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New York During MacWorld Expo 1999

Text and photos by Lawrence I. Charters

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: New York seems to be one of the leading consumers of stainless-steel concertina wire.

Fine for Sounding Horn: Signs all over the city remind drivers that there is a huge fine for sounding their horn. Everyone ignores this, including these two women blowing ram's horns outside Madison Square Garden.

Playground for the Ancients: Funny, but they all looked like kids to us.

Commercialization of U.S. Parks: in order to make parks self-sufficient, the Park Service leased the Statue of Liberty to this warehouse not far from the Convention Center.

Edifice Complex: If you are a student of architecture, New York City offers lessons large and small. This synagogue on the East Side offers some outstanding stonework. Note the lettering above the door on the left, with a close-up on the right.

Record Heat: New York City had its hottest month, ever, in July 1999, with the peak occurring during MacWorld Expo. This fountain outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art was about the only cool spot in the city.

A Maze of Wonders: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is extraordinary in every way, even for jaded veterans of the many Smithsonian museums.

Old City, Old Buildings: New York, once New Amsterdam, is old, but finding this 5,000 year old building was a surprise.

Cafeteria? At the end of this hall is the Metropolitan Museum of Art cafeteria. The food is ordinary, but the trip is amazing.

Cool Lobby: At least two-thirds of the people loitering in the Metropolitan Art Museum's lobby seemed to be doing nothing more than escaping the heat.

DOJ Should Borrow This: Perseus holding the head of Medusa looks like the perfect office decoration for the Dept. of Justice lawyers trying to defeat Microsoft in a battle for control of civilization.

Death of an American Prince: While the Mac world was busy at MacWorld, the rest of the world was focused on the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Several blocks on the East Side were barricaded on the last day of MacWorld for a memorial service held in the city, attended by President and First Lady Clinton and covered by news teams from across the country.

Surrounded by Security: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Llloyd Wright, is an amazing building. And that's about all you could admire: security for the J.F Kennedy, Jr., memorial service was intense, and the building was surrounded by police cars. The memorial wasn't at the museum, but in a nearby church; the museum apparently was the closest place for the police and news people to buy coffee.

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Revised October 31, 1999 Lawrence I. Charters