NYC Locations?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by otter, May 31, 2012.

  1. otter

    otter Guest

    I'm going to New York in a few weeks for a couple days. I have some
    locations in mind, but would like to hear other suggestions. For
    example, where is a good place to take a high altitude shot of the
    city? Empire State Building comes to mind, but last time I was there
    you had to shoot through glass, and it wasn't that clean. Any place
    better?

    And I'm leaning more toward artsy street shots rather than the usual
    tourist locations. I'm not going to the Statue of Liberty, for
    example. Even gritty locations, as long as it isn't too unsafe. Got a
    favorite location in the City?
     
    otter, May 31, 2012
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  2. People are unavoidable in NYC so make the most of them.
    Pictures of people in action with interesting
    backdrops. ex: people unloading trucks parked in the street,
    Wall Street at lunch time, street vendors, etc.
    I would use a small, inconspicuous camera though.
     
    Paul in Houston TX, May 31, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : I'm going to New York in a few weeks for a couple days. I have some
    : locations in mind, but would like to hear other suggestions. For
    : example, where is a good place to take a high altitude shot of the
    : city? Empire State Building comes to mind, but last time I was there
    : you had to shoot through glass, and it wasn't that clean. Any place
    : better?
    :
    : And I'm leaning more toward artsy street shots rather than the usual
    : tourist locations. I'm not going to the Statue of Liberty, for
    : example. Even gritty locations, as long as it isn't too unsafe. Got a
    : favorite location in the City?

    If it isn't too hazy, the Staten Island ferry may give you a good (although
    obviously not high-altitude) view of the southern end of the City. And there's
    a pedestrian walkway above the traffic lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge that
    supposedly provides nice views.

    There used to be (and I suppose still is) a sightseeing boat that went all the
    way around Manhattan Island. I guess it qualifies as an ultimate tourist
    location, but pictures taken from it might not betray that fact.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, May 31, 2012
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    PeterN Guest


    When. There are a lot of places, some are time dependent.
    There are street fairs almost every weekend. the Mermaid Parade is the
    day before Father's Day.
    DUMBO, South Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Seaport and the Battery Park
    areas are great at sunrise, or sunset. The Brooklyn Bridge is undergoing
    extensive repair and is not very photogenic, right now.
    A walk over the Williamsburgh Bridge will give lots of opportunities.
    For street shooting, the East Village has lots of characters.
    Coney Island has tons of interesting people shots, but the Russians hate
    to have their picture taken.

    I carry some singles in the pocket of my photo vest, so if I have to pay
    there is no need to take out my wallet.

    Right now there is a great exabyte at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. they
    have reproduced Monet's garden in a floral exhibit

    I personally love to shoot at zoos.
    In addition to the Bronx Zoo there are some smaller, but interesting
    zoos, which can be combined with or local areas.
    Central Park;
    Brooklyn, combined with the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and the Brooklyn
    Museum. I do not recommend street shooting outside of those areas.

    If you have #####, take a helicopter ride.

    If you want company, give me a shout. I live about 1/2 hour East of the
    City.
    ..
     
    PeterN, May 31, 2012
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    philo Guest


    My wife and I just got back from NY and had a great time...
    No matter where you go there are great photo ops.
    Anywhere. Everywhere.

    We go every year (at least once) and tend to stay more in Midtown West.
    Last time we stayed at the South end of Midtown just north of Chelsea
    and just South of the Empire State Building.

    Though years ago we used to stay at the historic/funky/arty and
    overpriced Chelsea Hotel...
    we eventually switched to good old Holiday Inn.
    The one on West 31st street was really great. Brand new and (for NY)
    inexpensive. Very quiet and great location.

    Pretty much all of lower Manhattan has decent prices for meals etc...
    Best to avoid the uptown tourist traps such as Lindy's where you will
    pay $4 or more for a very watered down cup of coffee.

    We do not believe in going there as tourists so never take tours of the
    Statue of Liberty or the Empire State building etc...
    basically just "hang out" and enjoy ourselves.

    Chelsea is our favorite area as it's funky yet not seedy.
    During the day at least...the whole city is really very safe and
    comfortable...but of course as with *anywhere* keep your eyes open.


    A little South of Chelsea is Chinatown...I am sure you will not want to
    miss that.

    Finally you absolutely must see the Cindy Sherman exhibit at MoMA.

    I repeat: It's an absolute positive must do.

    Please report your findings.


    BTW: If you have ever heard that New Yorkers are a rude bunch...you have
    heard wrong...they are great folks!
     
    philo, May 31, 2012
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    otter Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions, folks. Sorry for the late response, but
    Google wasn't working for me when I tried to respond a couple days
    ago.

    I got a good deal at the Double Tree in the Financial district. Then
    I remembered, is the OWS thing still going on? Maybe that's why.
    Might be worth taking pictures of the riots.

    Thanks for the heads-up about the construction on the Brooklyn
    Bridge. That was one of the locations I was thinking about.

    I may do the boat tour, after all. I'll have a few hours to spend
    before I can check into my room. Does anyone know if there are still
    lockers to check bags into anywhere, before I get into my room? I
    haven't seen those around for some time. Maybe the hotel will do it.
    Need to call them.
     
    otter, Jun 3, 2012
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    otter Guest

    Peter, thanks for the offer. I'm still working on my schedule, but if
    you want to try to meet up in Manhattan for lunch or dinner, that
    might be interesting. I'm going to be in town 6/15 & 6/16. Send me
    an email at billk7298 at hotmail.com and we can talk details.
     
    otter, Jun 3, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    No lockers. The hotel may do it, Doubletrees in NYC are small. Call in
    advance.

    The last time I did a Circle Line Tour I was worried about my equipment.
    I would not do another. I'm also the type of person who goes into the
    worst areas, alone, but I would not do the boat thing.
     
    PeterN, Jun 3, 2012
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    philo Guest

    <snipped for brevity>

    All good , have a great time. I know you will.

    Do not.

    Do not miss the Cindy Sherman exhibit.

    It's the chance of a lifetime and a definite must see.
     
    philo, Jun 4, 2012
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