This photo may explain why there is a Moon over Manhattan.
I came upon this juxtaposition one early evening in early May, 2007. The crane was stationed on East 32nd St. in Manhattan. I took this shot looking east from 2nd Ave. This is not a Photoshop trick folks -- just a lucky shot.
Well, it was a lucky shot, of course -- but it also took some positioning and some daring on my part to stand in the middle of 2nd Ave. as cars barreled down on me. To get this shot I had to stand exactly at the right spot (and I do mean spot), steady my nerves (and hands) and take the shot before the cars could reached me. Those rush-hour NYC drivers DID NOT seem to be willing to slow down for me.
It's amazing how quickly the moon moves across the sky. Normally, this is almost imperceptible... unless, that is, you try to align the moon with something (such as a stationary crane) only to realize, 20 seconds later, that the Moon has moved. I took about 8 shots during this sequence and had to reposition myself 3 times.
As of 5/30/07 the crane was still there. The moon, however, has since moved on.
Thank you to all the bloggers who blogged this image to their sites and made this my most popular image.
NOTE: Thanks to www.badastronomy.com for blogging this photo!