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16 May 2012

One of my favorite vantage points in all of New York City is this spot on the southern side of the Manhattan Bridge — the pedestrian side, for all you cyclists who don’t know that the northern side is yours — right where it crosses over East Broadway.  Every time I walk across the bridge I try to snap a photograph.   The shot above was taken in the early afternoon this past Sunday, on a long walk from the Brooklyn Promenade, over the bridge, and into the Lower East Side.

It’s such a vibrant street, and I love the way the colors and the mood of the street changes in different light conditions.  To wit:

And even a badly-processed roll from CVS (thanks a lot, guys) can’t take away from the electricity of the place:

134 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 May 2012 6:07 pm

    i love that you show the different times of day. awesome pics!

  2. Carlie Chew permalink
    18 May 2012 6:20 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love how different each one looks. Great work and congrats!

  3. 18 May 2012 6:24 pm

    These are stunning pix — what a vibrant, cool place!

    I’m absolutely stunned at the lack of cars, though…of course, I’m a West Coaster, so it may be a naive assumption that ALL of New York is bustling with bumper-to-bumper cars…


  4. 18 May 2012 6:32 pm

    awesome picture . . . 🙂

  5. 18 May 2012 6:37 pm

    Lovely photos! I’d love to go there someday

  6. 18 May 2012 6:42 pm

    A side of new york that wanna visit now

    Brilliant pics 😀

  7. 18 May 2012 6:44 pm


  8. 18 May 2012 7:00 pm

    Great shots. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  9. 18 May 2012 7:33 pm

    Outstanding shorts of a wonderful city.

  10. 18 May 2012 7:35 pm

    Great shots!!

  11. Kimbernator permalink
    18 May 2012 7:41 pm

    I love the colors! Makes me want to go back to NYC!

  12. 18 May 2012 7:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Literary Findings and commented:
    This beautiful series of photographs was taken from the Manhattan Bridge as it crosses over East Broadway in New York’s Chinatown. This is one of my favorite streets in the entire city.

  13. 18 May 2012 7:58 pm

    Very nice! The building on the left side of the photo changes color dramatically. Even the fire escape changes color during the day.

  14. 18 May 2012 8:09 pm

    Really beautiful shots.

  15. 18 May 2012 8:10 pm

    Rare that I see a picture of New York that looks so new, and yet so… New Yorkish. Thank you!

  16. 18 May 2012 8:11 pm

    WOW…memories of the Big Apple…..amazing!

  17. 18 May 2012 8:18 pm

    Great… 😉

  18. 18 May 2012 8:49 pm

    I absolutely love creative artists =) Thank you for showing us 4 different conditions of this point of view. STUNNING!

  19. 18 May 2012 9:16 pm

    Fantastic! You’ve captured the vibrancy and spirit of aliveness that is the heart of New York. I’m obsessed with the city and I’m so jealous you get to live there!

  20. 18 May 2012 9:18 pm

    That’s a great view, one beautifully evoked in your images. I always look for it when on the train coming over the Manhattan Bridge. I’ve yet to walk across but I will do someday soon!

  21. 18 May 2012 9:26 pm

    Your pictures are great for my eyes…

  22. 18 May 2012 9:57 pm

    Great photos. Except for a couple of the skyscrapers in the back and the models of cars, these photos could have come from the 1940’s/50’s. They have that poignant, almost elusive nostalgia that brings to memory photos of this great city in another generation. Quite an accomplishment in a “modern” photo, and an excellent collection. Thank you for sharing them.

  23. 18 May 2012 10:05 pm

    Very nice pics—both simple and beautiful.

  24. 18 May 2012 10:16 pm

    they’re quite some pictures. Really captures something there . . .

  25. 18 May 2012 11:41 pm

    Whenever I use to walk on them streets, I felt as if I was in a movie.

  26. 19 May 2012 12:08 am

    Love these images, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  27. Jonathan Caswell permalink
    19 May 2012 12:20 am

    You must be an artist if even that badly-developed CVS picture becomes magical in your hands!

