The Sights that can be Seen from Brooklyn Heights

This morning I set out early for my walk along the Promenade down to Pier 1 and back. The combination of low, scudding clouds and a sun still low to the eastern horizon created some interesting lighting effects on lower Manhattan buildings. In the photo above (more photos and text after the jump) the top of the still-under-construction One World Trade Center is shrouded by clouds, but the lower part of the building reflects bright sunlight, as does Eight Spruce Street/”New York by Gehry” to the right.

In this photo, Gordon Bunshaft’s 1961 One Chase Manhattan Plaza is bathed in light, as is the beveled edge of the almost completed Four World Trade Center.

On Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, a bit of early autumn color amid some late season blooms.

Hey! Can’t you birdbrains read?

Now it’s the turn of Four World Trade Center to get the full effect of the sun. Fumihiko Maki is said to have designed this building to be as nearly “invisible” as possible, in order not to draw attention from One World Trade Center. In the bright morning sunlight, though, it’s hard to hide.

Bright red berries adorn a bush on Pier 1.

Been sneezing much lately? Goldenrod on Pier 1.

Back up on the Promenade, I saw the play of the sun on Pier 2, under construction, and on the Statue of Liberty beyond.

The superstructure and a deck crane of a small cargo ship moored at the Red Hook Container Port could be seen from the Promenade.

A small sloop sailed out of the East River as the tug St. Andrews motored in.

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  • Cranberry Beret

    Great photos. At about 7:30 am the combo of clouds just touching the top of 4 World Trade and the brilliant sunlight reflecting off of it made it look like the building itself had shafts of light beaming from the top. I’ve never seen anything like it. Sadly I didn’t have my camera.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Great photos. I especially liked the flowers from Pier One. One picture looked like a bouquet. Very cool.

  • TMS

    Beautiful! Too bad we’ll lose the magnificent view from the promenade once those BBP buildings go up. Can owners sue the city or the developer for declining property values… anyone know?

  • David on Middagh

    I’m not a lawyer, TMS, but I doubt one could sue on a “lowered property value” basis, even if one could prove a loss. It is sad that the view from the northern end of the Promenade, so expansive since the warehouses were removed, will go back to being somewhat blocked, and maybe blocked worse.

    If it’s any consolation, the denizens of the planned residence next to the planned hotel might suffer greatly if/when the BQE section right behind them needs rebuilding. (As we know, the cantilevered part has come to the end of its planned lifespan.) But that would also mean the closing of the Promenade…

  • Park Lover

    Great photos! But you missed shots of any of the 200-300 daily tourist chopper flights that dominate New York Harbor….

  • Cranberry Beret

    Umm, it’s going back to same view that was there for years.