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The Photographer & Instagrammer's Guide to NYC

The ever-changing scene of New York City is a photographer’s haven! With so much of the old and the new getting mixed every day and in every possible way, there isn’t a shortage of places to take pictures in. In fact, you may feel a little overwhelmed. And this is exactly why we’ve put together this list of the best places for New York photography.

Central Park

Central Park is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world! The beauty and charm of Central Park is captured by millions of visitors each year. Hit up the following spots to get some gorgeous shots of the park – the Mall has a walking path lined up with majestic American elm on either side; Sheep Meadow offers an alluring landscape and also a clear view of the Midtown skyline; at Strawberry Fields you can find the iconic black and white Imagine Mosaic dedicated to the legendary singer John Lennon; the Conservatory Garden is a garden that features various plants and flowers in bloom. Plenty of foliage, benches, lakes, and sculptures guarantee beautiful photos regardless of what part of the park you venture in to!

Top of The Rock

To get some awesome shots of the city from up above, head on over to the Top of the Rock Observatory! Located in the heart of Manhattan atop the famous “30 Rock” building in Rockefeller Center, the Top of the Rock features 3 floors of observatories. Wrap-around open-air decks as well as climate-controlled indoor viewing galleries boast views unparalleled to any other. The best part about this observation deck is that you get views of 3 of NYC’s most iconic buildings – the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the One World Trade Center!

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

The area around Hudson Yards in New York City is an attractive destination for both tourists and locals. The Vessel, commemorated in 2019, is the latest addition to the city’s ever-growing architecture. This extraordinary centerpiece is the brainchild of Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio. The Vessel’s spiral staircase is where one can enjoy new perspectives of the city from different heights, angles and vantage points. Made up of 154 intricately designed interconnecting flights of stairs, the Vessel offers stunning views of the city, the Hudson river and beyond! Get here a little before sunset to

Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal is, without a doubt, a quintessential landmark in this extraordinary city. Located right in the heart of Manhattan, this beautiful train terminal attracts both visitors and locals alike. Close to 750,000 people pass through the terminal on any given day. Inside are plenty of opportunities to take magnificent, timeless pictures of this remarkable piece of architecture. Take your time carefully wandering the halls, exploring, and snapping away!

The Oculus

The Oculus in NYC is a new modern architecture located in the World Trade Center complex. The transit hub was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is 350 feet long with approximately 75,000 square feet of space. The outside of the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child’s hands, creating a sense of hope at the site of a tragedy. And on the inside, the large retractable skylight illuminates the spacious terminal with natural sunlight. The space’s bright white color scheme and sleek interior design makes this area feel exceptionally light and airy.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Considered a universal symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty is a must photograph landmark for both locals and visitors alike. Battery Park offers a good view of the Statue of Liberty from a distance. But if you’re really looking to get up-close-and-personal shots, then hop on to a Statue of Liberty Cruise. Sail past Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. The amazing and iconic skyline of Manhattan will make the perfect backdrop for all your pictures!

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most visited and most photographed bridge! The Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre waterfront park that offers fascinating views of Downtown Manhattan, the East River and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge itself. Walk the bridge to photograph some of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the One World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Wait around till after dusk to get stunning night shots of the skyline!
New York City will keep you busy taking photos and will inspire you to take even more. So, start clicking and hash tagging to your heart’s content!