NYC after dusk

Central Park
Canon PowerShot S95
2016

As someone who has always lived in flyover country, my only contact with New York City, specifically Manhattan, was in movies and on television. It wasn’t until I visited the city for the first time in the late 1980s that I started to get a feel for the place. It hardly matched what I had seen on the screen. That Manhattan was either clean and pretty, or dangerous and gritty. The Manhattan I met was just a very large city. A confusing city — it took three or four trips before I started to get a sense of direction in it, and was able to find my way without a guide.

I didn’t visit Central Park until my most recent trip there, in 2016. I wished I had not waited so long. It’s better than what the movies make it out to be — a well-designed, manicured, peaceful oasis right in the middle of this loud and busy place.

One evening on our last visit, we enjoyed a cocktail hour on the top floor of our hotel. This was the view from up there. It’s impressive just how large Central Park is, how much Manhattan real estate it claims.

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single frame: Central Park

A view from on high of New York City’s Central Park.

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Inside St. Paul's Chapel

Inside St. Paul’s Chapel
Apple iPhone 6s
2016

St. Paul’s Chapel stands in the shadow of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. When the twin towers fell and first responders rushed in to do what they could, the work quickly overwhelmed and exhausted them. St. Paul’s took them in and cared for them.

When Margaret and I visited a few years ago I made a number of photographs with my Canon S95. But they were all detail shots, with the camera up close. I failed to stand back and photograph the whole space with it.

I don’t remember making this photo with my iPhone. I’m not sure why I used it rather than my S95. But when I came upon this image recently, I sure was glad to find it.

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single frame: Inside St. Paul’s Chapel

A look inside St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan, built 1766.

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