I’ll be in New York for 4 days starting this weekend. I’d love suggestions for interesting locations for photos?
Never been there. So the only place I can say is the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building
I do not think you will need help finding subject matter on this trip lol travel safely and if you are staying in the city to be close to Times Square for the stroke of Midnight and are like me you will have hundreds of shots to pick from HAVE FUN we are having another huge storm this weekend just got 12+ inches today and NY got 70 mph winds and lots of rain. HAVE FUN I want to take the 4 1/2 hr ride down but think our snow will keep me home.
The High Line for sure.
You can take the NJ PATH train or ferry to Jersey side and visit the Liberty State park. Inside the park is an old train terminal which could be interesting to shoot. You get views of Manhattan Skyline and Statue of Liberty from there.
I am not sure what kind of damage hurricane Sandy did to that area but if you have time, it might be worth checking out.
I wish I had suggestions for you but wanted to say that I do look forward to the photos!
High Line Park, Meat Packing District, Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park are some of my favorite locations in the city. Have a great time!
The Highline – ought to be cool in winter, in every sense of the word. It still may be operating on a limited schedule, but it’s open. Also – the Louise Nevelson chapel at St. Peter’s Lutheran at the Citicorp Center. I’d choose some Edward Hopper paintings and take photos of contemporary analogs – like the automat. (Not many automats left, but Chock-Full-O-Nuts should do!)
What a fun trip – enjoy!
williamsburg bridge ~ manhattan anchor
How exciting!! I LOVE NYC!!! My knowledge of locations re: photographic opportunities wouldn’t be great but I’d love to see some great images of the infamous Brownstone townhouses??! Just an idea!
Have you been to “The Cloisters?” It’s my favorite place in NYC and many non-locals don’t even know about it. It’s part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art family (containing medieval art), and a favorite of many of my New Yorker friends. Rockefeller had four cloistered churches brought over from Spain and France and stitched them into one incredible complex. It’s a bit out of the way (but still in Manhattan north of Columbia University) but easily accessible via direct subway lines from downtown. The gardens are part of the draw (which will now be dormant), but if there is snow on the ground, or grey skies, it would be an incredible photography subject. Have fun. http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters
I’ve never been to NYC, so unfortunately I can’t speak from personal experience. That’s very exciting that you’ll be spending some time up there! I wish you the best for a safe and fun trip :]
That’s exciting Patrick! You should definitely check out the “5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center” to see the incredible graffiti work which changes daily (I posted an article about this on my blog at http://doesthiscomeinpurple.com/2012/09/17/visiting-the-5-pointz-aerosol-art-center-admiring-graffiti/)
As an expat Calgarian currently living in NYC, drop me a line if you have any questions!
Pictures of the crowd in Times Square on New Year’s Eve; the ball drop at the stroke of midnight—-that’s what symbolizes NYC on New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!
The Brooklyn Bridge – look for all the love locks!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Statue of liberty, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Angel of the Waters fountain and Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Angels
lots of points for shutterbugs – have fun!
One of our favorite walks is to cross the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. Great, changing views of the Manhattan skyline and buildings. The towers are granite blocks with cement, unusual for a suspension bridge. People walking, pedaling, and skating across the bridge.
Try the Empire State Building, or anywhere Ryan Seacrest is not.
A must shoot is St Patrick’s Cathedral at 460 Madison.
Hi Patrick! Contact the blog (A Cup of Jo http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/ ). Joanna Goddard is the like the premier blogger in the New York area. Hope this helps!
NYC is one of my favorite vacation spots so I look forward to your pics. I don’t know the city well enough to offer any non cliche suggestions. Is it possible to get a shot of Times Square from the top of the Empire State building?
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is really beautiful, it’s nicknamed St John the Unfinished. It has some lovely stained glass windows & a very interesting history. I went a few years ago & would love to go back if I ever get the chance
South Street Seaport, West Village, East Village, I LOVE it all, NYC is the best city in world, have a blast!
Is the New Year’s celebration your subject? Then Times Square is THE place to be but it will be a mad, mad crush, so I’d imagine a tripod and long exposures would be out of the question. Just be careful–drunk people in a large crowd equals stupid, dangerous behavior (you probably already know to be wary but it has to be said). If you could get access to an elevated view of Time Square (hotel rooms would already be booked) that might be better than being on the ground with the masses UNLESS that’s what you want. If the celebration isn’t necessarily what you are trying to capture, there are a ton of man-made structures: The Brooklyn Bridge, the multitude of gargoyles on NYC Buildings, views of the city from the Staten Island Ferry, Ellis Island, Central Park, there will be masses in the cathedrals but they offer some interesting photos (although you are limited to areas where no one is praying and in between masses)…St. Peter is down near Ground Zero….Note, there will be fireworks in Central Park, New York Harbor and Prospect Park…some nice juxtaposition possibilities there.
the busy streets and people…
If not in the city, then try the Adirondacks. Beautiful.
