Monthly Archives: March 2013

Home and its Discontents

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I haven’t posted anything for Dream Of A City for two months now, aside from the chapters for The Grand Tour and Manhattan in 12 Streets, which don’t strictly count. Admittedly, I’ve been going through a bit of a rough … Continue reading

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Colonial Architecture in Jakarta

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Oud Batavia lingers today in a few isolated neighborhoods in Jakarta.  The greatest concentration of historic buildings is to the North, in what is now known as Kota, or “City.”  Here lies the old administrative and commercial heart of colonial … Continue reading

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The Hotel Des Indes (demolished), Jakarta

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So the question is this: how does one re-create something that is no longer there? The Hotel Des Indes was the oldest and the grandest of the Grand Hotels in Southeast Asia, having been opened in the 1860s.  It was … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour X: Oud Batavia – Jakarta, Indonesia

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Jakarta was a weird one.  I debated for sometime whether or not I would actually visit it – since the fundamental criteria for it being part of the Grand Tour was missing: Jakarta’s Grand Hotel – the Hotel Des Indes … Continue reading

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92nd St – Free Form 写意 (Upper West Side)

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Emerging from Central Park and a stroll round the Reservoir, we arrive at the Upper West Side, where things are a little less buttoned-up and formal.  The foliage here, too, appears in slightly more whimsical and unexpected forms, framing buildings … Continue reading

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92nd St – Eight Views of JKO Reservoir (Central Park)

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At the very heart of 92nd Street is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, in Central Park.  The street itself would cut across the water, but those who walk on it may not pass.  Instead, we take the winding path along … Continue reading

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92nd St – Appalachian Trail (Upper East Side)

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Past 3rd Avenue, the Upper East Side begins in earnest. Here, the landscape changes abruptly, with stately mansions and colonial-era porticoed houses standing in the shadow of slightly more recent tenements and apartments.  There is a period, provincial feel that … Continue reading

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