September 23, 2011

New York at Night

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!

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

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.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall Click Image to View Larger Version

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.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

As the sun started to set, I took the ferry and made my way down to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

The view of lower Manhattan and Wall Street over the water was just gorgeous at night.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

Here’s the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. I stayed here snapping photos until long after the sun set!

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

Afterwards I took the ferry back to the Williamsburg Bridge. That purple streak on the left is the ferry leaving.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

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.

Sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park | New York in the Fall

One last shot from the roof of the skyline at night.

I love the city.

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Maria @ Busy as a Bee in Paris September 23, 2011 at 2:27 am

Your photos are absolutely amazing! The colors!

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Joy September 23, 2011 at 2:54 am

Wonderful photos… I loved seeing them… since the last time I was there was just 9 months after 9/11 and it was very much uncomfortable there. Everyone was still on edge I hope to go back again someday.

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Its all Greek to me September 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

That is one killer view. Your photos are incredible!
xxx from Greece

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Kathleen September 23, 2011 at 3:36 am

Amazing photos. I’d love to go to New York, meanwhile I’m enjoying armchair travelling through your lens. Thanks for sharing so many of the different destinations you travel to with us. I’m a long time reader of your blog and always enjoy it!

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Sugar September 23, 2011 at 4:08 am

Hi, I love your website! I found you before in ‘Fonts for Peas’.I’ll take the banner and I’ll public it in my blog!

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Mia_h_n September 23, 2011 at 4:28 am

I wish you’d make a book with your gorgeous pictures. It’d be the most beautiful thing ever!

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Nancy September 23, 2011 at 5:02 am

These are amazing photos. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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Jane Crawford September 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

“I’m spreading the news. I’m leaving today. I wanna be a part of it all–New York, New York!” I love New York and I haven’t been in several years. Your picture really make me want to go so badly! You certainly have an eye for the beautiful! Thanks.

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Kris September 23, 2011 at 5:36 am

Wow!!!! That view is unbelievable!!! Absolutely gorgeous, thankyou for sharing these.

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ava-j September 23, 2011 at 5:41 am

You always take amazing photos Amanda! I wish I could visit the places you take photos of…thanks for sharing! :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

Amanda your photos are just so beautiful. I would love to just watch you take pictures and pick your brain about what settings you selected and WHY, i.e. aperture, iso, etc.

You are soooo talented!

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Jen September 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

Absolutely beautiful!

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Angie September 23, 2011 at 6:31 am

Awesome! LOVE those night shots… especially the first one. Something about all that deep blue color totally draws me in. Glad you went back for your camera for some rooftop shots – what an incredible view. I’ve never been to NYC, but these images tell me I might need to put it on my goal list ;)

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andrea September 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

you have such great photos I love seeing and reading you blogs.

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jessica September 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

beautiful! fly on tiny helicopter

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Emily September 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

I LOVE NYC! Makes me want to go back asap!!

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Carol Dallape September 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Wow!!! That’s stunning!!!
I’ve been to NY only once, I’m from Brazil… and on that time, I didn’t get the chance to see not even 10% of what i wanted… I intend to go back there and do the traditional “tourist” trip… I’d love to have some tips from you….
Loved the brooklin view, it’s absolutly amazing!!!
Your pictures are always perfect!!
Congrats!

Carol

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Kathy F September 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

I have yet to make it to NY but these gorgeous photos you took let me know I REALLY need to get there! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Jodi September 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

I have never been to NYC but would love to go. I so enjoy your travels and your photos of those places, its like I am along with you. Thanks so much for sharing your travels and awesome photos with us. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Jodi

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sprittibee September 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

Oh, my dear, woman – these are fantastic. I love that you said, “Fly on tiny helicopter.” ;)

And that last photo is stunning. The best part about it – if you could single one thing out? The billboard that says, “Rethink NYC”. YES!

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Urban Wife September 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

I especially love your night pictures. Absolutely stunning! I definitely need a better camera!

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JoAnne September 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

Amanda,
Could you share your vantage points in the city? Thanks! Great work.

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Cerise September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

What spectacular photos! It’s been too long since I’ve been to NYC, I had forgotten how gorgeous it could be.

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vasiliki September 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

amazing pics! i went to ny and came back through them!

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Susan Kay September 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

As you said, jaw-dropping AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing your travel and your talent.

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*kristi* September 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

I am so jealous! I’m out here in California, and I’ve never had the opportunity to get out to NYC. It’s my dream, and someday I will, but in the meantime…I will enjoy these incredible pictures!!! You are so talented with that camera! :)

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lesli September 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

So pretty! And I do love that you left the dot that was the helicopter! Fly on!

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Rosemary S. September 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

So beautiful! New York’s tourist bureau should be paying you! :) You’ve just created a whole bunch of new visitors to NYC!

