Erinn Springer is the photographer of the The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York city guide. She was born in Wisconsin and moved to New York where she studied at Parsons. In 2015 she graduated from the NYC campus in Communication Design with a minor in Photography. She now works as a freelance photographer and documentarian. She is based in New York but travels often for personal and client projects. Her work centers on human connection and the portraiture of people and place. These are 5 places in New York that inspire her.
Beach 3 St. to Beach 153 St.
and Boardwalk to Atlantic Ocean
Most New Yorkers feel their summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to this beach on the Rockaway peninsula, on the south shore of Long Island. There’s lots to do: there are playgrounds and other outdoor activities, as well as cool bars and good restaurants. Swimmers and especially surfers love it, because of the surfing beach of course – it’s the only legal surfing beach in the city. It gets really busy each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, but the time to go is when no one else is there; then the beach very isolated and calm, and becomes a great place for taking some beautiful photos.
Russel St. & Monitor St.
Between Nassau Ave. & Driggs Ave.
This park isn’t too big and unlike most parks in NYC it has al lot of grassy patches with trees, which are separated from the winding pedestrian paths by iron railings. It’s a green and peaceful spot, where you’ll also find three public monuments: an elegant and triumphant crescent-shaped shelter pavilion, built in 1910; a statue of the Angel of Peace, put up in 1923 in remembrance of the men from Greenpoint who served in WW I; and the John Ericsson monument, erected in 1938 in honour of the engineer who designed the USA’s first ironclad ship, called the Monitor. The monument shows a heroic male nude.
New York’s private rooftops are the place to go if you’re looking for unique, spectacular, enchanting, mesmerizing views of the city. Any photographer who gets the chance to get up there will find it’s an opportunity they can’t let slip.
This small street deep in the heart of Chinatown is one of the very few streets in Manhattan bent at a nearly 90-degree angle. It’s nicknamed the ‘Bloody Angle’ because of its bloody past: it has probably seen the most gang violence in the history of the city. It was the scene of a massive fight between two Chinese gangs in 1905: many people were killed and it was the start of a years-long gang war, fought by gangsters with hatchets. Today Doyers Street is lined with tourist shops, hair salons and the occasional hipster bar. During the day it’s often filled with tourists looking for an authentic Chinese feel, most likely without knowing about the alley’s past. That’s why it’s more interesting to photograph Doyers Street at night; then you can still capture that authentic feel.
Williamsburg Industrial Park
This used to be, as the name says, and industrial area, but in recent years many of the bigger factories have left, and now the smaller ones are trying hard to keep up with the rising rents, which are the direct result of the gentrification of the area. You’ll find a mix of houses, hotels, music venues, restaurants and so on here, but luckily also some manufacturers and workshops to help maintain that sometimes somewhat deserted industrial feel.