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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Pre-manhattanhenge sunset

Today was supposed to be the big Manhattanhenge. Lots of people anticipated the bi-annual phenomenon by hitting the streets of Manhattan with their cameras and phones. However it turned out tonight was big dissapointment, especially for those who missed last night (see my previous post), the reason being that the clouds completely blocked the sun when it was perfectly aligned with the street grid of the city. Only 30 minutes before there was a gorgeous sunset which I was able to capture a little bit at the Meatpacking District were the hight of the buildings is not an obstacle to seeing the sunset. I think they came out alright although they might not officially make it to the Manhattanhenge archives of the world.20140712-232943-84583177.jpg

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Take A Stroll In Central Park

For those of you who would love to visit Central Park but are unable to do so, Google maps has expanded their services now to cover a lot of previously uncovered paths in the park. Of course its not the same as actually being there, but its the next best thing. So come along and take a stroll in one of the greatest parks in the world!  Hope you enjoy it!

 

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

Gondola Boat Ride In Central Park

The Loeb Boat House in Central Park offers gondola rides at the pond for up to six people in a boat. This is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do with with your special someone while in New York. From the pond you can enjoy the unique combination of Central Park’s lush green forest against the backdrop of the stunning Manhattan skyline all at the same time. On a calm evening The San Remo apartment building reflects beautifully off of the pond’s surface. Past and present residents of the San Remo include such famous personalities as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there, alongside her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Bono bought his apartment from Steve Jobs for $14.5 million.

To get the most our of this special moment why not hire a professional photographer to capture the moment in a quality worthy of this special setting? Contact me at info (at) juhaphotography.com for availability and prices.

Spring Blossom In Central Park

Spring time is my favorite time in Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy does such an excellent job taking care of the park’s 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams and 80 acres of woodlands. April is the best time to enjoy the magnolia and cherry blossom. Last week I decided to walk around the whole park, starting from the south-east corner northward to Harlem and then walking back southward on the west side. I’ve never actually been north of the water reservoir so I really enjoyed visiting some new places, such the Conservatory Garden around 104th Street on the East side and the North Woods up in Harlem. Spring is also a fantastic time to spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that make their annual migration via New York. Central Park is the one place where you can distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan life without actually leaving the city.