New York Rhythms

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”

~John Updike


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Zaha Hadid


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Hudson Afternoon


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Gehry’s Tree


“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

~Frank Gehry


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High Lines


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Eyeing the Oculus


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Taxi Driver


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Smoke Stack


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Red and Blue


“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”

~Frank Lloyd Wright


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Times Square


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Zaha Hadid II

“The city’s full of people who you just see around.” 

~Terry Pratchett


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NY Kids


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The Vessel





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  1. There are some extraordinairy buildings like in the first and tenth picture “Zaha Hadid”. All are beautiful pictures in colors and shapes, but my favorites are the black and white pictures and “Gehry’s Tree” with the fresh green color against the blueishgrey background building and its pattern. And I also likes the colorful bokeh at the picture “Taxi Driver”.
    Warm regards, Heidi

    • Hi Heidi, Forgive my late response…I just realized I hadn’t answered your nice comment. I’m pleased you enjoyed these– I was excited about this trip and the images that I made that weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I hope you are doing well.

  2. Wow!
    Beautiful photos!

  3. Just looked back and saw this post. Architectural work like this is right up my street – some inspiring buildings brilliantly captured.

  4. You have captured some amazing architecture. And in so doing, playing with shapes, forms and colours. You certainly have a great eye for details.

  5. What a beautiful collection, Jane! You’ve really captured the city I love. Wonderful architectural shots and details. Lovely.

  6. What cool architecture, which I can never spell, particularly the first one.

    • Hi Lisa, I am fairly certain you are an excellent speller.😉 It was a thrill to see all the amazing projects going on in NY right now. Glad you like this snippet of what’s happening. Thanks!

  7. I am probably somewhat biased, but there is just no other place like NYC for such diverse photo opportunities, as you have so beautifully shown here, Jane.
    Truly wonderful images.

    • Thanks so much, Lisa. NY is one of the most exciting cities to experience and photograph. (Although my heart is now in SF) These were really fun to shoot and I’m so happy you enjoyed them. Much appreciated!

  8. warn n fuzzy, Jane….my heart is always in NYC…looks like u guys enjoyed!!😘

  9. You manage to capture such beauty in urban landscapes!

  10. These are wonderful, but I like Hudson Afternoon best.

  11. And I thought I knew New York…
    Well done. Angles. Light. Perspectives…
    (Really need to go back to NY. All the pix from my last trip were erased in an unfortunate incident)
    (Though I wouldn’t dream of comparing… you set the bar very high)
    Thank you Jane

  12. stellar architectural works Jane…the lines in your compositions are wonderful, as always 🤓☺️💫 smiles hedy

  13. Ah Jane, I miss it! So thank you. I love the Updike quote, so true. You are SO good with architecture, and you’ve chosen a few favorites – the Gehry, and the Hadid, as well as the anonymous brick building, like many I’ve lived in, with the fire escape. Your Taxi Driver is great, and I like seeing the Vessel going up – beautiful contrast there. Great work! I bet you had fun on the High Line (I too love the narrow views between buildings you get up there). Looks like it was great weather. Are you back?

  14. Excellent series Jane. You’ve shown so many facets of this wonderful city!

  15. In large cities, with its many and diverse neighborhoods, there is also a multitude of rhythms that make them a worldwide family. 

    Each of these pictures has a different sound track with ranges through rap to romantic ballads, without forgetting all kind of ethnic musics that make them so colorist and enriching.

  16. Beautiful photos, Jane. The Zaha Hadid is new to me. I love the lines and need to check it out online. Your B&W of the Hudson is gorgeous. I have a friend who calls those light beams, “God Rays.” Truly a blessed day for you (and us, now).

  17. Although I spent lots of time in NYC when I was growing up, so much has changed since I moved to Texas in 1976 that I don’t recognize many of the things you show in this post. In particular, thanks for making me aware of the Oculus, which I can tell is a photo magnet.

    • Hi Steve, Oh yes, some neighborhoods are transformed with new development. The High Line is a wonderful Tribeca addition with the Whitney and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center area is inspiring including Calatrava’s Oculus. (it’s gorgeous despite the high end mall aspect) Hudson Yards where the Vessel is being built includes an outdoor theatre that has a roof that moves on wheels. Glad you enjoyed this small glimpse of the old and new of NYC. Maybe you’ll put a trip to the Big Apple on your list. 🙂 Thanks so much.

      • Aware of the Oculus from this post, I made sure to go see it when I visited New York last month. I also went to the Whitney, which you mentioned, to take in the Grant Wood exhibition.

        • Hi Steve, That’s great! I’m so glad you got to see those places. Assume you walked the High Line or saw it from the Whitney. I saw the Grant Wood exhibit and enjoyed it, as well.

          • We’d planned to walk on the High Line when we went to the Whitney but ran out of time because we had an appointment to meet my cousins uptown for supper. We’d walked part of the High Line six years earlier (which is how we became aware the Whitney was moving, as we saw its new building under construction), so we didn’t mind so much not doing it again. I’m glad you got to take in the Grant Wood exhibit too. We’d seen “American Gothic” in its permanent home at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, and we knew “Parson Weems’ Fable” from its permanent home at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

          • Next visit, it will be fun to see the area at the end of the High Line where the trains terminate. The outdoor theatre shed with the rolling roof and the completed Vessel look like they will be fantastic.

