Friday, September 28, 2012

SteelStacks - Bethlehem, PA

An abandoned steel plant at Bethlehem, PA - awesome to see in person. This site is being redeveloped into an entertainment/cultural center with the steel plant as a backdrop. There's a Sand's Hotel/Casino on the site as well. This image is HDR comprised of 3 different exposures.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

East Bway - WTC - Evening

I was walking around the neighborhood one evening and grabbed this snap. The Canon G1X does very well in low light although I may be seeing some camera shake here (it's hard for me to be sure these days - I never know if it's really in the photo or if it's my vision. I have a visit scheduled with the eye doctor next month). Anyway, this was taken at 1/25sec, f/5.8 at ISO 6400. I think the G1X is excellent for a compact camera and it's my new take-everywhere cam.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ed Koch - Queensboro Bridge

The Queensboro Bridge spans the East River connecting Manhattan and Queens, passing over Roosevelt Island. The bridge was recently renamed Ed Koch-Queensboro bridge (after former NYC mayor Ed Koch) and is also known as the 59th Street Bridge. Back in the 1960s Simon & Garfunkel's The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) brought some fame to the bridge. The Tram that runs alongside travels between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island.The tall green building seen under the bridge in the distance (lower right) is the Citicorp building in Long Island City, Queens.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Low Tide - East River

At low tide there's a narrow sandy "beach" that appears under the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge. The horizontal shadow across the foreground is the Brooklyn Bridge above. While the public is not allowed access to this area I've often seen people climb the 3-ft barrier to dip their feet in the East River. At any time other than low tide this spot is completely under a few feet of water.

The bridge in the foreground is the Manhattan Bridge (looking at the Manhattan tower). Way off in the the distance (left) is the Brooklyn tower of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Watchtower - Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights and the Jehovah's Witness Watchtower Building - seen from the South Street Seaport area in Manhattan earlier this year.This is tonemapped HDR.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rear Windows - Chrysler Peek

I love walking around the city and finding interesting peeks at landmark buildings between other buildings. This is the top of the Chrysler Building seen between two buildings in Kips Bay, Manhattan.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Trump - Chrysler - UN Plaza

Midtown Manhattan skyline - including Trump World Tower (tall building at left), Chrysler Building and 100 United Nations Plaza. Seen from Roosevelt Island, NYC

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rooftop Graffiti

Rooftops decorated with graffiti in the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side - seen from the Manhattan Bridge.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

World Financial Center Reflections

The glass facades at World Financial center (across from the World Trade Center site) create some interesting reflections and angles. World Financial Center, Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

East Broadway - FiDi Skyline

HDR photo from February of this year - looking out over a block of Lower East Side tenements towards the skyscrapers in the Financial District. Many of these old buildings are slowly disappearing as the LES gentrifies and owners replace tenements with new, taller buildings. This view will likely be different in a few years. One of the larger (double-width) tenements on this block was torn down two years ago to make room for a hi-rise building but apparently the funds ran out and all that remains is an empty lot - for now.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Smeller Modus

Rooftop graffiti on a Lower East Side building - from April. Lower East Side, Manhattan.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Chrysler-MetLife-Tudor City

Manhattan's east-midtown skyline seen from the East River and featuring the Chrysler Building (center), MetLife building to its right (formerly the Pan Am Building) and Tudor City apartments in the foreground

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Skyline Wake

Sailing up the East River leaving the downtown Manhattan bridges and skyline in our wake. We call the East River a river but it's not really a river. It's a salt-water tidal strait that connects New York Bay with the Long Island Sound. Both the bay and sound open to the Atlantic Ocean.

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean, New York Bay, East River, and Long Island Sound completely surround the large body of land that Brooklyn, Queens, and "Long Island" sit on. So, technically, Brooklyn & Queens are on the same island as "Long Island."  With Staten Island and Manhattan also being islands, this leaves The Bronx as the only part of NYC which is attached to the U.S. mainland.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Under the El

This was taken underneath the elevated subway tracks in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (just west of Coney Island) back in May. The shadows and rust on the underside of the structure caught my attention as I was crossing the street.