Hey Patrick do you host a travel workshop?
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The great thing about New York is that you can be anywhere and still capture great moments and sights. I’ve been there a few times and always find new and interesting places each time. I was there a week after Sandy and wanted to walk the High Line Park. It was closed for obvious reasons. That would probably be a great location for photos, if they are open. Have fun there!
From the top of the Empire State Building.
Store windows decorated for the holidays.
Grand Central filled with people.
Ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza
Statue of Liberty…
I’ve only been there once & it was very brief.
Other than TIMES SQUARE – Central Park, Rockefeller Center, If you like Seinfeld – The Real Soup Nazi’s kitchen, Broadway & St. Patrick’s Cathedral. That’s what I can think of off the top of my head at the moment. If you make it on tv – for NYE – send me a shout out for my bday – LOL
The Brooklyn Bridge. The patterns you can get in the lines from positioning yourself well are so amazing.
Anywhere you are in NY, you will find an interesting photo. Can’t wait to see what catches your eye.
Central Park is beautiful no matter the time of year, a visit there should be worth it. I’m not exactly sure what you’re looking for scenic views or people or both. But the subway is usually good for the more colorful characters and the streets themselves should provide you with shots of many many beautiful buildings and throngs of people no matter the time of day of night. I’ve been gone for 30 years so I would suggest asking the locals….
Go north! Fort Tryon Park is gorgeous.
New York City is a virtual treasure trove of opportunities. Visit the High Line for vantage points above the city as well as the Roof of the MET. Windows are dressed with fabulously creative decoration with snow-white themes and ethereal aspects of nature. Each turn will bring you a photo possibility. Cuisine alone fills the senses. And of course Central Park is a must. Enjoy, but you’ll never be satiated. New York City is evergreen with nuances and in-your-face chances.
Hi Patrick! You are going back to my homeland! Very jealous, but happy for you! Hmmm…. so much to think about. I would love to see a Patrick “version” of:
> Times Square (is that your location for New Year’s Eve?)
> Grand Central Station
> If you have time to take the Staten Island Ferry, it is free and gives you a great view of New York Harbor
> The Guggenheim… it’s incredible
> You taking a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge… if you would like to buy it let me know
> All the architecture is grand, but city hall (midtown) is spectacular, as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Wall Street
Well…. that’s enough for 4 days! Looking forward to your posts! ENJOY!
Of course in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center – and I like the lights at Radio City Music Hall. Interesting spot is in the south end, the old ship docked at The South Street Seaport Museum & market place just a short walk south from 911 museum and east of battery park
Yeah! Take pictures of the Ball drop in Times Square (if you can get a good spot). I also love the nice homes on Cobble Hill Brooklyn and you can get a great view of Manhattan from the piers. Williamsburg for graffiti and SOHO. City Island also in the Bronx but you might not have enough time for that…
New York City is a treasure trove of photographic opportunities, regardless of the time of year. But at the winter holidays store windows are dressed for even more visual appeal. You should go to the High Line and the roof of the MET for vantage points above the city. Cuisine alone fills the senses. Rockefeller City with its stunning decorations and Bryant Park. Every turn is evergreen with visual treats. You can never be satiated, which is one of the city’s appeals. And nighttime is pure photographic heaven.
Wow – ideas for big apple photos – there are 3 which spring to mind – Guggenheim Museum, Flat Iron building and St Patricks Cathedral – all amazing feats of engineering! All suit black and white effects also : )
I don’t that much about NYC, but I am assuming you will get to Manhatten.. the best way to get around and see alot , especially with a camera, is buy one of those bus tour tickets.. they are usually good for two days, you can get on/off as much as you like, etc… there are a couple of different routes to take,, gotta see Times Square, Central Park, China Town, Little Italy,. ferry out to statue of Liberty, Ground zero… Empire State Building,, etc. have fun!!!
If you will be in New York City, going to to World Trade Center memorial might yield some stunning photos with your amazing eye… and Central Park is full of opportunity…. and really any amount of walking about- how about TImes Square at night? Also, I’d love to see what you would do with the Guggenheim and St. Patricks or the Chrysler Building! Might want to visit Brooklyn too…and get some shots of the Brooklyn Bridge and so many people opportunities!! Subway….
Patrick — Shoot all of the seasonal window scenes at all of the iconic department stores in the City. Don’t miss Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center.
While Grimaldi’s gets a rave review as the pizza place that Frank Sinatra loved the best, it’s one of two pizzerias under the Brooklyn Bridge. The other is Ignazio’s. The line to Grimaldi’s is always incredibly long because of the famous pizza, but wrap around the corner and you get seated quickly in a classy place that is more squarely situated under the bridge, with a fantastic view of the Manhattan Skyline.
