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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Willamsburg Bridge - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
This was taken on a frigid, moody day in the winter looking down the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City.
The Williamsburg Bridge connects the Lower East Side in Manhattan with Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
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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 Winter Night - East Village Street in the Snow- By Vivienne Gucwa On cold, beautiful winter night in New York City, snow covers the city streets of the East Village - a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Twinkling lights hang from snow-covered trees as a person makes their way through the snow during winter storm Nemo. ---
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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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Times Square - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Times Square is its own universe. It's New York City filtered through cinematic dreams and commercially-tinged aspirations wrapped up in flashing lights and colorful billboards. There is a familiarity to it that is tinged with a wild-eyed estranged quality that makes it all the more alluring. And when a yellow New York City taxi cab drives by at the speed of light under all the flashing lights, it's hard not to smile. ---
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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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Giant Red Ornaments on 6th Avenue - Midtown Holiday Decorations - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa This display close to Rockefeller Center is a New York City holiday decoration extravaganza. It sits across from Radio City Music Hall (home of the Rockettes and Radio City Christmas Spectacular) on 6th Avenue and is absolutely gorgeous at night. Giant red ornament balls sit on a fountain which is surrounded by trees ensconced in holiday lights. ---
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Synchronicity - Bird and Skyscrapers - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Birds have a synchronous relationship with the city. They fly with such brazen freedom through the man-made caverns soaring above the frenetic flow of the city below. --
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Sunday Morning on Orchard Street - Lower East Side - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa On cold city mornings, birds pepper the bone-white sky with movement. And through the haze left over by clouds caught in the scuffle between autumn and winter, the wind rushes through the streets like the ghosts of yesterday's thoughts. ---
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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 Sunset - Autumn - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Late autumn in New York City has its own brisk beauty. Cold air sharply punctuates the end of every wind gust and the sun retreats earlier and earlier every day. Autumn clings to December in the brief moments before the trees drop their leaves to the ground for good and every afternoon sunset reaches through the sharp cold with its lighted fingers in one last dramatic attempt to bring warmth to the city. --- This particular view is of the Flatiron Building, one of New York City's unique and classic skyscrapers, as seen from inside Madison Square Park during autumn. ---
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The Chrysler Building and New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa This is a favorite view of the Chrysler Building. In truth, the Chrysler Building is my favorite skyscraper in New York City. I have always loved the art-deco architecture of it's spire and how its needle pokes out above the other skyscrapers that populate the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan. This view is looking west towards Manhattan and sitting in the foreground are the skyscrapers of Tudor City: neo-gothic historic buildings that lay their claim to fame for being part of the first residential skyscraper complex in the entire world. ---
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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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New York City - Rain- By Vivienne Gucwa There is an inherent romance that buzzes through the air in New York City when it rains. The Flatiron District is one of my favorite areas in Manhattan when it rains. The street (5th Avenue) opens up to reveal distant skyscrapers that disappear into heavy fog as people weave their way through the multitudes of umbrellas. The clock in this image is the Fifth Avenue Building Clock which is a New York City landmark and recalls another era: one where these ornamental clocks played a role in attracting people to gilded era storefronts. This vantage point is with the Flatiron Building directly in back of the viewer looking up 5th Avenue. ---
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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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New York Winter - Snow Over the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa Snowflakes swirl over the skyscrapers and buildings: confetti from the sky blanketing the buildings and streets. And the world transforms into a giant snow-globe, if only for a brief moment. --- What's more magical than New York City in the snow (when it first falls, of course)? This winter cityscape view is of the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan including the Chrysler Building, the MetLife Building and a barely visible 59th Street Bridge (also known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge). ---
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New York Alley - Lower East Side- By Vivienne Gucwa When I was younger, I thought that New York City was teeming with alleys and narrow streets fueled by an over-active imagination and a predilection for film noir cityscapes. I wanted to believe that New York City harbored the best and brightest of in-between places and worn out spaces. The truth is that while New York City does have alleys, they are a pretty rare sight. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to the ones that do exist. ---
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Winter's Bare Branches - Holding On- By Vivienne Gucwa Stuck somewhere between the heart and lips pushed down by the echoes of memory echoes loss: the mirror reflection of connection. We spend our lives shedding pieces of ourselves: molted hopes and dreams that slough off into the thoughts of everyone we meet like stardust falling to the Earth from distant stars. These are the pieces we hold on to: the pieces that are part of us that can never be put back into the same place again after they dissolve into nothing. === On a bleak winter day, clusters of branches reach out towards each other against the backdrop of a bone-grey sky. Taken at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City - Queens, New York City. ---
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New York - Snow in the City- By Vivienne Gucwa
People cross a historic street located on the Lower East Side in New York City in the snow. When it snows in New York City, the city resembles a beautiful snow globe especially in this part of Lower Manhattan where old store murals and low buildings dominate the urban landscape.
