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SuspiciousAdvisor442 t1_iu8sy1q wrote

I love seeing uncommon angles of cities. Almost makes them look fake


Queenv918 t1_iu9pk1x wrote

It almost looks like the NYC Panorama in Queens Museum.


BGTT_NYC t1_iua0ipc wrote

Yeah, like the view from a plane. Aa new Yorker flying into places like Colorado, I'm always amazed at how other states just have massive amounts of L.A.N.D


sulaymanf t1_iu9hkr8 wrote

It’s known as tilt-shift photos and yes it makes everything look like tiny models.


preston_f t1_iu9kjhs wrote

Sorry to be that guy, but pedantry warning:

Tilt shift is a very specific type of photography where the camera's sensor is literally tilted to make certain parts of the frame blurry in a way that mimics a shallower depth of field.

End of pedantry.


trippel t1_iu9qeiu wrote

Sorry to be that guy but pedantry warning:

The image plane can move on its standard or the lens can also move on its standard, it's not limited to the image plane (or sensor, as you have here). Furthermore, limiting the depth of field via a tilt is generally a poor/overused effect related to the optics the lens and/or image plane. Tilts can be used to actually achieve more depth of field. Here's an article with practical examples!


preston_f t1_iua1w0a wrote

Very interesting stuff.

Thanks for the additional info!


frogvscrab t1_iubfz6z wrote

Sorry to be that guy, but pedantry warning:

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quaid31 t1_iu8xzrm wrote

I’d love to see a higher res of this photo (if it exists)


LostSomeDreams t1_iublmuc wrote

I’d love to see it with Harlem and Washington heights too (if it exists) - not to mention the Bronx


Malfunctioned t1_iudi7r0 wrote

Here is a wider view, albeit at lower resolution:

Right edge of map, from top to bottom: some NJ land and The Palisade, Henry Hudson Bridge / Inwood / Spuyten Duyvil / Marble Hill, a bit of the Bronx Zoo, Bronx Whitestone Bridge, the large Cunningham Park, western Nassau County from Elmont to Oceanside

Left side of map: various regions of New Jersey from Irvington, Newark (Weequahic Park, Newark Airport), Bayonne to Richmond.

One can get a very similar view on Google Earth:,-73.99861917,24.79503829a,57103.51708693d,35y,-33.24886754h,75.69050898t,0r


Iterr t1_iue3wls wrote

I spy five airports. Can you find and name them all?


SwimmerJock t1_iu93rrn wrote

Must be from 2018-19, judging by the sole tower at Hudson Yards


quintsreddit t1_iu9fnd5 wrote

I was thinking the same thing; Brooklyn crossing isn’t up yet (by the Barclays center)


TonyzTone t1_iu9ls5v wrote

I’d agree with this. You can look at Queensboro Plaza and a lot of the buildings now there aren’t seen in this photo.


imalittlefrenchpress t1_iuakut9 wrote

Sometimes I can’t believe I was born and raised in this city. I still remember the skyline of the 1960s, pre Twin Towers. I’m not sure why, but this image evokes a lot of emotion in me.


cC2Panda t1_iuabph4 wrote

I think it's probably early 2018 or late 2017. 95 Hudson in Jersey City topped out in September 2018 and it looks about half finished.


137thaccount t1_iualg2m wrote

The building I am currently in isn’t in the photo ha


thorenv t1_iu8vjwx wrote

I can see my house sort of.


midtownguy70 t1_iu8yry1 wrote

Cool but old and missing a lot of prominent new skyscrapers. Hudson Yards in this shot has only one building near completion. It's a whole cluster now. 57th is missing several supertalls as well. The Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts are much more developed now. Also missing One Vanderbilt and Downtown Brooklyn is more built up now. Amazing how much development happened since this was captured.


JaredSeth t1_iu8zwho wrote

> Amazing how much development happened since this was captured.

In just 6 years. The satellite image is from 2016. You can see it among the photos on this page.


functor7 t1_iu9fbvn wrote

People complain about the super-thins as being ugly, but Hudson Yards is the most boring and grotesque group of skyscrapers in the city.


99hoglagoons t1_iu9gkfn wrote

This is a topic Jane Jacobs covered extensively. A successful neighborhood has to have a mix of old and new buildings. This is going to be a challenge when you are creating neighborhoods from scratch. See Canary Wharf in London or La Defense in Paris. Same energy as Hudson Yards. They all feel eerily detached from rest of the city.


midtownguy70 t1_iu9mskd wrote

A big part of the problem is the way big new buildings are designed at street level.

Retail footprints are large and tend to be rented to chain stores and sterile uses like bank branches- especially all of the prominent corner locations. It creates a feeling of boredom and sameness. The retail spaces face the sidewalk with mostly flat panels of glass and no appearance of individuality or interesting human sized features, no awnings or much of anything protruding or creating semi-protected space for outdoor activity. No variety of scale.