I have always wanted to visit Greenwich Village. Now I don’t know how badly Sandy hit there but to see it through your eyes would be something to see!
You can always find something interesting in NYC. The Brooklyn Bridge is a must, but also try some shots in Chinatown and grab some Dimsum. I think the older the neighborhood the better! Backstreets of SoHo or the West Village are cool, as you can still find cobblestoned streets. If you are staying at a hotel, ask the concierge or the front desk where they think the coolest places are, that are off the beaten path-where they like to go. I find they love to share a part of themselves whenever anyone has an interest! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Not far from Javitts Convention Center, take a ferry boat across the river and get a gorgeous view of the skyline from the new jersey side. There is a chart house restaurant on that side that has a magnificient view at night. And of course the top of the empire state building is a pretty good bet for a long reaching shot over the city. And if you like interesting people just take a subway ride or go to grand central. Head toward the Met for more interesting people, and there are a lot of great little restaurants along the way. Enjoy and happy new year.
I assume you mean New York City? Stay away from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but any other time from dusk to dawn can be spectacular, especially in the rain when the lights reflect in the wet streets. For aerial views, you can’t beat the observation deck at Rockefeller Center (www.topoftherocknyc.com). Dusk is a particularly good time for photos, you might want to find out first if there are restrictions on using tripods, or if you can get permission.
Another rooftop view I like is from the Hotel Gansevoort (www.hotelgansevoort.com). Last time I checked, the rooftop bar was publicly accessible. There are views over the Hudson River, and the downtown cityscape is very different from what you’ll find at Rockefeller Center.
The recently opened Brooklyn Bridge Park is beautiful in its own right, and there are fantastic views of the East River, downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and even the Statue of Liberty in the distance. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org. I heard that parts of the park were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, but don’t let this stop you from trying to go.
New York is a great walking city, and there are many not-so-photographed neighborhoods that are worth exploring. In particular I like Williamsburg and Red Hook in Brooklyn. (Red Hook was hit hard by Sandy, which could be either good or bad for a photowalk.)
And don’t leave NYC without making a pilgrimage to B&H Photo! Remember that they’re closed on Friday afternoons and Saturdays.
Have you been before? What kind of photography are hoping to focus on? I was just there last week so could offer up some stuff.
Patrick, I was in NY for a night in 1992 on my way to somewhere else. I took a sightseeing tour on a red London Bus but didn’t get a photo. I’d love to see a piccy, a London bus is so out of place in Manhatten I think it would make a interesting photo if it showed it was quite clearly NY and not London.
Great place to be this weekend. Here’s a photo suggestion: how about the “Brooklyn Bridge”…it’ll probably have snow on it.
I know you may be there for the urban experience but I love Central Park. I was surprised to find a little wildness there -http://mudlips.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/going-wild-in-new-york/ If you need a dose of nature, it’s there if you know where/how to look.
Otherwise, don’t miss the Metropolitan Library. An amazing building, great exhibits, and those lions on the steps. I also loved the Washington Heights neighborhood. I’m not sure if the street vendors along St. Nicholas Ave (around 185th) are out during the winter but if they are, this is a very colorful and vibrant area with latino flair.
Have a great trip!
When I visited NYC for the first time a few years ago I was in awe of the oldest buildings….all the work that went into the decorative overhangs/etc. But what caught my attention most was this lights display on top of one man’s home that showed everyone where his property ended!!!cause he bought the airspace above his home so no one could build above his and spoil his view! A snapshot of that would be awesome.
New York City is full of wonderful photography vantage points. Anywhere along the waterfronts of Manhattan is beautiful. Living in the city, I just snap photos with my cell phone whenever I see something interesting. If you like, please e-mail me at wiseweaversnet (at) gmail (dot) com and I’d be happy to make more concrete suggestions based on what you’re doing/looking for.
Have a great trip and a very happy 2013! All the best, M
How about Brooklyn Heights? Many lovely old homes. There’s also the promenade overlooking Manhattan. Lots of atmosphere without the crowding in Manhattan. If you were to stay within the city, I think the Upper East Side or the Murray Hill section has an appeal. For some history there’s Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway in the Wall Street area. Also, Bowling Green Federal Hall and the Fraunces Tavern where you can get a meal and see some colonial era exhibits.
I’ve never been to America but I have an idea like maybe you could photograph according a theme, like “The REAL New York City,” or something instead of the typical tourist sites which kindof ignore what’s really happening around people (maybe like, is there litter in the street? graffiti on walls? loads of people crowding the cross walks? homelessness? people on mobile phones? luxury shops? contrasts of cultures against various backdrops?) Just a suggestion but have a brilliant time. Lottie.
