Lower Manhattan Skyline, Freedom Tower, New York City, New York, America - Before the September 11 attacks, the Twin Towers were iconic of Lower Manhattan's global significance as a financial center. The transformed skyline of Lower Manhattan now includes the One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the former World Trade Center site has become a popular draw for tourists. The area contains many historical buildings including Castle Garden, Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President and the New York Stock Exchange.
Pink Clouds over Manhattan Bridge, New York City, New York, America - The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge, with a span of 1,470 feet, that crosses the East River connecting Lower Manhattan with Downtown Brooklyn. The bridge opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. The bridge is considered to be the forerunner of modern suspension bridges. It was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, following the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges.
Love Sculpture, New York City, Manhattan, New York, America - This sculpture is the iconic Pop Art image by artist Robert Indiana. The sculpture is situated on the corner of 6th Avenue and West 55th Street. The LOVE design has since been reproduced in displays around the world, including one in JFK Plaza, Philadelphia. It has also been used on a US postage stamp from 1973. Getting a clean image of this without people means getting out very early, during the day and night it's packed with tourists, literally lining up for pictures. I used a directional blur towards the sculpture on each side to remove parked cars by blending them into the light trails from my long exposure. On 7th Avenue, just across West 53rd Street, there is another similar sculpture but with the words HOPE.
Early Blue Hour, Atlas, bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The sculpture is 15 feet tall and depicts Atlas holding the heavens. It was installed in 1937. The cathedral was completed in 1878. The church is huge, in fact it takes up a whole city block, between 50th and 51st streets, Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
30 Rockefeller Plaza (completed in 1933), now the Comcast Building and headquarters of NBC, the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Centre, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, America. At 850 feet high, the 70-story building is the 14th tallest in NYC. The observation deck, dubbed 'Top of the Rock' offers the best views south towards the Empire State Building. It also offers views north over Central Park.
New York Skyline, Gantry cranes in Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City, New York, America - Long Island City is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the borough of Queens. I stayed near Times Square and walked over the Queensboro Bridge to get here for sunset. Under the East River at this point is the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Just north of this location is the giant Pepsi Sign. On the right of the frame is the Chrysler Building, located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue
Lady with Pink Umbrella, The Mall, Central Park, New York City, New York, America - This photograph took quite a while to create. The Mall, even in the winter, is packed with people. I set my tripod down and took shots every few seconds for 5 minutes or so. In Photoshop I layered all those shots and changed the blend mode to lighten, this removed all the darker elements, where that failed, I just manually blended in the gaps. The girl was actually there, this is not a composite.
Snowy Day, Yellow Taxi Cabs, New York City, New York, America - I took this from the south entrance of Central Park (Center Drive), Midtown Manhattan, looking down the Avenue of the Americas. Central Park is gorgeous, even in the winter, I hope to visit there again in the fall one day and photograph the reflections in the lakes early in the morning, the lakes were unfortunately frozen over during this trip.
Snowy Day at Bethesda Fountain with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop, constructed in 1864, Central Park, New York City, New York, America. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system and dam, which brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The city had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the water system was established. It was created by Emma Stebbins, the first time a woman received a public art commission in NYC.