New York City Skyline
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New York City Skyline and Queensboro Bridge - Dusk- By Vivienne Gucwa
It happens like this:
You squint your eyes open
after walking on clouds in last night's dreams
and the city comes into view:
a vast glistening kingdom built on the the shoulders of despair and joy.
As the city comes into focus slowly,
you shut your eyes abruptly
sending up every wish that rests on the tip of your tongue
soaring on the barest whisper of a breeze
up towards the sky.
And then you blink your eyes open
hoping none of this
was in vain.
This is a view of the Queensboro Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, and a host of other names) and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan.
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New York City - Night Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa Dusk dances on the water every evening as the city hangs brightly in a night sky illuminated by the lights of skyscrapers that climb their way up to the surface of dreams. --- The moments between day and night are some of my favorite moments. The sky seems to linger and dwell in the hues of the day while the city's lights mix with the colors of the recent sunset on the surface of the water. This image was taken on a brisk night while standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The view is of the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan including 1 WTC (also known as the Freedom Tower, the Woolworth Building, and New York by Gehry. ---
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Williamsburg Bridge and New York City Skyline at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa Moments are vessels that contain: sparks, magic, effervescent happiness, lingering sadness, red-tinged anger, bittersweet joy all waiting to explode if and when that point in time is visited again. There are moments that exist somewhere between the excited beat of the heart and a welled-up tear in the eye. They are the chills that run up the back of the neck and the small smile that can't be contained when their memory is nudged by a sound, sight, scent, touch. It's the way the light was shining through the bridge as the boat pulled away under a sky blue with hope as the sun set and the lump in the throat subsided momentarily. It's the way the water looked as it rocked the boat gently like a lullaby as it drifted away from the sunlight that poured its light onto the surface of the water. And it's the way everything seemed pointless in comparison to the way the clouds gathered over the city: hopeful tufts of smoke emanating from the sun's extinguishing fire... --- This is a view of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Lower East Side as seen from a boat on the East River during sunset. In the distance sits the skyline of Brooklyn in Dumbo and the Manhattan Bridge. ---
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Brooklyn Bridge and New York City Skyline - City Lights- By Vivienne Gucwa
It's interesting how photos take on a life of their own with long exposure photography. This was taken on a cold night recently as a storm was rolling in. I waited patiently in between stubborn sustained wind gusts as the water from the East River lapped at the edges of Brooklyn Bridge Park gushing over the sides every so often as if to foreshadow what the clouds were hoping to do to the city.
As storm clouds moved in and the increasingly darkening sky turned various shades of purple and blue shortly after a relatively subdued sunset, there were a few minutes of calm silence. And as the water played nice and the wind decided to run its own marathon elsewhere, 4 seconds were there for the capturing before the skies unleashed their watery exclamations in the form of rain.
This is one of the more popular vantage points for photography of the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyscrapers belong to the Financial District. Prominent structures and buildings include: the Woolworth Building, New York by Gehry (at 8 Spruce Street), One World Trade Center (also known as 1 WTC and/or the Freedom Tower), Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport.
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New York City - Night- By Vivienne Gucwa
I have been traipsing all over the city for the last few months trying to capture a large majority of New York City’s skyline views. I think everyone has a particular skyline view they immediately think of when they think of the city. And yet, it’s still incredible to me after all this time that I come across different skyline angles that I hadn’t previously come across or had the time to explore before from certain vantage points.
New York City has several prominent skyline views that are popular. One is in lower Manhattan and usually includes the skyscrapers of the Financial District along with the one or more of the bridges that serve the lower part of Manhattan. The other series of skyline views can be found from the top of a few popular skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. Another series of skyline views involves the midtown Manhattan skyline as seen from different vantage points across (or in some cases directly from) the East River. This particular view is taken from one of the latter vantage points. It’s a 30 second long exposure taken on a gorgeously clear and cold night in the beginning of March from Roosevelt Island.
Prominent skyscrapers in this view are the Chrysler Building and the United Nations building (all the way to the left). The lights of other famous midtown skyscrapers can also be seen even if those skyscrapers (looking at you Empire State Building) are hidden in this view. The lights directly in front of the skyscrapers that line the East River belong to the FDR Drive, a major traffic route that lines New York City’s east side.
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Chrysler Building and New York Skyline - Roosevelt Island View
Chrysler Building and New York Skyline - Roosevelt Island View- By Vivienne Gucwa
This is the result of a 30 second exposure taken late last week from Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is a tiny island that sits in the East River overlooking the Upper East Side and midtown Manhattan. The Chrysler Building is a beacon of white, sparkling lights in a sea of skyscrapers lit by the yellow glow of the lights on the FDR Drive. It's a rather calm place to visit at this time of year since it's not quite warm enough for people to take full advantage of the promenade that runs parallel to this amazing view.
