If you are planning a trip to New York, here is a list of ten fun places and events to photograph at various times of the year. Since there are many excellent photo opportunities here, we'll call this Part I.
All of them are free with the exception of the "Top of the Rock". Check the provided links for details and directions.
Anytime of Year
Top of the Rock - If you can go on a clear night, the view is unforgettable. Bring a wide angle lens and a little tabletop tripod to hold the camera steady.
Grand Central Terminal - Especially fun during rush hour. Again, a little tabletop tripod will come in handy here. These photos were taken with a Lensbaby Fisheye. You'll need something very wide here.
St. Patrick's Cathedral - The main altar is so beautiful, but you can't use a tripod and it's a bit dark. You'll have to crank up the ISO and be very careful to avoid camera shake.
Central Park - Gapstow Bridge - This scenic spot is photogenic in all four seasons. I recommend going around sunset and staying until dusk.
Staten Island Ferry - to see the Statue of Liberty - For the photo below I needed a 400mm lens. You'll also see the Robbins Reef Lighthouse. http://www.siferry.com/
Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO - The Manhattan Bridge is also right behind you so this is an outstanding place to work on some scenics!
Flat Iron Building - Old, historic architecture.
Dance Parade - Bring your 70-200mm lens and running sneakers and have fun following this colorful parade.
Vets Day Parade - A great way to pay tribute to our Men and Women in uniform.
Santacon - Santa's on the move!
Bryant Park Pond - Very festive with a Christmas tree, Ice skating rink, holiday shops, and more.
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