New York City - Skyline with Bridges
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New York City Skyline
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Dreamy New York City Skyline
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New York City Skyline - Empire State Building and Skyscrapers
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New York City Skyline - Sunset Over Midtown Manhattan
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New York City Skyline - Winter - Snow Covered Skyscrapers
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New York City - Skyline Dreamscape
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New York City Sunset - Skyline and Newtown Creek
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Empire State Building and the Manhattan Bridge on a Summer Night
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Empire State Building and Abandoned Railroad Tracks - New York City
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New York City Skyline - City Lights at Night- By Vivienne Gucwa There is nothing like summer nights in the city when the heavy haze, thick with the day’s dreams, nestles itself into the cradle of lights below. --- This is a view of the New York City skyline looking south facing the Empire State Building, 1 WTC (also known as the Freedom Tower) and the Statue of Liberty. It is a 25 second long exposure. While this view is probably one of the most popular views in Manhattan, it still never fails to impress. ---
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New York City Skyline - Sunset over Midtown- By Vivienne Gucwa
New York City sunsets are songs.
They remind you of all of the times
you ran with open arms
into a city that embraced you back
on the whisper of a breeze
in a skyline reflected in glistening eyes
wide with hope.
carries the promise
of a new song.
This image was taken from the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) during an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The view is of the skyscrapers and rooftops of the midtown Manhattan skyline looking south including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and 1 World Trade Center.
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New York City Skyline Cityscape- By Vivienne Gucwa The city rises out of the water proud, elegant adorned in its colorful, man-made suits of armor. And all of the hopes and dreams billow up to meet the sky propelling themselves past the places and spaces that hold them. --- This was taken recently while on a boat to New Jersey. As I have mentioned before in other posts, one of the many reasons I love living in New York City is that the shifts in perspective can be so incredibly jarring and thought provoking. When you are in the midst of it all, you don't fully realize that Manhattan (in particular) is an island. And yet, once you get on any of the boats that traverse the rivers that surround the city, it's really overwhelming to see Manhattan's skyline shrink into the distance under a vast sky. The Hudson River is all that sits between parts of New Jersey and Manhattan. This view includes the Empire State Building and the midtown Manhattan skyline that sits on the west side of the island. ---
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Empire State Building and New York City Skyline - Afternoon
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New York City Skyline - Skyscrapers at Night- By Vivienne Gucwa
In the blink of an eye the city's lights twinkle like stars in a universe that rises up from the ground to the surface of a darkening sky.
And all at once, everything else seems to fade away.
This was taken on a frigid evening at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens with wind gusts that roared across the river to the rocks I was teetering on with nothing more than my tripod and utterances of hope that the wind would let up for just a few seconds.
But as I stood there frozen in place for what seemed like the longest 30 seconds of the night, the city’s glow rivaled that of a roaring fire and everything else seemed to pale in comparison.
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New York City Sunset - Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa I never really get tired of this view. I know I have expressed that sentiment many times but it's absolutely true. There's something incredibly breathtaking that occurs when you are above the rooftops of the city. It's as if the city shrinks below a vast sky in a huge universe and everything that once seemed impossible seems effortless and within the realm of possibility. It's so easy to forget that sort of thing when you live in a large city like New York City. When you are in the thick of it all, it can feel like the you are alone in a never-ending maze of cavernous streets as everyone else's dreams and hopes fly past you at the speed of light. But when you take yourself out from the middle of everything and change your perspective, it's as if the city holds its arms out to you beckoning you to come back and put your own dreams out there so they can spread their wings and fly up to the sky towards the horizon leaving a trail of hope in their path. --- This was taken from the top of Rockefeller Center (also known as Top of the Rock) and it's probably one of the most popular views of the New York City skyline since it includes the Empire State Building and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. The view is looking south towards One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower and 1 WTC) and the skyscrapers of the Financial District. ---
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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 and Empire State Building - Top of the Rock View- By Vivienne Gucwa
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. 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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Autumn - New York City - Overlooking Union Square- By Vivienne Gucwa
On cloudy days in autumn, the trees stick out from the ground below like paintbrushes heavy with memories of the sun's embrace.
And the city, weary in preparation of shorter days, clamors to hold onto every last bit of color and light.