  28. 19 May 2012 12:57 am

    Fantastic shots of the city. Thanks for sharing!

  29. elbablogs permalink
    19 May 2012 1:36 am

    Beautiful pic. I love my city.

  30. 19 May 2012 1:39 am

    For a moment there I thought I was back in Taiwan because of the Chinese commercial signs LOL

  31. 19 May 2012 1:55 am

    Great Pics – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

  32. 19 May 2012 2:07 am

    I am gonna visit NYC if it’s the last friggin’ thing I do!

  33. 19 May 2012 2:20 am

    I live not far from where these shots were taken. They’re great images that really depict the area.

  34. 19 May 2012 3:25 am

    These are great! I love the first one!!

  35. 19 May 2012 3:38 am

    I love the repetition of the subject in different lighting. And that all of them turned our gorgeous.
    Mad props.

  36. 19 May 2012 4:42 am

    Very cool pics.

  37. 19 May 2012 5:05 am

    Absolutely beautiful shots! Fantastic work!

  38. 19 May 2012 6:19 am

    Actually, I like that “badly processed” night shot! And is it strange that I live here and still haven’t walked across the Brooklyn bridge? This is a great vantage spot though!

  39. 19 May 2012 6:26 am

    Great photos. New York is some town.

  40. 19 May 2012 6:38 am


  41. Mas Ahim permalink
    19 May 2012 7:29 am

    lovely pictures, really

  42. 19 May 2012 7:58 am

    Reblogged this on Martinsgardens's Blog.

  43. 19 May 2012 8:09 am

    Reblogged this on Three Men & A Red Head.

  44. 19 May 2012 11:12 am

    That’s quite a scene! Quite unlike the ones I have around here that’s for sure! Nice work.

  45. 19 May 2012 12:17 pm

    awesome pictures.. really great!!! 😀

  46. elizatelg permalink
    19 May 2012 12:53 pm

    what a great concept! love the pictures

  47. 19 May 2012 1:12 pm

    nice perspective, really color tone

  48. t.on.air permalink
    19 May 2012 1:29 pm

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. I can see that we both love NYC.

  49. Photography by Gisele Morgan permalink
    19 May 2012 1:39 pm

    brilliant photos ♥

  50. Roshni permalink
    19 May 2012 2:01 pm

    Love the photos! They truly bring out the vibrance and energy of the place! 🙂

  51. 19 May 2012 3:14 pm

    absolutly impressed!

  52. 19 May 2012 3:15 pm

    Fantastic photos!

  53. joiedevivre74 permalink
    19 May 2012 3:31 pm

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

  54. joiedevivre74 permalink
    19 May 2012 3:32 pm

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

  55. joiedevivre74 permalink
    19 May 2012 3:33 pm

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

  56. nazarioartpainting permalink
    19 May 2012 3:54 pm

    Terrific photos

  57. maryannawesome permalink
    19 May 2012 4:28 pm

    There really is a mood to this street and I love how you’ve captured it in all the different lights. Things like this remind me why I love the city so much.

  58. 19 May 2012 4:58 pm

    I love these photos! New York is quite possible the most beautiful and versatile city in the world.
    I always enjoy reading your blog, keep up the good work!

    Best wishes from a budding journalist 😀

  59. 19 May 2012 5:02 pm

    had a canvas made at of doris day.looks cool on my wall

  60. 19 May 2012 5:05 pm

    Sure does!

  61. 19 May 2012 5:22 pm

    Lovely photos of the city!

  62. 19 May 2012 5:52 pm

    New York City photos – i always love! I see this same view at times when i take the Manhattan bridge, but it looks ten times better with your photo!

  63. thefrancofly permalink
    19 May 2012 7:17 pm

    One of my favorite NYC memories was working as a PA driver and cruising down east broadway working. It always gave me a sense of calm.

  64. 19 May 2012 7:17 pm

    Wow this brings back memories of our trips there! Thank you!

  65. 19 May 2012 7:24 pm

    Reblogged this on S K Y ( हर कोई चाहता है एक मुठ्ठी आसमान ) and commented:
    What A Live Street View.The office situated at Best location.I would like to visit the place some day.

