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Now and then, I manage to leave Central Park to shoot elsewhere in the city. Architecture is always challenging, especially trying to figure out if the building will be all the way in the frame on the negative. Here are a few favorite buildings.

This is the James Duke House at 78th Street and Fifth Avenue, one of the surviving mansions from Millionaire’s Row, now part of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

The angular Church of our Savior is on Park Avenue at 38th Street.

This is the lovely promenade along the East River in Carl Schurz Park in the East 80’s.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art! Enough said.

This gorgeous building is the Temple Emanu-el on Fifth Avenue at 65th Street.

St. Jean Baptiste Church sits on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 76th Street.

And finally the Guggenheim, crouched on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street.

If you’re wondering why the streets of New York seem strangely empty, it’s because each exposure is between 30 and 60 seconds, so anyone who walks through the frame doesn’t appear on the negative. Also, I prefer shooting in the early morning, both for the light and for the lack of pedestrians. It’s the best way to avoid that one person who insists on standing in the middle of my shot, rooted to the spot, staring at his phone.