Top Photo Spots in NYC

December 14, 2017 New York, NY, USA

Hey Guys! I often get asked the question, "What are the best spots to take instagram pics in New York?", and I always have a million responses. I'm going to share my favorite spots if you're visiting New York for the first time, and then some less famous options if you're a regular here!

First Time In New York: Must Hits!

  1. Flatiron Building: This is one of my favorite buildings in New York because of its uniqueness and architectural character! (23 street and 5th Ave) 
  2. Top of the Rock: what a classic view, a must see for any first timer. Fair warning that it does get very crowded here, but if you are patient you can get the shot you want! This is the best aerial view of the city because you get both the Empire State Building and Freedom Tower in sight!  (50 st btwn 5th and 6th Ave)
  3. DUMBO: (Down Under the Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass)One of my favorite areas of New York and so many photo opps! The park along the East River has the best views of the downtown skyline and the two bridges (Brooklyn and Manhattan). Also there is the iconic view of the Manhattan bridge from Washington St. My recommendation is to go for a sunrise photo shoot because this area is so popular you're likely to have lots of people and background noise in your shots.

  4. SOHO: One of the trendiest areas in New York, the buildings are famous for their cast-iron architecture and portray a very "New York" vibe. There is no particular area but wandering through these streets makes for many photo opps. 
  5. Central Park: Ahh the wonders of central park. An oasis in the middle of the biggest busiest city in the world. Central Park is a dream with it's seemingly never-ending paths and surprises around each turn. The contrast between man made and nature is evident throughout as the buildings rise above the tree-line. My favorite places to shoot are the Bethesda Terrace, Belvedere Castle and MET Museum (on 82 st)

Not So Common New York Spots
  1. Roosevelt Island: A long narrow island between Manhattan and Queens. Not only are the views of the city and 59th St bridge incredible, but the tram ride alone is worth it!
  2. Staples St: One of the coolest streets in New York and an iconic bridge between buildings is evidence of the industrial hub this area once was!
  3. Chinatown: An effervescent neighborhood that transports you to what feels like a totally different country. The unique and grungy neighborhood is a must see.
  4. East River Ferry Ride: From South St Seaport to Greenpoint is the best ferry ride in the city, all for the price of a subway ride! This route takes you under all the incredible east river bridges and the views are stunning of the city. Be warned on cold days the wind is unbearable!
  5. NYPL: Inside and out one of the most beautiful buildings in NY. The main reading room is grand, and the outside courtyard is a minimalist's dream.    

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