I walk around the city with my iPhone, as most New Yorker’s do these days. Everyone has turned into a photographer. I live in New York, and have for almost 6 years now, but I still feel the desire to photograph my daily experiences. Every day is a different story. It’s phenomenal. I’ve compiled a collection of some of my favorite shots I have taken this summer, which I feel are very indicative of New York — in the summer.
Sunset & sailing over the East River. The best part about summer is coming home after work and watching the sun set.
Summer Street Spray, otherwise known as the illegal breaking of New York Fire Hydrants to stay cool in the summer time.
Summer rainstorms are divine in New York. I love getting caught in them on my way home from work, when I’m sweaty and stressed and looking for some relief. Nothing feels better than a warm downpour on a sticky summer day.
Leaving the city on the Fourth of July is an annual ritual of mine. Although I have heard spending the 4th in the city can be quite fun, I much prefer crossing the Hudson and heading north. This year, a beautiful American Flag was suspended from the GW Bridge. I almost felt patriotic driving under that.
My neighborhood is pretty spectacular. My transportation options range from the L Train to the J/M/Z to traversing the Williamsburg bridge on foot, all the way to the newly popular East River Ferry. This one photo was taken at the South Williamsburg Ferry port, right next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I was on my way to the Figment Festival on Governors Island.
I’ve always mentioned how much I love the High Line. It is my favorite park in the city. This summer I have had lots of wonderful reasons to walk through it. CitiBike has made it even easier to reach at lunch time. It is so special there.
This was a photo taken on another rainy evening. I was walking from Chelsea to KoreaTown. I love this overpass connecting two buildings. The colors are so striking, especially when the sky is grey behind it. I’m glad I looked up.
The waterfront by Brooklyn Bridge Park is marvelous. The entire thing has been redone, from a pedestrian bridge, to a huge picnic area by Pier 5. Oh, and the ferry I mentioned above will take you right there!
I often skip riding the subways in the summer and opt for biking or walking. A bike ride home is about 25 minutes, and a walk about 60. Walking is my favorite because I get to explore new areas. Last week I stopped for a break on my walk home. It was in Father Demo Square. I loved seeing the explicit quiet zone sign. I had left work after a particularly challenging day, and this was just what I needed.
My friends and I have discovered a great new rooftop bar for dancing, the The DL on Delancey. Its lovely in the daytime. You feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean. But that’s besides the point, and for another post. I rarely take shots of the Williamsburg Bridge from the Manhattan side. I like this one.
I work by the Flatiron. At least once a week I walk over to Madison Square Park for lunch in the park. This was one of those days.
My neighborhood is full of passionate individuals. I guess that is one way to put it? But this endeavor I found particularly cool. A group of volunteers have turned an old abandoned parking lot into a thriving mini-farm.
At the end of Grand Street in Williamsburg, there is a little hidden gem of a park called Grand Ferry Park. It is great for sunset watching.