04.24/New York City

If someone asked me to compile a list of my favorite places for photography, the number one spot on the list would be filled quickly. It’s New York City, without a doubt. At least it was before the pandemic and other issues.

What’s not to like? There are iconic locations like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station or the New York Stock Exchange. There’s Central Park, with its  …  Continue reading

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30 Rockefeller Plaza stands bright against a January night sky, New York City.

Travelers rush through the main concourse inside Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

Night traffic moving in Times Square, New York City.

30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, shown at dusk, towers over flags in the foreground.

A view of lamps and arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

A view of lamps and arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.

Visitors silhouetted against the flames of a video billboard atop the ruby red steps in Times Square, New York City.

The November midday sun casts long shadows from a fire escape, New York City.

A New York taxi drives east on 50th Street past Radio City Music Hall on a January evening, New York City.

Walkers silhouetted near the end of Playmates Arch, Central Park, New York City.

30 Rockefeller Plaza, known as 30 Rock, extends 70 stories toward the night sky above the marquee on West 50th Street, New York City.

Cubed Curve sculpture and buildings, Sixth Avenue and W 50th St., New York City.

Visitors stroll through the Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park, New York City.

Visitors walk inside the giant atrium of the Oculus, the centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York City adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center building.

Sunset behind Empire State Building and skyline, New York City.

Skylight in the roof of Guggenheim Museum is framed by the spiral walkway, New York City.

Older architecture reflected in new, W. 57th Street, New York City.

A quote from "The Aeneid" by the Roman poet Virgil spreads 60 feet across 2,983 blue watercolor squares in the Memorial Hall of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Walkers stream past one of Macy's holiday window displays while others stop to take a closer look, New York City.

Equipment at the ready in front of the fire engine, Engine 6, Station 49, Beekman Street, New York City.

Atlas in front of Rockefeller Center’s International Building, New York City.

A rose honors a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The rose was inserted in a letter of a victim's name at the memorial site.

Buildings reflected by One World Trade Center, with "ribs" of transportation center in foreground, New York City.

Radio City Music Hall at night, as seen from the corner of 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas.

Overcast sky and buildings reflected by the reservoir in Central Park, New York City.

Rush-hour traffic flows on the West Side Highway in New York City's Financial District just before 5:30 p.m. on a weeknight. On the left are the buildings of the World Financial Center.

The interior of Trinity Church, located on Broadway at Wall Street in New York City. The church building, completed in 1846, is the third on this site.

Grand Central facade with Tiffany glass clock, New York City.

The view from above Times Square as seen from a window in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City.

People and stories in a street scene, East 42nd St. between 1st and 2nd avenues, New York City.

Streetlamps in front of brick building, Beekman Street and Park Row, New York City.

Buildings in the World Finance Center are reflected in the surface of a neighboring building in New York City.

Travelers walk up the ramp leading to the main concourse of New York's Grand Central Station.

The red brick facade of the Knickerbocker Hotel contrasts with the reflective glass on the Conde Nast building on the corner of West 42nd Street and Broadway in New York City.

The clock mounted above the information booth in the center of Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse is often referred to as the the most recognized icon in the busy New York train station.

Fall leaves reflected in the pond in Central Park, New York City.

A summer carnival fills Wollman Rink, the ice skating rink in Central Park, beneath the New York City skyline.

variety of photo treasures.  There’s  Times Square at night, with its lights and crowds. And there are multiple places to get shots of the city's skyline, shooting across the East River from Brooklyn, shooting across the Hudson River from New Jersey, or shooting from the Top of the Rock (the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center).

Each neighborhood has its own uniqueness: Chinatown, the Financial District, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Garment District.

In years past, when I’ve been in New York City with free time for photography I would hop a subway and get off at a random stop, just to see what’s there. I would often find interesting things to shoot. But now I admit that I’d be hesitant to use that technique. The recent increase in crime on the New York City subway has forced city leaders increase the police presence on the system and supplement the additional city police officers with armed, uniformed National Guardsmen. I know the frequent news stories about subway crime scares off visitors. Heck, it probably scares off locals. And as a photographer I fear that my camera equipment or camera case would place a huge “Mug Me” sign on my chest.

This gallery includes some of my favorite photos of the city, all taken before the pandemic hit in 2020.

I usually carry three (and sometimes four) lenses when visiting a city: an ultra-wide-angle zoom (my Canon EF-S 10-22mm), a wide-angle zoom (the Canon EF 16-35mm) and a normal zoom (the Canon EF 35-70mm). The fourth, if I pack it, is the Canon EF 70-200 normal to telephoto zoom. Having lenses that cover everything from 10mm to 200mm gives me a lot of flexibility when composing shots of the city.

In years past, when I’ve been in New York City with free time for photography I would hop a subway and get off at a random stop, just to see what’s there. I would often find interesting things to shoot.