  66. 19 May 2012 8:47 pm

    I grew up in Brooklyn and loved visiting the city. I moved to Florida 20 years ago and always went back to visit 2 or three times a year. But the last two years I haven’t been able to go and your pictures have made me so home sick….

  67. 19 May 2012 9:51 pm

    Interesting see the same shot in different light and times. Congrats on your selection in freshly pressed.

  68. Scott permalink
    19 May 2012 9:58 pm

    If I could visit any city in the U.S. it would definitely be New York–I’ve always wanted to go there! These views are spectacular–when I think of Broadway I think of the stage plays–I didn’t know there was more to Broadway, and there obviously is–much more. It’s looks like a Chinese section–cool! It’s just so magnificent, the height of the buildings, the energy of the living streets, and of course the colors!

  69. 20 May 2012 1:06 am

    nice post…love the echo of your street captures.

  70. machisan permalink
    20 May 2012 4:38 am

    What can i say fantastic

  71. wardenfree permalink
    20 May 2012 4:56 am

    broadway is an amzing place, which is full of many people’s dreams!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    awesome post!

  72. Santiago Bustamante permalink
    20 May 2012 6:36 am

    Reblogged this on Ensayos Contemporáneos – Notas.

  73. 20 May 2012 6:40 am

    This is brilliant! Lovely idea to take the same picture but with different daylight(:

  74. 20 May 2012 7:53 am

    Great post like it very much…Thanks for sharing

  75. 20 May 2012 10:38 am

    Reblogged this on RE-BLOG-ED.

  76. 20 May 2012 10:45 am

    Magical pics of my favourite city. 😉

  77. 20 May 2012 10:57 am

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  78. lijiujiu permalink
    20 May 2012 12:34 pm

    How beautiful the pics are!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  79. 20 May 2012 1:21 pm

    I really loved this post. I started keeping my camera in the car (the old-fashioned digital kind) because I never know when I’m going to see something that that strikes my fancy!

  80. 20 May 2012 1:59 pm

    I really love the first shot, there’s so much colour!

  81. Alyssa permalink
    20 May 2012 2:10 pm

    Great pictures. It depicts on how time quickly passes by as I perceive it. 🙂

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  82. vivilinh permalink
    20 May 2012 2:27 pm

    these are amazing!

  83. 20 May 2012 4:43 pm

    I love your photos! where are they taken from ?

  84. 20 May 2012 5:53 pm

    Great pictures !!!

  85. 20 May 2012 7:07 pm

    Excellent photography! I love the fact you shoot with film 99% of the time. It makes for the traditional feel which I love in design. Also, the use of the photos themselves and the different lighting scenes makes a real picture! I am now following your blog and cannot wait to see more your talents in photography!

  86. 20 May 2012 8:48 pm

    this part of town was something that had to grow on me…but now that it has, i have an insatiable desire to visit at least once a week. it’s the noise, the peeling paint of vibrant colors, the smells both good and bad, the majestic view of the [albeit less interesting] financial district far ahead, the secrets behind each door on the street…
    great post, and what beautiful images of east broadway!!!

  87. moodybluebird permalink
    20 May 2012 9:05 pm

    ♥ this. Great photos.

  88. 20 May 2012 9:45 pm

    Simply Beautiful, wish I was there.

  89. 20 May 2012 11:57 pm

    Excellent light and shadow photos. I enjoyed this very much.

  90. 21 May 2012 12:16 am

    I’m a native New Yorker living elsewhere. So nice to see great pictures of home. I can almost hear the traffic and smell the multitudes of diverse cooking odors, a plane passing by overhead. Love the transition from morning to night!

  91. 21 May 2012 12:57 am

    great photos !! Nice..

  92. 21 May 2012 1:17 am

    I used to live in Brooklyn and work in the East Village/Lower East Side, so I know that spot! I love the way you captured it in the various light conditions. Really exquisite post!

