Art at the Limits: City Gallery of New York

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As part of our Art at the Limits focus on the intersection of art and policy in New York City, we’ve invited readers to share their art with us—photos, other visual art, music, drama and more.

We aren’t collecting arts listings here. (Those can be submitted to our Events calendar.) We want to see and show the art itself.

If you’ve something to share, upload it here.

Once a week, we’ll be choosing our favorite city art and story submission and sending the winner a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
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Maggie Guardino

This picture was taken in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was a rainy foggy night. The NYC skyline looked mysterious cloaked in the fog.

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Ree-J

Parachute Drop and Thunderbolt in Coney Island

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Hope Kaye

I was walking in Ft. Washington Park and saw the mist rising from the Hudson, enshrouding the GW Bridge. It was a hauntingly beautiful sight.

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Hope Kaye

Bennett Park in Washington Heights, during the huge blizzard of 2015. The landscape with the cannon looked like a painting from Colonial times. I needed to capture it.

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K Linares

A Rose, is a Rose, is a Rose

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Linda Lautrec

I take a lot of photos of people sleeping on the subway, but I liked this one because the guy was obviously protective of his “girl” and she was completely trusting of him. She surrendered to sleep knowing he was there. That sort of trust says something.

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Normandeau Newswire

A happier hippo

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I was at the Ramones Exhibition at the Queens Museum and saw this girl standing there by herself. I thought it was interesting — that wall could have fit in anywhere in the city — it didn’t have to be an exhibition. It just reminded me of how visually interesting NYC is.

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Erica Jackson

I took the photo when the pope came to the city two years ago. It was my first big photo assignment, as a journalism student. I was leaning over the gate in all these poses to get good pictures, and I’d never worked that hard. I’d never moved around so much in a sea of people.

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Chauncey Alcorn

I was wandering around Riverside drive near 150th Street in Manhattan when I noticed this unusual art installation. It’s called “Invisible Man,” a memorial to the late author Ralph Ellison, who wrote the book– which was published in 1952 — chronicling the black male experience in America. This art was significant to me because I viewed New York and Harlem as the most progressive of places — a symbol of Afro American progress and home. Yet what I surprisingly found, like Ellison, was that many of the race-related problems plaguing the rest of the U.S. today and back then – police brutality, poverty, gentrification, etc – still plagues the “progressive” city of New York today.

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Christopher L. Inoa

Even during a downpour and a few minutes before a screening of this movie you’re dying to see is sold out, you should stop for a moment and capture something you probably won’t get another chance in getting. And, if you capture the moment and still catch the screening, then it’s win-win.

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Chauncey Alcorn

This was part of the mural created in March near park space on Broadway around 37th Street to honor the life of Timothy Caughman, an elderly black man who was randomly stabbed and killed by a self-avowed white supremacist. His death is part of a long U.S. legacy of racism, hatred and persecution based solely on ignorance and fear.

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Pat Donachie

Right before the sun drops behind the buildings for the day, Central Park Reservoir.

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Nelson Santiago

I slept, ate, thought of only graffiti. I couldn’t wait to sneak out of my house and hook up with my friends to go write graffiti. I loved the missions we did going around the city. Sometimes we would start in the morning and come back home at night from writing in different boroughs.

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Fran Kilinski

This is a photo of the “Post-it Note Protest” in Union Square taken just after the election, on November 10th. The post-it notes have since been removed, but were preserved by the New-York Historical Society. According to the Washington Post, the notes will join other artifacts the society has retired from “spontaneous moments of crisis or exhilaration,” like the September 11th attacks.

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Suman Bhattacharyya

I love plants of all kinds — so there is nothing I like more than running in Central Park during redbud season. It only flowers for a week so it’s always important to take time to see it.

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Neil Bhatiya

It’s amazing what you’ll see when you just take some time and wander around the city. Especially when you’re feeling a bit down, you’ll run into something which will make you smile and remember good times and good people in your life.

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Clarissa Sosin

I’ve been trying to photograph as many protests and marches as my schedule will allow since the night after the election. This one is one of my favorites from the Day Without Women rally turned march on International Women’s Day. Everyone took to the streets after the rally in Washington Square Park and I found myself in a open space ahead of the women marching with this banner. The woman in the center in the sunglasses is my favorite. A couple of frames later she took off her sunglasses and it just wasn’t the same.

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“Litter Monsters” was created by 5th grade students from PS/MS 34 M, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a NYC public school located in Alphabet City. The animation and live action creation was part of Cafeteria Culture’s interdisciplinary environmental education program, Youth Media for Trash Free Waters, which was generously funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2, Sustainable Materials Management Section, CASD.
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Heather Anne Chamberlain

This photo was taken while waiting outside the old Manhattan Repertory Theatre doors located on the sixth floor of the tiny but tall building next to Walgreens on the corner 42nd street and 8th ave….when I took this shot, I was about to go into the rehearsal of my first NYC Off Off play that I was directing and self-producing. I was in awe at the universe for putting me there. I was so nervous that my stomach hurt. I was so grateful for spending even those few moments in the greatest city in the world, my childhood dream came true, in this moment. And this picture captured that for moment forever for me.

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Karen Savage

I’d gone to Washington Square Park to shoot some pictures for a class when these incredible acrobats showed up and put on one of the best street shows I’ve ever seen. Folks in the park just gravitated towards them and pretty soon we were all smiling and laughing together. To me, that’s part of what makes New York so special – more than 8 million of us live here, but there are these spontaneous moments when even strangers can feel like old friends.

