20 posts tagged nyc night
New York City Snow on a Winter Night
It snowed very briefly in New York City tonight. It was barely a dusting of snow which quickly mixed with rain but it was enough to make me pine for heavy snowfall. And when I pine for anything, I tend to lose myself in a heady mix of memories and imagination which usually leaves me going through older photos trying to grasp at the core of what it is that I am missing the most.
These photos were taken during the only heavy snowfall that New York City experienced during the winter 2013 season. I bundled myself and my Sony A99 up in as many layers as I could muster wearing and walked all the from my Lower East Side neighborhood up 5th Avenue to Times Square because I could think of nothing better than reveling in some of the most beautiful city scenery while the night turned into something resembling a shaken snow-globe.
Here’s hoping that the winter 2014 season grants New York City at least one beautiful snowfall.
Gallery Key (corresponds to the order of photos in the photo-set):
1. 5th Avenue is gorgeous when snow falls. This is a view adjacent to Bryant Park next to the subway station. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Winter - Snow Falls on 5th Avenue
2. There are a few streets on the west side of Union Square that are absolutely stunning on a winter night. This would be one of them. This is the street that is also home to Union Square’s all night eatery: The Coffee Shop. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Snow - Winter Night
3. This is one of my favorite areas next to Madison Square Park in midtown Manhattan. The benches are usually empty late at night and fill with snow when New York City gets hit hard with a snowstorm. The snow-covered benches and the beautiful canopy of trees creates the perfect winter postcard view every time. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Snow - Winter Night in Midtown
4. The architecture on some of the older buildings that run along 5th Avenue is a gorgeous sight at night but it’s even better during a snowstorm when the ornate art deco structural details really get a chance to stand out. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Winter - Snow at Night
5. Times Square is magical on a winter night when the snow is swirling around. It’s really interesting to experience Times Square in a blizzard since it empties out save for a few people who are either trying to get home or who are trying to enjoy a surreal Times Square experience. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Snow - Winter Night in Times Square
6. This is another view of Times Square in the snow. There are points during any snowstorm where people are still clinging to their umbrellas hoping to use the apparatus as a shield. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City - Winter - Snowy Night in Midtown
7. Some of my favorite areas of lower Manhattan in the winter are in the East Village. This is 9th Street which is always dressed up in festive lights during the holiday season. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York Winter Night - Snow Fall in the East Village
8. Bow Bridge is also beautiful to view from the other side of The Lake. If you wait until the hour before sunset, the sun tends to set almost directly above Bow Bridge when you are standing (or sitting) at this vantage point. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York City Winter - Snow - Night in Madison Square Park
View these photos of a magical winter night in New York City larger and in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):
Interested in viewing these directly in my online portfolio? Here they are along with other New York City winter photos:
New York City - Night - Alley - Chinatown
the city stars
shine like supernovas
in a vast
And in the hours
just before midnight
during muffled increments
when the city’s heart
palpitates in time
to the distant lullaby
of the day’s remains
alleys and streets.
New York City doesn’t have many alleys.This was taken on a quiet city night in an alley in Chinatown with my Sony A99.
Some of the best moments occur when night falls and dreams roam the streets.
New York City nights - Empire State Building - Chelsea View
Taken with the QX100 and my iPhone.
Loving night photography with the QX100! This is a re-post from my Instagram where I just posted this photo.
If you are curious, I wrote a lengthy post where I discussed details about the shooting modes, interface, menus, and how the QX100 works with your smartphone or tablet (both the QX10 and QX100 are Android and iOS compatible). Here is the link to that post:
Ok, back to taking photos :)
New York Night - Times Square and the Winter Garden Theatre
This is an 8 second long exposure of the Winter Garden Theatre located on Broadway looking towards the lights of Times Square. The Winter Garden Theatre’s building was built in the late 1800s but it came to life as a theatre in 1911.
I have always wanted to capture this view in a photo. My earliest memories of it are from when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father worked nights as a pressman for the Daily News which was located in this general area. I accompanied him a few times to the Daily News and he would take me for a walk along Broadway where my eyes lit up wide with wonder at the sight of each and every theatre’s lights and marquees.
The Winter Garden Theatre at the time was home to the musical Cats and I would secretly hope that I could go see Cats every time we passed this theatre. I had the musical soundtrack at home and I played it repeatedly and even taught myself several of the songs on piano. I never made it to Cats since Broadway theatre outings were out of the reach of my parent’s humble budget.
My first Broadway show was Starlight Express which I attended on a public school trip (there were some perks to going to public school in NYC). My 10 year old self was totally enthralled with Starlight Express. What was there not to love about it? All of the performers were on roller-skates and the story revolved around a child’s train set that came to life. But I still remember unfairly comparing Starlight Express to Cats in my mind telling myself that somehow Cats would have been even more enthralling given my level of obsession with it at the time.
I took this photo late at night with the Sony A99. My eyes still lit up wide with wonder while I waited for my long exposure to finish processing. Some things never change.