That was my first camera, my father's first camera, and my grandpa's first camera. This guy got a lot of stories to tell. Almost 100 years of visual storytelling.

By Lucas Compan, a guest storyteller

I live in New York for more than nine years now. If there is one thing that I love about this city is the number of skyscrapers and how many different angles you can take a picture.

Well, the truth is that since I am a kid I love taking pictures. That is why my dad gave me a camera when I was just 14 years old. It was a Zeiss Novar Anastigmatic, made in Germany. That was my first camera, my father's first camera, and my grandpa's first camera. This guy on the picture below got a lot of stories to tell. Almost 100 years of visual storytelling. I still have the camera. We can tell amazing stories with just images.

I am not a professional photographer. I just love taking pictures. All the time. My iPhone is my favorite camera these days. I have even written an eBook to share some of my tips and bits of advice, on how to take better photos with your iPhone. If you'd like to download it for free, just click on the button below, and fill out the form with your name and email. I will email it to you.

Click here to get your free eBook "10 Quick Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your iPhone."

So this way, next time you are visiting New York, you will take advantage of that powerful tool you have in your pocket: your phone.

Some of my pictures of The Empire State Building.

New York City is defined by its skyline—the silhouette created by Manhattan's buildings is instantly recognizable and utterly mesmerizing. In fact, NYC is home to more than 200 buildings measuring 500 feet or taller, roughly double that of its closest US competitor. You can appreciate the skyline's grandeur from the observation decks atop the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock and revel in its scope from lower vantage points like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

Two of my favorite spots to observe the city:

1. Long Island City Piers: to get there, take the 7 train and get off at Vernont Boulevard, in Queens, one stop away from Grand Central Station if you are coming from Manhattan;


2. Hoboken, in New Jersey: at 34th Street / Herald Square subway stop, you can take the PATH train heading to Hoboken. In just twelve minutes you will be in Hoboken.

If you are in Long Island City (LIC) you can view Manhattan from the East River. In Hoboken, you have a different angle from the Hudson River. In Manhattan, you can view the skyscrapers from the streets. A friend of mine told me during his first visit to New York, looking at the skyscrapers: "The best way to experience New York is with someone carrying you on a stretcher."  Ha! True.

Check out a slide presentation with useful info about the tallest buildings in New York


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