Central Park- snow, snow, and more snow , Metropolitan Museum-people watching, in reality, anywhere in NYC… have fun
Central Park should be covered in snow by now; that should be gorgeous. Or Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
For buildings, the Flat Iron building is always interesting. Try to catch it in the snow if that happens this weekend. Of course the Brooklyn bridge. Go to China town for people and never forget the subway.
Patrick, enjoy your visit and the New Year., Peace, Jean-Bernard.
If you’re actually there for New Year’s Eve… go to Times Square a couple hours after midnight… like 1:30 or 2:00 and watch them cleaning up. You’ll never see Times Square look like such a ghost town… with only street cleaners around. It’s awesome and makes for haunting photos.
assuming you mean Manhattan…? MOMA has a cafe called The Orchid with these amazing orchids always in bloom against cerulean decor…camera candy
I’m not from the area but I went there this summer… Brooklyn has some really artsy areas where you can get good grunge photos- I suggest Williamsburg area.
Also Lower West Side and Greenwich Village are artsy districts and I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff. Can’t wait to see the pics!
Empire State Building
For NYC shoots, it’s great to go over to Long Island City (take the subway to Vernon, I believe), find the street where the giant Pepsi Cola sign hovers over the East River, and shoot the east side of Manhattan from there. Have fun:)
Suggestions for NYC . . . Photographing the parks is great — the wildlife in Central Park is surprising, especially the assortment of birds. From inside the park, photograph the city canyon that surrounds you. Fort Tryone Park is a little piece of the Adirondack Mountains in Washington Heights, with a 16th C abbey on site (The Cloister). Go out to Governor’s Island or Roosevelt Island; take photos of NJ from the areas around Battery Park. Visit the oldest cemetery — St. James — on the Lower East Side, and visit the Irish Hunger Memorial just north of Battery Park. Ride one of the double decker buses on the night tour, and photograph the city from the top of the Manhattan Bridge. Walk the cobblestone streets of Soho, Tribeca, the Village, and the Wall Street areas; you’ll find colonial ambience in a 21st C world. Et Cetera.
Some fun and less touristy places I’d suggest are Roosevelt Island, underneath either side of the Brooklyn Bridge, and wandering the Lower East Side/East and West Village. Bundle up, it’s been cold here!
My favorite spot is Empire State building, the top .. in the dusk … around 3pm this time a year, you will get some fantastic shots and colors of the big apple from above. Central Park .. especially if it’s snow. Otherwise NYC is one big object … every corner, window .. building .. lights, metro, traffic Enjoy!
As a Manhattanite, I can offer several suggestions: the green belt (along the west side of Manhattan–from Battery Park all the way north) is a waterside park; the Highline Park (an elevated park on a former elevated train bed), Central Park (of course–fireworks New Year’s Eve), Ft. Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan offers views of the Hudson (and the George Washington Bridge, especially at night). If you want to be really adventurous, Inwood Park in northernmost Manhattan, would show you a side of the city few people even know about. Have a great trip!
Everyone does Brooklyn bridge, but not everyone (including myself) can get a great shot of it. It would be great to see your perspective. You can capture it from the Brooklyn or Manhattan side, but IMO, best if taken from the Brooklyn side.
I like the park that runs from the Battery all along the West side highway (hugs the Hudson).
Downtown in general – way downtown, like Wall St., Trinity Church area, Battery Park, etc. And edges – i.e. the waterfront, the edge of parks, the edges of neighborhoods. Lower East Side (B or D train to Grand or J or Z to Bowery and go to the park). Chinatown’s edges in the early morning. Staten Island – if you have a car – is amazing to explore. Of course the High Line – try for eve/sunset there. Take subways going OVER bridges (not under the river) to Brooklyn/Queens in the early morning. Remember you can take the subway to natural areas in the Bronx or Brooklyn, but it’s a long trip. If you get in early enough on Sat the Greenmarket at Union Sq. is colorful & busy. Have a great trip!
I think you could make an ordinary stoplight look amazing!!!
The entire city is interesting and amazing! But really, the people make for the most interesting images!
The neighborhood of Gowanus in Brooklyn. A semi-desolate, ex-industrial area now frequented by artists of all kinds.
The neighborhood of Gowanus in Brooklyn, a semi-desolate, ex-industrial area now frequented by artist of all kinds.
Definitely check out the highline
Hmm… I love the austerity of Central Park in the winter. And it’s likely to be snowy too. Obviously the Rockefeller center and its rink. so many feasts for the eyes. is this your first time to nyc? There’s a great little Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, Arthur Avenue… If you shoot from the palisades in Brooklyn Heights over to manhattan at night that’s lovely too. New York is so great! I can’t believe I’m the first and so far only person to comment! Have a wonderful time.
Brighton Beach Neighbourhood!
Rockefeller Center is lovely, especially during the holdiays. Central Park is also a good spot. These areas are touristy. I don’t know the “off the beaten path” spots.
