What’s New in Jerusalem?

What’s New in Jerusalem?

I am always looking for something new to share.

Jerusalem, Israel has new buildings towering over the old.

New building seen from nahlaot

These old houses are in Nachlaot near the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.

The new tower on Jaffa Road rises above in the distance.

View of Jerusalem, israel

This  photo looking towards the Old City was taken from the center of town.

A new view for me, how about you?

Look closely on the top right, after the snow and rain, the air was clear enough to see Jordan.

Tower of Ramon airport in Jan 2016

The official opening ceremony for the new Ramon Airport outside of Eilat was held this week.  The airport control tower was already visible from the road in January 2016.

Jerusalem WeWork site under construction

I have shared many photos of construction at the new WeWork building on King George Street.

Jerusalem WeWork opening

WeWork opened in October as announced and has been busy since.

But a block away on King George Street another landmark building has also been under construction.

January 2016 old Knesset site to be museum

In January 2016, the old Knesset building on King George Street began renovations.

May 2016 former Knesset Building on King George Street

When panels went up in May 2016, people stopped to look at the historical scenes depicted on them.

Israel Knesset Museum

On the right, a sign announced the future Knesset Museum.

Site of old Knesset to be new Knesset Museum

The large tarp with larger than life Golda covering the building was removed. The panels have faded. However, the new Knesset Museum is far from completion.

Park in German Colony where work is begin done underground

The park off of Rachel Imenu Street has been hidden behind construction fencing for a while.

This week it was announced what was happening behind those walls.

Park in German Colony where work is going on underground

On the surface it does not look impressive, but underground, an historic grotto was found.

Liberty Bell Park new playground Jerusalem Israel

Years ago a simple playground was located near the entrance to the Liberty Bell Park. It was demolished and the spot left vacant. Now after weeks of construction, Mayor Moshe Lion dedicated the new “Royal Playground” designed by Sue Ela.

Jerusalem House of israeli President back garden

The garden at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence, looked green and new in the midday sun.

Basket of Israeli fruit at Beit Hanasi for Tu Bshvat

Inside the main hall baskets of fresh fruits decorated the table for a Tu Bishvat seder.

Israeli President hosts Tu Bishvat seder

Invited guests came from the agriculture and farming communities throughout Israel.

In the center of the hall was a display of ‘Seeds of Heritage’ ceramic plates by artist Orna Tamir Shestovich, with designs of plants and fruits of Israel.

Beit Hanasi holds Tu Bishvat seder

The seder included four glasses of wine, from red to white, and samples of the Biblical “Seven Species” connected to the land of  Israel.

Jerusalem Israel graffiti in Talpiot

Getting away towards the Talpiot neighborhood, new colorful paintings have appeared on the sides of buildings.

Talpiot Jerusalem Israel location to ear outside

Along the main road across from Hadar Mall is a red structure designed as an outdoor eating area,

Jerusalem Israel Talpiot red structure

and another one nearby for playing games.

Israeli, Jerusalem and state flags near Israeli President House

These flags outside Beit Hanasi are not new.

Flags near Prime Minister's house off of Keren Hayesod Street

However, these near the Prime Minister’s Residence are new. Last week workers were putting up new light poles from which these banners are hung. The Israeli and Jerusalem flags are the same, but note that the PM state flags are white with a blue symbol, the Presidential ones the opposite.

Kikar Tzion early morning

The sun rises over quiet Zion Square to start a new day.

Jerusalem old city walls afternoon reflections

In the afternoon after the snow and rain had cleared, the sky was bright blue. The strong light from the sun created reflections of palm trees on the walls of Old City.

Pink rose bud in jerusalem park

New flowers were forming in Jerusalem gardens and parks.

Banner near Jerusalem Prime Minister house

As usual a new demonstration was held near the Prime Minister’s residence.

Cat in jerusalem

And as usual, Jerusalem cats will pose for photos, or rather will stare you down in the warm sun and not be bothered enough to move. Nothing new in that.

So much more old and new on the Jerusalem streets.

So much more happening to share next time.

 

Jerusalem: Old and New

Jerusalem, Israel,

old and new,

changing  and improving.

There is a mosaic tile on Emek Refaim Street

Prutah Jewish War against Romans on sidewalk Jerusalem

which reads on the right side at the bottom,

Prutah of the Jewish War against the Romans (68-69 C.E.)”

and with a Q code on the left for your smartphone.

Emek Refaim Street view

Emek Refaim Street has been in the news lately

as the light rail system is planning to expand and be built on the street.

That is a red and yellow protest sign.

Will there be tracks just like those on Jaffa Road?

The whole area in southern Jerusalem is changing.

Many buildings in the area are of poor quality,

put up quickly when Jews came in large numbers,

in 1948 and again in 1967.

building being redone Tama 38

Tama 38 is an incentive for builders to redo existing buildings,

adding elevators, penthouses, enlarging apartments,

and strengthening structures to withstand earthquakes.

Restaurants come and go,

for rent sign

 as do those ‘for rent’ signs.

Ten years ago,

Papagio building

this one building stood out,

tall and attractive and new above the Talpiot skyline.

building in Talpiot

Talpiot is an industrial area once known mostly for its garages.

opening of new biz center in Talpiot

This week another tech start-up initiative opened.

Yosef Abramowitz cutting ribbon

With music and a ribbon cutting,

places to sit and work,

with hi-fi and rechargers available – 24-7.

crowded street

There is still much to work on with parking and driving,

view of garage in Talpiot

but Talpiot is changing, as those garages of the past

building in talpiot

are being replaced with modern office buildings and showrooms.

Hadar Mall in Talpior from back,

The Hadar Mall has expanded and improved.

 AACI,  the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel,

Talpiot office building AACI

moved to Talpiot six years ago.

Many people were upset that it was so far away.

Now Talpiot is another example,

view from above of old and new Mekor Chaim

 of the old and new in Jerusalem.