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Old 05-07-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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Hello forumers,

I'll be visiting NYC sometime around the end of June for about 5 days-ish, seizing an opportunity for a little photography-oriented fun.

I love and have a true passion for photography photograph, particularly in the realm of urban, casual and informal portraiture, or any combination of the 3. I also have a thing for street, city and land scapes. I love synthesizing any of the above mentioned with the gritty, unsanitized and real sides of the city. In addition, while not as a big of a priority, I do enjoy stellar architecture, particularly, especially avant garde contemporary work, but also art deco and beaux arts, so I definitely wouldn’t mind some recommendations for that, either. Also, shooting in ghettos isn't a real problem, as sometimes that's where you must go in order to hunt down the real gems. Lastly, here is my flickr photostream, feel free to check it out: Flickr: KingoftheHill's Photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15316475@N04/ - broken link)

I've been told to largely steer clear of Lower Manhattan, especially the office building ghettos - but Chelsea and LES get the ok due to their architecture (lots of great stuff along the High Line) and urban vibrancy, respectively. The only exceptions to office buildings are skyline shots of the -- any good locations?

I was planning on visiting:

Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Heights: excellent views and waterfront; great for people shooting.
Bushwick - (was) transforming industrial nabe with burgeoning art scene.
Crown Heights and Bed Stuy; pretty much the whole Central Brooklyn Nexus.
DUMBO - interesting renovations/loft redevelopments, excellent views of Manhattan.
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill - black yuppies and interesting, eclectic neighborhood.
Park Slope - yuppies, architecture.
Prospect Heights - excellent architecture, Grand Army Plaza
Sunset Park - hardcore diversity and some heavily trafficked pedestrian thoroughfares.
Williamsburg- played out hipster hood, lol

Bronx:
Grand Concourse
Mott Haven
South Bronx
Pelham Parkway

Manhattan:
Chelsea - excellent, starchitecture along the High Line.
East Village - just because.
Harlem - old school Blacks, yuppies, stellar architecture.
East Harlem - same except switch Puerto Ricans/Hispanics with Blacks, old time NYC nabe.
Hell's Kitchen - just because.
Washington Heights- que lo que!

Queens:
Astoria - old time Greek enclave intermixed with recent hipster arrivals
Jackson Heights - "international" vibe and excellent ethnic food.
Long Island City- redeveloped waterfront with new skyscrapers.
Maybe even Corona?

Any and all input is encouraged!
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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How about Coney Island? The boardwalk, the beach and the projects all within a couple of blocks, a lot of interesting juxtapositions down there, and very uniquely NYC.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:54 PM
 
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bay terrace by the fort totton parking lot in bayside queens.also take a ride to the opposite side in douglaston.

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Old 05-07-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, NY
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Forest Hills Gardens

Nothing like it this side of England.

Easy access on E or F train to 71/Continental Ave
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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The Art Deco buildings that line The Grand Concourse in The Bronx are spectacular, individually and for their cohesiveness . It runs for 6 miles from one end to the other and is a registered historic district.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Concourse.jpg

There is also an interesting more or less untouched collection of apartment buildings around Pelham Parkway.Many great examples of Art Deco apartment early 20th C garden apartment complexes. Again,very rare in it's cohesiveness of a typology.If you click on the report in this link there is a walking tour of this proposed historic district.
Historic Preservation Program (http://www.arch.columbia.edu/hp/2007pelham.html - broken link)

The Pelham Parkway subway station of the 2 train provides an interesting juxtaposition in that it is the only subway station in the world designed to be in a park.It looks a little different than this now.
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DN%26um%3D1

Pelham Parkway is also one of the most racially and ethnically diverse areas in the city.Don't miss the shopping area on Lydig Avenue off of White Plains Road.It is a ployglot melting pot.

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Old 05-08-2009, 02:08 AM
 
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just walking around main st flushing by roosevelt ave is amazing for street photography...
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:33 AM
 
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Union Square (great photography there) on 14th street.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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Forest Hills Gardens

Nothing like it this side of England.

Easy access on E or F train to 71/Continental Ave
Yes, especially the "square" under/next to the LIRR station with its cobblestones.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:37 AM
 
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Another unique view of Manhattan can be gotten from Roosevelt Island tram as well as from Roosevelt Island promenade.
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