New York City - Christmas in the Snow
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New York City - Historic Street
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New York City - The Brooklyn Bridge
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New York Stock Exchange Holiday Tree in the Snow
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New York City - Winter - Financial District in the Snow
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New York City - Snow - Stone Street
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New York City - Winter - Bicycling Down an Alley in the Snow
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New York City - Summer Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa
Summer in New York City:
...popsicles melting on tongues like summer snowflakes, ice cream kisses under trees, sand between toes, ocean waves, afternoon daydreams, roller-coaster laughter, running barefoot through fountains, fire-escape barbecues, freckles on warm skin, open fire hydrant dancing, shaved ices on corners, stoop gossip, bicycles against trees, clothesline clothes swaying against the skyline, ferry boat waves and river lullabies, evening breezes, and sunsets that steal their way into hearts...
This was taken on a boat in the East River overlooking the Manhattan Bridge and New York City skyline in lower Manhattan.
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New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa It's in the way the city rises up towards the sky conducting the clouds and waves like a symphony. The crescendos are the loud heartbeats of lovers and dreamers. And the diminuendos are the whispers of hope uttered on soft breaths infused by the promise of something greater. --- This view is of the iconic skyline of Lower Manhattan. It features the skyscrapers of the Financial District. It's the view you see when you are heading towards or away from Manhattan by boat. It's a study of lines and shapes and it never fails to take my breath away. ---
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New York City Skyline - Financial District - Hudson River View- By Vivienne Gucwa Summer's sun washes the city in light: brazen, unforgettable light that fills the eyes like happy tears. --- I have been shooting a lot at dusk and at night over the last few months. And so, when I was invited on a cruise around Manhattan recently, the mid-day summer light took me by surprise. This is my favorite group of buildings in the Financial District. They border Battery Park City and are park of the skyline of lower Manhattan. Some of them date back to the early 20th century and some are newly constructed. The river view of this area is always smile-inducing (for me anyway). Manhattan has two distinct clusters of skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline. There are the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan and then there are the skyscrapers of the Financial District and lower Manhattan. They both have their own appeal, of course. ---
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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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New York City Skyline - Financial District Skycrapers at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa There's a series of moments that linger between day and night that linger a little longer in the summer. The sun slides down through the clouds towards the city pouring its soft light onto the water. The skyscrapers soften their time-worn facades as they lean in towards the last fragments of the day. And the spray from the wake of a boat dances with the sun's light. --- This was taken on an absolutely stunning summer evening with the A77 while on a boat in the East River as the boat pulled away from the skyline leaving an illuminated wake behind it. This is the skyline of lower Manhattan in the Financial District. To the right (out of this scene) sits the Brooklyn 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 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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New York City Skyline at Sunset - Lower Manhattan Skyscrapers
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Stone Street - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Stone Street is a narrow cobblestone alley that was first developed by Dutch colonists in the 1600s. Its claim to fame is that it is New York City's first paved street and as such it is recognized as a historic landmark. It's the main part of an area currently known as the Stone Street Historic District. Nestled among skyscrapers in the Financial District, it's something of a time machine back into another era of New York City's history. The street is the site where British merchants traded and sold goods, where American colonialists passionately spoke of independence and where tracts of land were purchased and sold (completely disregarding the earlier inhabitants of the area). The Dutch West India Company first sold this area to European property owners in the mid 1600s. It was around 1658 that the street was paved. The name Stone Street actually came about in the late 1700s. Prior to being named Stone Street, this alley was called Hoogh Straet and then Brouwer Street and also spent some time as Duke Street. Since the street is so close to the waterfront, it was the site of a tremendous amount of commercial activity for two centuries. In the mid 1800s, the area was destroyed by the Great Fire. Even though the Great Fire leveled hundreds of buildings in the area, the Stone Street district bounced back due to New York City having the leading maritime port in the country. However, in the mid twentieth century the area saw a decline due to maritime activity moving to the west side of Manhattan. In the mid 1990s, funding was secured to restore the area back to its former glory. ---
