South Street Seaport and Pier 17 Mall

South Street Seaport and Pier 17 Mall

It has been quite a while since I did a blog post. A few things kept me from getting out and taking pictures and writing blog posts. One, was that I had lost my photography mojo for a bit. The other was that we were getting our bathroom repainted and some new tiles and whatnot put in, so my concentration wasn’t where it should have been. Well, the renovations are finished and I’ve been getting out again to take pictures. This on again off again warm weather and humidity have made my outings shorter than they normally would be, so I only walked around around the South Street Seaport and a little bit around the Financial District, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had reopened the mall that had been there before Hurricane Sandy. I have fond memories of that mall. My first boyfriend and I used to go there all the time because we were so boring and indecisive that we could never agree on a place to go, or even pick one in the first place. 😆 

55mm, 2018, a7Rii, backpack, bicycle, chain link fence, color photography, eye contact, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, October, ponytail, Sony, woman, Zeiss lens

I decided to take out the 55mm this day. I’ve been using that one more and saving the 35mm for travel and landscape shots. Anyway, as I was walking this girl decides at the last minute to turn. I had stopped as soon as I saw her slowing down so that she could have enough space to make her turn, but she started to go straight, so I started walking again. Of course, she changed her mind again, and this time I had to quick step out of the way.  

55mm, 2018, a7Rii, backpack, black and white, candid, cell phone, cigarette, crossed legs, documentary photography, loafers, man, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, October, sitting, smoking, Sony, South Street Seaport, street photography, suit and tie, sunglasses, Zeiss lens

I just love how the 55mm blurs the background so nicely, which is part of why I got it in the first place. I’ve had it for about 6 months, but have only used it a handful of times because I had the 35mm for so long that I just got used to shooting with that. I am loving the sharpness and background blur.

55mm, 2018, a7Rii, black and white photography, escalators, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, October, Pier 17, Sony, South Street Seaport, Zeiss lens




I was surprised to see that Pier 17 had reopened. There weren’t that many people but it made walking around and seeing things more enjoyable. Not only does that area have special memories for me because of going there all the time with my first boyfriend, but also because I had a lot of school trips there when I was younger.

There were lots of escalators here. There are about 3 or 4 floors, but once you get to the top you have a nice view of the river and the city.







55mm, 2018, a7Rii, color photography, Manhattan, New York City, no people shots, NYC, October, Pier 17, Sony, South Street Seaport, women's bathroom, Zeiss lensIf you need to use the restrooms while you’re there, you won’t be able to miss them. Although, knowing how in my own head I am, I probably would either miss them completely or accidentally walk into the mens bathroom.  😀 

55mm, 2018, a7Rii, color photography, flowers, greenery, Manhattan, New York City, no people shots, NYC, October, Pier 17, Sony, South Street Seaport, Zeiss lens

I’m not sure what the point is of this wall, but it looks nice. I like flowers but I like them outside. I can’t deal with flowers and plants inside. The smell, the way they clutter up surfaces, etc. Just no. But outside, I love them.

After walking around a bit more I started to get hungry so I headed for home.  I took a roundabout way at first so I could see things other than what I had already seen while walking to the South Street Seaport and also so I could try and get some more street shots before I called it a day.  

'Essen, 55mm, 2018, a7Rii, black and white photography, candid, documentary photography, drinking, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, October, preppy sweater style, Sony, straw, street photography, Zeiss lens

55mm, 2018, a7Rii, black and white, candid, documentary photography, hoodie, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, October, sitting, Sony, street photography, Zeiss lens

All in all, it was a better day of street photography than I’ve had in a while. Now that the weather is getting colder I’ll definitely be heading outside more often for some long walks with my camera. A lot of people hate the cold, but I love it. I love not feeling sweaty or drained of energy after less than an hour. I also want to start blogging about things other than street photography, but that’s a topic for a different post.




  1. October 18, 2018 / 3:49 PM

    What a really nice shots! My favourite, the girl on her bike, that look, so hypnotic! 🙂

    • Tina
      October 20, 2018 / 11:04 PM

      Thank you, Anne! She almost ran into me with her bike (even though I had already moved out of her way once already), so I took her picture as she passed by. 😀

  2. October 23, 2018 / 12:14 PM

    It is sometimes necessary to detach oneself from one’s picture and to clean one’s eyes.
    Your bathroom work has also allowed to take a break.
    I like both men with their attitude a little lost in their thought.

    • Tina
      October 23, 2018 / 6:42 PM

      Thank you, Amor. I love shots of people lost in thought because it adds such an air of mystery to them. It always makes me wonder what they are thinking.

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