a second look

PHOTOS: A Year in the Life of THE CITY

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

In a city where feet move fast and eyes constantly dart across phone screens, it’s easy to miss flashes of gritty beauty.

I captured as many of these moments as I could scouring the five boroughs while building THE CITY’s photo library.

Like the image above of Times Square from January, some instants leapt out, while others emerged when I allowed myself to quietly observe.

As we approach a new year — and a new decade — it’s a good time to reflect on what came before.

Below are photos from each month of 2019, capturing a city endlessly in motion:

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

FEBRUARY: At work in the South Bronx on a frigid day.

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MARCH: Shopping and solitude in Chelsea.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

APRIL: Free views from the Staten Island Ferry.

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MAY: A walk under the Westchester Avenue El.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

JUNE: Chelsea blooms for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

JULY: An embrace in the East Village.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

AUGUST: Wildlife aboard the Astoria line.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

SEPTEMBER: Communing with nature in Midtown.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

OCTOBER: A golden Bronx commute.

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NOVEMBER: Making a big turn in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

DECEMBER: A classic hangs on just before the start of the 2020s.

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