Over the East River
The Financial District of Manhattan is a vast, sprawling area that runs west from Brooklyn Bridge to the World Trade Center then straight down to Battery Park and the New York Harbor. A heaving architectural free-for-all that arrogantly ignores the newer and more disciplined ‘grid’ system of streets and avenues to the north of it. Huge brick and steel monuments to success and power dominate every corner increasing in size and engineered glory the closer you get to Wall Street, and the heart of this district. Love or hate its symbolism, fear or embrace its dynamic of winner and loser, it is the proud and (slightly) tarnished monolith that the city was built around.
If you can forget all that it stands for and are capable of just breathing in the sheer magnificence of its skyline without questioning the pros and cons of its existence, then just before the sun sinks into New Jersey, the view from Brooklyn Bridge Park over the East River is simply awe inspiring.