NYC Skyline and One World Trade Center
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New York City - Street Art - After the Rain - Lower East Side
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New York City - Cobblestones and Shadows - Municipal Building
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Brooklyn Bridge and New York City Skyline - Summer Sunset
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New York Night - Skyscraper Skyline
And as the wind slow dances across the surface of the water with the city lights, the rest of the world seems to slip away.
This is a 20 second long exposure taken late at night overlooking the New York City skyline of lower Manhattan and Pier 17. In this scene: the skyscrapers of the Financial District including the Woolworth Building, 1 WTC (also known as the Freedom Tower), New York by Gehry, and the South Street Seaport.
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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 - 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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Manhattan Bridge - Night - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
The world stops spinning on its axis
as the city's lights search through the night
for hearts that flutter to the
syncopation of its pulsating lights.
This was taken on a stormy night in Brooklyn as the waves in the East River pounded the piers and the wind whipped against the faces of the few brave souls who were still standing at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park hoping to catch a first glimpse of the city's lights as they flickered into view.
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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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Chinatown- Under the Manhattan Bridge - New York City Street- By Vivienne Gucwa When winter shifts into spring, the light shifts too. Stark, short afternoons that end too abruptly morph vivid, warm afternoons that linger until the sky relents. ---- This was taken on a stark, short afternoon that was only mildly flirting with spring a week or so ago before the city erupted into full-on springtime mode. This is one of my favorite parts of Chinatown under 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 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 Cityscape - Skyline at Sunset
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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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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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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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St. Mark's Place at Night - East Village - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
When the days concede to night in the winter, there is a certain comfort in the glow of neon city lights.
This particular view is of St. Mark's Place in the East Village. The cow belongs to the restaurant Mark and the neon belongs to Andromeda Tattoo and Piercing. The sign that is partially concealed is Rockit Scientist Records which was a great records store that dated back to the mid 1990s when the East Village was home to far more records stores and had a more eclectic vibe.
There is a coldness to neon that is eclipsed by a peculiar sort of warmth when the windchills dip into the single digits. It's a sign of life. People tend to huddle under the glow of the lights in the winter with a frequency that isn't seen as much in warmer months as if they are city moths drawn to the glowing promise of warmth.
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Williamsburg Bridge Sunset - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When the sun sets in the winter, its light pours over the city like the glow from a distant bonfire with scattered light illuminating the grey, steel edges like embers strewn about in the wind. --- The Williamsburg Bridge is a favorite of mine in lower Manhattan. It tends to be overshadowed by the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge when it comes to popularity. This is probably because its pedestrian walkway is completely enclosed by a metal gate and because it isn't in super close proximity to the other two bridges (although one could argue that the pedestrian entrances to all three bridges are in walking distance to each other). However, it definitely lives up to its National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark status. Its architecture is incredible and the views of the New York City skyline and Brooklyn that can be glimpsed from either walkway are stunning. ---
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Storm Clouds - Chinatown - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa As storm clouds approach, the sun washes over the city showering its splendor onto the urban landscape like a brilliant star projecting its last bits of light into the vast universe. I love the light on the buildings in this section of Chinatown before a storm. This particular view overlooks the tenements that face the Forsyth Market under the Manhattan Bridge where produce and other food is sold daily in a sprawling open air market. ---
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Stone Street Historic District - Financial District - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Something I absolutely love about New York City is that tucked away between the towering monuments of modernity that populate the cityscape are streets that look as if they have been transported from another era and geographic location entirely. These streets are suspended in time like flies in amber. This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street and 13-15 South William Street can be seen in this particular view. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’. In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan . This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants. ---
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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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Municipal Building - New York City - Towards the Light- By Vivienne Gucwa We move slowly towards the light over the cobblestones that the weary feet of all those who have passed over these same paths have passed before us. And through the archways and doors that sit in our immediate view, the city opens up like so many opportunities that sit every so slightly out of our reach.
