Lens-Artists Challenge #188 – A Special Place
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.”Ayn Rand
This week our guest host, Karina, challenges us to choose a special place – or places. Those who follow me know my feeling that Kiawah Island, which we call home, is a truly special place. Since I’ve featured it in several recent posts however, I’ve chosen to highlight a completely different, but equally special place this week – New York City (aka, the Big Apple).
“If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.”Peter Shaffer
My husband and I are often in New York to spend time with our family there. I love wandering the streets of the city, camera or iPhone in hand, enjoying the hustle and bustle. My opening image captures a very large, welcoming wall art installation at the World Trade Center, while the image just above captures interesting reflections on some nearby skyscrapers. I especially loved the dichotomy of the little orange tower of the Corbin Building, built in 1888, in the center of a block of high tech, modern buildings.
“Everything in New York is a photograph.”Ann-Marie MacDonald
All of the images in today post (with the exception of the airport images) were made within a 5 or 6 block area of Lower Manhattan. I came upon the totally incongruous graveyard shown above in the middle of a busy New York street. Associated with St. Paul’s Chapel, made famous during the days after 9-11, it is no longer available for burials. The ancient graves offer a moment of peace in the middle of one of the most frenetic areas of NYC.
“New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.”Russell Baker
I chose to feature the NYC Oculus, which I’ve included in previous posts, as a slider – with the exterior on the left and the interior on the right. The little cityscape in front of the exterior was actually a printed fabric used to hide some construction, and I loved the clever Eataly advertisement featured inside.
“No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.”Michael Bloomberg
I thought the views from my airplane window showed an interesting contrast – New York City’s classic skyline compared to the wide open natural beauty of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. In my younger days I loved the electricity and pulse of New York. Today, although I’m much happier surrounded by the peace and quiet of our island home, there is much to be said for the fun of a few days in the heart of the Big Apple.
Sincere thanks to Karina for guest-hosting – we’re looking forward to seeing YOUR special places. Please remember to link to Karina’s original post here. Thanks also to Anne for last week’s Water challenge, and to all of you for your beautiful responses. I’ll be the host for next week’s challenge “Odds and Ends”, an opportunity to showcase all of those unrelated, unused images that don’t seem to match any of our themes. In the meanwhile, as always, please stay safe and be kind.
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What a treat to eyes, Tina.
I’ve never been to New York, but your photos are certainly making me want to go!
Thanks very much – I’m sure you’d love it.
I too love NYC, just getting out on the streets to walk and watch all that is happening. You’ve captured and highlighted some of the jewels of the Big Apple… and the first shot is wonderful, I’ve never see this before and it is something special. Of all the places, I did enjoy Central Park the most… I had the city to play around in but anytime I needed to escape it was perfect. Your graveyard shot for some reason brought back the memory – I think it is as you wrote “a moment of peace in the middle of one of the most frenetic areas of NYC.” There is a comfort there 🙂 Wonderful post, a great contrast to the quiet of Kiawah Island and such a diversity of great shots NYC offers is another nice reason to visit. Cheers to you and the Big Apple!
Thanks as always Randall. That first shot is a great example of the ever-changing scene in NYC especially around the WTC and the Oculus. It wasn’t there 2 years ago when we last visited. It was great to see life returning to a semblance of normal this time around, although literally everyone, even on the streets, was masked and proof of vaccine required to enter any restaurant. I suppose that’s changed now, just 3 weeks later. And from then to now we have also a horrific war. Hard to imagine.
Tina, thank you for these wonderful images of NYC. It’s easy to see why it is such a special place for you.
Thanks Beth – one thing for sure, it is quite a departure from our daily life here on Kiawah!
I love your view angle of the tombstones in front of the houses. Deads and alives side-by-side. Very well done, Tina.
Thanks Andre – that was no small task as the cemetery is quite well protected from passers-by!
Ah, ok. Either way, well done! 👍
Tina, it feels like you are offering me a great update on NYC, since last time I’ve been there about 10 years ago, thank you for that.
Time to re-visit Cornelia! Besides being a terrific city, it is definitely ever-changing as well!
Hi Tina, As usual, I’m a late bloomer, but I wanted to see what’s going on this week with the lens artists. Your photos are a lot of fun. You do a great job with buildings, and tall buildings are especially hard to capture straight, at least! They are so overwhelming. I’m with Yvette on the graveyard. That’s an amazing find. I love the vertex of old and new. I love this quote, too. “Everything in New York is a photograph.”