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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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Rain - New York City - Greenwich Village - Washington Square
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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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New York City Skyscrapers- By Vivienne Gucwa They rise: stalagmites borne from an earth bursting at the seams with lofty aspirations. And the city's streets weave their way through them: well-worn crevices on the surface of dreams. --- This is one of my favorite views of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. It's a view from the top of the Empire State Building. I have always loved the variety of architecture and intensely dense feel of this patch of the New York City skyline. ---
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Brooklyn Bridge - Under Future Skies - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Old metropolises stood partially intact - lit with a colorful glow that emanated from crowded skies: remains from a future that soared past the earth. The skies were dark with the exhaust of sky-borne vehicles and burned out stars: remains from a present littered behind the future. And under the left-over sky-rubble, old architecture rose from the ground stubbornly: remains from a past left behind long ago. ---
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New York Winter - Tompkins Square Park - East Village- By Vivienne Gucwa The clouds squeeze the last bit of light from the sun onto the city below. It falls over trees and buildings: liquid promise spreading onto a landscape de-saturated by winter's icy breath. In the wake of winter's gasping utterances, the sun uncovers the world that hides behind boisterous trees in summer. And a smile spreads across the city's face for a moment: warm and golden hope spreading itself over the remains of the day. ---
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Autumn Light Through Trees - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
In autumn, sun drips down like melted gold on tree limbs decorated in the finest foliage.
The earth, chilled by the memory of winter, holds onto the sun’s light with hands outstretched as each ray slips through its fingers like fine sand.
As bitingly cool air brushes past flushed faces, every bit of sunlight clings to the earth like embers fallen from a powerful fire.
I love the brisk quality of light in the autumn especially in the evenings. It's as if the sun is trying to penetrate through past winter all the way forward into spring.
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New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Growing up in Queens, a borough of New York City, I was surrounded by a general attitude of contempt and disgust regarding anything tourist related. My father who worked nights as a newspaper pressman in Manhattan hated going into Manhattan for anything other than work (his job was back-breaking) and my mother echoed the same jaded sentiment towards ‘touristy things’ in Manhattan as her other outer-borough friends. The ‘city’ (as many people still call it) was something to be proud to live in very close proximity to but anything too popular in the ‘city’ was the subject of eye-rolls. I grew up mimicking this sentiment; a sort of ‘been there, done that’ mentality. We would only ever go to things like Times Square and the Empire State Building when relatives or friends visited and there was a silent stoicism related to showing ‘the sights’ to ‘out-of-towners’. I always found this amusing. These sights that were derided as nothing more than trite spectacles were the same sights that my parents deemed worthy to spend time taking people to when people came to visit us. When I moved to Manhattan a decade ago, I carried this attitude with me. It wasn’t until I started taking photos that I fully opened my eyes (so to speak). Granted, I had always found beauty in the things many people passed over; architectural details on tops of buildings, the way that sunlight hit buildings at different times of the day. However, when I finally discarded the jadedness that permeated my early years I started realizing how utterly phenomenal and fascinating all those ‘touristy’ things are. It may have taken me many years to fully grasp why people come from all over the world to gaze lovingly at sights and architectural marvels like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building but now that I know it’s hard not to gaze at these sights with anything but wonder. There is so much to be in awe of in this spectacular city. --- This is an early morning view from the top of the Empire State Building looking out over the huge variety of skyscrapers that populate the skyline of midtown. In the distance sits Central Park with the MetLife Building and Chrysler Building to the right and Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center towards the left and center. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is to the right of the Chrysler Building in this view and Queens can be seen to the right of the bridge disappearing into the haze. ---
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Central Park Winter Path- By Vivienne Gucwa
I think back to days spent wrapped in the cold silence of freshly fallen snow in Central Park.
