photo Gallery by Hubert Steed
©New York – many photos and panoramas
New Yorkled - NYC's Informational/Pictorial Magazine
Architecture of New York City
New York City Skyscrapers
NYC's Tallest Buildings
New York Architecture Images – includes other cities
Aerial Photography New York City Photographers
New York City Aerial and Panoramic photography by artist Rafael Rivera
Lower Manhattan Aerials – photos by Jake Wyman
Fly'in Phils's Photos – some nice aerials
New York Offices – this is a commercial site with some great photos and maps
Aerial Virtual Tour on NYC
NYC Historical Photos
    
     World Trade Center
Freedom Tower
MY_WTC – a wonderful collection of photos assembled by a couple in Berlin—I posted here
NOVA | Building on Ground Zero | PBS – includes NIST study results, the towers' design, and a fascinating survivor's story
CNN streaming videos
     1st plane hits North Tower, firemen video
     2nd plane hits South Tower
Ground Zero
America Remembers
WTC Proposals
September 11 · A Memorial
Special Report: Day of Terror
3-D Inter-Active Map of Damage
Aerial Views
New York's World Trade Center, a Living Archive – author Eric Darton's site
The September 11 Digital Archive – Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001
Time.com 9/11 photo essays
Twin-Towers.net – memorial with photos videos & news archive of the 9/11 attack
9112001.net – Videos, Photographs, Petitions, Polls, Audios
GIS Community: Response to Terrorist Attack – includes some great aerial views of Manhattan
Space Imaging - Gallery – before & after aerial views of the attack sites
World Trade Center Damage Summary
Historic Buildings in the WTC Vicinity – with information about their current status
Twin Towers Tenants
Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse? – Science, Engineering, and Speculation
Images of the World Trade Center, by Yamasaki
New York Metro - World Trade Center: 1973-2001
Great Buildings Online - WTC
A letter to President Bush – I received this chain letter after 9/11
 
     Webcams and Videos
Traffic Web Cams - NYC DOT
EarthCam - New York City
     Times Square Cam – also live streaming video
     Stock Exchange Cam
     Ground Zero Cam
     USS Intrepid Cam
Google video: Wide shot aerial over Manhattan
Google video: Manhattan + Brooklyn Bridges with NYC in background – more under Related videos
 
     History
The New-York Historical Society
The Gotham Center for New York City History
The Museum of the City of New York
New York City & Its History – from Columbia University
 

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Other city links
U.S. Cities
Carfree Cities
Cities.com – cities of the world - city guides database
Worldwide Directory of Cities and Towns
State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS)
Historic Cities: Maps & Documents
A View on Cities
Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow – from the United Nations CyberSchoolBus
City-Data.com – stats about all US cities - relocation info, maps, etc.
cityscapes photos at PBase.com
CityPass – the site has some nice videos of places to see in each city
UrbanRail.net – city railways around the world

¹ Click on Street View to see actual location.