Always better late than never Marsha, thanks!
Well, you sure are good at promoting NYC! I will never get there, so I am grateful to be taken there by your super lens, Tina! You know I love everything you post on the Oculus, I find it an incredibly interesting building. Strange to see something so different from Kiawah – but as usual beautifully done.
Oh it’s so much fun A-C and yes, SO different vs home. Believe it or not tho, there are wonderfully scenic and peaceful natural places too!
Haven’t been to NYC since I was a child. But I remember it to be a magical place….as your images convey so well!
Thanks Sandy, magical is exactly the word for it
I completely agree with Ann-Marie MacDonald, and you illustrate it wonderfully. Really loved that photo from inside the graveyard. I think I must have walked past it several times. I also love these contrasting views of an airport’s larger surroundings and the concrete that you see up close. I’m sure you have more of them; they would make an interesting series I’m sure
Me too I.J.! There’s always a “first” no matter how often you visit – this time it was the little graveyard for me. As for the airport, I was frustrated with the route the airplane took to the runway as we never got anywhere close to the skyline but you got the idea, right?! Maybe next time I can improve on that one LOL.
Marvelous photos of one of my favorite cities.
Thanks Anne – it should be on everyone’s top 10 places to visit, don’t you think?!
Ooooh! Beautiful! 🤩 Yesterday we booked for NYC in late August. US Open, The Music Man, One WTC, et al. Can’t wait!
Hoorah John!!!! So much to see and do in the Big Apple – I hope you LOVE it as much as we do. Be prepared for some very hot, humid weather in August though! Be sure to save some time to truly explore Central Park and make time for the museum at WTC which is very powerful. Also the High Line – an amazing aboveground walk surrounded by flowers and plants. I’m very excited for you (can you tell?)!!!
Yes to all. Thank you.
Pretty special especially from your lens! Hope to visit NYC one day!
Thanks very much Teresa – it’s an amazing place unlike any other. Truly a “melting pot” of cultures with some of the best food, art and entertainment as well as wonderful parks and incredible architecture. Something for everyone no matter what interests drive you to visit.
I know what will drive me to visit NY…it is Frank Sinatra’s song haha.
I lived there almost 30 years and most looked new to me! ..that’s NY…and your camera…
LOL, that DEFINITELY is NYC – the city really never sleeps and that includes construction!
Your love affair with NYC shines through in the photos you have curated and your narration for this one. Your Occulus images are especially visually interesting. I appreciate the land of contrasts you inhabit – serene Kiawah and bustling New York
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Thanks Babsje – loved the phrase “land of contrasts”. You’re so right, the two places could not possibly be more different!
Yep. You got the whole Yin/Yang thing going on!
What great shots of one of my favourite cities! I would love to live as close as you do, to be able to visit more often 🙂 But your photos have transported me there today – thank you.
My pleasure Sarah. It’s fun to have family there because it’s such a fun city but so outrageously expensive!
Love the quote “If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.”New York is my fav city ‘cos of ebullience.
Thanks Teresa – yes it is indeed that! I always enjoy trying to figure out which are locals and which are tourists. Usually pretty easy LOL!
Beautiful post Tina. Thanks for showing me a New York that I never knew when I lived there. Growing up in the Bronx was totally different from Manhattan!
That’s the beauty of NY right Anne? Every neighborhood is like a new city just around the corner from the last!
I sort of promised my daughter a trip to New York for her 30th birthday. She’s 45 now and we’ve still not made it there. Maybe this year!
LOL – well the crowds are much thinner in the city due to covid Jude – go get ’em. Can’t beat New York in the springtime
There’s so much to see there! Love that colorful mural in our first picture, TinaL
It’s incredible in person Siobhan. I couldn’t get it all into one image!
Interesting to see cityscapes in wonderful photos Tina 🙂 🙂
Thanks Brian – something a bit different for me this week.
New York is full of so many surprises…thru your lens particularly! that graveyard and that little orange building 😲. Firsts for me
You gave me a smile this evening GF, glad you enjoyed.
Though these days I am a Country Bumpkin, I’d love to visit NY. It seems such a vibrant, diverse city, and your post seems to show its energy and vitality to advantage.
Thanks so much Margaret. I’ve become a bit of a country bumpkin myself but every now and then it’s fun to re-visit the big city. And always great to come home!!
My feelings exactly!
Thanks for the taste of New York City today!
