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Governors Island Photography Guide

One of the most extravagant things is to have green land in the densest and busiest city in the world. Now, not only the most famous Central Park we can spend time with our friends and families, but also there is a new place to go – Governors Island, only 15 minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan. Time to experience this paradise away from the noise.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 59mm | by EDI CHEN

Governor Island, a small island that served the US military and its families, has been rebuilt since 1911. In 2003, it became a public place for sightseeing. During this period, the land of the island area has expanded nearly three times than before, to be the shape of today’s cone ice cream. Using the material of blown up the original buildings and parking lots on the island to build up the hills and recycling the stones of the old coastline. There are not only hotels, houses, and school on this small island, but mini farms, all in order to provide a new outdoor space for people who living and visiting in New York City to enjoy nature. They have spent so much effort on this small island, and today we only need to pay a $3 round-trip ticket to enjoy it, is it very cool?

My Secret Photography Spot

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

On this trip, you can take photos with the full view of lower Manhattan from the east river and also Statue of Liberty Island.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 105mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island and Statue o
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

Governors Island opened to the public in 2016 and now offers ferries to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn every day. The ferry runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, and only Friday night is open until 10:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 pm. So every Friday and Saturday is the perfect time to take a photo of the sunset. Due to the location and time of the sunrise, we have no chance to see it until the general supervisor is fully open in the future.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 39mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 35mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Wheeler Ave street sign of Go
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 98mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Landscape environment of Gove
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Fort Jay and Landscape enviro
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 77mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 70mm | by EDI CHEN

My recommendation lens for the better shooting here is 24mm to 200mm, even longer focal length like 400mm to get close up shot of Statue of Liberty.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN

Do You Know: The giant granite scramble on Outlook Hill is made entirely of  GRANITE BLOCKS  from the old Island seawall. In 2012, The Trust replaced 1 mile of seawall with more resilient rip-rap revetment. The Harbor-facing side of Outlook Hill is made of  LIGHTWEIGHT PUMICE  – the same material used on your feet when you get a pedicure! Without it, the hill would be so heavy it would push the old Island fill below out into the Harbor.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 46mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Escape in New York outdoor fi
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN

More event info please visit: https://govisland.com

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7 Things You Should Know About Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

When you start to prepare your New York City trip the Brooklyn Bridge is the must visit place for sure. It is the most significant landmark in New York City, also one of my favorite photography locations to hang out. Since the first visit in 2013, I have had a special feeling for this century-old building, walking through the bridge at any time can inspire me and give me refreshment. I’ve seen it being in different seasons whether it’s the winter of trembling in the cold, or the hottest afternoon of the summer, I even walked alone from Brooklyn to the Manhattan in New York’s biggest snowstorm with heavy fog and snow surrounding me. I have compiled photos and materials that I have taken in the past few years and share them here with you who are about to embark on a walking tour of Brooklyn Bridge.

Dusk at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – May 28 2015: Dusk at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline

#1 Yes! Brooklyn Bridge has its own address

The address is Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, which means you can officially send a letter to it. Lol. Brooklyn Bridge located in Lower East Manhattan between Chinatown and Financial District, so it easily set up into your schedule when visiting City Hall, Wall Street, and World Trade Center. It takes 10 mins to walk from the World Trade Center, 15-20mins from Chinatown (I think the surrounding restaurants will slow down your walking speed).

Brooklyn Bridge at clear afternoon by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – Apr 3 2015: Brooklyn Bridge at clear afternoon

#2 It’s FREE.

If you do a lot of road trip, the first thing came out it is toll fee. Don’t worry, there is no toll and ticket in either direction on the Brooklyn. BridgeBrooklyn Bridge is super busy with more than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians, and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day. Wow, think about it, how many people it served since May 24, 1883.

Brooklyn Bridge Traffic with yellow cab and tourist by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – Apr 3 2015: Brooklyn Bridge Traffic with yellow cab and tourist

#3 Every subway line can take you there.

Where ever you choose to live in New York City, the subway can take you here. Subway cost $2.75 per ride, try to reverse at the transfer station to avoid multiple payments. If you plan to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn side, take 4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall Station or R / W train to City Hall. If you plan to start from Brooklyn side, take A / C to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station, 2 / 3 train to Clark Street or F train to York Street Station.