Often, one or two sides of a whole block are designed with dead zones that are nothing but loading docks, service zones and mechanical spaces.

Food is relegated to indoor "food courts" (often in windowless basements of all places), or everyone is eating out of trucks (but lots of coffee coffee coffee shops). Stick an "art gallery" here or there with colorful non-threatening works that the people in the adjacent new condos can match with a sofa. Instant "culture".

Plazas and public spaces are nicely planted but usually lack amenities beyond a few benches, if we're lucky. Open expanses offering little incentive to linger there. These neighborhoods from scratch could easily be designed to be more inviting and charming. A place like Hudson Yards provides locals with very few reasons to ever return, after a first curious walk through.


99hoglagoons t1_iu9rmru wrote

This is an excellent architectural critique of folly of developer maximized modern design. I have worked on projects that have a "better base". More human scaled. But this often requires giving up square footage above, and no developer in NYC is gonna do that. Every inch counts when it comes to leasable space. You end up with flat rectangles poking into the sky. You can't even add interesting awnings or similar elements because you are already up to the property line. Zoning laws are not written by people who are design inclined. But if you had no zoning, results would be even worse.


JTP1228 t1_iuacsvr wrote

Not to mention this picture isn't even all of NYC. It 3 Boroughs and NJ


EssentiaBottle t1_iu8wt8j wrote

Interesting, but I want it to see to the right, Harlem and up are basically totally excluded


[deleted] t1_iu8z6ej wrote

It's usually the case.


BaronUnterbheit t1_iu91z6i wrote

It’s like people forget that the Bronx exists


Switch30 t1_iu8ycdu wrote

Looks flat to me


datatadata t1_iu98yg4 wrote

When was this taken? This must be prior to 2019 at least. I don't see some of the recent developments that happened the last 3 years or so


maverick4002 t1_iu9kw78 wrote

This is an older picture, no? LIC is more developed now


Skizm t1_iu9spcx wrote

Hey, that’s my apartment!


UnrefinedOre t1_iubfh72 wrote

This looks so cool. Almost feels like it's from Cities Skyline or Sim City.

There's something about the scale that changes the perspective of understanding, almost like we can imagine feeling the density based on the spikiness/roughness of the building heights.


TonyzTone t1_iu9liun wrote

For a city known for its height and density, it’s crazy to think how much of that height is really just office space.


HFDguy t1_iu9weis wrote

It’s cute how Hoboken is trying to “me too!!”


Consistent-Height-79 t1_iublodp wrote

Yeah it seems it can’t quite compete! But 60,000 residents in 1.2 square miles living in brownstones, low rises and mid-rises is impressive.


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pangloss8 t1_iu9y7u2 wrote

That’s cool! I can see my apartment building very clearly!


phillyceez t1_iu9zczg wrote

It’s cool to zoom in and spot all the different neighborhoods that I’ve actually walked through Amazing clarity I wonder what the exact elevation was


fasulo_ t1_iua4b7x wrote

I can see my house from there


winstonpartell t1_iuai48e wrote

so the scale is exact ? i.e. bulding size vs land size


christiabm1 t1_iuakn3o wrote

Damn, even in photos folks don’t care about after 96th street. (Here about 110th.) Though, ain’t New York City without the Bronx! Ahhhh, to be privileged. 🙌


PlNG t1_iuann7o wrote

😍 Any chance of getting this for long island counties?


JudgeJuryJncos t1_iuasfu5 wrote

I would love to see more cities in this view. Not just US cities but all over the world. Especially all those Chinese cities that are bigger than NYC


kevinjamesfan_6 t1_iuaym21 wrote

I have a picture somewhere of NYC from this angle out of a plane window. Looks so cool to see the whole city at this angle


mcwm t1_iub9csw wrote

This is awesome, though it might be quite old as there are no skyscrapers in north Greenpoint, and there's now half a dozen.


nycdiveshack t1_iube8ai wrote

Is it weird I could spot hunter college in less than 5 seconds


squatter_ t1_iubluhy wrote

This is bitchin. Gives me such a better view of Queens and Brooklyn especially.


helloder27 t1_iuchqgj wrote

Yeah it's time they declare Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken as a part of NYC at least for transit and planning purposes instead of Staten Island which didn't even make this picture.


neurogramer t1_iucz9nv wrote

It’s pre mid 2017 but definitely after 2015. The House building at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island started construction in 2015 and opened in fall 2017, but I do not see it in the image.


medicaldude t1_iudtn4r wrote

I have this print framed and hanging in my house. So fun to point out little places we’ve been


PurpleCopper t1_iuh5oeg wrote

huh, the outer boroughs are pretty damn flat, even manhattan is only marginally taller except for midtown and downtown.