I actually remember times you have blogged (or shared comments) while you were in NYC and I always thought that was cool – or imagined where you were or what you were visiting –
And so this post gives us a sample of what you soak up on your visits there.
— and I hope to go to NYC more because it is six hours from where we live in VA (and get this – when I lived in western New York it was double that to make it to NYC)
Anyhow – the graveyard was really cool and have never seen that before – also the Corbin building shot shows the great variety there
Thanks Yvette – we used to visit NYC all the time when we lived in NJ but now that we’re southerners it’s a fun and special treat, especially since Covid. It’s a marvelous place and there’s surely something for everyone.
I’m singing the musicals and waving my top hat around, Tina. New York, New York! Have a great week!
The bronx is up and the battery’s down Jo!! A great week to you too
Are you kicking up your legs, Jo? NY is a glorious place.
Only one of them, Marsha. I had to go to the doctor for antibiotics today. A deep wound to my leg isn’t healing well. I can still hop though 🤣💗
Oh no Jo! Give it a rest and get better soon!
I’m so sorry, Jo. Hopping is not great! So hard on the hips and underarms. Get well soon. I’ll be praying and thinking good thoughts for you and that sore leg. Lots of love
Thanks, Marsha. Getting better every day 🤗💗💗
Still haven’t made it to the Oculus – it’s on my list, but haven’t been back up to NYC since Covid. Loved the skyline and lowcountry contrast!
Thanks Laurel. We were there for the first time in 2 years for an important family event. Great to see the family, happy to come home!
You make NYC look and sound very appealing, Tina. Good use of the slider feature as well. Quite a contrast to the home of your heart, isn’t it? 🙂
It could not possibly be more different Janet! As I say, I love the city for short visits but am always happy to find my way back home 😊
I totally understand that, Tina. 🙂 I even felt that way about going into Chicago periodically and then just coming back to our home in Naperville.
First blush, I was wondering about the airport pano. I did see the skyline, and read your description. I had to ponder it, lol.
My NYC story is from Ginny. She went into the city with her daughter on a doctor visit at NYU. The walk from from Penn Station to NYU was 22 blocks. They did walk a few blocks before hailing a cab to NYU, but after buying lunch from a street vendor. Their cabbie, a physics PHD from India. He said he made more money as cabbie as opposed to teaching at the university level.
Well the skyline shot was made through a dirty airline window from quite a distance with my iPhone so I don’t wonder that you were wondering LOL. As for your story, no surprise to anyone who’s been there! You can walk forever in the city but if you need to be somewhere there are cabs everywhere! I love to walk the city on a nice day – so much to see and so different from my everyday life. And yes, it seems ALL of the cabbies are foreign and the money difference doesn’t surprise me a bit!
I have never been to New York TIna, but you sell it well. Like Terri I love particularly the juxtaposition between the old grave stones and the tall buildings behind, and the World Trade centre mural is striking too..
Thanks Karina – it seemed perfect for your challenge although it couldn’t possibly be more different than your world or mine!
Intriguing photos. NYC is on my bucket list.
Thanks VJ – definitely visit-worthy!
NYC is a great city, lots to see. I, too, love the Oculus, so very unique. Thanks for the walk through your lens. All are beautifully captured, Tina.
Thanks Amy – we’re fortunate to have family there which gives us a great excuse for visiting (as if we needed one!)
NYC seems to be a wonderful place and fun too for a lot of people. Terrific photos 😀
Thanks Cee – it’s amazing really. It’s a tourist mecca for people all over the world and truly a melting pot of residents. There really is something for everyone there.
Love the graveyard…time warp.
Time warp indeed Jim. Thanks for stopping by!
what a great post Tina!! so agree that NYC is one of the greatest places ever!! love all of your shots especially the graveyard…brings me back home!!
Thanks April – it has its own unique personality for sure…..in fact many of them! Talk about something for everyone. Nice to be able to visit so easily.
Ah, a bustling city, that NYC, Tina! You’ve captured my imagination and the images of the iconic city. The juxtaposition of the old graveyard against the buildings is especially poignant. I can see why NYC is another special place for you.
Thanks Terri – despite all my visits (and there have been many!) I’d never noticed it before. The city is amazing and I’m sure overwhelming to many visitors. It’s more like 10 cities in one with the many neighborhood varieties!
Tina, You know I typically say more, but all I have to say is thanks for touching my heart and soul this morning.
Well Frank, you couldn’t have made me any happier with more – thanks for making my day!