I was in New York this weekend, and I got to spend some time in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday. I’ve been to the city a handful times over the past year, and every time I go I always think about taking the train down to Brooklyn. But I’d never had the opportunity to spend any real time there, except for driving through on my way to the airport, until this weekend.
On Friday I met up with my friend, fellow foodie, and Brooklyn native Dan. This is the stunning view from the roof of his building. The conversation went something like this.
Dan: You want to see something cool?
Me: Sure. Do I need to bring anything?
Dan: Nah, I don’t think so.
We proceed to take the elevator up six floors and and climb three flights of stairs. I didn’t even have my phone at this point. I was feeling slightly panicky. I step outside and see this.
Me: We’re soo going back for my camera.
Lesson: I need to ask more questions.
By the way, see that teeny, tiny little speck above the building the with orange roof? That little unidentifiable dot?
It was much more noticeable when I was going through these photos at full size, and I was going to just Photoshop it out. I figured it was just a smudge on my lens. Or something.
I zoomed in, prepared to erase the little black imperfection, and it turned out to be this. A tiny little helicopter. Teeny. I didn’t have the heart to erase it. Fly on, tiny helicopter!
Back to the view. The bridge to the right is the Williamsburg Bridge. The royal blue building to the left with the two cranes on top is the construction of the Freedom Tower, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center used to stand. To the left of that, you can see the Manhattan Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge is farthest to the left, way in the background.
We had jaw-dropping 360-degree view of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here’s a panorama of our view looking at Manhattan. Definitely click on this photo to see a larger version.
As the sun started to set, I took the ferry and made my way down to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The view of lower Manhattan and Wall Street over the water was just gorgeous at night.
Here’s the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. I stayed here snapping photos until long after the sun set!
Afterwards I took the ferry back to the Williamsburg Bridge. That purple streak on the left is the ferry leaving.
I didn’t have a tripod, but I found plenty of railings and posts to set my camera on for these long exposure shots. I loved how the smooth the water looked with a 15-second exposure.
One last shot from the roof of the skyline at night.
I love the city.
Have a wonderful weekend!