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Two Bridges One City – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – Two Bridges One City – New York City, USA

There are 9 bridges that will take you into Manhattan, but here are 2 of the most famous. On the left is the Brooklyn Bridge and on the right, the Manhattan Bridge. Ironically they both take you to Brooklyn AND Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge park sits just between these two bridges and is not only a great place to bring a camera, but an awesome place to take in “the city” from outside of “the city”.

On that note, New York also serves as one of the most famous places to celebrate New Years Eve! So, have an awesome New Years Eve and may all your travel dreams come true in 2013!

Two Bridges One City - New York City, USA

Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York, USA


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a fantastic time ringing in our Independence Day. I will be in San Francisco and I hope wherever you are it is full of fun, family, friends, and fireworks :)

Photo of the Day – Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York, USA

I have shared quite a few photos of the Brooklyn Bridge (here and here) or photos from around the Brooklyn Bridge (here and here) so it should come as no surprise that I love this bridge as much if not more than those from all over the world. With such a special day here in the US, I thought it was only appropriate to post something from the US. Happy 4th … again!

I took this particular shot after a very long walk through Manhattan and then over the Brooklyn Bridge with a good friend of mine (hello Dan!). We managed to cap off this exhausting walk with a couple of brown-bagged store bought beers and this incredible view. In fact, remembering back on that evening the scene was overcast and not particularly interesting until this layer of fog rolled in giving the city a mysterious feel to it.

Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge - Brooklyn, New York, USA

Manhattan Orange – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – Manhattan Orange – New York City, USA

Even when I was taking this photo I knew it would be something special. It was a surprisingly warm late winter evening and my first trip ever to Brooklyn Bridge Park. In fact, I have posted a few other photos from this night as well – here, here and here.

Although taken from Brooklyn Bridge Park, this is The Manhattan Bridge. Although not as old and not as famous, The Manhattan Bridge still stands in a similar style and grandeur to that of its neighbor, The Brooklyn Bridge. And, if you look closely just underneath The Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see the Williamsburg Bridge (near where I live!).

What makes this picture for me is the awesome AbsoluteVisit orange color that illuminates the East River thanks to the lights affixed to the bridge itself. And no, that is not some rouge, extra-terrestrial vehicle in the top-right. It is an incredibly bright moon that helped to give the river its shiny skin.

Manhattan Orange - New York City, USA

City of Darkness – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – City of Darkness – New York City, USA

I have written about this park before (here and here), but this is the picture that made me fall in love with this location (map). I took this shot from Gantry State Park and whether you are going to the park to take photos or to relax, it is well worth it.

This shot was taken on a particularly overcast night where it stormed about an hour after I left. The thick clouds give this impression of imminent doom, but also help to highlight the skylines colors (even as muted as they are!).

I could write several thousand words easily on the buildings that are in this picture. Just another reason why the New York skyline is AbsoluteVisit #69!

City of Darkness - New York City, USA

Blue Brooklyn Bridge Sunset – Brooklyn, NY, USA


Photo of the Day – Blue Brooklyn Bridge Sunset – Brooklyn, NY, USA

There are many views around the world that in some way seem to disappoint when you finally reach them. I had never been to Brooklyn Bridge Park before this night and evidently I picked a good one!

I found the park itself to be a lot bigger than I imagined and I was actually overwhelmed at where to take photos from. I walked along the parks path (bordering the river) for a while and found a nice spot down on some rocks.

This shot captures New York’s Southern Skyline or Financial District or Wall Street. In the far left, you might recognize the Merry-Go-Round that I posted a while back (here).

Blue Brooklyn Bridge Sunset - Brooklyn, NY, USA

Brooklyn Bridge Cables – Brooklyn, New York, USA


Photo of the Day – Brooklyn Bridge Cables – Brooklyn, New York, USA

Ah, The Brooklyn Bridge. The one and only. I had never walked the Brooklyn Bridge and actually for many years when visiting New York, mistaken the Manhattan Bridge for the Brooklyn Bridge. Regardless, earlier this year, I walked the bridge on an exceptionally warm January day and snapped off a classic Brooklyn Bridge picture featuring the highly geometric shapes it makes and an insanely blue sky (thanks to a new polarizing filter I picked up).

