Taking It Back To The Roaring 20’s In the Gotham City

The MTA’s Holiday Season Nostalgia Trains run on the Sixth Avenue line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue stations on four consecutive Sundays, November 30th-December 28th between 10am and 5pm. (Technically, it’s the M line but since that train doesn’t run in Manhattan on weekends, you’ll actually be catching a special shuttle.) For your regular fare, you can enjoy a classic ride on vintage R1 to R9 subway trains that date from the 1930s through the 1970s. Old-school advertisements, from quaint to downright funny, and overhead displays have all been maintained and refurbished by the New York Transit Museum. Some commuters like to showcase their vintage fashion while dancing to the music of the several swing and jazz ensembles in the train and on the 2nd Avenue F train station. You can also check my video from the train on Juha Photography Youtube channel.

The vintage trains will hit all of the stops along the M line every 90 minutes or so. 34th Street/Herald Square, 42nd Street/Bryant Park and 47-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center are all on the route, so you can take an old-fashioned ride to some old-fashioned seasonal fun, like Macy’s Santaland, ice-skating rink at Bryant Park and all of the department store holiday windows on 5th Avenue.

 

 

 

 

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Manhattanhenge brings the Big Apple to a stand still… For a moment

Here is my second attempt at capturing the Manhattanhenge tonight at 42nd Street in Manhattan. Twice a year the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neologism is derived from Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices with a similarly dramatic effect. The sun peaked for only a couple of minutes between the skyscrapers but it was stunning. Lots of people flooded the streets taking pictures of this unique phenomenon, much to the regret of the cab drivers. For a moment it felt almost as if this city that never sleeps came to a stand still as people stopped to take it all in. Much to the relief of the cab drivers it was all over in a couple of minutes.
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Manhattanhenge

Here is my first attempt at capturing the Manhattanhenge tonight at 42nd Street in Manhattan. Twice a year the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neologism is derived from Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices with a similarly dramatic effect. Last night was poor visibility due to the rain but tonight we had clear skies and a fantastic sunset. The sun peaked for only a couple of minutes between the skyscrapers but it was stunning. Lots of people flooded the streets taking pictures of this unique phenomenon.

Manhattanhenge sunset

Manhattanhenge sunset

Musician Promo Portrait Shoot

Andrew is a fantastic trumpet player from New York. He needed a few portraits to promote his upcoming concert in New Jersey. I had fun taking these shots in a Mid-Manhattan back alley on a cloudy and a bit chilly November afternoon. Do you need a headshot for professional or personal use? Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for pricing and availability. See more of my work here.

Sarah and Daudi Engagement Photoshoot

I did an engagement photo shoot for such a lovely couple, Sarah and Daudi in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. They looked so happy together that it made working with them so much fun:) The day was a bit misty and heavily clouded but fortunately not too chilly for November. Contact me at info (at) juhaphotography.com for for prices and availability for your engagement or wedding photos.