  18. You do well with all of your photos. Love the lines and angles here.

  19. Another set of expertly and artistically executed images. Zaha Hadid, Hudson Afternoon and Red & Blue are at the top on my favorites list!

  20. Multiple geometric patterns interrupted solely by an incidental human here and there, excellent work Jane

  21. All fabulous shapes and lines and designs, but the Taxi Driver is my favourite. New York, New York, will I ever visit and would I even like you?

    • Hi Jude, Pleased you like all the patterns and shapes of the city. Thank you. The night colors amaze me and I was excited to get a shot of what I saw in the taxi. Hopefully you will experience the Big Apple sometime. It’s a thrill. 🙂

  22. I’m trying to imagine where you were standing to take Smoke Stack and what the buildings were in The Vessel. Intriguing.

    • HI Sharon, Glad you enjoyed them. Smoke Stack is a favorite spot to peek through on the High Line and that entire area being built around The Vessel is astounding. Thanks so much for your appreciation.

  23. Gorgeous images Jane 🙂 Didn’t they do a great job on the High Line Park and the Oculus ? Wish I could have caught up with you while you visited the Big Apple but maybe next time.

    • Thanks, Joe. It would be great to shoot with you sometime. We absolutely love the High Line and it was our first time seeing the Oculus. Amazing. Glad you enjoyed the city through my eyes. 🙂

  24. Amazing post, Jane. Love seeing NYC through your eyes.

  25. Wow! Absolutely stunning photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Lovely photos. I’ll echo another’s comment about the lines and angles — very appealing. I especially like Hudson Afternoon. The sky is so dramatic. The rays of the sun look as if they’re bestowing a gift on the city, while the person on the bench appears casually unaware. A whole story going on there. I also like how the angles of the sun’s rays sort of mirror the angles of the planks in the foreground.

    • Hi Mari, I’m so pleased you noticed the mirroring of the planks to the light… a subtle aspect that I really liked. Happy you enjoyed all the lines and patterns- such fun to find and photograph. Thank you very much.

  27. Crisp and pristine shots as usual, Jane. You make it looks like there are so many buildings and glass around NYC. I guess that’s the modern city for you, and you got to wonder what’s behind those frames 🙂

    • Thank you, Mabel. Even though I grew up near NY, it is stunning to see all the new buildings and the transformation of certain neighborhoods. It’s an exciting city and I am with you wondering the stories behind all those windows. 🙂

  28. there must be truth in this statement…NY is a truly awesome city seen from every aspect. Stunning series.

  29. Hudson Afternoon – a beautyful mood in b&w!!!

  30. Wonderful pics of a wonderful city … I will be there in August und I’m looking forward to it!

  31. Great images Jane, but I loathe Cities brrrrr….

  32. The Vessel is amazing! There’s a lot of very interesting architecture in NY. A melting pot of cultures.

    • Thanks, Simone. The Vessel is incredible- we were trying to imagine climbing to the top. The entire revitalization of that area is stunning to see. Glad you enjoyed this series.

  33. You have such clarity in your photo’s and the range you show here is stunning once again!
    The first quote made me smile but oh… how happy I am not having to live there 😉

  34. You have captured a great cross section of NY the variety of buildings, old and new and the people. Loved peering over taxi drivers shoulder.

  35. Thanks, Jane. Your images are essentially the only visit I wish to make to NYC for the rest of my life. 😀 I tend to agree with Hien about the omphaloskepsis! (I had to look it up!)

  36. As always, Jane, you do an excellent job making a city look appealing and exciting (this from a country girl who doesn’t like to go to cities). You captured the architectural essence of NYC beautifully. I love all the colors in ‘Taxi Driver.’

  37. Nice NYC shots!! Well done, interesting perspective, fresh!

  38. You have such a creative eye for detail… love seeing New York thru your lens.

  39. These are some of the best NYC px I have ever seen. YOui see so well and have a great sense of composition..

  40. We were on the High Line and were impressed by the Zaha Hadid Building, which was under construction at the time

  41. Great Jane but all about the taxi driver for me!

  42. Wonderful, captivating photos Jane that really draw the eyes in.

  43. New Yorkers are afflicted with omphaloskepsis, your beautiful photos notwithstanding!

  44. I think Updike wasn’t kidding. That “Shadows” has great texture and seems 3D!

  45. These are great!

    On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Jane Lurie Photography wrote:

    > Jane Lurie posted: ““The true New Yorker secretly believes that people > living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” ~John Updike > “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for > timelessness.” ~Frank Gehry &nb” >

  46. I know New York city is an architectual feast for the eyes, but it takes a great photographer to make it visiblle on a two dimensional scale. As wonderful your pictures of San Fransisco are, are these of NYC. I love lines and geometrical shapes and they are abundant in these captures. And then, how cool are the playing children in front of the forest of glass and steel. Beautiful.

    • Hi Peter, Your comment means a lot, thanks very much. The Hudson River Walk and High Line are wonderful for cityscapes and I love looking for details and patterns. I’m so glad you enjoyed this series. City kids are pretty lucky.

  47. hi jane, interesting pictures, i really like your view and the details of your city.
    greeting robert

  48. Beautiful and pretty cool pictures!😊

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