The Upper West Side – Our “river town” to the south…

NYC  Balcony View - Upper West Side ManhattanComing from Westchester and being a “Hudson River watcher” – I often find myself looking south towards the NYC skyline.  Westchester residents often look towards the easy commute as one of the biggest perks of living here.  But we often see ourselves as somewhat set apart from the city.  But I often think of the upper west side of the city as almost a continuance of Westchester.  I think of it more as another river town.  Much denser than the smaller villages that dot the Hudson Line in Westchester, but still sharing a certain river-town character with its neighbor to the north.

I have a couple of friends living on the upper west side.  One of them has an amazing apartment with a view.  When I go outside on her deck, I feel the same feeling that I get overlooking the Hudson in Westchester.  There always seems to be a nice breeze coming off the river and there is a sense that nature is valued. Roof-top gardens dot the landscape and the neighborhood feels less congested than other parts of Manhattan. I took this photo at dusk on a windy evening.  Everything looks different at dusk.  The pre-war architecture mixed with more modern fare give the upper west side its unique feel.

For those interested in the technical, I didn’t have a tripod, so the ISO was raised to 1600 on aperture mode  with an  f 8.0.  I used a filter to recreate the sense of movement that was in the air from the wind.
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