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View Poll Results: Which city is Sydney most like?
NYC 17 15.32%
San Francisco 42 37.84%
LA 22 19.82%
Other 30 27.03%
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:46 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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A few photos of Sydney at street level, to jog some people's memories and so fourth...

IMG_1781 by mornnb, on Flickr

Of course, Sydney is Sydney, and it's in entirely its own league, as any other city is, but I'm interested in connections people make based on what they see.

In looking over your pictures. I found this one I saw in your post I have in your quote above that I find bares a uncanny resemblance to what in Chicago is its iconic Tribune Tower building, from the 1920s. I do not know your similar building's name? I carried your picture down to post side by side below. That is the what connection I saw in your pictures. I think all can pick out the buildings?

....Your picture .....This is a picture
.... of Sydney's ...... of Chicago's
....similar tower.....Tribune Tower
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Oh...... I HATE to end a thread.... then I realized the OP started the thread back in 2013..... so apparently he or she won't be replying? Oh.... well I guess so be it
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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From the pictures, I'd say Syd looks like a scaled down version of NYC, with major similarities to Toronto and San Francisco.

New York, Toronto, San Francisco and Sydney would make a great little family of quadruplets.

They all share similar characteristics in geography, sprawl and built environment.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:28 PM
 
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In looking over your pictures. I found this one I saw in your post I have in your quote above that I find bares a uncanny resemblance to what in Chicago is its iconic Tribune Tower building, from the 1920s. I do not know your similar building's name? I carried your picture down to post side by side below. That is the what connection I saw in your pictures. I think all can pick out the buildings?

....Your picture .....This is a picture
.... of Sydney's ...... of Chicago's
....similar tower.....Tribune Tower
That building you are referring to in Sydney is The Grace Building. Built in the late 1920s, the building now functions as an upmarket hotel. It was modelled on Chicago's Tribune Tower so it's not surprising you can see a similarity.

Grace Building (Sydney) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Grace building by zoom_eric, on Flickr
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:47 PM
 
Location: New Zealand
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It reminds me of Lower Manhattan. A tight dense downtown core balanced on an island alongside a vast natural harbour... very NYC to me. Not at all LA...

Sydney

Sydney Harbour by Stanislav Tsvirko, on Flickr


Sydney harbour by Michael Mocatta, on Flickr

Skyline of Sydney from Harbour by Mukul Banerjee, on Flickr

...Point of view... by Mario Bekes, on Flickr

Manhattan



Liberty State Park Pano by Tony Shi, on Flickr


https://www.flickr.com/photos/52836039@N02/20449033651/

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:57 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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It reminds me of Lower Manhattan. A tight dense downtown core balanced on an island alongside a vast natural harbour... very NYC to me. Not at all LA...
Sydney
Sydney Harbour by Stanislav Tsvirko, on Flickr
Sydney harbour by Michael Mocatta, on Flickr
Skyline of Sydney from Harbour by Mukul Banerjee, on Flickr
...Point of view... by Mario Bekes, on Flickr

Manhattan
Liberty State Park Pano by Tony Shi, on Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/52836039@N02/20449033651/
You do realize Lower Manhattan is only part of the Island. Midtown is a WHOLE OTHER PART. With The Empire State building to Central Park the UN, Times Square. Just realize its like a WHOLE OTHER SKYLINE TOO.... ITS A BEAST. Though my favorite city remind Chicago......

Chicago has different sides to it also....

Looking Northwest.... South from
Over Lake Michigan..the North Shore
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:20 AM
 
Location: New Zealand
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You do realize Lower Manhattan is only part of the Island. Midtown is a WHOLE OTHER PART. With The Empire State building to Central Park the UN, Times Square. Just realize its like a WHOLE OTHER SKYLINE TOO.... ITS A BEAST. Though my favorite city remind Chicago......

Chicago has different sides to it also....

Looking Northwest.... South from
Over Lake Michigan..the North Shore
That's why I'm only comparing Lower Manhattan to Sydney. The entire New York City area would be like Sydney's inner city core a dozen times over. A closer square mile/geographic size comparison to Sydney is Lower Manhattan, not Brooklyn or Midtown. As you get further out of Sydney's CBD, the suburbs become more like suburban Toronto or San Francisco.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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I def don't get how NYC can be compared with Australian cities. Almost all cities with metro areas over 1 mil have a dense cbd. So many American and Canadian downtown cities stand in for downtown ny in film and tv! Like it's a stretch to say a downtown area of Sydney is dense so therefore it compares to an entire dense city like NYC. It's only fair to compare the entire city and it's burbs and to me Sydney is more like a La/sd mash up.

On a side note: I used to work at a popular store in midtown and almost all the Australian's would complain about NYC's trash and smell which is frustrating bc our metro area has a population on par with the Australian continent so of course there's going to be more riff raf at hand. That's also a good point as to how they're no where near similar. Similar to NYC: Hong Kong, London, Paris, Tokyo.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:23 AM
 
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Well, for comparison sake, the skyline of Manhattan from Brooklyn strongly resembles the skyline of Sydney from Kirribilli.

Kirribilli Sunset by Tom Beesley, on Flickr


https://www.flickr.com/photos/110058...6/34600533834/

Plus, Sydney's downtown core is rapidly increasing in density and population size.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Sydney really does stand apart, but if you have to force a choice of those listed, maybe San Francisco, which I think is more beautiful in its bay and city. San Diego may be closer in vibe and presence though.
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