Street Photography in Battery Park City

Street Photography in Battery Park City

Whenever I go out to take pictures I always wind up going to the same places.  I wanted to go someplace different so I decided to go somewhere that I’ve only been a few times in the past and that was Battery Park City.  I think the nearest I’ve ever gone is when I used to go to BMCC back in the early 2000’s.  Anyway, going to Battery Park City was a great decision because I had a very successful day of picture taking in general and street photography in particular.  I was hoping to get a few pictures for this month’s challenges in my Flickr group.  I wound up getting 4 out of 5 categories completed, so that made me happy.  One of the first things I saw that captured my interest when I first made my way into BPC was a bunch of stacked chairs near a restaurant.  

35mm, a7Rii, background people, Battery Park, chairs, color, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, stacked

I am moving more towards landscapes and architectural photography, but in NYC you can rarely get a picture without someone in it, so I just accept that they’ll be part of the picture.  The building itself wasn’t what I was trying to capture.  Rather the building would be the background for the street lamps.  I liked how they were lined up as far as the eye could see.
35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, glass, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, steps, street lamps

35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, waterfall

I can’t remember what the name of the restaurant was but I was fascinated by the flowing waterfall near the other diners that was part of the restaurant.  A+ for ambience.  I haven’t really experimented with the bokeh that this lens can produce.  In everyday situations, at least for how I use it, I don’t get much, but in this picture, since I’m right up close to what I was photographing, it does produce decent bokeh.  As my photographer friend, Grant, pointed out, sometimes too much bokeh can actually take away from a photo.


35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, boats, color, drinking, friends, Lower Manhattan, marina, NYC, sitting, Sony, talking



This must be a nice place to relax.  The water, the boats, the absence of crowds.  The weather was perfect that day, cool and breezy, making it a great spot to sit and relax with a friend.



I was just trying to get a picture of the skyline so it was an added bonus when I saw that I had gotten the helicopter in as well.  In NYC you tend to just tune out noise, however loud.  I had heard the helicopter(s) flying overhead but hadn’t really paid them much attention.  I think it adds a bit to the picture to have it in there.35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, buildings, color, helicopter, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan skyline, no people shots, NYC, sailboats, Sony, water

Here is another shot with which I’m really pleased.  I had always wanted to get a shot like this, with the birds flying over the water, but I had never been able to before, either because I wasn’t prepared or because the picture came out blurry.  I took this shot without much hope that it would be any good, but I have to say that I’m really happy with this shot.
35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, birds, buildings, color, flying, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan skyline, no people shots, NYC, sailboats, Sony, water

35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, laughter, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, wheel


I thought this couple (at least I’m assuming they were a couple) were so cute.  He was riding along and she was laughing at something he said.  I figured since I was out trying to get street shots for the group I could take a few practice pictures.  This couple didn’t seem to mind which was nice.



35mm, a7Rii, black and white, body art, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony, street photography, tattoos



Here’s a picture that I got for the group.  One of the topics was tattoos/body art.  That wouldn’t be too hard to find in NYC, or in general since it seems that more and more people have tattoos.  I had to take three different shots of this scene since they were walking so fast but I think this one came out pretty decent.


I love reflections and after I took the picture of the tattoos, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the skyline, trees, and river looked reflected in the glass of the building, so I snapped a picture and continued on my walk.  I had to edit myself out because I was standing in the middle of one of the metal things so I looked way bigger than I actually am, and come on.  What woman wants to see that?  😆 35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, glass, Lower Manhattan, no people shots, NYC, reflection, Sony

This was almost like the statue was pointing me in the direction of my next picture because as soon as I rounded the curve I came across my second find for the monthly challenge topics.

35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, Lower Manhattan, NYC, pointing, Sony, statue

Can anyone guess the topic?  It was eye contact (not posed) which was perfect because I didn’t think I’d be able to get this one.  This was total accidental eye contact which I didn’t even notice until I got it on my computer later.  I was taking their picture because they were sitting high up on the wall.  I pretended I was taking a picture of something else but the girl apparently wasn’t fooled.

