This week I will be talking about New York city, being one of the biggest city in the world (population wise) it is almost impossible to do a photography journey in just one day but I managed to cover some tourist attractions although I was hoping to have more time to cover more places and take more shots….more more more, that’s a feeling you will experience in the city 😀
The New York photography trip covers mostly the Manhattan area and, considering we have only 24 hours in a day, I would not travel out of the island. For your reference, print/save/share the map at the end of the post. It contains all the sites that should be in the bucket list of any New York visitor.
Let’s start with the journey.
Central Park was the starting point of my wonderful sunny day of April. Walking around this urban park in the middle of Manhattan in the morning it was a good feeling seeing a lot of people running around or just walking their dogs even since the baseball season started there was a few baseball games played by children. Central Park is the most visited urban park in United States as well one of the most filmed locations in the world.
I would recommend to visit at least twice the park during the day if possible (morning and afternoon) since the direction of the light will change and you can take some nice pictures of the buildings/apartments along the Fifth Avenue facing the park.
Then it was time to walk through the famous Times Square located in Midtown Manhattan. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, this place is sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”, “The Center of the Universe” and the heart of “The Great White Way”. It is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District.
Did you know that Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions with an estimated of 50 million visitors annually?
Next stop, it was the Empire State Building, specifically to the 86th Floor Observatory which sits 320 meters above the New York City streets. It attracts more that 3.8 million visitors each year. I have been before on a few observatories on different cities around the world but I must say that this one in particular offers unmatched panoramic views, up to 120 kilometres in every direction and also I have to mention that it is an open-air deck which it helps a lot for taking photos without going through a glass window.
Being a quite busy attraction, specially in the morning and midday, I would recommend going after 3:00pm when it is quiet and not much people are waiting for tickets, security screening gates, and lifts or elevators. I made the mistake of going around 12:00 pm and it took me almost 90 minutes of waiting to get up to the top. Also, tripods are not allowed on the observatory so if you are carrying one and don’t have a place to leave it, they can store it for you and you can collect it back once you have finished your visit.
Walking back on Fifth Avenue while I was on direction to Central Station to get into the subway, I took a photo of the New York Public Library which is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress) and fourth largest in the world.
I went into the Grand Central Terminal to get into the subway with direction to downtown where the 9/11 Memorial is located. Once I walked into the terminal, I was impressed with the atmosphere and the magic of this building. It was a Saturday afternoon and it was really busy (actually everywhere I went it was really busy on that day) so I can only imagine how many people walking around must be on a normal weekday.
After to get into the NYC subway, I went to the train station next to the 9/11 Memorial, specifically to Wall St station. It was a lot of construction works happening at Wall St but I managed to get a few photos of Wall St and also from the New York Stock Exchange.
Then it was time for visiting Ground Zero or 9/11 Memorial. For me it was very emotional being there since I still remember how tragic was those images on the live broadcast back in 2001. The place it was packed with tourist and people presenting their respects to the victims on the fountains built on the same place where both towers were.
I know that a lot of places are missing on this photography journey but I tried my best, and maybe next time I could cover more and show you more photos of this amazing, busy and spectacular city.
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Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.