The night tends to fall quietly over the lights of Manhattan when viewing the skyline from this vantage point. The only sounds that are prominent are the sound of waves lapping up against the sides of the promenade as the rare boat speeds by. I find it endlessly fascinating how a long exposure can calm even those sounds down visually - smoothing out the water's surface until the lights seem to melt into the water like liquid stars in a watery universe.
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New York City Skyline - Skyscrapers of the Financial District as seen from Midtown- By Vivienne Gucwa I love the variety of skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline in lower Manhattan. They jut up like stalagmites from the city floor. This skyline view is usually photographed from the other side usually across the East River but this is a view of the skyline as seen from midtown Manhattan. Prominent works of architecture include New York by Gehry and the Municipal Building. ---
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New York City Skyline Sunset and the Brooklyn Bridge on a Summer Evening- By Vivienne Gucwa Summer evenings in New York City weave their own spell when summer night skies slide onto the city through the sticky-sweet haze. The skyscrapers cling to the sunlight wrapped up in the glow and hazy anticipation of just one more kiss of light. --- This was taken at the peak of last summer from a roof top in Brooklyn over looking the skyline of Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Bridge and a very hazy lower Manhattan skyline. I was shooting with a camera I wasn't at all used to shooting with and the temperature was hovering near 80 degrees at night with nearly 100% humidity. The air was thick as molasses and the heat was unrelenting but it was an absolutely gorgeous summer sunset. ----
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New York City Skyline - Financial District Skyscrapers- By Vivienne Gucwa In the winter, there is a clarity and edge that is carried on the frigid fingers of icy air and crystallized exhales. -- This is a view of the lower Manhattan skyline featuring the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Pier 17. The Freedom Tower (also known as 1 WTC or One World Trade Center), Woolworth Building, New York by Gehry, and the spire of the Municipal Building can all be seen here. ---
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Skyline Sunset - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Late summer and early autumn sunsets in New York City are intensely beautiful. The city seems to cling to every bit of sunlight through a haze that sleepily hangs low over the urban waterfront. This was taken near the end of a four hour long ferry ride back and forth around the East River in the late summer. There were barely any people on the ferry that day and I spent entire rides just taking note of the sun's descent in the sky. When this moment occurred, it was so brief and fleeting and yet so dramatic in its intensity as the sun dipped towards the midtown skyline grazing the skyscrapers that I barely even knew if I captured it properly since the waves were kicking up in the river and the boat was swaying up and down over the waves. By then, I had gotten my 'sea legs' and knew the exact way to stand and counter the movement with my camera in my hands. And the sun-kissed skyline drifted away from view and descended into the twilight of evening. --- This view is of the New York City skyline in midtown including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building during the last moments of a sunset as seen from the East River. ---
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New York City Skyline at Sunset - Lower Manhattan Skyscrapers
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The New York City Skyline at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa Late summer sunsets over New York City are the most intoxicating. The bubbles from the wake of boats in the river go right to the head. And the sun's trail of gold kisses on the water lead straight to the heart of the city. --- It's this time of year when I start to miss late summer sunsets like this in New York City. When I need to clear my mind, I head to the water. Sometimes I go to the beach to listen to the waves and sometimes I go to the river to gain perspective on everything going on in my life. I don't know what I would do if I lived in a land-locked area. On the day that I took this photo, I rode the East River Ferry for 4 hours straight (the day-pass is incredible) watching the light stretch across the sky and cityscape changing subtly every hour until the sun burst over the city like a supernova. The waves were perfect that day. The East River Ferry stops in both Manhattan and Brooklyn going from 34th Street in midtown, down to Wall Street's Pier 11, passing under each of lower Manhattan's bridges and then across to stops in Brooklyn and Queens connecting at piers in DUMBO, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Long Island City. ---
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The New York City Skyline and the Statue of Liberty at Sunset - Under the Brooklyn Bridge- By Vivienne Gucwa
Every evening, the sun slides slowly down along the sky gleaming and floating above the city.
Reaching through the clouds to look at its reflection of liquid gold in the water below, it pauses.
And in those brief moments, it's as if the earth has stopped revolving just long enough for the sun and the city to kiss.
This was taken while on a boat in the East River passing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyline is the lower Manhattan skyline featuring the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. To the left in the distance, sits the Statue of Liberty.
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