Ground Zero, Union Square, or night photos from the board walks with the city lights reflecting in the bay. I’ve only been there twice.
As in the city, or as in the state? Watkins Glen in the fingerlakes region would probably be a great place for some ice formation shots. For in the city I would ask Vladimir from this blog – http://windagainstcurrent.com/. He posts many gorgeous shots from the city.
I’m sure you’ll check out all the good parks and everything in the area. However, I always love a good restaurant photo shoot. I feel like NY would have all those little areas that would be fun to take pictures of. I love food so that’s just my personal preference. There’s a Shake Shack that’s in the middle of the park. It’s fun to see the winding line of people and the pigeons fighting for the leftover food. Also, there’s this small restaurant called Pomme Frites that is almost like a French Fry bar where you order your fries and dipping sauces, then proceed to get cozy with those around you as you nestle your cone of fries in a circle that’s cut out of the table just for that sole purpose.
I know these suggestions are not your norm for beautiful photography as you’ve done in the past but it’s something different and fun in my opinion Have a blast regardless!
I envy you! New Year in New York! =)
China town is full of color!
The Highline in the Chelsea district.. west side piers.. meatpacking district. I’ll be in NYC this weekend as well!
Nothing specific but please take pictures of EVERYTHING! I love NYC and if I can live vicariously through someone then I’m in!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Museum of Art, NYC Library. Have fun, there is so much to see, do and photograph
Hey:) have a great trip. We were there for 4 days in August. I asked my other half for some ideas since he is a photographer and he said there is so much stuff but here are some ideas that came to mind:)
Soho buildings: the iron work facades, balconies, fire escapes.
washington square park
Rockefeller centre, the murals inside the main building
high line – old elevated railway line converted into a park
Brooklyn bridge, the walkway, cables
inside some of the subway stations with mosaic tile work
Aerial views from the Empire State Building or on top of the Rockefeller Centre. The roof of the Rockefeller Centre is more open, the Empire State building has a wire mesh barrier but you can squeeze your lens through the openings.
Have a great time and if you have any questions feel free to ask:)
You may want to venture out to the Rockaways — Hurricane Sandy left its mark there. And hit the High Line/Meat-packing district — you get a bit of everything down there.
General Theological Seminary- On 9th ave, between 20th and 21st. Old trees and old buildings, including a beautiful chapel with interesting mosaics.
Kids going down the slide at Tear Drop park, in Battery Park City. It’s an amazing slide and I believe that it is in honor of the victims of 9/11. It’s also quite the juxtaposition between the relatively wild plantings and the tall buildings that surround it.
Union Square Greenmarket.
I used to like to just follow on the the paths/parks that run next to the Hudson river on the West side of Manhattan. There is always something interesting going on.
The Shawangunks.. aka, “the Gunks”.. within driving distance of NYC, and lots of gorgeous scenery, craggy mountain cliffsides, trees, sky.. maybe you’ll have a chance to check it out.
My two cents: Brooklyn Bridge (Take train #6 and get off at Brooklyn bridge) or take train (4,5) and get off at wall st, and you get to capture Brooklyn bridge from distance. and if you can make it to Top of the rock (at Rockefeller center) during sunset (may be) in day light.. it’s a beautiful view. Take a PATH and travel to “New Port” towards new jersey, 10 minutes from 34th street, you’ll get the beautiful skyline of NYC plus the board walk is pretty awesome.
I found this website, Hope you will find it helpful and have a safe trip!
If you take a trip across the hudson river to the New Jersey side there is a place called Liberty State Park. You can get amazing pictures of the NY skyline from there. I take all my relatives there when they come visit from overseas. There is also a view of the statue of liberty from there. Have a great time in New York!
Check out the South Street Seaport and meat Packing District. Also can’t go wrong with the standards, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 memorial and freedom tower. Also walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get the NY skyline. Enjoy!
Never having been there myself, I don’t know how reliable these recommendations are but apparently Watkins Glen State Park has hundreds of stairs that circle countless waterfalls and canyons, while Montour Falls (just two miles away) has a waterfall running through the middle of the village.
Hi – I live in NYC & here are a few possible places for good photography : they are saying chance of snow on Saturday, so of course going to Central Park is a great place … skating rink in Central Park, skating rink at Rockefeller Center, skating rink at Bryant Park in back of the 42nd Street Library …. walking over the Brooklyn Bridge & taking pictures ….. Central Park Zoo …. Department store Holiday windows at Macy’s, Lord & Taylor’s. etc …. View from the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park …. Lincoln Center at night …. Enjoy my city !!!!
