Postcards From New York City – Part 2

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

This is our last post from our time in New York.

We feel as sad to hit “publish” today as we did when we left the city.

To experience New York City for a prolonged period is something we never imagined we’d do. And we didn’t love it just for the amazing sights we saw or the friends we made – it was also thoroughly educational. It is the undisputed epicenter of western society and a microcosm of the world at large. We learned a lot about life as an American and had a glimpse into our own heritage as well. Every day we went beyond our front door we were pleasantly surprised with the big city’s quirks and charms, and were drawn to many beautiful displays of the human spirit.

New York – you have turned this small town couple into big-city-lovers. But we only have eyes for you….

What’s not to love?

Manhattan Lights


Okay, well, maybe your financial system could use some work.

New York Stock Exchange

But you’ve got lots of pretty things to keep us distracted…

Like all your gorgeous churches (seen here: Cathedral of St John the Divine).

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Riverside Church.


Brooklyn Church

The architecture is so varied and stunning, there is always something to look at.

The Flatiron Building.

Flatiron Building

The Guggenheim Museum.


Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Station

The understated and iconic Empire State Building.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building again, framed by the Manhattan Bridge.

Manhattan Bridge Framing the Empire State

It was impossible for us to pass by Rockefeller Center and not hum the theme to “30 Rock”.

Rockefeller Center

NBC Rainbow Room

There is only one Broadway.

One Broadway

Thank you New York. We hope we served you as well as you served us.

You can find all of our “Postcard” Collections below:

Postcards from New York – Part 1

Postcards from Morocco

Postcards from Italy

Postcards from Croatia

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    1. Thanks Ter, me too! I also tried to make a tilt-shift out of this shot and it worked out pretty well but I didn’t post it. I will probably post in our flickr feed…

    1. Thanks Andi. I’m happy the way they turned out because of the effort it took to get them. I practically froze on the pier taking these as I had a 3 minute shutter and took about 30 different shots that night. The wind off the East River is COLD!!

  1. I love the warm tones you captured in the Brooklyn skyline, and in Riverside Church. Seriously kick ass job Pete!

  2. Beautiful pictures again guys, but did everybody leave town while you were there? Other than a sparse Grand Central, it looks deserted.

    1. My thoughts were exactly the same. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to get a good shot. But I set up the tripod at the top of the Apple Store and shot away. I even like how the guys with mobiles stayed still in the bottom of the frame.

  3. Incredible photos again. Love two of the churches in particular, the Brooklyn Church with the gnarly tree and the one with the angel outside. Great photos 🙂

    1. Thanks Laurence! That Brooklyn Church I think is my favorite. We were aimlessly just wandering in Brooklyn when we came upon this, lucky find…. If anyone knows the name of this church, let us know!!

  4. I’ve loved all your New York posts. It seems like you both had some pretty great experiences there, and isn’t that what travel is about?

    The photos are fantastic. So many creative shots, but I love that one of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan bridge.

    1. Thanks Alouise. Both Dalene and I try to be as creative as possible when it comes to the photography. And NYC didn’t disappoint us. And you are certainly right about experiences and travel.

    1. Thanks so much Hogga! Inside the Riverside was pretty incredible. And luckily I got there when nobody was inside so I could take a few photos.

  5. Love the pics! Went to the top of Rockefeller Center (30 Rock!) and saw the whole city from up there.. pretty amazing place and a great view for sure!

  6. Beautiful Photos! Really enjoyed all your posts from New York and am looking forward to reading about Turkey.

    1. Really appreciated Claire. We are definitely enjoying our time here in Turkey and really looking forward to get some posts published.

  7. Nice photos – I like the Grand Central interior and the cathedral with the statue in front. If you get a chance to swing down to Philly, you should check out 30th St Station – amazing architecture.

  8. I knew I would love part two before I even saw it. Now that I’ve seen it…well, no surprise that I think I it’s fantastic. Really glad you guys chose to go to NYC!

    1. We miss it too. I don’t think we were there long enough for it to drive us crazy. How come it made you crazy?

      1. We lived there for 5 years and I swear we didn’t have a single full night’s sleep. Bad neighbours etc…And then there’s the day in and day out bombardment of stimuli, the cranky rush hour on the train, we sometimes joke that we’ve lived out every Seinfeld episode there is. Whether you like it or not, living there changes you, I definitely speak my mind now 🙂

        1. I now see how it drove you crazy… That’s funny about living out the Seinfeld episodes. I agree with your quote in that living anywhere changes you. Thanks for your comments 🙂

          1. Rewatch the episode where the barking dog keeps Elaine up all night… not so funny 🙂
            So many NY stories we could tell. I feel a blog post coming on…

  9. It amazes me how much there is too see in this city, and i love finding posts like this which offer visual galleries of some of New York’s best features and things to do. My favourite place for art and architecture, certainly.

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