In 2004, my wife and I took a trip to New York to visit her dad. While we were there, we took a couple days to explore Manhattan. My wife, growing up on Long Island, had been to NYC many times. It was my first trip.
This photo was taken at dusk from the corner of 8th Avenue and 42nd Street as we made our way back to catch the train to Long Island. I like the colors and the hustle and bustle of 42nd Street.
Much has changed in the fifteen years since our visit. Loew’s Theatre, the left, and Empire Theater, on the right, are now Regency and AMC Theaters. Villa Pizza, under the Chevy’s sign, is still there, as is Madame Toussaud’s. Personally, I’m not a fan of the consolidation of small independent businesses into huge corporations. I value individuality over chain stores.
I’d love to visit Manhattan again, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the future has in store.