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“The Lyric Theatre” – New York

“The Lyric Theatre” - New York

“A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole.”
–  Sir Edmund Happold

The varied and beautiful architecture in New York City took me completely by surprise. It must have been quite the place back in the late 19th century. I love fine details and could spend hours sitting in front of a building like this and drinking in all the fantastic stonework. It’s also nice to see how well these buildings have been preserved. New York, at least parts of it, seems to have largely escaped the wave of ‘urban renewal’ that swept through many major cities back in the 70’s, where beautiful old edifices were sacrificed for parking lots or concrete monoliths.

I decided to process this in black and white because it brings out the detail and texture better for me and masks the distractions of the colourful billboards advertising the current show.

iPhone 5s
Back Camera  @ 4.2mm
1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 80

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“The Knickerbocker” – New York

“The Knickerbocker Stonework” - Times Square, New York

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
― Tom Wolfe

Just as you enter Times Square from the south, along Broadway. There’s a stunning building amid the business and noise of the modern Times Square with it’s neon lights and larger than life billboards that turn night to day. That building, is the Knickerbocker.

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This beautiful Beaux-Art building hearkens back to a time of pomp and elegance. At one time, it was the home to famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George M. Cohan. I can only imagine what it was like in it’s glory days.

Built in 1906, it was one of New York’s premier locations and essentially, anything that happened in New York City in the early 1900’s likely had some link to this building. It was  “the” place to be for glitterati and dignitaries, while its legendary ballroom became known as “The 42nd Street Country Club.”

Post prohibition, it became an office building, until being designated a New York City landmark in 1988. It was converted to a luxury hotel shortly thereafter. If you want to try this place out, you can get a room starting at about $350 an night and you can get to Times Square and Broadway in a few short steps.

Unfortunately, I only had my long lense with me this day, but I was able to get a nice image of the wonderful facade above the front entrance, showing the detail of the stonework.A truly beautiful building, so representative early 20th century New York City.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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“Empire State Building” – West 34th & Broadway

“Empire State Building” - West 34th St. & Broadway

“I get a little romantic about the old Empire State. Just looking at it makes me want to play some Frank Sinatra tunes and sway a little. I have a crush on a building. I’d been in there several times but never to work. I always knew there were offices in there but the face never penetrated, really. You don’t work in the Empire State Building. You propose in the Empire State Building. You sneak a flask up there and raise a toast to the whole city of New York.” – Maureen Johnson

What’s a trip to New York City without a photo of the iconic Empire State Building, as it soars high above midtown Manhattan? What really struck me was just how eye-catching it is. The sun reflects beautifully from the walls from nearly every angle I saw it from, which were numerous. In the image above I tried to incorporate much of the street and surrounding buildings, some quite modern and others hearkening back to earlier times.

This image was made mid-morning, and as I stated in earlier posts, the New York light is something unexpected, as it reflects from the skyscrapers into the streets below. I was really expecting street level to be darker, but there is a constant soft glow everywhere I looked.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm
1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 400

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“The Flatiron Building” – New York

“The Flatiron Building” New York

“The peculiar office structure appears to exercise a strange fascination over some minds, for not only do hundreds of people stand for five and ten minutes at a time looking up at it, but many of those who have detached themselves from the groups are obliged to return in a minute or two to examine the structure from another point of view” – New York Times, 1902

I completely understand what the author of this quote meant. I’ve dreamt often of standing in this place and making a photo of this iconic New York Building at the intersection of 5th Avenue, 23rd Street, and Broadway, also known as the Fuller Building. When it was completed, in 1902, it was the tallest building (285 ft) in the world and people feared it might collapse.

I finally got my chance to photograph it myself this past weekend. Looking at other’s photos, including many well known ones gives me a certain sense of reverence. I’m standing in the same location once occupied by great artists. The scene is so familiar, yet details are slightly different, the cars on the road are different, the light, the foliage, the street signs, are all slightly different, or I simply did not notice them before. Then, the moment of truth, I get the opportunity to try my hand at this, with all the images rushing through my memory. Then ‘click’, image made, I check my histogram and all looks good. I make a few more, just in case and move on to the next landmark, suddenly aware of all the other remarkable buildings in the area. If you have not been there, New York is an architectural wonderland.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 190 mm
1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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“Coffee Shop Lights” – New York

“Coffee Shop Lights” - New York

“I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.”
– Tennessee Williams

I noticed these awesome light bulbs while waiting for our play, Chicago, outside the Ambassador theatre on West 49th Street in New York. The coffee shop is Caffe Benne, part of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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What really attracted me to them was the variations in bulb type and colour temperature. It felt a bit awkward, looking in the window with my camera and making this image, but it turned out exactly as I had envisioned it.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 116 mm
1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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