Well, I think a few people enjoyed my last post. That was merely the introduction. The New York City region I am working on is 70 large cities! I have barely even begun. Warning!!! I am only loosely basing this city off of the real New York City, so not everything will be one hundred percent accurate. I want it to be realistic, but I want to exercise my own creativity, too, and I tend to lean towards grandiose urban planning. I think on the outskirts I will try more natural, and lower density, development. Here is a map of the region thus far, showing only the developed areas.
The area in the first post was actually from the second city I founded on Manhattan Island, which I named Chelsea after one of the neighborhoods there. Ironically, Chelsea is about the only neighborhood in the city of Chelsea that does not exist yet: it belongs in the green expanse in the north west of the map. The first city on Manhattan was Battery Park City, right on the tip of the island.
Short of removing the industry from the city, which I am not ready to do until I develop some periphery, density in Battery Park City is already near its maximum, and the entire map is covered. The population of BPC is just over 400,000.
This is the heart of the financial district. The NYSE is in the picture, but because of all the tall buildings, it can not be seen.
In this picture, you can see the NYSE, just barely, in the lower left of the picture.
This is a picture of the main library, which sits across from a sunken plaza.
And here is a picture of the Battery Park City "Blue Jays'" Stadium and the North Cove Marina. Right next to it is the Blue Jays' Hall of Fame.
This is an urban cathedral on Christmas night,
and New Year's Eve fireworks over a cruise ship in port on the southern tip of the island.
The peristyle sits at the end of the the Brooklyn Bridge, which leads over the East River. There are many parks and public amenities along the waterfront, including the aquarium, and Founder's Park, dedicated to your's truly, from whence my statue gazes out across the river.
The largest airport in the region is the regional hub here in Battery Park City, though it is actually on the Brooklyn side of the East River, and not actually on Manhattan. The airport was originally there, but now it has been converted to an Air Force base.
To be honest, I have no idea how the aircraft take off or land here. You would need a Harrier to get over the buildings.
These are the mansions on Governor's Island. No governor lives here, but the mayor's residence is right on the waterfront, facing the Manhattan skyline.
This is the Battery Park City Beach and Public Pool. It is actually across the street from the Opera House, just out of the picture frame.
Commencement Day at New York University. There is also a game on at the stadium. At the top of the photo is the Lever Building, a famous New York landmark, although not in its proper location (it happened to grow there, so I made it a historical landmark). I just realized that the stupid driving mission things barged in to my photo. Does anyone know a way to just turn those things off entirely?
Space Shuttle liftoff!!!
This is the new, expanded Museum of Science and Technology. The old museum campus is visible just below it in the picture.
Well, the mayor is tired and needs some rest, but as soon as I have more to share, I will post an update. I would like to start discussing strategy as I go along, but I wanted to bring the journal up to date with what I have created thus far. Hope you enjoy it!