Today I bought two tickets to visit the observatories of the two most famous skyscrapers of the city: The Carmen Building and the McGuire Center. As I had read, it is one of the must do’s in the city. First of all I decided to go to The Carmen Building by subway. It is located on the southern side of the city and right in the centre. Since The Carmen Building has its own subway station it was easy to get to. The subway system of the city is a very good one as well. When I left the subway station I was immediately impressed by the building. The height and the structure of the building were really magnificent. ‘The building was built during the 1930s and has a height of 420 meter’, says the folder of the building I read during the queue for the elevator. Once I stood on the observatory the view was great. At the southern side I could see the borough Victoria, at the western side University Park and Central Square were clearly observable and at the northern side the Edwards Building and Grand Central Station were. Nevertheless, the view on the eastern side was the best. With a great view on the New Chester Bay and the Atlantic Ocean with the skyscrapers of Old Town and Lower New Chester Island in front of it.
- The Carmen Building, in the centre of the picture. As can be seen, the building is surrounded by other high skyscrapers.
After some great pictures and the enjoyment of the magnificent views, I decided to walk to Lower New Chester Island. Walking this way, down 8th Avenue, I came in Old Town. Old Town is the neighbourhood which is the oldest of all and from here the city grew in the city it is nowadays. Old Town is famous for its subculture in the city’s culture. Since most of the immigrants started to live here, they created their own culture. Some streets, or even blocks, are dedicated to a particular culture, like for example the Italian street and the Russian street. This is why I walked away from 8th Avenue for a bit and explore 7th Street, the Chinese street. It is great to see the difference with the rest of the city, although this part of the city is getting more modernized each day.
- A picture of Old Town. Its famous for its subculture and has the 'old' grid system.
After I walked out of Old Town I came in Lower New Chester Island. It was the goal of mayor McGuire to make it the most important business district of the city. Unfortunately for him, it did not become the most important business district. However, Lower New Chester Island is famous as a shopping and nightlife district. First I walked on Hamilton Square, built during the administration of mayor McGuire. The square should become the centre of the business district. Nowadays it becomes more and more the centre of the business district, since business is growing in Lower New Chester Island. I left Hamilton Square and I walked down 3rd Street to the McGuire Center. This building was built just after former New Chester City mayor John McGuire announced that Lower New Chester Island should become the new business district of the city. Nowadays, it is one of the only skyscrapers in Lower New Chester Island. I decided to go upstairs, to enjoy the view over the city. Hopefully it would be as good as the view on The Carmen Building. Once on the observatory I had a great view over the city. On the western side I could see the whole city, with its most important skyscrapers, like for example The Carmen Building, the Edwards Building and the dozens of skyscrapers along 8th and 7th Avenue. On the eastern side, however, I had a magnificent view over the New Chester Bay and a beautiful sunset occurred above the Altantic Ocean. In the distance, oil tankers seemed to be tiny ships and the cars on the New Chester Island Freeway seemed to be lego cars. After sunset the city became one great ocean of lights. This made the view from the McGuire Center even better. When I left the building I decided to go to The Carmen Building by subway again, to see how it would look at night. But first a bite in one of the hundreds of restaurants in Lower New Chester Island. When I arrived at The Carmen Building again, I was amazed by the great lightning on the building. After some pictures I decided to go the hotel again and to have a drink, before I went to sleep. Because tomorrow I will see the city from up in the air.
- Lower New Chester Island. In the right corner the New Chester City Lighthouse can be seen and in the centre of the picture Hamilton Square. Between the lighthouse and Hamilton Square the McGuire Center is located.
- A closer look on the McGuire Center, the centre of the Lower New Chester Island business district.
- The McGuire Center at night. In the left corner the lighthouse can be seen and the Victoria Ferry can be seen in the New Chester Bay.
- The Carmen Building at night, with its amazing lightning.