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January 2009

New York City photographs

UPDATE: Please see my new gallery of New York photos here.

In December 2008 I visited New York City.

It was a great time to be there - following the recent election of Obama, there was a positive vibe to the place, with people proudly wearing badges saying 'we did it' and Obama on the cover of every magazine, and on merchandise on many street corners.

Here's a selection of my New York photographs, including the John Lennon Memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the giant Christmas decorations near the Rockefeller Center. There's also the Chrysler Building photographed from the top of the Empire State Building, some night scenes of the New York skyline and shots of Times Square.

Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge photos

A warm welcome to Central Park Trees hide the skyscrapers in Central Park John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields
A red bird in Central Park Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge The view from the Brooklyn Bridge

Photographs from the top of the Empire State Building

The view from the Empire State Building New York traffic The Chrysler Building

New York's financial district

The New York Stock Exchange In the heart of the financial district George Washington watches the NYSE

Signs of change

It's Obama-Mania! A shop counts down to Bush's final day Skateboarding Cop and Rollerblading Fireman appreciate your understanding

Times Square and New York skyline by night

The Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square Times Square Top of the Rock
The Empire State Building at night New York skyline at night New York skyline at night 2

Shopping in New York City: FAO Schwarz photos

FAO Schwarz: A nurse in the baby doll adoption clinic FAO Schwarz: the piano dancers play New York, New York FAO Schwarz: make your own Muppet

Christmas in New York City

The Rockefeller Center at Christmas Giant baubles Toy soldiers stand guard
Massive fairy lights A jack in a box driving a train. Bizarrely. Radio City Music Hall

Statue of Liberty photos

A close-up on the Statue of Liberty Liberty's book Detail of the torch
The Statue of Liberty (shot on a previous visit) The original torch, now inside the pedestal M&M's World, Times Square

Some New York holiday tips

  • Visit the Ground Zero Workshop Museum. This tiny museum has been created by the official photographer attached to the FDNY during the September 11th cleanup operation. Take details with you and book in advance. It's really hard to find out about within New York.
  • Buy tickets in advance for the ferry to Liberty Island, because that enables you to book a free ticket to go inside Liberty's pedestal.
  • The view from the Rockefeller Center is better than from the Empire State Building, but you should try to do one by day and one by night. Do Rockefeller by night to see the Empire State Building lit up.
  • Be prepared for airport-style security at major landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.
  • If you're there in December, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is indeed spectacular!


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