The Long Road Home by Barry Yanowitz in Coney Island, New York, USA

The Long Road Home

Name:Barry Yanowitz

Place you live: Brooklyn, NY.

Place your photo was taken: Coney Island

Can you sum up Brooklyn? Brooklyn is impossible to sum up, but I will say this:  where else in the world can you walk only ten blocks and get exposed to such a wide range of neighborhoods, architectures, streetscapes, and characters?

Occupation: Technical Account Manager + Photographer.

Preoccupation: Capturing *that* moment on film.  And again, and again, and again…

A perfect day in Brooklyn? Hanging out on a nice sunny autumn day and watching the sunset from Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Walk the Brooklyn Bridge into DUMBO and see the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Then take the F train to Prospect Park and wander around the beautiful lake.   Get back on the F train and continue south all the way to the last stop: Coney Island.  Ride the Wonder Wheel (swinging cars of course!), then watch the sunset from the beach.

A perfect meal? There are tons of amazing restaurants here and foodies will debate which is the best for hours, but I’ll list a simple pleasure here.  Get a square slice of pizza at Spumoni Gardens. Actually, get two.

What is the best thing about your spot? I live in the northern part of Brooklyn between the Brooklyn & Manhattan bridges and the views are amazing.  A photographers’s paradise.

What is the worst? Sometimes this part of Brooklyn feels more like an annex of Manhattan.  I joke with my friends that this isn’t the real Brooklyn – they need to go south for an authentic experience. 😉

A little known fact about where you live? Our neighborhood is home to Plymouth Church, an important spot in the Underground Railroad, which helped slaves escape the south in the 1800s.

Where is your favorite place in the world? A tough one for me, because I’d probably give a different answer each time I was asked.  But the answer I’d give most often is New York City.

Who are your three favorite photographers? This answer is also likely to change quite frequently, but lately I’ve been returning to many of the original street photography masters for inspiration:  Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus.