Photo-ops in NYC

nycbooksI love to wander around NYC with my camera.  You never know what you might find.  But, I am always looking for a new place to explore.  Manhattan is a big place and it can be tough to find the right spot.  I have tried to use travel guides, but they talk more about the history instead of the scenic photo-ops.  I am looking for a guide from a photographer’s eye.

I was excited to see the new book The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City by Amafou Diallo.  The book covers a variety of spots throughout NYC with directions on how-to get there, even the best times of the day to shoot.  Great idea!  The book covers:

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Chrysler Building
  • Empire State Building
  • IAC & Chelsea Piers
  • Statute of Liberty
  • Supreme Courthouse
  • Woolworth Building
  • Central Park’s Conservatory Garden
  • Flatiron Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • NYC Skyline
  • Cloisters
  • Times Square
  • Union Square
  • and others

Unfortunately, it misses several obvious spots like

  • Top of the Rock (my favorite spot in NYC!)
  • South Street Seaport
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Rose Center for Earth & Space
  • NY Public Library
  • Puck Building
  • Grant’s Tomb
  • Alwyn Court
  • Lincoln Center
  • Javits Convention Center

There is always room for a second edition.  Until then, New York Architecture, a history by Berenholtz & Johnson, is a great companion which covers these missing spots and more.

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