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A Very Quick Guide for New York City in the Summer

Ben Ashby

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New York City is a most magical place to spend the summer. The city truly comes to life. There is an energy that fills the entirety of the boroughs and becomes infectious. This is a very brief list of must stop summer stops in and around New York City.

A summer trip into The City includes a variety of stops, but it is imperative to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The shows, museums, and exhibits are the perfect rainy day and winter destination…but for the summer…use this time to walk The City. Our trip inside The City was a project for HotelTonight. The idea was that we’d explore our own city. We decided to stay at The Evelyn on 27th and 7th because of how close it was to being in the middle of all we wanted to do. A few short blocks from Macy’s, the Empire State Building, and several parks made it perfect.

When staying in Midtown a visit to the top of the Empire State Building is a must…but do it at night, like late. The lines will be short and you’ll get a magical view of New York at night.

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While you’re in the area stop at Flat Iron for a building of New York’s iconic triangular building. The light is best here mid morning or at sunset. Earlier in the day will help prevent shadows from ruining your images. Run across the street for a quick tour with of Eatily, one of my favorite chain stores in the city. Modeled after Italian markets this place has everything from gelato and espresso to fresh vegetables, cheeses, and meats. The environment is so good at this location. You can also visit the downtown one for it’s views of lower Manhattan.

In the area you’ll also want to visit Macy’s. The largest department store in the world. Be sure to check out the special STORY store within a store on the balcony level. It features dozens of products by makers and changes with each season.

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While you’re heading west and the avenue numbers are getting bigger take a moment to run in BH Photo Video. Its a wonderland of camera and tech gear. The staff will be able to answer and questions you’ve ever had about cameras and gear. They are closed on Saturdays. From there head over to the newly opened Hudson Yards to check out The Vessel. There is typically a wait to get onto it. Allow for extra time. This area gives sweeping views of the Hudson River and of New Jersey.

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Once you’re done at Hudson Yards step onto The Highline and start making your way downtown….and that is where our next city guide will pick up.

For this trip we stayed at The Everlyn in Midtown. We found the deal with HotelTonight. HotelTonight now allows you to book any time anywhere and offers extra daily discounts on one hotel in your desired area. We ended up getting an amazing discount on our hotel simply by using the app. On HotelTonight use code “BASHBY8” for $25 off your next hotel stay!

PHOTOGRAPHY: ME + @ethanbarber.co

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Fujifilm’s X-E2S in Tribeca || A Review

Ben Ashby

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Over the past month we asked Tribeca based photographer Ethan Barber to play around with the Fujifilm X-E2S and give us his thoughts about the camera and its ability to take shots around the city. We wanted to see how a mid level camera could handle content production and would aid in production with its easy to use interface and built in wifi. 

 


Over the course of the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to try the Fujifilm X-E2S. As a full-time graphic designer who commutes into Tribeca each day from northern New Jersey; portability is one of the most important factors in a camera for me. Having a small bag, space quickly fills up with my laptop, snacks, and assorted winter gear. My old DSLR was bulky and heavy, but I lugged it around because the quality of photos I was able to capture with it were worth it. Switching over to this Fuji, I was able to capture photos with the same quality and depth as my DSLR, but with the lightweight feel and smaller body that this mirrorless camera packs. Despite its deceivingly small size, it easily compares to much more expensive and larger cameras currently on the market.

 

This camera is perfect for:

  1. Entry-level photographers
  2. Photographers who need to save on space.
  3. Small weekend trips and quick portraits.
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Historic Staple Street Skybridge | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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Duane Street | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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Greenwich Street | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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The Corner of Crosby and Broome | Soho || FujiFilm XE2S

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Building entryway on West Broadway | Tribeca|| FujiFilm XE2S

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The intersection of Broadway and Howard | Soho || FujiFilm XE2S

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Church Street | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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West Broadway | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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Church Street | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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Historic Staple Street Skybridge | Tribeca || FujiFilm XE2S

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Corner of Howard and Crosby | Soho || FujiFilm XE2S

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Corner of Howard and Crosby | Soho || FujiFilm XE2S

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Lower Manhattan skyline | Hoboken, NJ || FujiFilm XE2S

Special thanks to Ethan Barber for reviewing this camera. See more of his work:

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To Check out the camera CLICK HERE