410 posts tagged cityscape
New York City - Empire State Building and Skyline
We stood there,
your hand in mine,
as the skyscrapers
dotted the horizon
like nervous heartbeats
syncopated in time
to the city’s nervous
And as the sun
caressed our faces
with its warmth,
over the buildings
towards the horizon
infinite and full
This is a view of the Empire State Building and New York City skyline taken with my Sony A99 while high above the rooftops and skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. If you wait for just the right cloudy day, you can catch a glimpse of the few moments during sunset when the sun pries the clouds open and lets its light wash over the city in waves.
New York City - Skyline and Empire State Building
The hour right after the sun dips below the horizon is one of the most enchanting hours of the day. It’s not quite day and not quite night but it’s a blended mixture of the two. There is no better place to witness this transformation in New York City than .. .continue reading here…
This is my weekly blog post to PDN’s Emerging Photographer’s Blog.
New York Night - Rooftops of Midtown at Dusk.
Dusk is the night’s love letter
courted by the sunlight.
It’s the time between night and day
when the city lights
transform into stars
in an urban universe;
supernovas in a skyline
full of dreams
and frenetic hope.
There are some nights that are so perfect that you just want to bottle them up so you can access them later. This is a 25 second long exposure taken with the Sony A99 on such a night. The late summer sunset slipped over the city slowly revealing a deep purple sky and a dusk that was unforgettable.
This is a view from a rooftop in midtown Manhattan in the area known as Hell’s Kitchen (also commonly referred to as Clinton). The view is looking south towards 1 WTC (also known as the Freedom Tower, and One World Trade Center depending on who you talk to).
P.S. - In case, you missed it earlier, here is a half-hour interview I did (me on video!) last week with This Week in Photo talking about my photography of New York City: An Interview with Vivienne Gucwa
New York dusk - City lights and rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen.
The city’s lights come out to play at dusk:
tiny candles whose flames flicker brightly
in the glistening squinting eyes
of urban dreamers.
This is a 20 second long exposure of the West Side of Manhattan taken from a rooftop in Hell’s Kitchen with the Sony A99. The twin towers in the distance are a newer development called The Silver Towers. They were built in 2009 and have become a prominent part of the West Side skyline.
Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood that has gone through a lot of changes over the last few decades. There has been a push to re-brand and rename the neighborhood in recent years with the names Clinton and Midtown West. However, the area is still colloquially known as Hell’s Kitchen. The neighorhood encompasses the stretch from 34th Street up to 59th Street from 8th Avenue to the water.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the area attracted many Irish immigrants who were fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland and many of these immigrants worked on the docks. After the Civil War ended, a greater influx of immigrants settled in newer tenements in the area. The boost in population caused an upsurge in crime and the area became one of the most dangerous areas in America towards the end of the nineteenth century. The crime rate skyrocketed during the Prohibition due to the many illegal warehouses that were located in the neighborhood.
Hell’s Kitchen experienced quite a few surges in violence and crime in the 20th century as well due to an increase in gang activity and tension. Today’s Hell’s Kitchen is quite different. Despite its violent history, the neighborhood’s proximity to restaurant row and the theater district have made it a hot spot for moderate, and luxury real estate developments.
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