Bits of history adorn the entryways of various buildings throughout New York City. The horse head in this photo is at the gates in front of a townhouse on 21st Street in Manhattan.
I made this photograph when I was flying to LaGuardia Airport. The plane was flying right above the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I was seated next to a starboard window and had a good view of the city below. We were flying the full length of the island, from The Battery to The Bronx. Seeing the city from that height fills me with childlike delight and wonder, as it always does when I get that opportunity. Each time I get the chance, I try to absorb all the details. The movement. The point of view. The ground illumination by streetlights, traffic lights, vehicle headlights and brake lights. City of lights. The evening light providing just enough illumination to see the buildings contained by avenues and roads and streets and lanes. It goes by so fast.
Times Square was still teeming with tourists in the early evening of New Year’s Day 2014. Aside from shopping, most people were meandering along the sidewalks and the swath of Broadway that is now a pedestrian mall. Cameras, mobile phones and tablet computers (mostly iPad’s) could be seen popping up capturing photos and videos of friends and families. Tourists going solo were making selfies with the variety of landmarks that make up the canyon of Times Square as their backdrops. And all the while, traffic was making its way south along Seventh Avenue.