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View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan shoreline, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
A Skyscraper

A Skyscraper

Buildings of downtown Chicago with Chicago's second-tallest building - Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

One can take a ride on the Nebraska Zephyr, which operated from 1947 to 1971 and now the only surviving EMD E5, an A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive. Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Or hop on a tram (or streetcar or trolley car) and go around the campus of the Illinois Railway Museum. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Among the exhibits of the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is railroad snow removal equipment. There are giant wedge plows and oddly looking rotary snowplows, like this one. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

There are rows of locomotives, cars, and streetcars in the train-sheds of the Illinois Railway Museum. One of them is the Milwaukee Road 265 - a 4-8-4 "Northern"-Type steam locomotive. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the United States. Its hangars shelter numerous displays of old railroad equipment. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

One of the many American Giants - a Muffler Man located in Crystal Lake, Ilinois.

Now in short about Muffler Men. They are giant fiberglass sculptures used as "attention grabbers". Many of these figures were used to promote various roadside businesses and often would hold real merchandise, like full-sized car mufflers, which, as I understand, was the reason for the Muffler Men nickname.

The figures are usually 18–25 feet (5.5-7.6 meters) tall. Muffler Men were a popular roadside decoration in 60's and 70's mainly in the United States.

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August 05, 2017
West Adams Street on an Afternoon

West Adams Street on an Afternoon

Chicago. Not crowded at all in comparison to New York. The restaurant on the right, called The Berghoff, is a Chicago landmark - it was opened in 1898.

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July 17, 2017
Let There Be Neon

Let There Be Neon

The shop in downtown Manhattan of a company with a clever name that specializes in designing, manufacturing, fabricating and installing neon signage and artistic lighting.

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December 09, 2016
One World Trade Center
1st Precinct is Ready for Halloween

1st Precinct is Ready for Halloween

The first precinct and mounted unit of the New York Police Department decorated its doors before Halloween.

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October 28, 2016
King?

King?

Graffiti on a TriBeCa building. Lower Manhattan, New York City.

Edit: I think I found who is the author, - Raphael Fédérici also known by the nickname Paris Sketch Culture (PSC).

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October 28, 2016
Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway, a section of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, is a bikeway in Manhattan.

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October 21, 2016
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building on Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City.

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October 11, 2016
Bar

Bar "Cyrk"

A bar on a Tribeca's quiet street with a plain entrance and a barely noticeable sign.

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October 10, 2016
Windowless Building I, NYC

Windowless Building I, NYC

The Long Lines Building (the former AT&T Long Lines Building) is a windowless concrete skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, United States. Unusual light streaks on the front side are caused by reflected sunlight from the windows of other buildings.

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May 11, 2016
New York's Hudson River Turns to Ice

New York's Hudson River Turns to Ice

Freezing temperatures in New York have left large stretches of the Hudson River an impenetrable ice, which caused the suspension and the shutting down of services between Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

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February 20, 2015