Saturday, August 2, 2014

New York State of Mind: Five Great Places to Photograph of the Manhattan Skyline

"Some folks like to get away,
Take a holiday from the neighborhood.
Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood.
But I'm takin' a Greyhound on the Hudson River line.
I'm in a New York state of mind."
(Billy Joel)

Here's the thing - It's been 33 years since I left my family's New York home for college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Since then, I haven't lived in New York, but I will always consider myself a New Yorker.  Maybe that's what happens when you have a mom from the Bronx and a dad from Brooklyn.  Its just in the blood.

One of the many things that I love about New York is Manhattan's beautiful skyline.  Between December, 2010 and July, 2014, I photographed the New York City skyline from several different vantage points:  1) The DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge)section of Brooklyn; 2)Hamilton Park, in Weehawken, New Jersey; 3)  The "Top of the Rock" observation deck, in Rockefeller Center, Manhattan: 4) Long Island City, Queens; and 5) Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey (and the Statue of Liberty ferry boat).

View of Manhattan from
Hamilton Park, Weekawken, New Jersey
July, 2014 (morning).
View of Manhattan from
Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
July, 2011 (morning).
View of Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan from
"DUMBO" (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge),
Brooklyn, New York.  August, 2011
(Evening before Hurricane Irene hit New York City).
View of Manhattan from
Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey.
July, 2014 (sunset).
View of Empire State Building and Lower Manhattan, from
"Top of the Rock" observation deck at Rockefeller Center
December, 2010 (morning).
View of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan from
Statue of Liberty ferry boat (from Liberty State Park).
July, 2011 
Close of Up Chrysler Building and Midtown Manhattan
from Long Island City, Queens.
April, 2012 (morning).
View of Lower Manhattan, including the new
Freedom Tower, from Hamilton Park in
Weehawken, New Jersey.  July, 2014 (twilight).
View of Manhattan from
Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey
July 2014 (morning).
View of the Brooklyn Bridge from "DUMBO" (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge), Brooklyn, New York.  June, 2013 (morning). 
View of Manhattan from
Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey
July, 2014 (twilight).


  1. Wow, Josh!! I've never been to New York, but your photos capture both the beauty and excitement of a wonderful city....hope to visit it in the future!

  2. Thanks, Peggy. I really appreciate it.

  3. Oh my goodness .... it is stunning and very panoramic! Great job! I visited NY last year in May(before Paris, London, and Moscow) and still considering NY as best city in the world! Planning trip this September/October and my fingers cross!

    1. Thanks very much! Sounds like you must have had a great trip. They're all on my "bucket list."

  4. I've visited NYC a number of times but not since 2001, and I miss being there. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs of that great city!