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The New York City Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa When the last of summer's sun-drenched caresses fall from the sky onto the buildings below, the city swoons and time holds still for a moment wrapped up in the beauty and warmth of this fleeting bliss. --- This photo is of a view looking out over the FDR Drive towards the New York City skyline comprised of the the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 17 at South Street Seaport sit in the distance. Taken during a captivating sunset during the peak of summer. ---
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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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Dog Walking - Financial District - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa I have been thinking a lot about different visions of New York City a lot lately. I had an interesting interview for a project I am being considered for a few weeks ago where I found myself talking about what I try to convey about New York City with my photography and writing. It was interesting to talk about it face to face (over Skype) rather than write about it because in a sort of stream of consciousness way I had to explain to someone who had never been to New York City how I try to show how I experience New York City on a regular basis via my own views of it colored by falling in love with a combination of streetscapes in classic film noir cinema, futuristic sci-fi city environments in literature and film, and years of traversing New York City on foot. A few nights ago, I watched a documentary about Woody Allen and there was a segment in it that resonated with me deeply which is no surprise since I am a huge fan of the Annie Hall and Manhattan era Woody Allen films. Martin Scorcese, the director of masterpieces such as: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Gangs of New York talks about Woody Allen's extreme nostalgia for the present that is evident in Allen's film Manhattan. He states that for Woody Allen it is as if New York City is constantly alive and continually evolving but Allen's New York City is an entirely different planet from his own. The documentary switches over to Woody Allen who then states: "I wanted to show New York in a very beautiful way, the way I see it. I never had any interest in showing it except through my rose colored glasses; my romanticized view of it." There is definitely a romanticized element that is evident in my photography of New York City. When I walk from my apartment on the Lower East Side through Chinatown and Soho or up through the East Village towards midtown, I am bombarded with memories and desire to capture the fragments of life and architecture that, for me, tug at the visions of New York City I have in my own mind. I hope that one day if and when I have the means to travel I will be able to do the same which each place I explore and experience. ---
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New York City Skyline at Sunset on a Stormy Evening
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Sun Fire - The New York City Sunline in Silhouette at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa I used to refer to sunsets as sunfire. Those first sunsets burned through my retinas into the innermost recesses of my mind. Clouds poured over the smoldering sparks of orange like thick plumes of smoke and before the sun extinguished itself, it burned the brightest of any flame in existence. When the sun sets over New York City, it’s as if a thousand flames dance across the sky, leaving embers scattered across the skyline in the wake of it’s burning: like a fevered dream scattering its remnants across the mind before the deepest of slumbers. I used to refer to sunsets as sunfire. I still do. ---
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Enchantment - Skyscrapers - Financial District - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When I was very young, I remember learning about vast mountain ranges that existed in what seemed like universes beyond New York City. I would regale myself with images of these towering feats of nature trying to imagine what it was like to come in contact with such powerful natural wonders. I used to think to myself "There is nothing like this here in the city, all we have are buildings." It wasn't until my teens when I lived in New Mexico for a little over a year and more specifically when I got to experience the majesty of Taos that I was able to understand how infinitely small everything seems in comparison to the vastness of the world. And yet, while I was in school there in Albuquerque, other students would ask me daily to tell them what it was like to live amongst buildings that soared to the sky. It never occurred to me before that time that the man-made feats of architecture that I viewed on a regular basis were for these students what the images of mountain ranges were to me before I had the experience of seeing mountains with my own eyes. When I moved back to New York City, I carried that new knowledge with me like a precious gift, tucking it away for safe-keeping. And it wasn't until I discovered photography, that I took that knowledge out from where I tucked it away for many years and started to view my own city with new eyes. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't recall the time when I realized that New York City is its own man-made land of enchantment. ---
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