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On the Top of the NYC — Part I

Published April 2nd, 2012

New York is a huge city. You might feel it, when you are walking in the city among the skyscrapers, but you don't feel it, until you are on the top of the roof of the 44-story building. You cannot feel the vastness of the city, or the greatness of the human intellect, powered by the massive ideas and dreams of construction... You don't feel all this, until you are on the roof. Only to find out that 44th floor is, rather, not that high, when you are in New York.

We came to New York on March 29th, 2012 on a business trip, and lodged in a Double Tree by Hiton, located on 8 Stone Street in lower Manhattan. To be fair, lower Manhattan is one of three my favorite places in New York city — other being SoHo and Central Park, of course.

Luckily for us, we were able to quickly check-in, got warm and very tasty chocolate chip "The Cookie" (I usually hate those but this one made me want more!), and got the plastic cards within a nice paper wallet, saying 44. Well, we’ve got the room on the top floor of the pretty high building.

Overseeing the Big Apple

From here you can see the construction of the World Trade Center, with One World Trade Center building on the left side (taller). It is going to be 104 story high building, with a height of 1,776 feet (541.3 m), making it the tallest skyscraper in New York.

  • March 31st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/5 / 1/80 sec

It's not short

A few lower buildings (the right is about 30-story high) are overlooking Batter Park.

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/9 / 1/500 sec

Grand Thoughts

Oleg Gutsol, CEO of 500px, is looking at the city and WTC.

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/9 / 1/800 sec

Battery Park

While the day wasn't very warm and sunny, the view of the park and nearby buildings is very heart-warming and welcoming.

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/9 / 1/1000 sec

The light between the lines

The height of the nearby buildings on the west side is blocking the view of the other coast.

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 70mm / f/8 / 1/1000 sec

Industrial Dream

The power of New York is in this photo. Powerful ventilation to run through a high building, lots of buildings higher than this 44-story one, and a massive construction in the site of WTC...

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/8000 sec

Offside view

For this shot, I had to hold the camera in my hands above the abyss just to take this photo. So, keep this in mind!

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/5.6 / 1/2500 sec

Are you afraid of the height?

A vew from our room (but from the roof) heading down. Stone street — pretty narrow street with a few good restaurants.

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/8 / 1/800 sec

Urban Jungle

A look on the other side — nothing in particular, except massive buildings, roofs and constant darkness...

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/8 / 1/1250 sec

Breathtaking height

To compare the height, I've included Oleg in the frame along with the street below it. Breathtaking! (Especially for me, who's pretty afraid of heights!)

  • April 1st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/8000 sec

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Tim Gaweco  about 2 years ago


Bernardo Iribarnegaray  over 5 years ago

Excelente reportaje!! Es curioso ver que las cubiertas de los edificios son todas planas, salvo dos, una a la derecha y otra a la izquierda de la primera foto...

Brett Lynch  over 5 years ago


Awesome Account
Patrick Rasenberg  about 6 years ago

Looks fantastic!

Radek Podgórski  about 6 years ago


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Enoc Valenzuela  about 6 years ago

Beauty... =)