11 Unusual Places to Photograph In (and Around) New York
October 12, 2011 /Photography News/ With so many beautiful sites, New York is one of the most photographed cities in the world. The skyscrapers, the yellow cabs, the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge, the Grand Central Station, the Empire State building, the bright lights of Broadway and the Wall Street are just a few of the most photographed landmarks in New York. But there is so much more to the popular New York breaks than just these amazing sights, and if you are a traveling photographer you may want to add a few unusual or less known places to your tour destinations.
|Photo: Dan Dvorscak|
The Bannerman's Castle is located on Pollepel Island (familiarly known as Bannerman Island) in the Hudson River, about 50 miles north of New York City. The castle was built in the early 1900s as a weapons arsenal by Francis Bannerman VI. Bannerman personally designed the island's buildings in the style of old Scottish castles. Bannerman's Castle is particularly interesting architecturally because it is out of place in the American landscape. Native Americans believed the island was haunted.
|Photo: Tais Melillo|
Considered to be the world’s premiere 'graffiti Mecca', 5 Pointz is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, where the art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers a converted warehouse full of artist studios. The place could be soon shut down for high-rise residential towers development.
Obscura Antiques and Oddities
|Photo: Curious Expeditions|
Obscura Antiques and Oddities, found in East Village, is a tiny antique store that specialize in an extensive array of taxidermy, medical apparatus, prosthetic limbs, memorial photographs, magic lantern slides, fraternal organization memorabilia, and many other odd things.
|Photo: Anne Bowerman|
The Smallpox Hospital opened in 1856, with room for 100 patients, on what was then known as Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), but it closed a century later. In 1972, the hospital was added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it New York City's 'only landmarked ruin'.
Located in the Bronx borough of New York City, the Bronx Zoo is the flagship of the Wildlife Conservation Society's collection of urban wildlife parks. Being the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, it is a wonderful destination for animal lovers.
Founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Kings County, New York (now Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn), the Green-Wood Cemetery lies several blocks southwest of Prospect Park, between Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, and Sunset Park. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. The cemetery was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
New York Transit Museum
|Photo: Nigel Morris|
Housed in an authentic 1930's subway station, the New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, commuter rail, bus, and bridge/tunnel systems. It is located in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City.
Located in the Arthur Kill just north of Rossville on Staten Island, the Tugboat Graveyard is a collection of decomposing ships - the ghosts of New York's shipping era.
Museum of Sex
Opened in 2002, the Museum of Sex traces the complex history of NYC and sex, from tittie bars and porn to street hustling and burlesque shows. You will also find here a collection of related documentary photographs.
Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
Founded in the 17th century, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow is the church that appear in Washington Irving’s 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. It is located just north of downtown Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Seneca White Deer
|Photo: Brian Adler|
The Seneca White Deer are a rare pigmentless version of the White Tailed Deer living within the limits of the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County, New York. This is the largest herd of white deer in the world.
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