October 28, 2011

Foreign city

"... and even if he is home again, this New York is not his New York, not the New York of his memory. For all the distance he has travelled, he might just as well have come to a foreign city, a city anywhere else in America." -- Paul Auster, Sunset Park, 2010.

From the top: the Victoria, Devonport, Auckland (1912-  ); the Capitol, Balmoral, Auckland (1922-  ); the Majestic, Christchurch (1930-1970, then converted); the State, Christchurch (1935-1977, then converted); the Regent, Christchurch (1930-2011).