  93. 21 May 2012 2:41 am

    Great shots… Ironically, my favourite picture is the one from the badly processed film.

  94. Alessandro Paiva permalink
    21 May 2012 3:30 am

    My goodness! Awesome pictures! And they are retro, as well.

  95. 21 May 2012 4:50 am

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Awesome post!

  96. rndos permalink
    21 May 2012 8:38 am

    Photography anywhere is great but this is amazing it reminds me of an old film shot I saw dealing with symphony music and city life. It is a certain film genre and the first of its kind but the name just isnt clicking in my mind. If I find it ill send you a link 😀

  97. lepiratelife permalink
    21 May 2012 9:19 am

    Oh my gosh that is incredible ! I love your about me section also x

  98. 21 May 2012 1:05 pm

    AWESOME pictures…

  99. 21 May 2012 1:40 pm

    I’m so glad to be visiting New York City soon. =)

  100. John Saddington permalink
    21 May 2012 2:21 pm

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  101. 21 May 2012 3:47 pm

    I have never been to Manhattan, but your photos are inviting.

  102. 21 May 2012 4:08 pm

    The 1st picture is really pleasing

  103. 21 May 2012 4:46 pm

    Fantastic Blog post, love the altering images,

  104. 21 May 2012 5:00 pm

    Great pics! Love these shots!

  105. 21 May 2012 5:22 pm

    Love the changes in character, mood, and light! . . . Thank you for sharing!

  106. 21 May 2012 6:39 pm


  107. theabsolutebrightest permalink
    21 May 2012 7:27 pm


  108. 21 May 2012 8:10 pm

    love the pictures! I love roofs and pictures from the top. and busy streets. haha

  109. ConfusedDi permalink
    21 May 2012 8:53 pm

    Nice pictures! Loving them!

  110. thecaptainpower permalink
    21 May 2012 11:43 pm

    Nice pics, I walk around there at lunch at lot….

  111. 22 May 2012 1:58 am

    I love the various perspectives of the same shot. I love them all but I especially like the night shot. Thanks for sharing.

  112. 22 May 2012 3:03 am

    Phenomenal talent = fantastic photos. Congrats!

  113. 22 May 2012 6:41 am

    Great perspective by showing the same within different time frames! Great idea! And congratulations for being freshly pressed!

  114. 22 May 2012 7:09 am

    I love your pics! NY is on top of my list of future places to visit. I cannot wait to come and experience it for myself…but thanks for transporting me there with your great pics!

  115. 22 May 2012 8:29 am

    great city i like photo,s

  116. robertdickinsonphotography permalink
    22 May 2012 11:45 am

    great photos i love NYC

  117. sally2808 permalink
    22 May 2012 2:18 pm

    Just like a movie

  118. 22 May 2012 2:48 pm

    Great shots, and congratulations on the Fresh Press. I haven’t walked that bridge yet, but will definitely now have to give it a go. I’m always looking for a great place to get city shots.

  119. ferreiragiovanni permalink
    22 May 2012 3:02 pm

    Veery nice the photos 🙂

  120. 22 May 2012 4:03 pm

    Gorgeous! I miss New York….

  121. 22 May 2012 4:06 pm

    beautiful snaps

  122. 23 May 2012 5:22 am

    Reblogged this on withoutthet.

  123. 23 May 2012 5:22 am

    Reblogged this on withoutthet.

  124. 23 May 2012 3:00 pm

    Gorgeous shots, love the lights difference! Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (

  125. 24 May 2012 10:19 pm

    In 20 years, when the area is completely different, these photographs will be even more intriguing.

  126. 25 May 2012 10:52 am

    NYC… miss it so much!

  127. 25 May 2012 2:13 pm

    Reblogged this on El Blog de Raki.

  128. 26 May 2012 7:52 pm

    City life sucks… excuse I mean it. Im getting headache just seing those pictures. I need at least some nature around me…

  129. flylikepapergethighlikeplanes permalink
    27 May 2012 10:32 pm


  130. 31 May 2012 1:04 pm

    Great photos! Studying a single place in different conditions can create awesome results.


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