Are you looking for the best photo spots or Instagram worthy spots in New York City? If so, this blog post is for you!
I recently came back from New York Fashion Week with my friend Maddy. It was her first time in New York so we spent quite a bit of time exploring New York. For my first time, I played tour guide in New York. I decided to take Maddy to some of the best photo/Instagram worthy spots in New York.
If you’ve ever researched things to see in New York city or have visited NYC before, you’ll find that there’s a TON of photo worthy places. Each neighborhood has adorable coffee shops, restaurants, and murals. But if you’re looking for a place to start, here are:
10 Best Photo Spots in New York City
Built between 1869-1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. This cable suspension bridge is one of the best photo spots in New York City and is a National Historic Landmark.
According to Business Insider, the bridge was build by hand. The construction workers of the bridge literally dug out the mud by hand to get to the bedrock to construct the towers of the bridge. Additionally, there are 14,000 miles of wire on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The original PATH train station was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. The “Oculus” World Trade Center Transportation Hub was rebuilt and opened in 2016. The Oculus was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The building is designed with a 335ft long skylight – and it’s meant to symbolize the light that continues to shine after darkness of a tragedy. This train station is the third largest transportation center in the city.
Its unique architecture definitely puts the Oculus as one of the best photo spots in New York City.
3. Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
At the top of Rockefeller Center is the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. This is one of my favorite places to go to see the New York City skyline. The three tier observation deck allows you to see both the Central Park and Empire State building side of the city.
If you’re looking for photo tips at the Top of the Rock, you can check out: How to get a Great Photo at the Top of the Rock.
4. Flatiron Building
Completed in 1902, the Flatiron Building is one of the best photo spots in New York City. It’s located in the Flatiron District and it’s triangular shape gives it its unique character. The Flatiron Building is also a National Historic Landmark.
The Flatiron Building has been home to many companies over the decades. It’s original tenants include the Fuller Company, the Equitable Life Assurance Society, as well as the American Architect and Building News magazine.
5. Streets of SoHo
Did you know that SoHo is an acronym for South of Houston Street? This New York City neighborhood is located between 6th Avenue, Canal Street, and Lafayette Street. While this neighborhood was known for art galleries and artists lofts, today it’s known for its trendy, upscale shopping boutiques. The cast iron buildings make SoHo one the best places to take photos in New York City.
6. The Rose Mansion (or any interactive pop up museums)
One of my favorite things about New York are all the interactive museums. These pop up museums are usually designed to be Instagram worthy and fun so I highly recommend visiting at least one while you’re visiting the city.
Maddy and I decided to visit the Rose Mansion and we had a blast trying the different types of Rose and exploring all of the rooms!
7. Time Square
When I think of the phrase “bright lights, big city”, I envision Time Square. You’ll find giant digital billboards, taxi cabs stuck in traffic and honking, and all the neon lights. Times Square also has shopping, Broadway, art, people dressed up in costumes, and so much more. One of the biggest events that happen in Time Square every year is the New Year’s Eve ball drop.
While I prefer visiting Time Square during the day (it’s less crazy in my opinion), you’ll truly get a sense of the frenzy of New York City if you visit Time Square at night.
If you’re near Greenwich Village, you have to stop by Washington Square Park. The Washington Square Arch is one of the best photo spots in New York – especially at sunset!
In 1889, New York City was planning to celebrate the centenary (100th anniversary) of George Washington’s inauguration. According to the Washington Square Park Conservatory, a temporary triumphal arch was built out of papier-mache and white plaster. Following the celebration, a permanent version the arch was to be made of marble and stand in the park.
9. The Classic Yellow Cabs
When I think of New York City, I think of all the movies where characters have to “hail a cab”. While you can find cabs driving around all over Manhattan, you can also find them parked if you want a classic yellow cab photo.
The New York Public Library is one of my favorite buildings in New York City. This library was constructed between 1902-1910. There were over a million books set in place for the library in 1911.
Maddy and I ended up visiting the library at night and taking photos at the entrance of the library!
What else would you include in this list of best photo spots in New York City?
Thank you for reading!