NYC’s Top 10 Most Instagram Worthy Spots
From NYC’s most iconic spots to local favorites, here are the top 10 places to take your Instagram to the next level while visiting NYC.
1. Top of The Rock:
Top of The Rock offers the best views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey combined. From the south side, you can see all the way down past the Empire States Building to the World Trade Center. Looking up north you get an amazing view of Central Park up to Harlem.
Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Tip: Don’t forget to buy tickets in advance. You get to pick what time you want to arrive. However, note that it will take about 30mins from arrival time to actually get to the top. So add that time in if you are trying to see sunset. Once you take the elevator to the top, you can take a great window bay picture (see below). You should also take the escalator up to the outside, where you should walk around the building to get a panoramic view of the city. There is one more upper level at the top where you can take a good picture of yourself at the lower level (see below). Find a friend or your parents to take that picture! :)
2. Brooklyn Bridge
Even though Brooklyn bridge is always busy, it is still on of our favorite spots in NYC to take a good photo! It is also a fun activity to do while walking around the city. If you going to take lots of photos, give yourself at least 45min-1hr to cross the bridge.
Location Entrance from the Manhattan Side is located on the NE side of City Hall Park. Entrance from the Brooklyn Side is located at the intersection of Cadman Plz E and Prospect St.
Tip: To avoid the crowds, head there for sunrise. Not only will you have the bridge mostly to yourself, you will able to witness a beautiful sunrise over the Manhattan skyline. Waking up so early in the morning can be rough, but well worth it if you want to capture that perfect photo with no one else getting in your shot!
Once filled with old warehouse buildings, Dumbo's cobblestone streets have been converted into independent boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy cafes. There are endless spots for that perfect Instagram photo. Whether it is the classic shot of the Manhattan bridge or the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, DUMBO is a photographers paradise.
Manhattan Bridge: From Brooklyn Bridge park up Washington St.
Manhattan Skyline: Brooklyn Bridge
Tip : Sunrise is best to avoid crowds but sunset has the best lighting. Most pictures below are taken at sunset.
Tip 2: Do you know what DUMBO stands for? Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass :) Gotta love NYC and all its acronyms.
4. Flatiron building
What could be more iconic than the Flatiron building? Built in 1902, this beautiful building was the tallest skyscraper in NYC. With its unique architecture, the Flatiron building is a photographers dream!
Location: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Tip: I would recommend coming here first thing in the morning the beat the crowds. And to get some amazing lighting. Stand by the cool clock (as seen in the picture) for a cool perspective of the building.
5. Central Park
Not only does Central Park offer endless photo opportunities, it is also a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Sprawling over 843 acres, you can spend all day exploring this beautiful park. An easy way to get around the park is to rent a bike. There are paths that run throughout the park and this is a great way to see a lot more in less time.
Location: Central park runs from 59th St to 110th and between 5th Ave and Central Park W
Tips: Some of the top spots not to be missed are, Bows Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, The Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Boat House and Conservatory Pond
6. Washington Square Park
Located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood near the NYU campus, this park is not only photogenic but it is very vibrant and a perfect spot for some people-watching. The two most photographed spots in this park is the Arch, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe, and the fountain! We think the best shot is from sitting on the SE side of the fountain with the arch in the background and you will get a perfect view of the Empire State Building in the arch!!
Location: 5th Ave and Waverly Pl
Tip: If you want the park to yourself, come first thing in the morning. If you are more into people-watching, then come pretty much anytime after 12pm to sundown. Weekdays may also be better to avoid the crowds when students are in school.
7. Domino Park
Domino Park located in Williamsburg Brooklynn is definitely off the beaten path. Unless you are a local, you probably haven’t heard about it. Opening up in June of 2018, this former Sugar Refinery is now a beautiful outdoor space for everyone to enjoy. Not only do you get a pretty cool view of The Williamsburg Bridge, you get some pretty amazing views of Manhattan. Also a killer spot for sunset!
Location: Just north of Williamsburg Bridge off of Park St.
Tip: Perfect for summertime sunsets! Also, check out the Stained Glass House designed by a famous NYC-based sculptor named Tom Fruin. If you go around dusk, you can get great lights reflecting off the color glass!
8. Stuyvesant St.
Running along one of the oldest streets in NYC’s Manhattan borough this iconic corner is not to be missed while exploring the East Village.
Location: Stuyvesant St and 9th St.
9. 42nd st and 2 Ave
The 42nd St. overpass offers and amazing view of the Chrysler Building. Pictures here really embodies the New York city life!
Location: 42ns St and 2Ave
Tip: A lot of local photographers come here for sunset. So make sure to get there early to claim your spot!
10. Tribeca Skybridge
Fun fact, this skybridge actually connects two apartments and went on the market at the end of 2018 for $35 million!!
Location: 9 Jay St
BONUS - West Village
The West Village is filled with endless photo opportunities. It is the home of many Sex and the City locations like Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment, Magnolia Bakery, Jefferson Market Garden and Two Boot Pizza. West Village have such cute brownstone and cobble stone streets, which makes it one of our favorite neighborhood in the city
Location: Of this photo, Gay St between Waverly Pl & Christopher St