A photo essay of New York City

This photo essay of New York City was made possible by the one and only, Jocelyn Strutt, who opened her home to us for two nights. Without her, none of these pictures would have happened. NYC is one of our favorite cities in the world. Curious about what other cities made our list? Click here to find out!

Welcome to NYC!


The photos above and the one below were taken on the Roosevelt Island Tram. I think we rode it over and back twice, maybe three times just trying to get a good shot of the city below.NYC97NYC80

A few months ago my friend Geoff Livingston showed me a photography technique that I have been practicing ever since. We were in San Francisco and his subject was the trolley cars. It was at night and we were walking back from dinner when he stopped to take a few minutes to show me how to pan my camera from side to side to capture a subject in motion. I’m still a good ways away from mastering the technique but I tried it out here on this cab. I was trying to get the cab to be sharp and the background somewhat blurry suggesting motion in a still frame. Not sure I succeeded. What do you think?


Did the same panning technique with this bicyclist here as well.NYC91

It’s all about perspective.

One of the things I love about the city so much, any city really, but especially New York, is seeing things like this. Things that make you think, inspire you, challenge you …NYC94

Caroline taking a break up on the High Line!NYC95NYC96

The two photos above I took about six feet apart from one another. It’s funny how the decisions you make in your camera can tell an entirely different story.


I actually really like taking the train. Lots to see, easy to get lost in your own mind…


The Flatiron Building is one of a kind. I’ve been taking pictures of if for the last couple years, each time I visit, and f i n a l l y got one that I like. Some people say it looks like a ship cutting through the water. Do you see it?


I took this photo during a different trip into the city when I went to visit Lisa Giles who was running the NYC marathon with her family. I had to slip it in though cause the view is hard to beat! It was taken from the Empire State Building.newyork1

The city that never sleeps.

What’s your favorite thing to see, do or eat in New York City? We’d love to hear what you think – there’s so much to do there!


Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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