I refer to the city I built from 1998 to 2001 as "Midtown Manhattan", since it was very highly inspired by the densest part of New York City. These are pictures of the city overall, and closeups of the citizens at work.
About this creation
Welcome to the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York City! My city is over 8 feet wide, 4 feet deep, and 6 feet tall. The entire city is raised up on pillars to allow for the subways and electric wiring. Little details can be found all over. The photos in this section include city-wide views as well as close-ups of city life like the one shown here.
I refer to the city I built from 1998 to 2001 as "Midtown", since it was very highly inspired by the densest part of Manhattan. There were about 75,000 pieces making up the city. It was about 4 feet by 8 feet in area (4.5 by 9 baseplates), although only about two thirds of that area was "urbanized". The other third was strewn with random archetecural experiments and other such things. The city itself was built on a custom-built 1-foot high table. The size of the buildings ranged from the 5-foot-tall Empire State Building to tiny slums that fit 6-per baseplate.
I raised the city up about 6 inches on 2x2 lego-pillars. This allowed me to add a subway system, basements, sunken plazas, electric wiring, and all sorts of goodies. The original plan was for the raised base to allow me to run electric wires underneath the streets and into the buildings.
This is what you could see from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. The yellow and blue building is the Mall, and the yellow "striped" building is the Government Complex. The black and white building in the back is the base of my World Trade Center tower #1, built in the year 2000. (See "World Trade Center" in the side menu for about 100 pictures of it.)
This picture is one of my most favorites ever. It was taken in 1999, before I got my digital camera, with a 35mm SLR camera. Once I showed this picture to a friend at work, and at first they didn't realize that it was Lego!
Here is the old layout of the city, from the southeast. Clockwise: The large red building is the Empire State Building. At its foot, the yellow-and-red one just next to it is the Mall, the white one is the Victorian Apartments, the yellow-and-black one is WLZI Communications, the "striped" yellow one is the Government Complex, the thin black one is 1930's Hotel "The Amanda" (you can only see the top), and the blue towers in the back are the Apartment towers. Several other buildings cant be seen in this shot. The forground is strewn with random archetechtural experiments.
A stubbly guy selling hot dogs on the street. Years later, I ended up building two more street vendors and putting the pictures on another page on this web site. (See "Street Vendors" in the side menu.)