The Brooklyn Bridge is legit. I have walked many bridges, but there is something about this bridge that makes you feel so connected. Perhaps it’s the thousands of other people walking the bridge as you are. Perhaps it’s the incredible history and engineering marvel (at the time) that the bridge truly is. Or perhaps it’s the unique views of upper Manhattan, lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Either way, the bridge is a must-see while in New York City and I’ll be trying to trek it at least a couple more times this year!

Brooklyn Bridge Cables - Brooklyn, New York, USA

Merry-Go-Round in the Night – Brooklyn, NY, USA


Photo of the Day – Merry Go Round in the Night – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Within the Brooklyn Bridge Park area, there is a fantastic merry-go-round that is right on the East River banks between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. The merry-go-round is encapsulated by glass walls during the winter to allow it to remain fully functional. In the summer, the glass walls collapse to open the merry-go-round out to the elements.

The Brooklyn Bridge park is one of my favorite parks in New York City. In this picture, the bridge that you see is actually the Manhattan bridge as the Brooklyn Bridge is blocked by the merry-go-round.

Merry Go Round in the Night - Brooklyn, NY, USA

Long Island Piers at Gantry State Park – Queens, New York, USA


Photo of the Day – Long Island Piers at Gantry State Park – Queens, New York, USA

I snapped this picture on an extraordinarily cold night in New York. I have consistently been looking for the best places to take photos of the New York skyline and had my heart set on checking out Gantry State Park that specific night. I probably picked the coldest night of the winter, but went for it!

As it turns out, the photography conditions were pretty good – a nice sky and very few people crazy enough to be outside :) Most of my attention that evening had me pointing my camera in the opposite direction of these buildings towards New York Cities midtown skyline. As I turned around to leave this shooting spot, I saw this shot and decided to stay in the cold just a bit longer to capture this view.

Gantry State Park and the areas surrounding it are a new area that has really come around in the last 5 years. The park itself if wonderful as they have re-finished 5 to 10 piers with lighting and seating. And your view? Your view is the best I have found so far of New York’y skyline from the ground. In this photo, you can see some of the original Long Island signage from the days when these piers were used as a shipping port.

Where is your favorite spot to take photo’s of New York’s skyline?

Long Island Piers at Gantry State Park - Queens, New York, USA

New York Skyline Lights – Top of the Rock – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – New York Skyline Lights – Top of the Rock – New York City, USA

Every major city around the world offers at least one skyscraper with a rooftop observatory deck. Generally running $20 USD or more for a ticket to the top, they are not the cheapest activity in town, but the ride up is generally worth it. Some of the lookouts are definitely better than others and the views from the sky above New York City are the absolute best in the world.

The sheer density of Manhattan’s urban sprawl sends your mind into sensory overload. There is not another place on the planet that you will find hundreds of skyscrapers stacked on top of each other for miles in each direction.

There are several options one must consider while planning a trip up into the clouds to take a peek at the heart of the America from above. First you must decide which building you are going to ascend. In this picture I am at the “Top of the Rock” which offers the top views of the city. Make it a priority to arrive two hours before sunset. This will allow you to take in views of the city during the day, enjoy the sunset and be blown away by the brightness of the lights at night.

Has anyone had an experience at the top of skyscraper that they think beats the view of New York City?

New York Skyline Lights - Top of the Rock - New York City, USA

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Blue Manhattan Bridge – Brooklyn, NY, USA


Photo of the Day – Blue Manhattan Bridge – Brooklyn, NY, USA

There are several bridges around New York City and because many of them are built with this similar architecture style of steel cables swooping from the their tops, any bridge photo is often assumed to be the Brooklyn Bridge. What you see here is actually a picture of the Manhattan Bridge.

If you are familiar with shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the more obvious characteristics that immediately tells you that it is not the Brooklyn Bridge is that the bridge towers are made of steel and not stone.

I was actually lining up to take photos of the Brooklyn Bridge and with some nice lighting after a sunset, I looked to my right and saw this shot ready for the taking.

Blue Manhattan Bridge - Brooklyn, NY, USA
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