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Photo by Scott Matthews, who is one of the judges of our contest (this photo is not one of the entries in the contest).

Fireworks pop, lightning crashes, two people kiss on a snowy night in Central Park, a lone street vendor cooks a late meal on 86th street. The photos submitted for our photo contest show the drama and beauty of the Upper West Side. What a fantastic group! Thank you to everyone who sent them in.

The winner of a dinner for two at Telepan will be determined based in part on the poll at the bottom of this post, and in part on scores from our judges. You can vote for up to three photos (the number associated with each photo is located directly beneath the photo, along with a caption and name). The voting will stop at 5 p.m. EST on Monday and we plan to announce the winner tonight. Remember, because judges will also be voting on this and the judges’ votes count for more than 50% of the total score, the winner of the poll below is not necessarily the winner of the contest.

1. In front of the Loews on 68th and Broadway. Photo by Mike Sorrentino.

2. At 72nd and Amsterdam. Kori Stanton.

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3. From atop the Alameda on 84th street looking south. Matthew Rosario.

4. Looking south from the Great Lawn. Janice Maffei.

5. New Year’s fireworks over the Upper West Side before the Midnight Run in Central Park. Barbara Adler.

6. The Reservoir. Anthony Hello.

7. The Delacorte Theater at a showing of The Tempest. Dave Browning.

8. New Year’s fireworks. Susan Nial.

9. Snowy winter’s night on Broadway. Ellen Cohen.

10. Full moon rising, from 68th street. Cindy Stern.

11. Pomander Walk. Natalie Weiss.

12. Snowy night. Mary McManus.

13. Pomander Walk at night in the rain. William Ramirez.

14. Gingko tree. Marion Richman.

15. 72nd Street Station. Kalliope Amorphous.

16. From Riverside Park at dusk. Marie Walsh.

17. Midsummer night’s moon. Daniel Modell.

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18. “I was out walking my dog very early one morning (4am or so) and we rounded the corner of 72nd onto Columbus when we came upon this scene. It was so odd to see this display outside of Scott J, I really did a double take. My guess is some of the hair dressers were having a bit of fun after hours posing these heads.” Tara Dowd.

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19. “The lights of the UWS.” Linda Biel.

20. From across the Reservoir. Jonathan Schwarzberg.

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21. UWS in the snow. Paul Lashin.

22. Ringing in the New Year with fireworks. Jill Corcoran.

23. Lesly A. Piñol.

24. On Amsterdam Avenue. Ann Miller.

25. Charles Gleberman.

26. Riverside Park (February 2010). Pablo Navarro.

27. Amsterdam Avenue snow squall. Karen Keating.

28. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. Matt Weiss.

29. Evening on the Hudson. Eva Ting.

30. Edward Amber.

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31. “I shot this photo out of our apartment window looking north from 67th street during a spring thunderstorm in 2004. I had the camera set up to take sequential exposures hoping to get a shot of the lightning.” Charles Brush.

32. Taken from the 44th floor at 67th street and Broadway. Angela Kuhl-Gevert.

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33. Holiday View of Dante Park and the Hotel Empire at Lincoln Center. Randy Enochs.

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34. “A bird’s eye look at West 72 Street where Broadway and Amsterdam crisscross- My favorite view of the city and quintessential Upper West Side.” Maria Betzios.

35. Holiday lights on Columbus Avenue. Stan Solomon.

36. Pax. Stephen Gomes.

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37. Nighttime ride down Columbus Ave. Andrew Arvin.

38. Just before dawn. B. Carter.

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39. “This is me and my dog, Alice, in Central Park by W 72nd St. on New Years Eve last week.” Joe Simon.

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40. March 2015 on 107th Street between Broadway and Riverside. Maria Giacchino.

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41. The El Dorado towers. Elizabeth Meszaros.

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42. Columbus between 67th and 68th street. “On the Upper West Side, students, celebrities, and locals alike all rely on the neighborhood vendor for their fruit fix. And, with a bevy of complex piping and lighting, he stays up late no matter what the weather.” Cody Pope.

43. Christmas trees, Kiehl’s and Starbucks on Colombus Avenue at 67th Street. Yves Lefebvre.

44. From the Pier at Night. Bil Moody.

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45. A bridge in Central Park looking towards the Upper West at night. Michael Noonan.

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46. Holiday lights at Columbia. Christy T.

47. Late night on West 86th street. Dee Kim.

48. Full moon from 72nd street facing north with the San Remo on the right. Kimberly Fitzmaurice.

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49. From 73rd Street looking north during a thunderstorm over the summer. Gerry Padden.

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50. New Year’s fireworks. Adrienne Rodriguez.

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51. “I took this photo of the corner 81st and Columbus from my living room window on a very cold night in late November (2015), during what turned out to be a surprisingly beautiful sunset for this time of year. My favorite thing about this photo (aside from the sky) is the lamp light glowing from so many windows. To me it captures how warm and inviting our neighborhood feels, even on the coldest of nights.” Kelly Granito.

52. A wintry night at the Museum. Alison Sutker.

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53. Riverside Park by night. Anna Obraztsova.

