Midtown Manhattan

If you divide up my walk to work every morning based on… I’m not sure what… geography, let’s say, then there are three sections: the Avenue C section; the East River section, and the First Avenue section.

Each of these sections has its own subsections, which are not as important, but which I will describe anyway.

Avenue C Section (C Section — Get it?!): This starts on Avenue D and East 4th Street and runs up Avenue C to FDR Drive. Its subsection dividing line is East 13th Street. Up to this point, the east side is residential. At 13th Street, where the Con Ed substation is, it’s no longer residential on the east side of the walk, and Stuyvesant Town on the west, even though it’s residential, looks industrial.

East River Section: This starts at the entrance to the FDR and continues up the East River to the 37th Street Esplanade Park, that I’ve already shown. The subsections here are from the FDR entrance to the United Nations International School (UNIS), UNIS to the heliport, and the heliport to the 37th Street Esplanade Park. Reasons: in subsection 1, I walk along the river; in subsection 2, I am away from the river, in front of and under the UNIS/Waterside housing complex until I emerge just below the heliport at 34th Street; and in subsection 3, I am under the FDR to the 37th Street Esplanade Park. It’s here that I took my photo The Enumerators.

First Avenue Section: This starts at the exit point of the East River Section, up First Avenue to 45th Street, then across 45th Street. There really are no subsections, though I suppose the corner of First Avenue and 45th Street, where the U.S. State Department is building a fortress across from the United Nations, might be considered its own subsection. You’d think they were building a bank there, with all the defenses they’re erecting! I should take a picture of it.

This photo is in the First Avenue Section, between 40th and 41st Streets. Here you can see the rolling hills of Manhattan leading down to the FDR, on to the East River, U Thant Island in the middle of the river, and across to Greenpoint, Brooklyn and the luxury towers that are mostly unsold/unrented. I’ve heard that they are largely occupied by squatters these days.

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