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Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post about my visit to New York’s High Line elevated park. A tweaked version of that post just made it to print in the biannual publication CITYGREEN, appearing in the magazine’s 6th issue entitled Green Spaces For Sustainable Cities. Currently available in paperback only, a digital version of issue 6 will be available in a couple months. Here are a few highlights from my original blog post:
The folks at CITYGREEN were nice enough to shoot me a free copy of issue 6, and it looks great!
These shots of the paperback version represent just a portion of the 8-page spread that appears in the magazine, so check out the actual publication if you want to see the rest. CITYGREEN is loaded with a ton of cool articles about green spaces in urban environments around the world, so it’s a pretty good read. You can also check the blog post my article is based on here.
All the images I posted on the blog and in the CITYGREEN article were taken with my Fuji X100. Represent!
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (view large)
Sunday morning in the East Village. I always advocate getting up as early as possible to start a photo walk. The light is beautiful in the morning, and the streets are a lot less busy, even in New York.
Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/75 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Bridget was tired, but supportive of our early morning walk. Thanks honey.
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/280 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800
Bikes! There are bicycles everywhere in New York, and the East Village is certainly no exception. What I love is that they’re all beaters. Some are just left to rust and decay out in the street, making for great photographic subjects:
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/9, ISO 800
Now that is a cool little bike. Would have loved to have one of those when I was a kid.
Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200
There was a downside to getting here so early in the morning, however. The wife was really into seeing the little gardens located throughout the neighborhood. Most of them weren’t open until much later, however, so we had to admire them behind locked gates. Squeezed my lens through narrow bars to get these:
Fuji X100 | 1/340 sec, f/5, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/900 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/950 sec, f/2, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.6, ISO 200
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400
The light was great and the gardens were beautiful bla bla bla. You wanna know the real reason we came to this neighborhood? Coffee.
Abraço is a tiny coffee bar nestled in the East Village. When I say tiny, I mean it. You could drive right by and not even know it’s there, and once you’re inside, you could literally stand in one place and have arm’s-length access to the entire cafe. I’ve had enough just seeing pictures of the place on blogs like this one. I needed to try it myself!
Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800
The coziness factor of this shop makes for easy conversation over a cup of coffee and/or artisan pastry. Chatted with the locals, took pictures, just chilled out. No rush, it’s Sunday.
Fuji X100 | 1/1,200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250
Fuji X100 | 1/350 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400
Meet the cortado. Freshly extracted espresso with just the right amount of steamed milk and foam in my opinion. Not to be confused with a macchiato, it’s perhaps more similar to a cappuccino, but smaller. Enough milk to take the edge off the brew’s acidity while still kicking you in the pants with just the right amount of strength. The flavor was amazing, but it was the texture that was blowing my mind.
Fuji X100 | 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200
I’m normally a pretty slow coffee drinker, but I was going though this cortado like a crazy coffee-drunkard. I didn’t want the experience to end.
So I ordered a second one:
Below left is some kind of sparkly, honey-something or other, I forget….bagh who cares, it’s all about the cortado. This stuff gives my local favorite espresso at Four Barrel a pretty good run for it’s money.
Fuji X100 | 1/210 sec, f/4, ISO 400
These are the kinds of experiences I like to have when I travel. Mingling with the locals, photographing neighborhoods apart from the tourist areas. Areas (and COFFEE) like this make me miss New York.
All Images: Fuji X100, Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)
Shio: “I’m not shy! I’m just too cool for you!”
Of course, Shio. My bad.
I actually lived in Brooklyn Heights for a few years. The walk was pretty nostalgic for me. I got to see a lot of new city improvements to the neighborhood. The new parks along the pier are beautiful, as was our late afternoon stroll through town under the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Shio’s dad Josh (left), and my cousin, also named Josh (right). All three of us paw-parazzied our way through the Heights. The batteries in my X100 were running low from shooting the High Line all morning, so I spent some time with my cousin’s Nikon D7000, which I used to take many of these images. Insanely good camera.
It was a hot day in New York. It wasn’t long before our double-coated furry friends started tiring. At times, Shio would just halt mid-walk and lay down. Had to carry him for a little:
…..and/or pamper him during his protests. Speaking of protests:
Shio: “No, humans! We MUST enter this here bakery!”
Shio: “Do you not want some freshly baked noms? Or A/C? What’s the matter with you people?!”
Don’t you just love Shiba smiles?
That’s one cool family right there. Make sure you check out Josh’s post about our meetup at the Shio Blog: Shio vs. Jonathan Fleming.
Nikon D7000 + Nikkor DX 35mm f/1.8G
Fuji X100 | 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
This weekend we spent an entire morning walking along the beautifully designed High Line, an elevated park that runs through the west side of Manhattan. Arriving at the park’s Ganesvoort street entrance, I was very happy to see dramatic morning light sweeping across town.
The High Line was once an elevated rail system, supporting freight trains that ran cargo between warehouses and processing facilities in Manhattan’s meat packing district. It’s been several decades since the railway has been used for that purpose, but to preserve the structure as part of New York’s rich history, it was recently overhauled for reuse as a public park.
We arrived early enough to be among only people there in the morning, and it was so peaceful and serene:
Vendors were still setting up during sunrise. Blue Bottle Coffee? Yup, this was going to be a good day.
As we continued walking and shooting, people began trickling into the park, mostly runners as well as the occasional couple doing a photo shoot with their photographer. And speaking of photography, I couldn’t have asked for better morning light for photographs. There was brilliant light and shadow all over the place that morning.
I absolutely love the park’s design. The landscaping was inspired by the wild, self-seeded plant life that once grew on the High Line when it was no longer in use as a rail system. Parts of the original tracks have been reintegrated into the landscape, giving the park a sort of post-apocalyptic look, as if nature has claimed this part of the city as her own, though there is obviously a lot of control to the “chaos.”
Long, concrete “planks” form most of the High Line’s smooth walkways. Our walking progress was extremely slow as I was stopping just about every other second to take pictures. There’s just so much to photograph up there, and my camera was just loving the “wild nature meets man-made structure” theme that permeates the park and creates fascinating visual contrasts.
Speaking of the camera, these images are all from the Fuji X100. Compared to my DSLR, the X100 is just about weightless, and a joy to carry around and shoot with on the nearly 3 mile walk from one end of the park to the other and back.
Without my camera strap, I was fearing for my camera’s life a little here.
Another interesting, visually contrasting element of the park is the neighborhood it sits in. As you walk along, you see decades-old factories and housing mixed in with ultra-modern high rise buildings that run along the High Line’s path.
The park features a large public lawn, which was unfortunately off limits the day we visited. I love the viewing platforms that extend from the path, allowing me to basically step off the High Line to get a better view of the park, soak in sweeping views of the city’s skyline and buzzing streets, or people watch while kicking back on one of the many benches placed along the walkway.
Ok, so I think that’s enough yapping from me. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story:
The High Line is a must see if you ever find yourself in New York City. I’m pretty sure it’ll be on my to do list every single time I visit!
Coming up, more posts from photo walks in NY over the weekend, meeting three amazing Shibas (well, technically four), and the best coffee I’ve ever had on the east coast, or possibly anywhere for that matter. Stay tuned!
Fuji Finepix X100: Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)
Black and Whites processed in Silver Efex Pro 2