• If you cannot visit Taj Mahal in person, there is this...

    While browsing a rather mundane working-class neighbourhood, I came across an art gallery with this rather fascinating engraved marble (presumably marble or some sort of calcite) miniature model of Taj Mahal. Isn't it so beautiful?? :D

  • Taj Mahal in miniature

    While browsing a rather mundane working-class neighbourhood, I came across an art gallery with this rather fascinating engraved marble (presumably marble or some sort of calcite) miniature model of Taj Mahal. Isn't it so beautiful?? :D

  • Bank of Canada Toronto Building

    250 University Avenue at Queen Street West, Toronto


  • King's College Circle

    It's been a busy week! My great friend Don graduated with an MBA degree and I attended the graduation ceremony. Like many folks these days, my friends no longer use any proper camera. I have to say that the photos taken with a proper camera are superior t…

  • Bank of China (Canada)

    Bank of China (Canada) has a small retail branch network in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. 396 Dundas Street West, Toronto

  • Royal Bank Chinatown branch

    Royal Bank of Canada used to have a big branch at the corner of Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. West, but it shut down some years ago. Chinese people are heavy cash users (and hence, bank branch visitors), so the closure was surprising to many. Well, it seem…


  • Transforming neighbourhood

    Near 405 Richmond Street W, Toronto Richmond Street at Spadina Avenue.

  • Apartment block

    Corner of Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street West, Toronto

  • Being watched

    You know how sometimes you can just feel a chill or something that isn't quite right? I was heading to the Park East Synagogue and passed by this building. Somehow from the corner of my eyes I could feel I was being monitored. I turned my head and saw a b…


  • Park East Synagogue (a Jewish place of worship in a Moorish Arab style)

    Well, this building is the reason that I came to this Upper East Side neighbourhood. This is the Park East Synagogue, built 1889-1890 in the Moorish Revival style. 163 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10021 So there is a fire station (Engine 39/ Ladder 16…

  • FDNY Engine 39/ Ladder 16

    157 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065 So there is a fire station (Engine 39/ Ladder 16), a police station (19th Precinct) and a Jewish synagogue right next to each other, and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation is right across.

  • 19th Precinct

    153 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065 So there is a fire station (Engine 39/ Ladder 16), a police station (19th Precinct) and a Jewish synagogue right next to each other, and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation is right across.


  • NYPD station

    153 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065 So there is a fire station (Engine 39/ Ladder 16), a police station (19th Precinct) and a Jewish synagogue right next to each other, and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation is right across.

  • Thomas Hunter Hall

    Constructed in 1909, Thomas Hunter Hall is a registered New York City Landmark. 930 Lexington Avenue at East 68th and 69th Streets, New York, NY. Hunter College is one of the constituent colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY).

  • 72 Street subway station

    My hotel is very close to two subway/ metro stations: 72 St. station and 79 St. station. 72 St. station is an express station served by all three Broadway-7th Avenue lines 1, 2 and 3. 79 St. station (not illustrated here) is only served by the slow/ loca…


  • Riverside Memorial Chapel

    180 W 76th St, New York, NY 10023 Though called a chapel, it is apparently a Jewish funeral home. West 76th Street at Amsterdam Avenue, New York City

  • 354 West End Avenue

    Just steps from the Hotel Belleclaire (where I stayed) is this building with a Ukrainian flag. 354 West End Avenue, Upper West Side, New York, NY 10024 Apparently there is a Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on 82nd Street, not far from this place.

  • Upper West Side elegance

    Located on Broadway between West 73rd and West 74th Streets in Upper West Side is a massive and elegant building called The Ansonia. Built between 1899 and 1904, The Ansonia was a residential hotel and the first in New York city to have air-conditioning.…


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