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Shaina (Food for My Family) September 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

I adored Dan’s view. I want to spend the night so I can see the sunrise from the roof. Dan won’t mind, right?

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Judy September 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

You need to have an online photography class! I’d love to learn your techniques. How are you making those vivid building colors?

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Anna September 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

I love New York! Those pictures are amazing :)

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Jen September 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

amazing photos!

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SandyF September 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

Your pictures of Brooklyn are so colorful! Did you change them in any way or is Brooklyn really that bright and colorful?

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jennifer Camplin September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

amazing & beautiful snapshots!!

thank for sharing!!

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Donna Cohen September 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

Absolutely stunning! My Mother was born and raised in New York City, and I’ve gone twice to see the sites myself. A native Californian, we just don’t see this here on our West Coast, although we do have beauty of our own, as all states do.

Simply beautiful photos!

Thank you for sharing, blessings,
Donna
grandma4five

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juls September 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

beautiful photos! i only wish i could take photos like this!

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marla September 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

Great job with the evening photography…I for sure thought you had your tripod :)

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Tiffany Sanders September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

Ah-maz-ing! photo’s. I’m going back to NY in October and I hope to get some great shots. It was love at first sight in NY for me.

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aida mollenkamp September 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

Gorgeous photos, Amanda. Thanks for sharing them!

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Amber September 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

I absolutely love your pictures!!! I am so jealous, maybe someday I too will have the camera of my dreams and be able to capture the beauty around me as well as you do. As for now, taking the best pictures my Cannon sx30IS can.

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Laura Beth September 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

I think the first picture of NY is my favorite, with all of the BRIGHT city colors. If only I could follow you around one day & learn an ounce of your fabulous photography skills!!! Thanks for always sharing and inspiring. WAR EAGLE!

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Kristen September 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

I love your travel photography. Gorgeous!

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Emily September 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

These photographs are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them with us:)

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Amanda September 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

Beautiful photos Amanda! My best friend lives in Hoboken, NJ, just a short subway ride away from Brooklyn. I love Brooklyn, with all of its cute little shops and awesome food!

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TidyMom September 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

Amanda I’m in awe! this are stunning!!……..oh how I’d love to spend a day talking camera with you!!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

Simply beautiful. As always your photography continues to inspire!

Have a great weekend Amanda!

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Suzanne Shepherd September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

Beautiful photos, as usual, Amanda! Haven’t been to New York City in nearly 20 years and it stirred lots of memories to see these pictures. For many years we made an annual trek to NYC when my best friend lived across the way in NJ. We had tons of fun, every time, but never took many photos, as we were always busy trying to keep track of our four little ones. Thanks for sharing these today. : )

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Angie September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Love these! The night photos are especially amazing!

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Dalia September 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Oh Amanda, you just made hubbie so home sick with those gorgeous photos. He’s a Brooklynnite. Oh dear, he wants to move back. Hurry, you need to find cool Alabama photos so we can stay here for now:-) I love being in NYC it’s home, but winter? BBrrrr! Too cold! Thank you for sharing them I would love to have a large copy of one to place over my mantle that would be rad. Did I just say rad? Oh gosh!

Have a Happy Weekend !

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Darnell Burrows September 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hello Amanda,

I HAVE to leave a comment. Your photos of New York are amazing!
I’ve recently subscribed to your blogs and am so blessed that I did!
Your blog about your weight loss REALLY is inspiring me to lose weight as well!!
There’s no doubt that your travels, blogging, and photographs are your passions.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and those around the world.
What pleasure!

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Cheryl Mitchell September 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hi Amanda! I was in NYC back in August with 2 of my best friends! We did the tourist thing and tried to cram in as much as we could in 3 days. These photos are stunning!! Wish mine looked as good, however we weren’t in Brooklyn either. I do think you should listen to the others that suggest that you teach an online photography class….I would definitely be IN!!! Love reading your blog!!

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fabieri September 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

the photos are amazingggggggggggggggggggg

thanks so much….

from Mexico, i send you a BIG THANKS about your blogggggggggggggg

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Alvina September 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Those are super gorgeous photos!! :)

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Michelle M. September 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Gorgeous pictures!!!

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Lori September 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Okay, so when are you going to host a photography seminar??? We need it! Your photos are always so beautiful.

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Jazmine September 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Seeing your pictures makes me miss NY so much, I was born there and I moved to WI when I was 11 yrs old. Everytime I see pictures I remember how gorgeous it was walking around the city with all those bright lights and the smell of the city. In the summer it was always so nice to walk by the lake/ocean because of how breezy it was. I keep telling my husband that we have to plan a trip so that I can see my family.

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Tenielle September 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

W-O-W. What type of camera and lenses do you use. Simply beautiful!

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toni September 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

those night photos are the reason i love nyc!! i’m so glad i’m going there next weekend or i’d be really really jealous!!! hope you enjoyed your stay. :)

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Deborah September 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This makes me itch for a trip to NYC!!

