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Uncovering The Many Hidden Faces Of New York City's Facades

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Welcome to All in the Details, a new semi-regular series in which New York city photographers offer us glimpses of little-noticed, under-appreciated architectural elements that appear on buildings across the city. First up, fine art photographer Bob Estremera compiles an assortment of faces on facades. Have an idea for a future installment? Send it to the tipline, please.


Especially as the weather gets colder, New Yorkers are less and less likely to crane their necks upward to check out the architectural details present on many pre-war buildings. Even if they were willing to brave the chill, many of the city's best, most nuanced features are out of sight, either too high up or otherwise obscured from most pedestrians' field of view. That's where photographers with giant lenses come in. Bob Estremera has documented countless little nuances of city architecture; he opts to keep his images black-and-white in order to make the little things stand out in a suitably dramatic fashion. These are all in Manhattan, but we shall venture to other boroughs soon. UPDATE: Many of the images below were taken as part of Town Residential's Look Up New York ad campaign celebrating NYC architecture, which launched earlier this year. More photos—91 days' worth, in fact—can be found at its official site.) Please, sit back and enjoy the tour.

· Bob Estremera Photography [official]
· Look Up New York [Town]
· Sepia Tones archive [Curbed]