The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace.
It’s on days like this when the sun rests longer than usual and winter’s essence seeps through every crack and crevice that the earth quivers a ghost shiver that rests in summer’s memory.
This photo was taken during a major snowstorm in New York City. The rustic wooden fence rests on a four acre section of Central Park known as the Shakespeare Garden which is located in the west part of the park near 79th Street. On the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 1916, this area was dedicated to Shakespeare and named. The plants and flowers that are found in this area are all mentioned in the works of the playwright and are also plants and flowers that are found in his garden in Starford-upon-Avon. There is even a white mulberry tree on this four acre plot of land that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in the 1600s.
While the paths that winds through Central Park's Shakespeare Garden is gorgeous in the warmer months of the year, it's absolutely stunning when snow has freshly fallen.
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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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Another Dawn - Manhattan Bridge - New York City
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Central Park - Autumn Trees and Leaves - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
All I can think about at this point is anything and everything that has to do with autumn: piles of leaves to jump in, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, pumpkin in just about everything, cute scarves and socks, ducking into cozy places to warm up briefly before heading back out to enjoy the kiss of brisk autumn breezes.
Summer, we can always fall in love again next year.
For now, I have a huge crush on autumn.
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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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New York Autumn - Central Park - The Mall
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Painted Memories - The Chrysler Building - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa We looked at old photos of the metropolises we once called home with their towers reaching up to an unexplored sky. These structures stood tall in a universe full of wonder and dust from an infinite number of stars. And our breath stopped for a moment, caught in our throats as our tears diluted the remnants of paint that had found their way onto these crumbling archaic testaments revealing entire cities beneath the caked, colored surface as if our tears had the power to unearth memories from the recesses of time. ---
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Monoliths From a Distant Past - Chrysler Building - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
We kept pieces of the old cities in place to remind us of a time when we were bound to the earth.
Their buildings stood empty yet proud: monoliths constructed in a time when wonder could be extracted from the tiniest of glimpses into an unexplored sky.
They stood there: remnants of times when white clouds were all that was plentiful and when our faces replicated themselves temporarily onto their gleaming facades.
While the rest of the world pushed forward under red skies dotted with emulsified exhaust, we stopped to take in a view of a distant past.
And I scratched our memories into the sky with an old key.
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Blush Pink - Springtime Cherry Blossoms - Central Park- By Vivienne Gucwa Spring blushes bright pink against the pale white petals of trees that reach up towards the sky. And the sun showers each upturned petal with warm kisses. ---
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The Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa
On hazy summer afternoons when dusk pulls its soft purple veil over the city, the skyline softens in the dreamy-eyed gaze of the clouds.
And as light slides from the sky making its way over steel, wood and concrete towards the disintegrating horizon, bridges and skyscrapers melt with the sun into the evening.
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New York Autumn - Central Park Fall Colors - Bow Bridge
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Autumn - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
The graceful limbs of Autumn's trees cling to all of Summer's sunsets searing their leaves yellow, orange and red with the sun's heat.
With golden leaves stoked by the last of Summer's fleeting flame, Summer's fire extinguishes itself in a carpet of brilliantly colored embers on the ground below.
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