In the spring of 2014 I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring New York City on foot. Memorable experiences included walking across the Brooklyn Bridge before dawn, exploring the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum, and observing how crazy-busy Grand Central Station station is at all hours. New York City has endless photographic opportunities and I’m looking forward to returning again to see even more! This journal entry describes a few of the interesting places I visited on my self-guided walking tour of the area.
Bryant Park, located in midtown Manhattan, has been a public space since 1686!
It doesn’t take long at all to get the subway system in NYC dialed, and each station has a unique vibe.
After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge before dawn on this crisp morning, the view back across the river to downtown Manhattan is awesome.
Chelsea Market is a great place to get out of the rain and enjoy some amazing food from one of the dozen’s of eateries inside.
Here is a shot of the rooftops above China Town, taken from the Manhattan Bridge’s pedestrian walkway. The walk across the Manhattan bridge isn’t nearly as nice as the Brooklyn Bridge, as the walkway is narrow and noisy with cars right next to you. However, this view made it worth it.
Each part of the city I visited had a different feel. This building is located in the Upper West Side, a posh residential area.
Looking back at the Brooklyn Bridge from the start of the Manhattan Bridge located in Dumbo (short Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).
The Brooklyn Promenade was virtually empty this early in the morning.
Although not quite as beautiful as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge has a stately and industrial feel to it.
Grand Central Station is the busiest train station in the United States. At all hours of the day the hustle and bustle of the commuters and tourists alike is fun to observe. This photo is taken from the Apple Store of all places, located right in station itself!
Graffiti is abundant in the NYC area, but many of the murals are really impressive. This owl mural in Brooklyn was really colorful, I just loved it.
The brown tones of this building, in contrast with the green sign for Madison Square Garden, caught my attention. I really like how varied the brick are, as you can see many things have been painted or posted on the side of this building over the years.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located on (and inside) the aircraft carrier Intrepid, which sits permanently anchored on the Hudson River. Combat planes, new and old, and even the space shuttle Enterprise, are on display at the museum.
A replica of the Gemini Space Capsule is on display, where visitors can actually lay in the pod.
A nuclear submarine, the USS Growler, is docked in the Hudson River right next to the aircraft carrier Intrepid and is also part of the Intrepid Museum.
This is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public.
I have no idea how one would even go about starting an aircraft carrier. But once it is moving, I think this is the steering wheel.
A colorful and curious mural just a block away from the Intrepid Museum.