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New York City Skyline
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Chrysler Building - New York City
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Flatiron Building - New York City
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New York City - Night Lights and Colorful Doors
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New York City - Hell's Kitchen Architecture
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New York City - Broaday Theater Windows
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New York City - Streets - Chinatown - East Broadway- By Vivienne Gucwa
There are streets that wrap themselves into my consciousness. They weave themselves into the fabric of every summer-drenched memory.
Every color, every faded mark, every fire escape permeates thoughts that sleepwalk their way into dreams.
This is East Broadway in Chinatown, New York City. It's a view that can be seen from the pedestrian walkway of the Manhattan Bridge. It's one of my favorite streets in lower Manhattan. I have taken countless images of it and every single image sings a slightly different song.
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Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge - Two Bridges - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The light after a storm in New York City has its own charm. The rivers calm down from their frenzied co-mingling with the rain and the sun comes out to paint the bridges and skylines in light. And if you are there for the exact moment that all of these elements occur, it's nothing short of incredible. --- I like to wait a few months sometimes before I contemplate certain scenes that I have photographed. The distance between the experience and the nostalgia for the initial experience seems to add a certain complexity to the memory. This particular view was captured with the Sony A99 on an absolutely frigid day back in February shortly after a storm passed through. The river was so choppy that waves were literally slapping up against the edge of where I was standing and splashing onto the concrete. I had never seen the light illuminate the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn skyline in such a spectacular way before though. I would stand there again a thousand times enduring the river's icy advances just to get a glimpse of this light. ---
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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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Empire State Building and New York City Skyline - Afternoon
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New York City Skyline - Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan Skyscrapers
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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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New York City from Above - Midtown Skyscrapers and Queensboro Bridge- By Vivienne Gucwa This is a view of the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, and Queens Bridge) and the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan close to 59th Street on the east side. The vantage point is from the Roosevelt Island Tram, a tram that crosses from midtown Manhattan to Roosevelt Island a few times an hour which also offers breathtaking views of New York City. ---
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New York Night - Queensboro Bridge and the New York City Skyline
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Midtown Manhattan Skyscrapers and Streets from Above- By Vivienne Gucwa I have been afraid of heights since I can remember. Even stepping on a tall foot stool would send me into a frenzied panic. It's partially a control issue and partially an irrational fear of the eternal "what if" quandary related to my own mortality. And yet, I have discovered as I get older that there is something supremely thrilling about being high up above things especially being high up above New York City. It's the same scattered sense of adrenaline-fueled excitement I get when I consider the vastness of the ocean. And in some ways, I think both vantage points offer the same sense of displaced wonder. A month or so ago, I watched an absolutely incredible video called Overview which examined something called the Overview Effect. "The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface." I can't recommend the video highly enough. It's a 15 minute short film that explores different astronaut's life-altering experiences viewing the earth from above for the first time. The footage of earth from above in the film is overwhelming. It's an emotional journey of a film that definitely has lodged its way into my consciousness. Here it is: http://vimeo.com/55073825 A few years back, when I went to the Top of the Rock, I had such an incredibly visceral reaction when I experienced seeing the city from above. It was rough for me to even take the elevator up 70 floors to the observation deck. I clenched my sweaty fists and closed my eyes the whole time deep breathing probably much to the amusement (or dread) of the fellow elevator passengers. Once I stepped out and onto the upper deck, I was hooked. It was as if I was seeing the city for the first time. Once you take yourself out and away from the streets that surround you, it's as if the city opens up its arms to you. It's fascinating to consider all of the activity and stories that are contained in any one part of such a view. In the short film I linked above, one of the astronauts describes the Overview Effect saying that common features include a feeling of awe for the planet, and a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life among other perspective-shifting feelings. And I really think that anytime we take ourselves high above or deep below the reality we experience every day, it produces different (subtler and perhaps more overwhelming in regards to the ocean) versions of the Overview Effect. Since experiencing that amazing feeling when I pushed past my fear of heights to take myself high above my own every-day reality, I have actively pushed myself to seek out as many high vantage points as I can. This particular image was taken high above the 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) entrance overlooking the buildings and skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan. ---
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New York City Skyscrapers and Rooftops from Above- By Vivienne Gucwa This was taken from the top of the Empire State Building on an absolutely gorgeous summer morning with the Sony A77. The light from the sun in the summertime is un-matched in some respects. It seems to take on a distinct golden quality as it shines through the heavy summer air that hangs languidly over the city's rooftops. This particular view is of the tops of the skyscrapers and buildings of midtown Manhattan facing east. ---
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New York City Skyline
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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 and Central Park - Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa Summer evenings are when the city smolders as the sun paints the clouds and the night sky waits just another hour longer to dance with the last remnants of the day. --- This is a view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan and Central Park from above looking north towards upper Manhattan. I took this at the end of August on a gorgeous, sweltering evening. I made it up to the top deck of Top of the Rock (30 Rock) just as this spectacular sunset was making its way across the sky. It's hard not to feel overcome with emotion when the summer sky puts on one of its late summer sunset shows. When it happens, the city is bathed in an other-worldly glow as the lights in the buildings twinkle on like stars and the sky and the impossible all seem to melt away into an infinite horizon full of endless possibility. ---
