Left from Nice, south of France, in the early morning I finally arrived in NYC in the middle of the day. During these first hours in Big Apple I wanted to feel the atmosphere of the city like if I was establishing the contact. As a consequence, I did take very few shots that first day preferring feeling the mood.
It is not my first visit in Big Apple. Actually, I was there only 3 months before the tragic events of 9.11. Obviously, coming back to the former place of the world trade Center was quite moving. And honestly what has been done to give a new life to this place is really beautiful.
Viewing Manhattan from above is definitively worthwhile. And apart from an expensive 15-20mn helicopter tour, climbing to the 102nd floor of One World Observatory is an not-to-be missed experience. Simply because of the 360° breathtaking view that is offered but also because you can spend as long as you want up there!
Visiting Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty was not an option. But as this place has been already photographed a million times it was really challenging to find new angles and different points of view. The grey and cloudy sky of that day finally brought a particular light which turned to be helpful finally.
What I found the most captivating in New York is that you can take photo of everything, everywhere. Whether it is in the streets or in the subway there is always something that caught my photographer’s eyes. A passing yellow cab at a crossing, the atmosphere of the street in Little Italy, artistic tags on a wall or simply the New Yorkers. All deserved a shot.
I am not a by fan of museum, but when it comes to photography I can manage to find of lot of interesting things to shoot in there. From architecture, to visitors, there is always a lot of fun to enjoy! Finally the long stroll along 5Th Avenue to reach the MET and Guggenheim worth the effort.
It’s good to feel like a New Yorker on sundays. Spending some time in the park during the weekend will for sure make you understand why it looks so exciting to live in the city that never sleeps. Central Parks is actually like a green island within the island.
Most probably my favorite view on New York. Looking north towards Central Park or south towards Lower Manhattan is again breathtaking. Even if you do not climb as high as at One World Observatory the perspective is really amazing!
Another iconic image of New York. The view on Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo Street, even if is often overcrowded (mostly by selfie fans), definitively deserve the shot.
Before coming back to Manhattan, it is worth spending some time in Brooklyn Bridge Park for the view on the bridge with the skyline behind it. Also, the park is somewhat a peaceful place, very quiet, as opposed to the noisy Manhattan streets. If I have chance to come back in New York, I will probably come here at night falls to enjoy the view on the illuminated skyline.
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge will probably remains one of the best souvenir I will keep from my stay in NYC. Having done it at almost sunset time is one of the reasons. But not only. As a photographer, it was one of the places I did not want to miss and luckily, on that cloudy day, the sun finally shined some golden rays and provided a really crazy light.