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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 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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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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Wildflowers Along the High Line - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The wildflowers that grow along the High Line Park are some of my favorite flowers in New York City. Greenery has a way of thriving in this elevated park due to the nature of the buildings that line the old railroad tracks which cast shade on certain sections while other sections bask in direct sunlight daily. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. The shaded areas are brimming with colorful flowers and plant life that has claimed its home here breathing life into this space that was once dominated by industry. ---
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Deluge of Light - The Chelsea Skyline as seen from the High Line - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The summer sun washes over the city one last time as storm clouds gather overhead in congress with themselves over when they should rain their praise down from the sky. Wild flowers swayed by the whispers of the wind take one last look at the urban landscape as it glows in the sun's deluge of light waiting for the sky to quench their thirst. --- I love the drama that plays out in the sky before a storm especially when viewed alongside the buildings that make up the Chelsea skyline as viewed from the High Line. Tiny tenements stand in the shadow of towering older buildings with ornate architecture which are framed by the more modern architecture and the water towers stand proudly against the sky like beacons. ---
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The City's Memory - High Line Flowers - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Where does the city’s memory imprint itself? Is it imprinted on the concrete of sidewalks weathered by world-weary feet? Is it imprinted in the foundations of the skyscrapers that scratch the surface of the sky connecting the sidewalks below to loftier aspirations? Is it imprinted in the people whose lives unfold frenetically over the vast urban landscapes that stretch across the city like veins and arteries? Is it imprinted in the transportation systems that contract and expand like ligaments and tendons, flexing their way through the corporeal terrain? Or is the city’s memory imprinted on elements that only peripherally stake their claim on such a grandiose landscape? In the petals of flowers, freshly opened and unfettered by permanence, the city effortlessly makes an impression like pressing a hand into soft flesh or falling slowly into a cloud. ---
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New York City Skyline at Sunset on a Stormy Evening
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Sidewalk Dream - Street Art - New York City
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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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Afternoon Sunlight on a Greenwich Village Street - New York City
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In the Shadows - Lower East Side Alley - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa In the darkest canals of the city where light seeps through, wanderers emerge bleary-eyed into the sun: birthed explorers carrying darkness into the light. --- There is a solitary aspect to living in such a highly populated city such as New York City. It's easier to sink into the shadows. People pass in stairways and on sidewalks with vigorous abandon : ghosts brushing shoulders in a daily anonymous tango. ---
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New York City Architecture - Tribeca Cafe
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Blush Response - Japanese Magnolia Blossoms - Spring - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa As the steel exoskeletons that wind along city buildings bask in the glow of springtime, fresh-faced blossoms blush in the warmth of the sun tilting their heads skyward hoping for a kiss. And the earth swoons. ---
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Rain - Greenwich Village - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
I love rainy days in New York City. Rain is the sky's love song to the city.
The sky opens up revealing an other-worldly light that cloaks the city in effervescent splendor.
Sidewalks and streets, slick with promise, mirror the movement of urban explorers navigating the sleek concrete as taxi lights shine their refracted, blurred lights into the vast expanse of the rain-soaked landscape.
Dusk - City Hall Park Fountain - NYC- By Vivienne Gucwa Buildings that pepper the lower Manhattan skyline surround City Hall Park fountain at dusk. ---
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Heart of it All - Above Chinatown - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa This is one of my favorite views of Chinatown. The view is of East Broadway, a main street in Chinatown that extends into the Lower East Side. A girl sits on one of the rooftops eating a bowl of food in the upper right hand corner of this photo. The Municipal Building sits in the distance. This particular spot is a Chinatown neighborhood known as ‘Two Bridges’. Two Bridges sits along the East River and has long been a dwelling spot for many different immigrant communities over the years. It sits alongside the infamous and historic Five Points area where Irish, Jewish and Italian gangs battled to the death in the mid-19th century. It is currently home to a large community of Chinese immigrants and many of the buildings are tenements dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ---
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