4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station entrance by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: 4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station entrance

#4 Walking from Brooklyn side for the better view.

I would highly recommend you to walk from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan(City Hall). Walking from Brooklyn side will save a lot of time and don’t need to turn around. When you walk on the bridge, you will find that all the Manhattan skyline is in front of your eyes. It’s also good to shoot urban landscape on the top of the bridge.

World Trade Center, Skyscrapers and old buildings of Lower Manhattan by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: World Trade Center, Skyscrapers and old buildings of Lower Manhattan
Skyscraper and old buildings of Lower Manhattan by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Skyscraper and old buildings of Lower Manhattan
Brooklyn Bridge with building of Brooklyn Heighs neighborhood by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge with building of Brooklyn Heighs neighborhood
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge of buildings in DUMBO area  by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge of buildings in DUMBO area

#5 Any time is the most beautiful moment.

Most of you are planning to visit New York in the summer, to watch the most beautiful moment at 6-8am in the morning, 7-9pm at sunset magic hour between June to September. Winter daytime is short, 8-9am and 4-6pm are the right time to travel.

Busy traffic over Brooklyn Bridge with Lower Manhattan Skyline in dusk by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUL 17 2017: Busy traffic over Brooklyn Bridge with Lower Manhattan Skyline in dusk
Brooklyn Bridge at early morning by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge at early morning
Brooklyn Bridge at early morning by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge at early morning

#6 Many ways to cross the bridge.

Traveling by feet is always the best way to see New York deeply, and you can rent a bike or run. There are Citi Bike available at both sides of Brooklyn Bridge. Running in the early morning is an unforgettable experience for every runner.

Riding bike across the Brooklyn Bride by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Riding bike across the Brooklyn Bride

#7 No Love Lock on the Bridge.

Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to Brooklyn Bridge where a recent trend of attaching padlocks, or “love locks” to the bridge’s pedestrian promenade has been on the rise, echoing the romantic gesture made popular by tourists at Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. It will impose fines of $100 for those unwilling to abide by the new rule.

Love lock on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – APR 3 2018: Love lock on Brooklyn Bridge
Fine sign on the Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Fine sign on the Brooklyn Bridge

Photography Spot:

Red pin: Photography locations
Blue pin: Subway stops
Yellow pin: Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge
Grey pin: Free Restroom

Looking up view of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 25 2018: Looking up view of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise
Sunset golden hour on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – NOV 24 2015: Sunset golden hour on Brooklyn Bridge

History of Brooklyn Bridge:

Total length: 5,989′
Construction started: January 3, 1870
Body of water: East River
Architect: John A. Roebling

The Brooklyn Bridge looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). At least two dozen people died in the process, including its original designer. Now more than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day.

People running on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – APR 3 2015: People running on Brooklyn Bridge

Story of Brooklyn Bridge:

John Augustus Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge’s creator, was a great pioneer in the design of steel suspension bridges. Born in Germany in 1806, he studied industrial engineering in Berlin and at the age of 25 immigrated to western Pennsylvania, where he attempted, unsuccessfully, to make his living as a farmer. He later moved to the state capital in Harrisburg, where he found work as a civil engineer. He promoted the use of wire cable and established a successful wire-cable factory.

Meanwhile, he earned a reputation as a designer of suspension bridges, which at the time were widely used but known to fail under strong winds or heavy loads. Roebling is credited with a major breakthrough in suspension-bridge technology: a web truss added to either side of the bridge roadway that greatly stabilized the structure. Using this model, Roebling successfully bridged the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls, New York, and the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1867, on the basis of these achievements, New York legislators approved Roebling’s plan for a suspension bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It would be the very first steel suspension bridge, boasting the longest span in the world: 1,600 feet from tower to tower.

Just before construction began in 1869, Roebling was fatally injured while taking a few final compass readings across the East River. A boat smashed the toes on one of his feet, and three weeks later he died of tetanus. His 32-year-old son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer. Roebling had worked with his father on several bridges and had helped design the Brooklyn Bridge.

Resource:
Brooklyn Bridge – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.COM
Brooklyn Bridge – Wikipedia
Interesting facts about the Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

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