New York's Most Instagrammable Locations

Central Park Sunrise

Looking for places to take instagram-worthy photos around New York City? Whether you're a blogger, photographer, or just want to flex on the gram, look no further. Natasha and I created a list (in no particular order) for you guys so you can go out and capture some beautiful photos around a picturesque city. Check these out!

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Central Park Sunrise
  1. Central Park:

Central park is the largest park in Manhattan, so it's hard to miss. I've lived in NYC for over a year now but I don't love a lot of the photos I've taken there. That was until I went at sunrise. Try and get here before the waves of people and catch some epic light.

Pro tip: Check out the Bethesda Terrace & Fountain, Gapstow Bridge, and The Mall for good places to shoot here.

The Vessel

The Vessel

2. The Vessel:

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is one of my favorite places to shoot because the perspectives and angles are endless. This giant piece of architecture is ticketed, but tickets are free if you get them two weeks in advance. However, I've gotten them in as little as 2 days before going up, so it depends on how many spots they have left. You also pick a time to go up and I always aim to go around sunset.

Pro tip: Bring a wide angle lens, the wider the better. I used a Sony 16-35 f/2.8 lens for my shots. There's a lot to capture. Also be prepared to climb lots of stairs, the one elevator is reserved for strictly physically disabled individuals.

The Occulus

3. The Oculus:

The Oculus, otherwise know as Westfield World Trade Center, is actually just a mall directly next to the 9/11 memorial. With the cool architecture of this place, it makes for a cool place to photography. Above is my favorite photo I've taken of this place, but there are many angles and perspectives to catch here.

Pro tip: Come during the evening or early morning to get it with less people. It is open 24/7, all the shops are not.

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise

4. The Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of my absolute favorite places to shoot. I like to bring a range of lenses to capture different perspectives. This place is great for leading lines in your images as well as adding cool textures. It also looks great for shooting portraits.

Pro tip: Yep, you guessed it. Show up at sunrise to beat the crowd, watch the sun come up, and get the best lighting of the day to take your photos to the next level.

Also, be very cautious of where you're standing. The bikers come hauling down both ends of this bridge and will yell at you if you're in the bike lane.

Manhattan Bridge

5. The Manhattan Bridge:

I've shot the Manhattan Bridge more times than any other spot in New York. And for good reason. There are tons of perspectives to photograph from this location.

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Pro tip: Walk the south side pedestrian path to access all these views. Both ends of the bridge (Brooklyn side - Manhattan side) offer awesome, yet different view of the city. There are usually holes cut out in the fences in many area that you can shoot from, but if not, look lower and point your camera through the natural diamond cut outs in the railing. I like this spot best at sunset, as people aren't a huge issue here.

6. The Flatiron:

The Flatiron building is iconic in NYC for its design, and a stroll through the area will reveal tons of different ways to photograph it. Oh, and tons of other people shooting photos here too. Find a way to be creative with your shots or get some classics, you can't go wrong.

Pro tip: Go early in the morning for good lighting and less people. However, sunset looks great here too and the hustle of the city can add a nice vibe.


7. Dumbo/Brooklyn Bridge Park:

A really popular place along the water in Brooklyn, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a very photogenic area. The most popular being Washington street, which is where the above shot was captured. The Manhattan Bridge makes for a beautiful backdrop for photos along with the interesting textures of the cobblestone street.


Pro Tip: Photographing Washington street at sunrise is a MUST. It starts flooding with people as early as 7:30 AM, like the shot above. Try to beat the crowd.

Don't just stick to Washington street, there are plenty of other nearby areas to get photos. I personally like shooting by the water back towards the Manhattan skyline.

Two amazing pizza places are located in the DUMBO area, right next to each other. Julianna's and Grimaldi's are a must try for New York Pizza.

When you're done photographing DUMBO, head do towards the Brooklyn Bridge to explore the next location, Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

8. Brooklyn Bridge Park:

Another great place to shoot nearby DUMBO is Brooklyn Bridge Park. One of the most iconic spots here is the pylons, which you can find all over internet. Come here and join fellow photographers around sunset, and stay to catch the city lights reflecting off the water.

Pro tip: There is a rooftop bar in the area at 1 Hotel with an epic view of the city skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Go up here for a drink an alternate view of the sunset.

NoMo SoHo Hotel

9. The NoMo SoHo Hotel:

The entry way to this boutique hotel is beautifully unique to capture photos with or without a subject. Enough said.

Irish Hunger Memorial

9. Irish Hunger Memorial: