Last Viaduct Image + Snow!   4 comments

Riverside Drive Viaduct

I must be one of maybe six people in this city hoping for more snow. A selfish sentiment, I know, as the logistics of dealing with upwards of 2 feet of the stuff is a huge physical and financial burden on both the city and residents. Let’s just say I am grateful my car is parked underground.

Apartment dwellers like I have little to care about beyond remaining upright on slippery sidewalks and avoiding drowning risks at every slush-filled street corner. Getting around by car is unnecessary because the subway always runs, no matter the weather (at least in Manhattan anyway). Rather, the numerous snowstorms, seven so far, that coated the city have prompted me to hit the streets with camera and tripod like nothing else. More snow, please!

Thursday’s early morning blizzard prompted me to check out a historic West Harlem (Manhattanville) church that had caught my eye not far from my office. It’s a picturesque place with a garden in front and an actual 1850s clapboard parish house next door. I had a very pleasant encounter with the rector and some of his staff and managed to shoot a few frames. Again, my luck, the lunchtime sun skittered behind the clouds minutes after I set up the camera. I look forward to returning when I have more time, preferably after another snowstorm.

So we’re back to the viaduct one last time. I’d seen good images of the full length of this structure but I hoped I could capture something a little different. Morning sun coupled with HDR did the trick I think. I’m new to this technique and I’m sure the image could use additional some post-processing work but I’m pretty satisfied.

A couple more viaduct facts to share (and repeat):
- Designed by F. Stewart Williamson
- Built in 1900
- Stretches from St. Clair Place (about West 129th Street) to West 135th Street
- 26 bays supported by 130-foot girders, including one double-sized arch over 125th Street
- Girders over 125th Street were the largest built to date
- Reconstructed twice, in 1967 and 1987

If at a later date I can make the top side look as interesting as underneath, I’ll post photos of that, too.

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Posted January 30, 2011 by Beth in Harlem

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4 responses to “Last Viaduct Image + Snow!

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  1. Very nice pic. And thanks for showing us a part of Manhattan most of us have never seen. From the day I moved to New York, I always felt if you didn’t simply look up, you were missing great beauty everywhere — birds, sky, or the urban lanscape.

  2. Thanks, Brad. You are so right. Some of the most interesting aspects to this city are much higher than eye level.

  3. That’s beautiful!

  4. Thanks, Russell! It’s one of my personal favorites. It was actually just hung in my office building so I’m quite excited about that.

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