Architecture Photography

Rooftop Water Towers in Chelsea - New York City

Aerial photo of rooftop water towers in the heart of New York City, Chelsea

Rooftop Water Towers in Chelsea - New York City

This is a classic urban view of New York City from above: water towers dot NYC rooftops.

This photo was taken late afternoon at the time the raking sunlight gently strikes the rooftops. Dusk was lighting the water towers with a soft warm glow thus giving the building facades a colder, bluish light.

Water tanks are hidden in most places but in New York, they are a common and highly recognizable architectural feature as the wooden water towers stand tall on the city's rooftops and dot its skyline. They are a necessary water supply both for regular water usage and for emergency storage for fire protection.

Another feature of New York City rooftops that can be seen in this photograph is the roof gardens. Building tops offer some space often used to accommodate a terrace, a sundeck and a roof garden.


Main subject:

Rooftop water towers, Manhattan.


Chelsea, near Fifth Avenue and 25th Streets, New York, NY, USA


40°44'43" N 73°59'17" W


Canon 1Ds MarkIII, Canon EF600mm F/4L IS II Lens