Brooklyn - Bushwick Street Art - No Muse No Art - New York City
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New York City - Night - Lower East Side - Clinton Street
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New York City - Snow - Doyers Street - Chinatown
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New York City - Snow at Night in the West Village
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New York City - Snow on a Winter Evening in the West Village
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New York City - Snow - Times Square on Winter Night
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New York City - Cobblestones and Shadows - Municipal Building
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New York City Street - Mercer Street - Soho
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New York City Street - Soho Cobblestones in the Afternoon
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New York City Street - Houston and Bowery Wall - Summer
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New York City Street - Broadway - Soho - Afternoon Bicycle Ride
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New York City - Street Scene
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New York City - Historic Theater District - Booth Theatre
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New York City - Summer Sunlight - Midtown
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Williamsburg- Brooklyn - Hewes Street Overpass in the Afternoon- By Vivienne Gucwa With layers of dirt and paint under our nails from constantly peeling back the layers of this city, it's not the stars we seek. It's the light that seeps through... --- This is the overpass that looms over Hewes Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York 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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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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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 - 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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New York City - Pell Street - Chinatown - Rainy Evening
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New York City - Rain - Greenwich Village
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Doyers Street - Chinatown - New York City
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Smoke - Night - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa At night after the multitudes have retreated to their homes away from the buildings and streets that hold them close during the day the city relaxes shaking the dust of the long day from its concrete limbs. The street lights flicker like dream-heavy blinks of an eye while smokestacks exhale world-weary breaths of smoke into the yawning night air. ---
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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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Refrigeration - Williamsburg - Brooklyn- By Vivienne Gucwa Urban decay of the peeling paint, old sign, graffiti and scattered broken electrical equipment variety found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a section of New York City.
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In Another Place and Time - Chinatown - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
New York City changes and evolves at a rapid pace. In certain areas, changes occur faster than others. Lower Manhattan is one place that has changed the most in the last decade. Development happens fast and the current trends are extremely tall buildings constructed mostly of glass, chain stores and luxury boutiques. In neighborhoods that were once bohemian and home to artists and rebels, these current changes have been hard to swallow for long-time residents who run the risk of being out-priced out of the neighborhoods they have called home for decades.
Despite these changes, there are still parts of lower Manhattan that recall earlier decades. New York City suffered economically in the 1970s and it was during this decade that much of lower Manhattan was transformed into a danger zone full of abandoned lots and buildings and rampant crime. Having grown up in New York City in the 1980s and early 1990s, I have vivid memories of riding graffiti-covered trains from Queens into Manhattan. I was taught to ‘watch my back’ at all times since everyone seemed to know someone who had been mugged. Things were still different in those days prior to the initiatives by mayors Koch and Guiliani to ‘clean up’ the city (and discourse is still rampant regarding how they handled it).
When I came across this section of Canal Street initially, my heart almost leaped out of my chest. Here I was staring at a section of a spot in Chinatown that seemed as if it had been dipped in 1980s New York City and had become frozen in time (thankfully I had my camera). It’s hard to put into words how powerful this scene is for personally. It’s a bit like staring at something that once existed in a distant life.
A city may change rapidly discarding pieces of itself, but it’s the people who carry it’s broken pieces with them in their hearts who imbue the city with its memory.
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The Gleam in the Eye of the Clouds - Chinatown - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Under the weight of the sky’s tears streets glisten reflecting the gleam in the eye of the clouds overhead. The day washes away slowly: its sorrows and joys melt into puddles under-foot. It’s on these sorts of evenings that all of the cares in the world pale in comparison to the momentary haze that engulfs the city: a sultry, sorrowful, sedate embrace. -- Pell Street, Chinatown in the rain.
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Night Visions - Street Art - East Village - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa
When I was really young, I used to imagine that at night when the majority of people went to sleep in New York City, all of the graffiti and street art on the walls would come to life. Every figment of an artist's imagination, previously bound to the confines of a wall, would finally get to roam the city streets with abandon.
I still like to think this is the case. While reality is never quite as vivid as my imagination, the magic of photography keeps those sorts of dreams alive. I remember waiting in front of this mural for a long time at night for the right person to breathe life into the scene.
As the star of the cinematic scene in my mind approached, I couldn't have been happier. She walked onto this colorful urban set and it was as if she had merely leaped out of the mural only moments before.
This colorful street art collage of pop culture and comic book inspired figures once graced a wall on the corner of Houston and the Bowery in the exciting neighborhood of the East Village in New York City.
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