I love this view of Union Square Park looking towards the Empire State Building and the beautiful skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. It's particularly gorgeous in the autumn when the trees change color before descending gracefully to the ground. ---
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The Empire State Building and New York City Rooftops- By Vivienne Gucwa The Empire State Building always seems to stand out when viewing certain cross-sections of the New York City skyline. I have always imagined it to be an urban lighthouse helping all urban wanderers navigate through the dense sea of buildings that surround its distinctive shape. This vantage point is from a rooftop located as far west as you can possibly go in Chelsea before landing in the Hudson River. ---
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The New York City Skyline and the Empire State Building- By Vivienne Gucwa Rising up from the density of the urban landscape, giant stalagmites formed by the downward flow of steel and concrete from somewhere high up in the clouds assert their presence. Reaching towards the dizzying heights where dreams reside, these monoliths guide all city dweller's dreams upward like lighthouses in an urban sea. ---
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The Empire State Building and Little Italy - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa One of my favorite views of the Empire State Building is from a vantage point in lower Manhattan. My breath is momentarily taken away every time I come across the Empire State Building's spire jutting out in the distance framed by the Little Italy's architecture. Little Italy is a small area in downtown Manhattan. Currently inhabiting a tiny section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets the area recalls a rich history of immigration. Many late 19th century and early 20th century tenements still line the streets and what is left of the area emanates a tremendous amount of history. Immigrants from Italy first settled in the neighborhood called Five Points in the 1850s, finally spreading north into what is now referred to as Little Italy in the 1880s. The Five Points neighborhood was New York’s original and most notorious slum. Located a few blocks below Canal at Baxter Street the neighborhood teemed with gangs, prostitutes, and criminals. A target for reformers of all stripes and an embarrassment to civic planners, the dark and airless tenements of the Five Points were finally demolished in an early urban renewal effort and in their place rose newer buildings which still stand today (and can be seen in this photo). Little Italy has lately been colonized by Chinatown in its southern parts and its northern reaches now host upscale boutiques, bars and restaurants. The remnants of the original Little Italy can be found around Mulberry Street and Mott Street. Some interesting film trivia: key scenes from The Godfather were filmed in Little Italy. These include the christening scene, in which Coppola’s family members acted as extras, and the set representing the interior of the Genco Olive Oil company, which was built on the fourth floor of an old loft building at 128 Mott Street, at the corner of Hester Street. ---
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Perspective - The Empire State Building and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa The Empire State Building was designed (from the top down) by William F. Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using earlier designs as a basis. The building was officially opened on May 1, 1931 in dramatic fashion, when United States President Herbert Hoover turned on the building’s lights with the push of a button from Washington, D.C. It was the first building to have more than 100 floors. ---
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The Infinite Sprawl - The Empire State Building and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa On a hazy day, New York City stretches on indefinitely: infinity sprawling out like a somnolent feline. Clouds cast a bone-white hue on the tops of skyscrapers that jut out of the landscape: their axis-mundi-aspirations propelling them skyward. The day languidly yawns, its heavy eyelids blurring the horizon. --- Despite growing up in New York City, I hadn’t been to the tops of any of the iconic skyscrapers with observation decks since I was very, very little. The Top of the Rock is an observation deck on the top of Rockefeller Center. It closed in 1986 for renovations and reopened in 2005. When I was younger, I went on a few school trips to Rockefeller Center to go on the NBC Studios tour which was a lot of fun but since it was the late 80s and early 90s, the top was closed to visitors. In recent years, I decided to finally visit the Top of the Rock. The Top of the Rock is the top of what is also known as the GE Building. It’s an Art Deco skyscraper that is in the center of Rockefeller Center. The GE Building used to be known as the RCA Building until the mid 1980s when GE incorporated RCA and NBC. The building is 850 feet tall (70 stories) and since the address is 30 Rockefeller Center, it is usually referred to as “30 Rock”. What I find really incredible about the observation decks at Top of the Rock aside from the views is that there is so much room. There are three observation decks in total and all three are designed to resemble the upper decks of a 1930s luxury ocean liner complete with deck chairs. Two of the decks on the the 67th and 69th floors include outdoor terraces which are enclosed in transparent, safety glass. The top deck which is on the 70th floor features a completely open air, unobstructed 360-degree view of New York City and beyond. The day I went, there were barely any people up on the top deck with me since the weather wasn’t ideal. However, I think it’s often less crowded than the Empire State Building’s observation deck even in beautiful weather. At 850 feet above street level, the view is jaw-dropping and includes complete views of Central Park and the Empire State Building which you can’t really complain about. ---
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Timeless - The Empire State Building and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa I had the good fortune and pleasure of getting to visit the Google NYC headquarters recently. This particular vantage point is from the outside terrace of their cafeteria. What a view, right? I absolutely love the grandiose scale of the Empire State Building in relation to the Chrysler Building. When viewed side by side, the contrast is enormous.
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