NYC - photographic things to see and do?
It looks like I'll be spending a few days in NYC, from Friday 28th Jan until Tuesday 2nd Feb. I would appreciate any ideas on things to see and do from a photographic perspective, e.g. galleries, museums, and must-see photospots.
International Center of Photography is always great. I enjoyed spending the afternoon walking through and shooting at the Central Park zoo as well.
I'm going to be in the city a couple weeks before you, and I looked up what will be at the ICP- and they are having an exhibition on Ralph Eugene Meatyard. I like his work, so I am taking time to go look at this. And the MoMA just reopened, and is supposed to be pretty great.
Here's a good listing of the local galleries with website links--
You can get a good overview of current shows in the _Village Voice_, which is available free anywhere in the 5 boroughs of New York, and online at www.villagevoice.com. When I want to visit galleries, I usually walk around with the VV in hand, since most of the galleries are clustered around a few spots in the city, and you can walk from one to the next.
Lots of good work to be seen usually at http://www.johnstevenson-gallery.com/
Get a 7-day unlimited subway pass, so you won't feel inhibited about traveling anywhere that interests you.
Avoid the hassle at the airport. Buy your film at B&H (but remember they close early Fridays and all day Saturday, and check bhphoto.com for holiday closings). If you need film on a Friday afternoon, there's Calumet, but they close on weekends. If you're shooting color and want to process it here, I recommend www.modernage.com.
If you want to check out lots of neat cameras, I like www.photo-gizzmo.com and www.lensandrepro.com. Lens and Repro has an old balance with a card that says "FILM" in one pan and "DIGITAL" in the other. "DIGITAL" has more letters, but "FILM" seems a bit heavier.
David, I'm casually looking around for a cheaper rangefinder (Canonet GIII QL17, Olympus XA, etc.) would you recommend going to lens and repro for something like that? or maybe somewhere else? I figured that I could probably find something like that in NYC somewhere... thanks
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Lens and Repro and B&H have that sort of thing, but NYC prices are kind of high for used equipment. You are probably better off ordering from KEH.com. Tamarkin specializes in Leicas and collectible rangefinders, but they might have some cheaper ones--www.tamarkin.com.
Hope you have better luck then me Kevin. I arrived in NJ Friday night last week and went into NYC all day Saturday. Windy, cold and rainy. The camera came out just a few brief times
Still a fabulous place just to wander around looking for photo op's though. Enjoy...
(Temp. in NJ)
Sorry to see you are in NJ. A friend of mine from Sydney, a commercial photographer, sent me some nice panoramic shots of the Sydney Harbor taken last week or so; beautiful stuff, although he uses a D100 these days.
Originally Posted by GlennSYD
Thanks all for replies so far, especially David for your comprehensive reply. I'll actually be staying in NJ too, Glenn.
as a native new yorker, check out:
--Inside of Grand Central Station--Beaux Arts masterpiece (42nd and Lexington/Madison)
--Walk over the George Washington Bridge (and adventure)
--Meatpacking district (far westside north of Soho)
--Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (much more accessable) and take pictures in DUMBO (Down under the Manhatten Bridge Overpass). Check out link:
--Chinatown/Little Italy (what's left)
--Gugenheim Museum (5th Avenue in the 90's).
That should get you started for now.