It’s helpful to stoop low sometimes when you are shooting. You’ll look a bit strange but you can get some very interesting angles.
Here’s a nice shot I took the other day of the flowers on Park Avenue. If I were to re-do this shot I might try to widen my aperture (ie lower f number) in order to blur out more of that busy background. It’s tricky though because I don’t think I’d want it totally blurred though because otherwise there’d be no sense you are even in New York.