I had to take a business trip to New Jersey this week, so I decided to fly out a few days early and wander New York City. Of all the times I’ve been to New York, I’ve never had the chance to just go out and take pictures, so I packed up my Canon 5d and a few lenses and checked in to the Saint James hotel right off Times Square.
After a quick check-in at 5pm, I headed south. I stopped for a while to watch some ice skaters in Chelsea Park. I continued wandering, zig-zagging around the streets sticking to a general southward momentum. I decided to make the five mile walk all the way down to lower Manhattan.
When I arrived at ground zero, I just stared through a hole in the fence for about 20 minutes. Here it was, a Friday night more than six years later and there was still an endless line of trucks hauling massive chunks of concrete out of the towers’ foundations, while empty trucks descended down the ramp to load up. Other machinery continued to chisel away at pieces of concrete the size of houses, breaking them down into manageable sizes. And this work has been going on around the clock for over six years.
I had already walked over twelve miles, and that was just the first night of my arrival. The next few days I would put some serious miles on my shoes, canvassing lower Manhattan, Midtown, Uptown, Central Park, Brooklin, Coney Island, and the Bronx. After three days of endless wandering and discovering, it was time to head back to New Jersey for a week-long business meeting with my team.
For some reason, I’ve been in a black & white mood lately. Here are a few pictures, edited entirely in Gimp. I’m still not entirely comfortable with Gimp, and I’ll probably go back and re-edit these in Photoshop someday. They just look a little flat to me.