If you’re looking for something other than the standard places (times square, statue of liberty, etc.), there’s the High Line. It’s the old raised rail lines that have been converted into a park on Manhattan’s west side. Check out the website: http://www.thehighline.org/about/park-information
Okay, the obvious, assuming you haven’t been in NYC for awhile: the Staten Island Ferry; for great cemetery sculpture in a landscaped setting try St. John’s cemetery in Queens; Wall Street district and Battery Park; the 59th Street Bridge which you can walk across, as well as the Williamsburg Bridge which has some great shots from Delancey Street in the dawn, at sunrise, and you can get hot, just baked bialys from Kossar’s, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which gives you shots of Chinatown as well as good food.
Definitely check out the High Line on Manhattan’s west side between 16th and 31st streets (approximately.) It’s an esplanade of sorts — an elevated walkway one story above the street that was formerly the train tracks that brought cattle to the slaughterhouse. Very low key but extremely refined in its planning and design, and winding between and under lofts, office buildings, and newly constructed apartments. I’ve always thought of it as a trail through a magnificent urban landscape and think you’ll especially resonate with it Patrick. The vistas at every turn or block are really special. See http://www.thehighline.org/ Will look forward to seeing your take on it.
Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, you might also want to visit Times Square at night, though not on New Year’s Eve — unless you like being part of a crowd of drunken revelers. Even though it’s the consummate tourist attraction, the energy at street level and light show from all the billboards are trippy indeed.
Knowing your talent, NYC landmarks seen from within Central Park framed by the trees would be nifty?
But heck, I trust your instincts, go Patrick go! : Tay.
I’ve never been, so everything would interest me, especially the famous park.
Grab some photos in and around the NYC High Line. Cool urban regeneration project, hopefully you get some nice sky to back it up.
Where in New York? Will you be in New York City?
(yikes) Ignore the above, just saw the title. 5th Ave, Highline Park, Brooklyn Promenade..Cheers!:-)
Since we are getting close to 2013, I’d like to see you shoot some photos of things which need to change in the coming year in NY. Happy New Year.
Patrick ~ Have fun in NYC! I am sure you will not have a lack of photo opportunities (and the usual Statue of Liberty, etc.)
There are a lot of really cool Gothic churches in NYC.
Chinatown is colorful.
The US Court House looks out of place with its immense Roman columns.
The Brooklyn Bridge.
Directly across from the 9-11 memorial site is a beautiful glass building (the Securities Exchange Commission is here) with palm trees inside the building (makes for an interesting shot). Just outside of that building is a ferry that will take you to the NJ side to Liberty State Park. This park, near the NJ side docks, has a fabulous view of the city (and a giant chess set unless the restaurant puts it away for the winter). I enjoyed this perspective of the city skyline as the sun sets.
PS. It might be hard to get your awesome starry night shot with all the city lights.
the high line (http://www.thehighline.org/)
Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, the window displays at Macy’s, etc, Ferry to Statue of Liberty for shots of city, SoHo, oh my, you’ll have a blast!!
Outside of NYC is Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Sure to be amazing.
The last time I visit N.Y. was 2006.
As tourist I liked the circle line.
You can see a lot of interesting points from boat.
Have a good begining of 2013
Spike an apple on top of something iconic. Make sure it’s a juicy apple.
Fun! My favorite spots for photos are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
Take a photo of EVERY McDonalds you see. Oh, and have a great time!
Four days isn’t enough time to explore New York!…………lol
The Brooklyn bridge
I’ve not been to New York but my daughter thinks Ellis Island would be a great place to get some good photographs. Also from the roof of The Metropolitan Museum there are cool views of the skylines over Central Park. Look forward to the seeing what you find.
Times Square & Rockefeller Center:-)
I love the city around the holidays! I recommend a walk through SoHo or the West Village early in the morning before the city wakes up; Times Square during the madness of NYE; the decorations at The Plaza; the Chelsea Market; and central park in the snow (if there is any left).
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Agreed! Early morning in the city is amazing. And we’re getting snow/sleet here, so you might get lucky and get some cool shots of NYC in the snow.
My daughter flies this very afternoon from Heathrow u.k. to New York City for the next 8 days..she is going to see New Year arrive in Central Park..something sort of thing happening there…Times Square will be packed..I hear Taylor Swift singing..there you go a bit of input from Wales have fun and I look forward to seeing your photos . Ceri
Oh and Little Italy..I was there last New year it was awesome..and you get cannoli !..’just saying’
Chelsea and Harlem are interesting, Patrick.
Try getting street shots and architectural shots like the flatiron building
Soho is also a good place for architecture on the side streets
North section of Central Park on the west side of the park is very pretty and not usually photographed. Obviously lots of the city has been captured on film but many of the smaller parks on both the upper east and west sides of manhattan lack the major landmarks that draw photographers and tourists, that however does not mean these locations are less interesting. Just note that after Huricane Sandy many of the trees have been blown down. LMK if you need more suggestions
Everywhere! The Brooklyn Bridge, Union Square (more people than landscape there), Central Park, Williamsburg, Washington Square Park. Coney Island used to be a great place to take photos, but I haven’t been there since it was remodeled and then destroyed by Sandy. But the beach and boardwalk there can be quite nice.
