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East River Bridges

East River Bridges

During July, I spent a few evenings down in the city focusing on the lower east river bridges and South Street Seaport. One of the places known to photographers is along the Brooklyn waterfront just north of the Brooklyn bridge. There are two small adjacent parks, the southern most being the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, and the other Brooklyn Bridge Park (sometimes known as the Main Street section). Brooklyn Bridge Park is a city park open until 1am (at least in the summer).

The Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park closes at dusk except on Thursdays during July and August when it is open until 11pm to accommodate the showing of outdoor movies (Movies with a View). The movie shown the Thursday that I was there was Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief”, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. If you are looking for something unique to do, while also capturing some nice images of the city, you might want to check this out. Construction is currently underway to greatly expand the park space south of the Brooklyn Bridge to become a new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

There are excellent views of the East River, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, South Street Seaport, and the lower Manhattan skyline from these parks. It is also a nice walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to South Street Seaport, which provides additional photo ops.

The Brooklyn Bridge, East River, South Street Seaport, and lower Manhattan skyline at dusk, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn, New York)

The Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges span the East River at night from South Street Seaport (Manhattan, New York)

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All images © Clarence Holmes


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  • Tim Rucci

    Hi Clarence,
    What a nice surprise to see you visit my blog today, and then subsequently find yours as well. I see you’ve been traveling a lot and you’ve added some photos to your site. You’ve captured some amazing images and I always enjoy looking.

    It was really nice meeting you in Florida and shooting a couple days at the Players Championship. If you’re ever down this way again, look me up or contact me through the link on my website or blog.
    Take care….

  • Tim Rucci

    Hi Clarence,What a nice surprise to see you visit my blog today, and then subsequently find yours as well. I see you’ve been traveling a lot and you’ve added some photos to your site. You’ve captured some amazing images and I always enjoy looking. It was really nice meeting you in Florida and shooting a couple days at the Players Championship. If you’re ever down this way again, look me up or contact me through the link on my website or blog. Take care….

  • Tim Rucci

    Hi Clarence,What a nice surprise to see you visit my blog today, and then subsequently find yours as well. I see you've been traveling a lot and you've added some photos to your site. You've captured some amazing images and I always enjoy looking. It was really nice meeting you in Florida and shooting a couple days at the Players Championship. If you're ever down this way again, look me up or contact me through the link on my website or blog. Take care….