54. A warm kiss on a cold night in Central Park. Stacey Bramhall.

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55. “The view from here.” Dan Shulman.

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56. Silhouettes at Lincoln Center. Irina Damjanovic.

57. Christmas Eve moon at Columbus Circle. Guy Mascioli.

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58. Nighttime at the Ansonia. Joseph Bolanos.

Please vote for your 3 favorites below.

Update, 5 p.m.: the poll is now closed. We will announce later tonight who won the contest based on this poll and the judges’ scores.

Please select your 3 favorite photos in our nighttime photo contest

  • 56 (11%, 89 Votes)
  • 9 (8%, 68 Votes)
  • 49 (6%, 47 Votes)
  • 45 (5%, 42 Votes)
  • 3 (5%, 39 Votes)
  • 34 (3%, 26 Votes)
  • 6 (3%, 26 Votes)
  • 27 (3%, 25 Votes)
  • 50 (3%, 25 Votes)
  • 31 (3%, 24 Votes)
  • 21 (3%, 23 Votes)
  • 54 (3%, 21 Votes)
  • 10 (2%, 19 Votes)
  • 42 (2%, 19 Votes)
  • 19 (2%, 18 Votes)
  • 51 (2%, 17 Votes)
  • 20 (2%, 17 Votes)
  • 1 (2%, 16 Votes)
  • 52 (2%, 15 Votes)
  • 25 (2%, 15 Votes)
  • 41 (1%, 12 Votes)
  • 58 (1%, 11 Votes)
  • 12 (1%, 10 Votes)
  • 24 (1%, 10 Votes)
  • 39 (1%, 9 Votes)
  • 28 (1%, 9 Votes)
  • 30 (1%, 9 Votes)
  • 14 (1%, 8 Votes)
  • 15 (1%, 8 Votes)
  • 11 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 13 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 26 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 40 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 57 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 33 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 16 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 5 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 46 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 47 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 18 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 35 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 37 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 17 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 32 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 44 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 29 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • 8 (0%, 4 Votes)
  • 43 (0%, 4 Votes)
  • 36 (0%, 4 Votes)
  • 23 (0%, 4 Votes)
  • 48 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 38 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 7 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 53 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 22 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 55 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 4 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • 2 (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 355

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    1. lynn jensen says:

      Home on the Westside nothing compares to the beauty of central park

      • ScooterStan says:

        Re: “…nothing compares to the beauty of central park”


        Yes, Central Park is amazing, but, as some of the above pix demonstrate, so is the “built environment” (a catch-all phrase popular with urbanists).

        Perhaps this one sentence from someone’s personal essay in this past Sunday’s New York Times’ “Styles” section captures it all:

        “To live in New York was to travel the world while standing still.”

        To live in New York was to travel the world while standing still.

        • ScooterStan says:

          Ooops, “doubled” trouble! Copied-and-pasted same line 2x.

          Then again, consider Mark Twain’s famed line about repeating:

          “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” — (see Brainyquote.com”

    2. Claudette says:

      complete embodiment of the UWS with nature

    3. Diana Bloom says:

      These three: 12, 26, and 27.

    4. Martha says:

      Beautiful photos, all of them. It was hard to choose. Thank you to the photographers, who brought joy to the readers of the West Side Rag on this exceptionally windy morning.

    5. Kindly Dr Dave says:

      This is truly a tribute to the talents of the West Side Team! Keep those keen eyes alert and Keep Snapping!

    6. Becky Neustadt says:

      So great to browse thru these!

    7. Anais Host says:

      From the votes it looks more like a vote for friends

    8. lots of really interesting and creative shots
      brava and bravo to all!

    9. Patricia says:

      Great photos. It was hard to pick only 3.

    10. Lauren T says:

      Super cool lightning shot!

    11. nat says:

      this one is the best

    12. Jeff says:

      I like the idea of these contests but feel like they’re hindered by the low resolution of the photos. It’s obvious that at least a few of these shots are high-caliber DSLR photos that aren’t being displayed in their true quality.

    13. Stephanie says:

      Great pictures very hard to decide but 41 was my favorite!

    14. Shashy Heyman says:

      all are incredibly beautiful,thanks for sharing.

    15. jill catling says:

      Hard to choose such great shots.

    16. Susan says:

      When and where was this contest announced? I seem to have missed it here.

    17. Judy King says:

      All lovely photos. The 3 I chose were most representative of the UWS for me. ????

    18. Annie says:

      This one is best!!

    19. Dana says:

      11, 13 and 17. Love Pommander Walk

    20. Sue says:


    21. Chris duva says:

      Great picture, best one

    22. Tiziano says:

      Amazing shot ! Say no more…

    23. Miriam says:

      Some really great photos! Hard to pick just three, but I voted. Sorry I missed out on a chance to enter. :/

    24. cee cee says:

      #3 is AWESOME

    25. Frank says:

      9, 54, 56

    26. Anne says:

      Thank you for organizing this! It’s wonderful to see the city thru different eyes. Hope it becomes a regular thing!

    27. Ruthie says:

      Loved them all – thank you!!