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The New York City skyline and the Empire State Building.  View from Top of the Rock. Midtown.When the night pulls its cobalt blanket over the city

the lights flicker like stars

in a magnificent universe.

And the world pauses

for a minute or two

enthralled in a reciprocal gaze

of epic proportion.—-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 70 stories up in the air on the observation deck of Rockefeller Center (known colloquially as Top of the Rock). After feeling the elation that comes with watching the sun set over the city, all of the city’s lights come into view twinkling little by little until they all seem to build up to the most intense crescendo of illuminated splendor. This view is looking south towards lower Manhattan past the Empire State Building. I took this photo last night bundled up in layers of winter gear since the temperatures have been rather arctic here in New York City as of late. I wanted to take the Sony a99 up to capture this time of day specifically. This is the result of a 30 second exposure completed by placing my camera on one of the ledges (while tethered to a very, very still me with gloved hands in pockets barely breathing for fear of moving the camera/camera strap). The Top of the Rock and Empire State Building are rather strict about their no tripod policy. Sometimes you can catch a kind security guard who doesn’t mind a gorilla pod but for the most part, you have to get creative if you want to take super long exposures. In this case, since it was so ridiculously cold, there weren’t many people on the deck and I staked out my ledge during the pre-sunset time period (the sunset was stunning!) taking photos while waiting for this particular moment.There is a special clarity that comes with this time of year. While this spot is a popular vantage point in the summer, there is also a lot less visibility due to the thick summer haze that hangs over the city in the warmer months. In the dead of winter though, it’s crystal clear if you catch a clear day (another rarity!).Locations of interest in this shot include: The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower or 1 WTC, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Bridge, the New York Life building (one of the buildings with a gold top), Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.—-View this photo with a comment thread on my Google Plus page—-Buy “New York City Skyline and Empire State Building - Top of the Rock View” Posters and Prints here, email me, or ask for help.

The New York City skyline and the Empire State Building. View from Top of the Rock. Midtown.


When the night pulls its cobalt blanket over the city
the lights flicker like stars
in a magnificent universe.
And the world pauses
for a minute or two
enthralled in a reciprocal gaze
of epic proportion.

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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 70 stories up in the air on the observation deck of Rockefeller Center (known colloquially as Top of the Rock). After feeling the elation that comes with watching the sun set over the city, all of the city’s lights come into view twinkling little by little until they all seem to build up to the most intense crescendo of illuminated splendor.


This view is looking south towards lower Manhattan past the Empire State Building. I took this photo last night bundled up in layers of winter gear since the temperatures have been rather arctic here in New York City as of late. I wanted to take the Sony a99 up to capture this time of day specifically. This is the result of a 30 second exposure completed by placing my camera on one of the ledges (while tethered to a very, very still me with gloved hands in pockets barely breathing for fear of moving the camera/camera strap). The Top of the Rock and Empire State Building are rather strict about their no tripod policy. Sometimes you can catch a kind security guard who doesn’t mind a gorilla pod but for the most part, you have to get creative if you want to take super long exposures. In this case, since it was so ridiculously cold, there weren’t many people on the deck and I staked out my ledge during the pre-sunset time period (the sunset was stunning!) taking photos while waiting for this particular moment.


There is a special clarity that comes with this time of year. While this spot is a popular vantage point in the summer, there is also a lot less visibility due to the thick summer haze that hangs over the city in the warmer months. In the dead of winter though, it’s crystal clear if you catch a clear day (another rarity!).


Locations of interest in this shot include: The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower or 1 WTC, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Bridge, the New York Life building (one of the buildings with a gold top), Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.


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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Midtown, New York City.

Wishing everyone regardless of what they believe in or celebrate a beautiful day today and tomorrow full of joy, happiness, peace and love. 

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One of my favorite renditions of Silent Night: stunningly beautiful:

Silent Night




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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Midtown, New York City.

Wishing everyone regardless of what they believe in or celebrate a beautiful day today and tomorrow full of joy, happiness, peace and love.

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One of my favorite renditions of Silent Night: stunningly beautiful:

Silent Night

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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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Buy “The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree” Posters and Prints here, New York City Gift Ideas For the Holidays, email me, or ask for help.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and angels at night. Midtown, New York City.

Rockefeller Center during this time of year is a feast for the eyes.The warmth of the lights prompts all faces to turn upwards as if each light is its own burning star in the sky: each face soaking in the interstellar glow of the night.

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I have been pondering a few things lately regarding consumption and creation of art in its many forms. I wrote some of my thoughts out at my twitter but I suppose I will post the initial thoughts here as well:

I wonder if others need emotional attachment to art/writing/music as much as I do/crave.

The tug on the heart strings is what motivates my own art/writing. It’s hard for me to relate to art that is devoid of that tug: of ache.

Art devoid of it in any medium is flat, lifeless: as if no one has breathed life and memory into it. It rests in its own coffin.

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 There are some pieces of music, writing and different art mediums that are so sacred to me that I get an overwhelming feeling that trying to convey my love for all of it is always inadequate in some way.

 I get a rush of adrenaline when I try to do such a task as if I am translating an ancient unearthed language.

It’s a feeling I want to put my arms around and embrace tightly…


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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Angels” Posters and Prints here, New York City Gift Ideas For the Holidays, email me, or ask for help.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and angels at night. Midtown, New York City.

Rockefeller Center during this time of year is a feast for the eyes.The warmth of the lights prompts all faces to turn upwards as if each light is its own burning star in the sky: each face soaking in the interstellar glow of the night.

—-

I have been pondering a few things lately regarding consumption and creation of art in its many forms. I wrote some of my thoughts out at my twitter but I suppose I will post the initial thoughts here as well:

I wonder if others need emotional attachment to art/writing/music as much as I do/crave.

The tug on the heart strings is what motivates my own art/writing. It’s hard for me to relate to art that is devoid of that tug: of ache.

Art devoid of it in any medium is flat, lifeless: as if no one has breathed life and memory into it. It rests in its own coffin.

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There are some pieces of music, writing and different art mediums that are so sacred to me that I get an overwhelming feeling that trying to convey my love for all of it is always inadequate in some way.

I get a rush of adrenaline when I try to do such a task as if I am translating an ancient unearthed language.

It’s a feeling I want to put my arms around and embrace tightly…

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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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Buy “Vivienne Gucwa Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Angels” Posters and Prints here, New York City Gift Ideas For the Holidays, email me, or ask for help.

Central Park West. Upper West Side, New York City.

The view is from the top of Rockefeller Center. 


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Central Park West. Upper West Side, New York City.

The view is from the top of Rockefeller Center.

You can now also view a gallery page for my New York City posters: New York City Posters by NY Through The Lens. Check it out!