35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, black and white, bricks, Five Fall Into Adventure, Lower Manhattan, NYC, sitting, Sony, street photography, wall

35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, boats, color, Lower Manhattan, marina, NYC, SonyI cannot even imagine what it would be like to have this much money.  Don’t get me wrong, I have fun trying to imagine how I’d live if I had that kind of money.  I’ll be 100% honest, I would love to have this kind of money.  A lot of people try to pull that “I wouldn’t want to have that kind of money.  I get more satisfaction from working” bullshit.  Not me.  The nearest I’d ever get to this is being a housewife, married to a man who made enough so that I didn’t have to work.  He doesn’t have to be rich, but as long as I don’t have to have my anxiety go into overdrive due to work, public transportation, and people in general, I don’t care.

35mm, a7Rii, background people, Battery Park, bicycle, City Vineyard, color, grapes, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Sony

I passed by this restaurant when I was trying to find my way to the nearest bus stop or train station.  It looked interesting so I looked it up online.  A bit pricy, but that’s to be expected considering the neighborhood.  The place got mixed reviews but I don’t put too much stock in those.  People tend to nitpick the tiniest things.  I once was reading a review for a hotel, not even a fancy hotel, and the reviewer gave it a low rating because the hotel didn’t have porter to take their bags up to their room.  🙄  Oh no!  The horror!  They actually had to wheel their own bags.  How did they ever get over that horrible ordeal?

I noticed, as these people were all passing each other, how many of them were wearing stripes.  4 out of the 9 people there are wearing stripes.  There was no way I could let them all pass by without taking a picture of that.
35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, color, Lower Manhattan, NYC, people, Sony, street photography, stripes

35mm, a7Rii, benches, color, day time, Five Fall Into Adventure, hats, Lower Manhattan, NYC, shade, Sony, street photography, sunlight, water


This picture was actually taken with my iPhone.  I was looking something up when I spotted the perfect shot for one of the other challenge topics “Hats”.  I didn’t want to risk losing the opportunity by hastily shoving my phone in my bag and trying to frame the picture properly with my camera, so I just used the camera on my phone.  As the saying goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you at the time, or something like that.  I think this one came out pretty good.




I was waiting for the bus somewhere and when I looked up, I saw the sky looked like someone had taken a cloud stamper and just went to town.  35mm, a7Rii, Battery Park, building, clouds, color, Lower Manhattan, no people shots, NYC, sky, Sony

I figured that I was done with photography for the day so I was happily surprised to get yet another picture for the monthly challenge, “A Shot in the Dark”.  I was intrigued by this particular challenge since my night photography is something I want to improve.  I did ask first, which is something I don’t normally do, but since these were police officers it was best to ask.  I’m always fascinated by mounted police in the city.  I’m sure there’s a reason, I just wonder what it is. (Yeah, yeah, ending a sentence with a preposition.  It happens.)

35mm, A Shot in the Dark, a7Rii, children, color, Five Fall Into Adventure, horses, mounted police, night photography, NYC, Sony, street photography



  1. Mister G.C.
    November 13, 2017 / 12:31 AM

    Some great cityscape shots, especially the the weird looking building and those clouds…very eye catching indeed. Yes to your bokeh shot, a perfect example of how to use it and a not abuse it. The perspective of the water feature and the path going off into the distance really does create a cool vanishing point.
    Ha, I never even noticed there should have been a reflection of you in the window if you hadn’t mentioned it. Nice post processing…kudos.

    • Tina
      November 13, 2017 / 9:06 PM

      I might have left myself in if I wasn’t looking so wide because I was split between two windows. 😆 But thank you for the nice comment about my editing skills. It’s another area that I want to improve so your comment made me feel that I’m on the right track.

      Sometimes all it takes is just going somewhere new to renew your interest. It’s why things I saw when I was on vacation seemed so much more interesting, where if I had seen it in NYC it would have irritated me.

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