An Englishman in New York: A Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, a set on Flickr.
Last month, when I visited the US to campaign for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the 11th anniversary of its opening, I took part in events in Washington D.C. and McLean, Virginia from January 10 to 12, and in New York on January 13, which I made available in photo sets here, here and here. An archive of various articles relating to my visit — and videos of my appearances — can be found here.
However, I arrived in New York on the evening of January 7, and didn’t leave until the evening of January 16, so I had plenty of time to wander around New York — specifically Manhattan and Brooklyn, where I was staying with my friend, the secretive blogger known as The Talking Dog, and his family. The ‘Dog has been my friend since September 2007, when we first met over the phone, as he interviewed me for his excellent ongoing series of interviews with people involved with the Guantánamo story, just after the publication of my book The Guantánamo Files, and I first visited him and stayed with him in March 2008, during my first ever visit to America.
This set of photos, the first of eleven sets from New York (plus two from Washington D.C.), was taken on January 8, my first full day in the city, when it was unseasonably warm, the sun shone magnificently, and my host escorted me on a walk from the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge into Lower Manhattan. We then parted ways. The ‘Dog went to his office, while I wandered through the financial district, down to Battery park — somewhere I have always wanted to visit — before walking back up through Lower Manhattan, and then back across the Brooklyn Bridge as dusk fell.
There are five sets from this adventure — plus a sixth from January 8, as, after returning home to Brooklyn, I set out once more through the dark night to capture a few glimpses of the million lights of the Manhattan skyline from the former docks, which was quite an experience!
I’ll be posting these other sets in due course, but for now I hope you enjoy the first part of my journey of discovery in New York — from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a journey I’d repeat again and again if I actually lived in New York, rather than just feeling like I do whenever I visit — because of the great vibe of New York and the great hospitality of my many friends in the city.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Beverly Hendricks wrote:
Really enjoyed these pictures of my city of residence (Manhattan), Andy.
Thanks, Beverly. That’s great to hear! More photos to follow – and then I’ll be itching for another visit!
Beverly Hendricks wrote:
Sorry I missed meeting you, and hearing you speak, Andy. Next time!
Yes, I very much hope so, Beverly. It would be lovely to meet you!
there is nowere like new york is there i lived just of christopher st for a year in the 90s there realy is nowere like new york but for me now i prefer sanfrandisco,lol and california
Yes, I love it, Damo. I also like San Francisco and the Bay Area, but not as much as NYC. Haven’t made it out to LA yet …
Louise Gordon wrote:
Wow! Spectacular photographs!
Thanks, Louise! That’s great to hear.
Amina Amatullah wrote:
Nice! Are you planning on doing any lectures anywhere in NY?
I hope to do speaking events the next time I visit, Amina, but I don’t know when that will be. It looks like a visit is on the cards for September, but I’d love to visit sooner if anyone knows of any organizations or institutions that could fund the airfare!
Christopher John Webster wrote:
really great Andy, your eye for pattern, composition and perspective is as sharp as ever…
Thanks, Chris. That’s lovely to hear!
california is wonderfull i mean realy wonderfull ,the light ,the warm,la is a bit revolting thow well the people are ..everyones an actress,lol the drive from la to san fran is something eles on the pacific coast highway magical you must go dear,lol
One of these days, Damo. I have good friends there. I’m hoping some sort of event will be lined up this year, so that I can finally visit. It’s not intuitively my kind of city, though, as I don’t drive. Perhaps bikes are becoming more popular?!
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