I tend to give our northwest view short shrift in photos.
About 7-8 years ago, NYC wasn't lighting the bridges to cut costs, but fortunately Mayor Bloomberg saw the value in bringing these beautiful structures to light. The one to the left of center is the Manhattan Bridge, and the one "under" the Empire State Building (a trick of perspective) is the Williamsburg Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is in there, but only a few lights from one of the towers.
We will see the new Freedom Tower as it rises. Many of the buildings on the left are new residence towers in the burgeoning downtown Brooklyn area. Others are part of Manhattan's financial district.
Those smoke stacks in the center are actually blocks apart and are topped by hypnotic blinking red lights.
Everything is closer than it looks in this photo - the ultra wide angle and cropping push it all back.
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