Go through Central and Riverside Parks, you’ll find many amazing photo ops. East Village still has New York flavor, Chinatown…Are you trying to capture people, architecture, nature in the city?
These are a bit more out of the way — but I’d recommend Fort Tryon Park & the Cloisters, Prospect Park / Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, Central Park – behind the Met, and the whole of Central Park South and West from Columbus Circle to Lincoln Center. I love the Highline but it may be a little dismal in the winter; the waterfront is also beautiful of course.
The Chrysler Building is my favorite building because of it’s art-deco style. I’ve never been able to see it in person but I’d love to see your pictures of it!
if you go to dumbo in brooklyn go to the Brooklyn Bridge Park by the east river. you’ll be between the brooklyn and manhattan bridges. there’s also jane’s carousel nearby. in manhattan there’s the Highline (http://www.thehighline.org/), you walk along an old train line above the street. you’ll be near Chelsea Market (9th ave btw. 15th and 16th streets) which has tasty food shops. have a good trip.
the Port Authority–not inside (where the people are), but amongst the helixes (sp?) the buses use to get into the PA. South Street Seaport, which is still rebuilding after the storm. Trinity Wall St. which has amazing scaffolding all around it, the Occupy Wall St. crowd underneath, and a fantastic cemetery. Gramercy Park (from the outside, looking in, unless you can get a key). Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum (far east on E 63rd, i think, but google it). An 18th century ‘tavern/inn’ on a beautiful plot of land.
Welcome! (You know…when you get here.) All the way uptown Manhattan on the west side along the river is cool. Washington Heights and Inwood (175 th – 215 th) Take the A Train. Like the song. The Cloisters is also up there which is an interesting art museum with awesome gardens and architecture.
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The city at night is lovely. Nothing like mountains, but you get the real gritty, city feel. If you go by the Brooklyn Bridge waterfront area you’ll get a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline. Also- I enjoy getting lost in the Greenwich Village & Lower East Side area – always something interesting going on.
There is a guy who sits on the benches near the John Lennon memorial in Central Park. He sings Beatles songs and gets everyone to sing along with him. That might be an interesting place to capture. Also, Central Park is just really great for people watching
42nd street is always a great place for pictures-lots of eye candy! Soho is a great trendy neighborhood in downtown, and from there you can visit Chinatown and Little Italy. What about taking the Staten Island Ferry for a round trip ride? You can get great pics of Lady Liberty and the tip of Manhattan. New York City is bursting with amazing photo opportunities, so no matter where you go, you’ll find something! Enjoy and looking forward to seeing the pictures.
Happy New Year!
The Highline , Top of the Rock, anything Central Park (I would start with The Mall and Bethesda Fountain), Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Coney Island (yes, even in the Winter).
The city or the state? I have only visited the city once in my life, and though there will be people who can tell you much more about the city, I will recommend you visit the public library. I was awestruck.
you could go for the emotional 9/11 shots or you could try to find more happy times being had in NY. so many times now we see the downside of NY city instead of the joyful people who live there. Granted, it’s NY and finding happy people may be harder than the thought. Still I think if you look around you should be able to find actual NY people who are not there to visit in a more happier mood than the sorrow or angry ones we are use to.
You should certainly visit Times Square and Rockerfeller Plaza to see the tree while you’re in NYC, check out the famous retail stores (Lord & Taylor especially) window displays, the Skating Rink and St. Patrick’s Cathedral; just to name a few. Any skyline of Manhattan at night at the time of year is beautiful. Surrounding areas such as the Hudson Valley or along the Taconic Parkway are gorgeous as well and if the forecast is correct, there should be some snow gracing the landscape. Welcome to my neck of the woods…hope you enjoy New York. Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year to you and yours.
I feel like 198 people are just taunting you… “We like that you need suggestions… but we won’t leave one.” : )
The tree at Rockefeller Center is usually amazing. And shooting towards the sky about anywhere in the city downtown could get you some great shots… the architecture contrasted with the sky.
Good luck! I’m headed to Vancouver end of Jan — Where should I go?
I could not tell you a location by name, but I’m sure you will find NY very inspiring for photos! I will be looking forward to your photos.
The Coney Island Freak Show, aka Coney Island Circus Sideshow. They still sell shirts that say freak show.
Gantry Plaza State Park is great, though it has become saturated the past few years due to popularity. It’s in Queens along the East River and has great views of the city at night.
Also, Rucker’s Park in Harlem, famous for the basketball legends that play there and have played there.
The Coney Island Freak Show, aka Coney Island Circus Sideshow. They still sell shirts that say freak show.