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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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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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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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New York City Skyline - Chrysler Building and Skyscrapers- By Vivienne Gucwa Looking out over New York City from up high, the skyscrapers rise from the ground proudly as if they are marching towards the horizon where the city and the sky meet briefly and where steel dissolves into light. -- This particular cityscape features the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan including the MetLife building and the Chrysler Building. To the right of the Chrysler Building is the 59th Street Bridge (also referred to as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) and beyond the skyscrapers in the foreground sits Central Park and midtown east. ---
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Flatiron Building and 5th Avenue Building Clock - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa I have always loved the ornate clocks that line 5th Avenue, especially the Fifth Avenue Building Block that has a prime destination near the Flatiron Building. At 19 feet high, the cast-iron clock was installed in 1909 was made by a Brooklyn Iron Works company. It's a type of clock that was introduced in the 1860s. They were popular with business owners who wanted to attract extra attention and also served a functional purpose as time-telling pieces in a busy area of Manhattan. The juxtaposition between the Flatiron Building, one of New York City's iconic skyscrapers and this cast-iron clock has always put a smile on my face. The Flatiron Building, which was completed in 1902 is also a landmark in Manhattan. Its name is in reference to its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron. ---
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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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Williamsburg Bridge - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Looking down the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge located in New York City. The Williamsburg Bridge connects lower Manhattan with Williamsburg Brooklyn and carries automobile and subway traffic in addition to foot traffic.The main span of this suspension bridge is 1,600 feet (490 m) long. ---
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The Flatiron Building - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Out of the shadows, the city rises proudly into the sunlight that casts its glow on the structures borne out of the aspirations and hopes of urban dreamers. --- The Flatiron Building (or Fuller Building, as it was originally called) is located on Fifth Avenue in New York City. When its building was completed in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The name "Flatiron" is derived from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron. ---
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The New York City Skyline and the Chrysler Building- By Vivienne Gucwa
I have always been partial to late summer skyline views here in New York City. The haze that hangs over the horizon like a misty veil seems to lend a special sort of immediacy to the skyscrapers that assert themselves in the foreground.
The Chrysler Building, New York City's art-deco masterpiece of architecture, always looks so regal positioned in front of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also known as the 59th Street Bridge). Four smokestacks playfully draw the eye towards the rest of Queens that sprawls out in the distance towards the fading horizon.
It's as if the sky is locked in an embrace with the rest of the city while the skyscrapers that make up the midtown Manhattan skyline are enraptured and wrapped up in their own special moment with the Chrysler Building.
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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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Fragments - Overlooking Two Bridges - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There are areas in lower Manhattan where fragments of the city's history have settled like fine dust, fragile and prone to the whims of time. Around these hallowed enclaves, newer history reaches higher towards the sky and rises from the ground borne from the dust of the city's past. This particular spot is known as Two Bridges and sits along the East River. It borders Chinatown and the Lower East Side 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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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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Cobble Hill Brownstone - Brooklyn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa I had severe brownstone envy when I was younger. Growing up in Queens (another borough of New York City), I visited Brooklyn frequently and the brownstones found in Brooklyn tugged at my heart. Their ornate doorways were flanked by enormous and extravagant stairways and every window seemed to be a frame encapsulating an enticing painting. There wasn’t anything that came close to these beautiful works of architecture where I grew up in Queens. Watching the Cosby Show fueled my envy of course. I had no idea at the time that the exterior shots of the Cosby’s brownstone were shot in Greenwich Village and not in Brooklyn Heights where the Cosby’s fictional residence was located (why they did this is beyond me since Brooklyn Heights has some of the most beautiful brownstones). All I knew was that these masterpieces of architecture just seemed more ‘New York City’ than any of the buildings I grew up surrounded by. ---
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Park Avenue in the Spring - Upper East Side - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There is nothing quite like spring on Park Avenue in upper Manhattan. The gorgeous, ornate architecture is adorned by beautiful spring blossoms. Park Avenue is one of the wider avenues on the Upper East Side and has a center divider that showcase trees and flowers. In the spring, rows and rows of yellow tulips bloom at once catching the sunlight with their effervescent petals while the trees on either side of the avenue and in the center area feature pink, yellow, white and light green blossoms. ---
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York CityBy Vivienne Gucwa Sometimes the simplicity of a scene is enough to render one speechless before realizing that the perceived simplicity is complex in its own right. The curves of architecture suggesting a softness usually relegated to flesh against a bone white sky, for example. The architecture in this photo is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and is the top of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Wright was commissioned to design a space for the museum in 1943 and the project took well over a decade to complete. He apparently was disappointed in the choice of New York City as the home of the building as he thought that New York City was overbuilt and overpopulated. However, he complied with the wishes of the client and the Guggenheim was set to be built next to Central Park as possible to keep it as close to nature as possible. It is located on the Upper East Side on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets across from Central Park. --- ---
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