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Nancy@acommunaltable September 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Love seeing these photos – won’t be doing much traveling for the rest of the year s – but at least I can vicariously through your gorgeous photos!!

Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!!

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Nomi September 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Great pics Amanda. I love the night shots. You have inspired me :)

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Ann September 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Your pictures are incredible!

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Melinda Shapro September 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I love how much colour there is in the rooftop photos.

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Maria September 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Gorgeous photos!

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Sara September 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Okay I live outside of New York City but commute to the city for worm weekly. I have seen some nice views but this just blew me away. These pictures are amazing. You should seriously consider selling your photos on etsy I would so buy one.

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Tricia Richner September 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

oh gosh, those are such beautiful shots. I have never been to NYC, but it is on my “bucket list.” I actually want to go there for New Year’s Eve but my DH is a bit of a people/crowd hater so I may have to find another companion. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

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Dara Campbell September 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Gorgeous pictures!!

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Donna September 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of New York. I will never get there so thank you for letting me visit with your pictures. Love you blog and look forward to your posts. Thanks again, Donna.

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Maria September 24, 2011 at 1:50 am

I am so glad you went back to get your camera because these pictures are just breathtaking! I could stare at them forever. I wanna go to New York :) Thank you Amanda!!!

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Nancy lacoursiere September 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

Just gorgeous, Amanda!!! Love your images & would love to see that spot you were at! Thanks for sharing.

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Vera September 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

Beautiful!

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the urban baker September 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

gorgeous photos Amanda. And what could be better than a roof top view of the city from the other side?

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Melissa R. September 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thank you for capturing the beauty of what I call my hometown now. I moved away to NC to marry my sweetie about a year ago. Everytime I bring my husband back home he acts like such a tourist and I get to rediscover the beauty of the city each time. I can’t believe how much I took living there for granted as I don’t have a single picture of the beautiful skylines of NYC. Thank you very much for taking me back there with your beautiful pictures Amanda!

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Sheila MacLeod September 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

Beautiful shots there Amanda……visiting New York City is still on my Bucket List!!! Hope to get there one day and take some amazing photos like these!

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Marie Spiess September 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Love your photos. Amazing with the night shots. Love to check your website to see where you are and how I can learn from you in photography. Thanks for sharing.

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Barb D. September 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Fantastic photographs! You are amazing!!!

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Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} September 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

You take AMAZING pictures! I could just stare at these! I so wish I could travel like this…… maybe someday when the wee ones are grown ;)

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Dawn September 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Beautiful shots!

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Jen September 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Wow! absolutely stunning! I envy you for getting to go all over!

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Martha September 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

Your photos are always fantastic. I’m a big homebody but love to see all the places you travel.

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Whitney September 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

You took the BEST pictures of my city! One of these days I’d love to meet up for cupcakes, coffee or lobster rolls when you’re here. I love reading your blog and it would be great to meet the wonderful woman behind it!

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Jenni September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

LOL girl! Thought you was gonna say it was a flying saucer – an alien space ship!! HeeHee! Love the pics as always. {{{{Hugs}}}} Jenni~ :)

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Anne September 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

WOW! Amanda, your NYC photos are AWEsome!

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Sonja September 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Hi Amanda! I have been reading your blog for a while now and I love all your stories and your photography is great!

Cheers!

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Feeling Peckish September 27, 2011 at 5:16 am

Beautiful photos. Love the night-time shots but the colours in the day-time ones are just as stunning. My wife’s planning on taking me to NY for my 40th next year – can’t wait.

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Nicole September 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I think your Photography is great!!

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jolene October 2, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thank you for these!! I lived in NY for a year, and now my South African heart misses it all the time, and longs for the day i can return. Your photos made me smile, as i fondly remembered the city i love so much <3

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SewLindaAnn October 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

I keep this post unread and come back to it from time to time. The pictures are just amazing. I’m originally from Flushing, Queens, NY (long time ago) but will always be connected in my heart. I bought the line drawing books The City Quilter recommended and they are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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kit October 3, 2011 at 5:15 am

Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

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Aggie October 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

couple things…tiny helicopter, so cute. photos…OMG stunning. I stopped in my tracks. These could be postcards, in a photo book…they are amazing!

You are so fun, I hope we get to meet in person one day :)

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Chrissy October 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

Your Photos are AMAZING!! Would you mind telling what kind of camera and the different lenses you use are? I have been wanting a new one and have been saving for a long time but just want some ideas. Thanks !!

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Kristin@DesignNSuch November 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

Beautiful night shots of the city Amanda!! I love that I’m able to see your camera settings. It’s such a great feature on your blog!

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Batraplume January 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thank you, thank you for the wonderful photos! This is my dream to go to NYC one day… Now I want to go there right now! :-)

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