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Nick Perez

It was taken at a protest about a month ago. They were protesting about Trump’s immigration plans. This man dressed up as Trump

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Caitlin Shann

Over the last couple of years I’ve developed an appreciation for pigeons. They are incredible: they’re intelligent, hardy, and just beautiful. And they’re everywhere – when you live pigeons, you have a friend wherever you go. I took this picture in Greeley Square in midtown where I worked for a few years. Even in the most stressful spots in this city, sometimes you get lucky enough to look up and see pigeons conducting an orchestra in the sky…

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“Paradice” by Roo Zine. Produced at Brooklyn Noyze Lab in Greenpoint.

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I am a life-long artist and art educator and I have lived in Brooklyn my entire adult life. One day in May 2007 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where I live, I was launched into artist activism (thus “socially engaged” art work) rapidly and spontaneously. A serious land-use and zoning issue arose in my beloved community and like others I had no idea what to do. I was angry but felt quite powerless. My neighbors felt the same way; a few of us decided to co-found an all-volunteer community coalition entitled: CG CORD/Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development with ART as its primary communication vehicle. I was an artist and normally I flew solo. However my love for my community and the looming issues facing us moved my artistic and creative passions. Thus, I created my first art activist mural for our local F Train station outdoors in the plaza.

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Angely Mercado

This photo was taken on one of the last days that Pope Francis was making appearances in NYC during the fall of 2015. The cops were celebrating that things had actually gone smoothly by Madison Square Garden and took a celebratory group photo together while another cop ran up and took a selfie with the group. The organized chaos and hectic joyfulness of it all really symbolized NYC for me.

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Triada Samaras

I found a little girl’s pink tricycle left out in the cold tonight by a blinking bodega in Brooklyn. It was shivering next to the hydrant. I can only wonder why this tiny vehicle was left behind and by whom? Did the rider grow too large for the seat? Did the city swallow her somehow? I hope this story has a happy ending but I can not be sure…

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Angelica Aquino

May you feel peace when you look at this picture. May peace part of your daily existence.

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George Torres Jr..@gt_graffixx

Live painting honoring Bob Marley Spray paint and acrylics….done at collagenyc…every Tuesday night 7-1am

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This was shot on 35mm one week after the recent inauguration. Many people were considering where to go; this elder had a map on the downtown local.

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Adi Talwar

Sunrise over the Norwood section of the Bronx, February 3 2017.

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Nelson Host Santiago

This picture is based on my childhood. I grew up on 174th and Southern Blvd -right in the middle of the Bronx burning. My building was the only one standing. The others were either abandoned or burnt to the ground. Kids in the area played in the rubble. So many buildings were gone that you could see to Manhattan and see the skyline..

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Nelson Host Santiago

The relationship between young people, politics and social media.

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Triada Samaras

Once upon a time there was an American dream…I will never forget seeing the Empire State Building for the first time. I was five or six years old and sitting in the backseat of a sedan with my sister and when I first glimpsed this stunning building with the “needle” on top. I grabbed her arm and exclaimed, “LOOK!!!” She was even younger than me and did not seem very impressed. But I felt this building to be my blood relative almost instantly. I vowed right then and there I would move to New York City as soon as I was older. My parents chuckled. But while I was from a small New England town with quaint white homes and red bars, I knew in that moment I would have to follow the skyscrapers in my life. And later, I did just that. And I am still here.

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Triada Samaras

A car in Brownstone Brooklyn under a fake electric moon looks like a mysterious and even menacing machine capable of starting up its engine quietly and driving away on its own into the snowy darkness. No?

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Triada Samaras

I was visiting a Brooklyn handball court on 4th Avenue when I took this cell phone photo. At the fence , I looked down and there I saw the stark and beautiful contrast between black and white in the shoes and in the fence and in the game. The yin and yang of it I mean. The day and night of it. Now the the viewer can see this too and make whatever they like of it.

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Triada Samaras

This is one of my first cell phone photos taken a few years ago. I remember I was on the NYC subway nervously trying to figure out “what I was doing.” I finally snapped the button and saw this image. In an instant I realized I did not care “what I was doing” anymore. Because I just wanted to be doing it. A lot of my art life has been that way in fact.

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An audio mosaic of protests against president-elect Trump

Audio by Victoria Edwards

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Photo by Kate Pastor

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Photo by Keith McDermott

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Henry Hudson Bridge

Photo by Mike Lepetit

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Henry Hudson Bridge

Photo by Mike Lepetit

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by Keith McDermott

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by Keith McDermott

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by James Maher

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Birds in Van Cortlandt Park

Photo by Keith McDermott

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Brooklyn Bridge Sunset in Snowstorm

Photo by James Maher

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by Doug Turetsky

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Photo by Sirin Samman

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Kevin Collins

As She Investigates the Park

Photo by Kevin Collins

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Frederick Joseph

Behind the Veil

Photo by Frederick Joseph

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Chips, Hopefully

Photo by Mike Lepetit

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People's Climate March

Photo by Michael Pedron

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Photo by Michael Pedron

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Photo by Paul Sahner

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Photo by Paul Sahner

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by James Maher

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Photo by Paul Sahner

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Photo by Paul Sahner

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by Michael Pedron

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