LokiHavok t1_iu9zky2 wrote

Didn't know Williamsburg had such tall structures. Don't remember that when I was there.


lungleg t1_iuawqzl wrote


I mean seriously crop Jersey out of that shit.


htt-papi t1_iuayz9c wrote

bro is just parroting his sense of humor from 2012


Any_Foundation_9034 t1_iub6qq8 wrote

Ah yes, wonderful views of NY. Such great technology.

Meanwhile all photos of earth are CGI.



pazuzovich t1_iuafna0 wrote

Damn, the place is lousy with buildings.


yiannistheman t1_iu92g3c wrote

It's a satellite view, I think they could have at least had the decency to get NYC, and not just Manhattan and slivers of Brooklyn and Queens (along with Jersey).


kjuneja t1_iu8tp02 wrote

Houston up to midtown needs to size up.

NYC needs to redo air rights.

Hold an auction and mandate builders start building UP immediately


oanda t1_iu8yn8n wrote

Can’t auction off what isn’t yours. Not how it works.


kjuneja t1_iu9pzsm wrote

Obviously there are existing rights holders in play.

It's simple: Use it or lose it.

Compensate the losers and move on with life.

Can't be held hostage by those that think small.

Rezone areas up creating more air rights.


midtownguy70 t1_iu9o4t6 wrote

You would need another mandate to ensure all of the interesting retail, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and street life down there isn't obliterated by the way those buildings are designed at street level. You know (or maybe you don't) those low rise neighborhoods are where people actually go to hang out and feel the real pulse of city life. The city is better by having a mixture of low rise and high rise. Plenty of places to build up elsewhere without razing the last incredibly vibrant and unique neighborhoods in Manhattan.


kjuneja t1_iu9qhnm wrote

>You would need another mandate to ensure all of the interesting retail, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and street life down there isn't obliterated by the way those buildings are designed at street level. You know (or maybe you don't) those low rise neighborhoods are where people actually go to hang out and feel the real pulse of city life. The city is better by having a mixture of low rise and high rise. Plenty of places to build up elsewhere without razing the last incredibly vibrant and unique neighborhoods in Manhattan.

This is all mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing.

"Feel the real pulse" ... Ok dude you got it. Hook me up


midtownguy70 t1_iua0con wrote

It's only mumbo jumbo to someone who remains willfully ignorant and has no understanding of New York City neighborhoods. Either you are annoyingly young and immature or you have never spent more than a week in New York. "Dude".


kjuneja t1_iua1nsd wrote

Lots of unfounded conjecture from an internet tough guy who gets easily offended ... dude.


midtownguy70 t1_iua2k7e wrote

Refuting absurd recommendations for urban planning by a basement dweller who's cranky because his mom is late with his lunch.


kjuneja t1_iua3c3i wrote

Now you're using ad homs? Yikes.


midtownguy70 t1_iua4gg7 wrote

You must expect a hand job after all that attitude you showed up with


thorenv t1_iu8vinx wrote

It’s not that simple. Mostly the tallest buildings are where the best bedrock is.


SoggyWaffleBrunch t1_iu905ic wrote

> Mostly the tallest buildings are where the best bedrock is.

I've actually heard from a Columbia professor that is an urban legend, despite also being taught that in university myself as an engineer lol

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thorenv t1_iu91oa7 wrote

It is still true where the bedrock is close to the surface. It’s only that you can build up where there is no bedrock too. I mean, if they can build a leaning tower of tech bros in SF I’m sure they can build up Manhattan. But I like the layout as well. The low buildings generally have more character than the glass monsters built since 9/11.


Aggressive_Echo_1652 t1_iuahsho wrote

Wowwwww... I just can't get over how there's like no open land besides central park and a few very small other probably parks. I live in the largest city, land wise, in America and feel kinda claustrophobic, I'd go crazy living in New York!!! Beautiful picture tho.


Consistent-Height-79 t1_iubl41v wrote

In Manhattan, NYC, and Hudson County, there are quite a number of parks and gardens… verdant, and full of people enjoying them. Some larger than Central Park even, and some little ones tended by local residents. Given that the largest cities land-wise in the US are in Alaska, we can’t compete with those open spaces. If you’re in an actual large city with over 1 million people and lots of square miles, that would be Houston, and despite the more “open” spaces, the car culture would be draining for me.


mr_birkenblatt t1_iubn2jn wrote

> Houston, and despite the more “open” spaces

you mean parking lots?


noliquor t1_iu93qre wrote

Thats allot of bricks & not a single tree. Billions and billions of rats live down there


nynyb t1_iu96nib wrote

Yeah there’s like millions of trees


midtownguy70 t1_iu9oivt wrote

More trees than you can ever imagine, having never set foot here.