Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New York

This was the winning picture from the Guardians Travel Photo Contest for May, with a New York theme.

Guardian assistant picture editor Helen Healy says: "It's a ghostly photograph of one of the world's most familiar skylines. I like the desolation of the Hoboken shore, scene of On The Waterfront. It reminds us of the enduring allure of Manhattan on the other side of the Hudson from this down-at-heel New Jersey city."

I used to drive up and down the New Jersey Turnpike on trips between New York, Vermont, Boston and Washington DC. The contrast in wealth from this side of the Hudson River was very startling. Not to say that there wasn't poverty in New York and the Cross Bronx Expressway was not the most scenic spot on the route, but the top end of the Turnpike as you headed up to the George Washington Bridge was pretty bleak.

Other photographs here.
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