street scenes

February 10, 2012 |  Category:   nyc photography

Like many people, I’ve been using Instagram a lot more these days to capture snapshots as I move through my day, especially when I’m outside. Beats lugging around a big camera. Seems freeing and I feel like I’m more likely to take street scenes with my phone than I would if I were whipping out a huge camera. There’s a calmness to these shots. Even in a big bustling city, it’s possible to find quiet corners and alleys.


From top:
1. Nolita/Soho
2. Night time in the East Village, 9th street
3. The Cooper Union building, my old art college.
4. A cobblestone street at the edge of Soho/Chinatown
5. Woodside, Queens
6. A corner in our Brooklyn neighborhood

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  • meg w February 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    i LOVE these photos… they are such a beautiful slice of new york city! i was just wondering – do you love living in Brooklyn? my husband and i visited new york for the first time in october, and we both thought that if (when?) we move there, we’d love to live in brooklyn. it’s so beautiful, and peaceful!

  • Magda February 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I have always dreamed of traveling to New York, ever since I was very young. It seemed so far away. (I’m from Greece).
    Your photos of the city always make me feel like I’m there, and everything looks exactly like I was expecting it to.
    Thank you.

  • Diane February 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Beautiful, how you’ve captured these street scenes. Love the new redesign of your blog too. Very nice!

  • 3lin February 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I am really amaze with the picture. Really beautiful…

  • Erin February 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for these street scenes! My mom, sister and I are flying out to NYC for 5 days in March, and I am so excited to finally get to experience your city up close. These photos have put me in the mood to do some trip-planning tonight!

    Happy Weekend, Jenna.

  • Alicia February 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Careful on that “corner near our apartment in Brooklyn.” This past Tuesday, as I was crossing 5th Street at 4th Ave, a guy came and stole my iPhone 4 out of my hands as I was using it, ran and got into a car that drove away. I volunteer at the PS Infusion Center, so I’m there weekly. It was a) traumatizing and b) really upsetting to lose my iPhone 4 considering cell phone contracts, now I’m back on a borrowed 3G and I haven’t even touched it, let alone instagrammed with it! Just wanted to give you a heads up, Jenna!

  • Faith @ Ordinary Mommy Design February 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    What lovely photos! I haven’t been into the city in so long; I’m really starting to miss it.

  • Jess February 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    You may be right! I feel self conscious at times and let a photo opportunity pass me by because I don’t want to pull out my camera. I’m going to give my iPhone a try. I have only ever used it when shopping and want a second opinion on a potential purchase.

  • Jasmine February 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Amazing shots. Instagram is wonderful. I keep telling myself I need to carry my DSLR around more, but Instagram just makes quick little shots so EASY!

  • Katie February 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

    i love the sunlight in these pictures!
    katie x

  • Laure February 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    in love with your fabulous city!!!!!

  • Jenna February 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    @Alicia sorry to hear that and hope you are feeling better and safer. It’s always traumatizing to be violated like that. Glad you were not hurt. That said, I wouldn’t post anything that made me feel uncomfortable. Appreciate the heads up.

  • Eva-Lotta February 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Lovely photos. I live in the Netherlands and it’s funny to see a Dutch “bakfiets” bike on the last one. 🙂
    It was great to find you on Instagram, have been reading and loving your blog for a while now, albeit silently.

  • Lucent Imagery February 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I love these photos. I agree that it is possible to find quietness in the city. I haven’t yet got a smart phone – I was resisting and now I think I’m ready to embrace it because I imagine all the phone snaps I would take. I feel like I’m very much in New York streets in my mind at the moment, having just watched the Bill Cunningham documentary yesterday.

  • silke February 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

    new york is so beautiful! I love the way you are looking on sceneries! thanks.

  • Misha February 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    oh man, I’m going to miss this when I move 🙁
    These are fabulous shots!

  • Susan February 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nice shots…totally addicted to Instagram. I just started ordering mine to create an album.

  • Diana February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love your photos. I know you said a lot were taken with your phone…but when you shoot with DSLR what camera do you use? I am new to photography but I noticed how your exposure is perfect in every shot! Will you post what you shoot with and favorite lens?

    Thanks, Diana

  • Jenna February 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    @Diana You can find camera equipment info on our FAQ page!