November 2011

We spent two nights in New York City which effectively gave us one whole day to do some sightseeing. We had no plans to do the typically tourist things such as visiting the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building – had we longer in the city then we probably would – but rather wanted to simply explore on foot and see what we could see. Naturally, this gave me a lot of opportunities to take some photos along the way.

We were staying in a central location on Manhattan Island so decided to walk west towards the Hudson River, then follow the island shoreline as much as possible to the south initially.

We ended up passing through the financial area where the twin towers had come down and in which the Freedom Tower was under construction.

We knew we could use the Staten Island Ferry for free and that it purportedly gave one of the better views of the Statue of Liberty. This seemed to be true but I was more interested in the people on the ferry itself, each lost in their own world, none more so than one girl who danced to the tunes playing through her headphones as if nobody was watching.

After returning to Manhattan we walked more directly back in the direction of our hotel. With New York’s grid structure of busy roads this provided plenty of chances to take photos of not just the feel of the city’s roads and shops…


…but also some of its architecture…

…and the many people of New York going about their business.

We had to leave New York early the next morning (a Monday). It was here that we discovered that the so-called “city that never sleeps” does, actually, as none of the stores we wanted to visit before catching our bus were open. On top of that it was raining. Still, I very much enjoyed New York; the ability to lose yourself as a tourist among the crowds of a major city makes for great street photography.

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