Whistle-stop New York
Location: New York City, USA
Date: February 2013
Photographer: Nick Jackson
Living in London I try to steer clear of visiting big cities when I travel (last year I headed for Uganda, Rwanda and Iceland) but there’s something very different about New York. I know the place well having worked there previously, but every time I go back there’s something new to see.
On this short weekend trip I focussed on the photographing the buildings; the wonderfully claustrophobic towers, the ornate museums and the bright neon lights. It’s an exhausting trip in the city that never sleeps- the first day I woke up early to get to the top of the Rockefeller Center before sunrise, then walked the circumference of Central Park (stopping off at The Metropolitan Museum of Art) before returning at sunset to the Rockefeller once more.
If you’re an avid photographer it’s well worth purchasing the “Sun & Stars” ticket, which lets you to go up the 70 floors twice in a day to capture New York at its most photogenic times.
With its grid structure, Manhattan is very easy to navigate and the best way I find to explore it is to plot out a simple route from North to South, for example, and go get lost for a while. That’s what I did on the second day and strolled from midtown to the southern tip of Manhattan, taking in Grand Central station, the Flatiron Building and Washington Square Park before watching the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park.
As night falls depending on the company it’s either time to relax in a rooftop bar overlooking the Empire State Building or trying to understand NFL while eating chicken wings in a dive bar. Either way, there are plenty of places to choose from.
Lastly, I’d recommend a wander across Brooklyn Bridge and an amble along the High Line, starting in the Meatpacking area. The High Line was once an elevated railroad connecting the warehouses of the area, but has now been converted to a mile-long flower filled walkway above Manhattan, which is a lovely escape from the crowds and a great place for photo opportunities.