Gantry Plaza State Park is great, though it has become saturated the past few years due to popularity. It’s in Queens along the East River and has great views of the city at night.
Also, Rucker’s Park in Harlem, famous for the basketball legends that play there and have played there.
Is the Brooklyn Bridge lit up ?
One of my favorite places in NYC is the High Line Park. Central Park of course if you wander off the beaten paths. East Greenwich Village for the small streets and just about any rooftop you can get to. For a nice hot toddy in this weather, go to the lobby bar at the Jane Hotel. Great space and very cozy, especially if you get a spot by the large fireplace!
Have a health,happy and a successful new year.jalal
Central Park, Times Square on New Year’s Eve – I went once and it was a blast, you’ll see tons of people from all over the world there!
Back in the 80′s, taking the Saw Mill Parkway into the city was always a trippy experience, with all the abandoned hijacked cars along the way. Sadly, they cleaned that all up, so I guess I’ll cast my vote for Harlem, Tribeca, Greenwich Village, Chinatown.
How about the Austrian Cultural Forum on East 52nd Street? Fabulous architecture… My favorite place in the city is the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Looking for odd? The.Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine has the Peace Garden with a curious fountain. Many have tried to interpret it. You might bring a whole new lens to the discussion. Happy New Year!
Besides of all those already mentioned, I liked the shot from Staten Island Ferry best. At that time I got sunset light on the twin towers. Been a while.
Best wishes from munich. Have a healthy and a great new year in NYC. Keep with on with your wonderful pictures.
Have a wonderful time in ” The Big Apple” ! Look forward to seeing some fantastic pictures.
How fun! Enjoy your trip and Happy New Year!
You need a month for those locations not olnly 4 days. My tip goes for Sky Room located at 33rd floor, an amazing place and a beautiful panorama, here is the link with the address:
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Me again. And this is not only for Patrick but anyone reading this blog who lives in the New York vicinity and has yet to see Ann Hamilton’s piece, “The Event of a Thread.” at the Park Avenue Armory: http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/ann_hamilton
One of the two most exquisite, sublime, and uplifting works of art I have ever experienced, and perhaps the closest anyone of us will get to heaven in our lifetimes. Best to go with someone you love or like a lot, whether a child, partner, parent, or friend, and be sure to lie on the floor beneath the undulating curtain. The swings are pretty amazing too, as is the spectacle of hundreds of other people sharing the experience, each in their own blissed out way.
The one downside is that it will only be up through January 6.
59th street bridge.
Two options: Take the pedestrian path. However, this is on the wrong side of the bridge, IMO, the ‘right’ side is on the car side so…
Take a car (Cab) across the 59th street bridge around 7:30-7:50 (On the bridge.)
You can open the windows to take the picture. There will be lots of traffic, and you will hardly be moving.
I’m sure you’ve got many great suggestions, but off the top of my head – the Cloisters might be a good one… Very uptown, old cathedrals, beautiful grounds… Enjoy NYC! Can’t wait to see your gorgeous pictures.
-Dana (in bklyn NYC)
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Stay warm and shoot it all!!! NYC is magical, but crowded…. lot’s to see and shoot! Happy New Year and can’t wait to see your photos.
Take the East River Ferry from 34th street (buy an all day pass $12), get off at Long Island City, there you have the Pepsi-Cola sign, the UN building from across the river and close ups of the Chrysler and Empire State Building, jump back on and get of at North 6th, Williamsburg. Capture the Hipster Culture on Bedford Ave and the widest view of the river and the skyline. Jump back on, get of at South Williamsburg and walk a couple blocks in to capture the most densely populated community of Orthodox Jews living in America. Jump back on, yet again, and head over to Dumbo. Last stop is the pier at Wall Street and downtown Manhattan. Hit the side streets and take a look at all the construction that is still ongoing as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
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Happy New Year Patrick!……..thank you for your support in 2012…….may 2013 be your best year ever………blessings!……..Kim
High Line Park… for the sculptural lines, the architecture, the nature/city juxtapositions, the people, the dynamics… have fun, keep safe, happy new year
I’d love to see your take on the Chrysler Building…
Lower East Side for the color. West Village for Colonial history. Greenwich Village – esp round MacDougal area for entertainment. Fort Tryon Park for a glimpse of the George Washington Bridge and Palisades in NJ. Happy New Year, Patrick!! Enjoy the city )
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The brownstone house where. some of “Kate & Leopold” was filmed…I don’t know its location other than NYC.
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Wow NYC! Happy new year 2013 Can’t wait for the photos!
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UGGGG!!! I missed giving you NYC photo suggestions, but I just looked at your post and saw you have some GORGEOUS shots. In June/July I’ll be in Vancouver/Edmonton/Calgary/Regina & Winnipeg. Would love some advice. Happy New Year
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