Favorite Photos of 2017

One of my hobbies is snapping photos as I take long walks around New York City. These are my favorites from 2017.

Maybe I do get a kink in my neck from looking upwards, but I also get a grin on my face.

Lower Manhattan and the Bridges

At least once a year, my husband and I watch the sun rise from the east (Brooklyn) end of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. It’s a thrill to watch the light appear at the foot of the Financial District’s skyscrapers and glitter its way up. During the daytime I prefer Art Deco towers, but at sunrise and sunset, those shiny glass facades are gorgeous.

Dawn on New Year’s Day, 2017. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

One World Trade Center, 8 Spruce Street (Gehry’s twisty building), and the Brooklyn Bridge. So that’s why Homer called it “rosy-fingered dawn”!

Dawn on New Year’s Day, 2017. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Manhattan Bridge at dawn on New Year’s Day 2017. The Williamsburg Bridge is in the distance.

Manhattan Bridge at dawn, with the Williamsburg Bridge behind it. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Manhattan Bridge a year later, with Extell’s 71-story tower under construction at the west end, near Canal Street in Manhattan.

Manhattan Bridge and Extell’s 71-story tower, under construction on the Lower East Side. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan, December 2017. At the far left (the lighted arches) is Empire Stores, a converted warehouse filled with upscale stores and restaurants.

Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan at dawn, December 2017.

Entrance lobby of Empire Stores. The composition of this photo makes me exceedingly happy. I thought of getting rid of that bluish glare on the right via Photoshop, but I think that would make the right side of the pic too dark.

Empire Stores, a converted warehouse near the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Brooklyn Bridge from the upper level of Empire Stores.

Brooklyn Bridge from Empire Stores. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Battery Maritime Building, the terminal for the Governor’s Island Ferry, in lower Manhattan, just east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Not interesting at dawn, but amazing in daylight!

Station for the ferry to Governor’s Island, near the Staten Island Ferry. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Part of the interior of Santiago Calatrava’s transit hub, beneath One World Trade Center.

Part of the interior of the new transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Midtown

The Glory of Commerce atop Grand Central Terminal. See Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan, Chapter 26.

Glory of Commerce at Grand Central Station. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Chandelier in Grand Central: or, why you should always glance upward.

Chandelier at Grand Central. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

The massive 875 Third Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets.

875 Third Avenue. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Prometheus (see Outdoor Monuments, Chapter 28) and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The skating rink is empty while the zamboni polishes the ice.

Prometheus and the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

View east across the Pond in Central Park, toward Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. The tall, slender building near the right with 2 horizontal stripes is the relatively new 432 Park.

Looking east across Central Park’s Pond. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Detail of the Chanin Building, an Art Deco wonder. See my blog post for more.

Detail of the lobby of the Chanin Building, Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Hudson Yards is a massive construction project on Eleventh Avenue at 34th Street, just southeast of the Javits Center. That rusty gizmo almost at the center is the Vessel, which will eventually have a shiny bronze finish and a lovely view. The pointy bit just behind the Vessel is the top of the Empire State Building, six long blocks to the east.

Hudson Yards construction. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

New residential towers in the West 50s, photographed from Columbus Circle. Soon this view will change: Extell’s project for West 57th at Columbus Circle (soon to begin construction) will be the tallest residential building in the world.

Residential towers rising in the west 50s. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Upper West Side

One of my favorite restaurants near Lincoln Center is Rosa Mexicano. This stunning wall, visible from the street, shows a series of Acapulco divers as if in slow-mo. The ones near the top are almost horizontal; the ones at the foot are almost vertical.

Rosa Mexicano, Columbus Avenue at 62nd Street. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Lincoln Center looking southeast from the second-story sidewalk on West 65th Street. I love the colors on this one. Not Photoshopped: I’d rather be out taking more pics than sitting at my computer tweaking pics.

Lincoln Center from the second-story sidewalk on West 65th Street. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Exotic Places

Wave Hill, in the Bronx. We had these wee little bluish-purple flowers in our yard when I was growing up, so they’ve got sentimental value.

Wave Hill, in the Bronx. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Wave Hill House, the largest of the buildings at Wave Hill. Former home to Arturo Toscanini, Mark Twain, and others: more here. Wave Hill is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. The cafe’s outdoor seating has a view south to the George Washington Bridge.

Wave Hill House at Wave Hill, the Bronx. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

The blue hour at Rock Lodge Club, New Jersey. I was putting my new camera (Sony RX100 iii) through its paces, since it was billed as being very good in low light. It is! I couldn’t see half of what it picked up.

Rock Lodge Club in NJ. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Assorted pretty pretties …

Door handles from the former Williamsburg Bank Building, now the Weylin, an event space. Visiting it is on my list of must-dos for 2018.

Door handles at the former Williamsburg Bank Building, now the Weylin, 175 Broadway, Brooklyn. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Japanese cherry blossoms in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side. Like the tiny bluish-purple flowers at Wave Hill, these have sentimental associations: we had one of these trees on the farm where I grew up.

Japanese cherry blossoms in Carl Schurz Part, Upper East Side. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

For my Capitalist Christmas 2017 post, I found a Captain America quote to go with this bracelet: “When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree by the river of truth, and tell the whole world ‘No, you move.’ ”

“Captain America” bracelet at Chanel, Madison Avenue. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

If I were married to George Jetson, this is where we’d live: 520 West 28th Street, by Zaha Hadid.

50 West 28th Street, by Zaha Hadid. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

Dawn over Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn. Photo copyright © 2017 Dianne L. Durante

More

Favorite photos from 2016 are here. Favorite photos from previous years are on Facebook.

About Dianne L. Durante

I’m an independent scholar and freelance writer /lecturer on art and art history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are *Innovators in Sculpture¸* a survey of 5,000 years of art in two hours, and *Monuments of Manhattan,* a videoguide app by Guides Who Know that’s based on my book *Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.*

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