Harlem streets and rooftops at sunset

View from my bed.

When the sun licks just lightly the top of the trees and buildings and hugs them with its warm, comforting hues, that’s when I like to go and photograph Harlem. Sometimes, I run on the streets, right around the circle on 110th by the Frederick Douglass statue, everything looks so calm and serene, particularly when skaters are not occupying the circle. Sometimes, I just sit on my couch and admires the soft yellow, pink, and orange tinted clouds right above Morningside Park and Harlem rooftops. I also like to go on the roof to stare at other roofs. You can tell a lot about people based on what they decide to do with their roofs.

My favorite roof is filled with flowers and plants, and right behind all of the foliage, a nice comfy couch is tucked away, for reading, I imagine. It belongs to a couple just across the street. Sometimes, I can see them moving around their garden together, watering and tending to their plants.

I love my Harlem views. I love walking around Harlem streets. Especially around sunset, right before dusk. Enjoy these beautiful pictures from Harlem.

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  1. maimusings
    October 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous pictures. My three favorites are the ones with the sunsetting and the buildings/skylines. Tres jolie Paola.

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    • findingpaola
      October 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

      I know you do. ;) It’s your home away from home.

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  2. Gyption
    October 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome photos Paola and I love your descriptive writeup too. I’m kind of a country boy but love the city as well.
    Sorry if I missed you saying it a previous post, but what kind of camera do you use? It works very well with various lighting.

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    • findingpaola
      October 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much! I use a Nikon D5000. I’ve been messing around with the Manual settings. Before, I was all about Auto and “night setting”. Haha!

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    • findingpaola
      October 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Matt! A serious response?! I’m so surprised! Haha

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      • mbs
        October 10, 2012 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

        Serious response? Then you like what I did to the picture?

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        • findingpaola
          October 10, 2012 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

          I decided to ignore that part.

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  3. Meghan Johnson
    October 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh Paola, this light! I can’t handle it. Dusk (and very early morning) is my favorite time of day.

    The way you describe your home so beautifully makes me think of the city in a new way (in a new light perhaps?). I love seeing it through your eyes!

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    • findingpaola
      October 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, this makes me happy. As a person who enjoys yoga, I always picture myself waking up at dawn to admire the city on the roof, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m afraid I’m a night owl.

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