islands brygge

January 18, 2008

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here’s the view of islands brygge from the langebro bridge…that’s the harbour bath in the water in the foreground.

islands brygge is my new neighborhood…and after having been in copenhagen for five (!) months now, i would have to say that there’s nowhere else in cph i’d rather be living. the location is awesome – it’s just across the langebro (bridge) from the city center, and much closer to school than my previous apartment. so…i can walk or bike downtown in no time at all. plus, the harbor is three blocks away from my apartment and there are lots of excellent stores (mostly i’m talking about anyplace that sells food) very close by. and there are lots of art galleries…which i think prompted certain sources to say that islands brygge is copenhagen’s manhattan…i think that’s a (huge) stretch, but i guess it works as an analogy. also, i like the character of islands brygge. it used to be the part of the harbour where boats from iceland would dock (hence the name ‘islands’ – the danish word for ‘iceland’). anyway, the neighborhood is really well-defined (see map: apartment_mapb.jpg) and nearly all of the buildings are 6-8 story brick walk-ups. so it’s kind of like living in a little self-sufficient enclave…that’s really conveniently located and well-connected to everything else. okay, maybe it is a teensy bit like manhattan. but smaller. and shorter. and with only one metro stop(!). ; ) anyway, here are the photos of the neighborhood, as promised (i had been waiting for a sunny day…but i had to give up or there may never have been any photos!)…i’m really excited for the weather to get warmer so i can spend lots of time at the harbour and maybe try out that harbour bath. ; )

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here’s the harbourfront promenade…the old train tracks (from more industrial-harbour days) remain in the pavement. this is a great place to walk or jog…

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there are also some park-y areas along the promenade…some public art, some public picnic facilities

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there’s the harbour bath (left) that i wrote about in a previous post – you can see the langebro (the bridge to downtown) in the distance. in the photo on the right, you can see my post office – it’s actually underneath the bridge. i’ve seen a lot of buildings-under-bridges in asia, but never something quite this heavily and publicly used. it’s cool, but i don’t know if i’d want to work there. i can hear, and feel, the traffic overhead when i’m mailing my letters and stuff. anyway.

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a pretty typical islands brygge street scene.

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here’s a really beautiful church just down the street from my building; it’s one of the few remaining churches in cph that rings its bells daily, i was told. oh, and on the right – my n’hood 7-11! reminds me of good times in taiwan. : )

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this place is right across from the harbour promenade and serves the most delicious (and italian-made) pizza…they have a pizza bianca with potatoes and rosemary that is extra yummy.

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here are some examples of the what i would term ‘handsome’ brick apartment buildings in the neighborhood – lots of neat details, very elegant-looking

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some other nice features…shops that are a half-story below grade (so that there can be retail on the bottom level and apartments can still start on the ‘first’ floor) – that’s on the left. on the right are some good examples of the many traffic-calming features in islands brygge that make it an especially pedestrian- and biker-friendly neighborhood: speedbumps and street trees that are planted in the road space (causing a narrowing of the traffic lane). planner stuff.

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a fun public park with playground equipment and a playing field (court?) and more picnic tables…

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a colorful family of bikes that i liked.

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oh, this is by far the worst building in the neighborhood – noticeably so – but it’s also my favorite supermarket, the super brugsen.
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here’s my nifty metro stop! (at my previous place, i was a mile from the metro…but now…!)

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there is also some change going on in islands brygge…

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some new and interesting apartment buildings under construction that do a fairly good job of complementing the surrounding buildings. better than the super brugsen, anyway. hehee!

so…that’s it for now. hope you enjoy my neighborhood as much as i do! : )

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