The Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

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Ahhh, New York City...aka "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." There's just something magical about it, isn't there? It is also one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Wondering where the most Instagrammable places in NYC are?

 Well, here I am to the rescue. Here they are - the most Instagrammable places in NYC:

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1. Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Center

The best view in town, with sweeping panoramic views of the NYC skyline, Central Park, the Freedom Tower, and most importantly, the Empire State Building. The latter might be the tallest and arguably the most iconic in New York City, but I can't see the Empire State Building from the top of the Empire State Building. Just sayin'.

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Seriously, though, can you argue with these views? Yeah, didn't think so. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

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2. The Brooklyn Bridge
One of the oldest bridges in the United States, and one of the most classic symbols of NYC. Definitely walk the entire span of the bridge for amazing views of the skyline. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds to *really* enjoy the beauty of the bridge and to snap the best photos for your Instragram feed. Be aware that the runners and the cyclists can be super aggressive, so watch out for them to avoid a collision!

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3. Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman Street

Right after you get off the Brooklyn Bridge, head on over to the Brooklyn Bridge park. This 85-acre park offers sweeping waterfront views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. It is also magical at night, with all the buildings all lit up.

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Washington Street & Front Street

Yes, Dumbo is the name of a cartoon elephant, but it also stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." The intersection of Washington Street and Front Street is another one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC because of it is where you find the most picture-perfect view of the Manhattan Bridge. If you look closely, you'll also find that the Empire State Building is also framed perfectly within the bridge.

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5. Audrey Hepburn mural
by Tristan Eaton
@ Caffe Roma 
176 Mulberry Street

Street art, Audrey Hepburn, and bright colors are 3 of my favorite things so I was excited to see this wall in Nolita.One of the most Instagrammable murals I've ever seen, in NYC or elsewhere! Note that this mural is on the outside wall of a cafe, and usually has a table in front of it. Go early if you want to pose in front of it (or you can grab a coffee at Caffe Roma and try to get that spot!).

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6. Oculus
33-69 Vesey Street

The Oculus is the centerpiece of the epic World Trade Center Transit Hub, which cost nearly $4 billion make, and is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The steel and glass structure is supposed to resemble a dove being released out of a child's hand. The natural light streaming through the interior is gorgeous, along with the way the columns cast shadows in the most perfect ways. Truly a breathtaking sight, and one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.'

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One of the most hip and creative neighborhoods in New York City, SOHO is home to high-end boutiques, trendy cafes, and restaurants. Greene Street is one of the most Instagrammable streets in this neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings with those cast-iron stairs.

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9. Barneys New York
101 7th Avenue

Maybe you'll be going to go to Barneys to buy that Chanel bag (if you are, then I really envy you). Or, maybe you'll be going to admire this gorgeous spiral staircase at the new flagship location of the luxury department store chain, which is among one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. Snap a shot of you walking down these stairs for a perfect photo for your Instagram feed.

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10. Maman
239 Centre Street

I'm not sure what I loved most about Maman...the pretty blue and white motif that they use for all their branding, the drool-worthy decor, or the drool-worthy cookies. Can I just say all of the above? Seriously though, this may be the most Instagram-worthy cafe in all of NYC (and there are a lot of them).

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11. East Village walls by Hektad
31 E 1st Street
400 E 11th Street

NYC is full of great street art, and East Village is full of some awesome walls. Some of my favorites were the graffiti hearts by street artist Hektad. You can find his work all over the city, but I loved these two in East Village. Such perfect backdrops for your Instagram portraits!

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12. The Crown at 50 Bowery
50 Bowery Street

NYC has an abundance of great rooftop bars that it's hard to figure out where to go. The Crown was a recommendation from Serena of Serena's Lenses and it was definitely a perfect spot to enjoy some cocktails while watching the sunset. That view of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building definitely makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

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13. Grand Central
89 East 42nd Street

One of the most beautiful and busiest train stations in the world, as well as one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. Admire the amazing architecture, or just people watch and take in the flurry of activity in front of you. Or channel your inner Gossip Girl. Up to you - just remember to also snap a photo for your Instagram feed.

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14. Central Park

One of the largest, most beautiful urban parks in the world, Central Park is home to a number of amazing spots to snap that perfect Instagram photo. It is gorgeous year-round, but also absolutely magical in the spring and autumn.

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Some of the most Instagrammable spots in Central Park include: the boathouse, Bethesda Fountain, the reservoir, Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, and Umpire Rock.

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15. Times Square

Ok, so Times Square might be a total tourist trap and honestly kind of lame. But, all those bright lights and big city vibes totally make it one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC. So many photo ops with the giant billboards and constant flurry of activity - you just have to stop by to snap a few shots for your Instagram feeds.

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16. Flatiron Building
175 5th Avenue

One of the most well-known buildings in New York City, distinguished by its flat, triangular shape. Built in 1902, it was considered to be one of the most ground-breaking skyscrapers of its time. Today, it is one of the most iconic buildings in the city, and one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.

Have you been to New York City? What are your picks for some of the most Instagrammable places in NYC?

Additional reading:
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20 Cheap Places to Eat in New York City
Fun NYC Brunch Spots

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Alissa said…
Such beautiful photos! Though how did you manage that Central Park photo with no people in the background? Very impressive haha. You definitely found some good spots around New York. I would also recommend Roosevelt Island for photography - you get some great views of both Manhattan and Queens, and in general it's just a nice place to visit :)
sileas said…
I love your photos! How did you manage to get so little people in your shots? ;) I'm going to NYC soon and can't wait to hit some of these spots!
Ruth Rieckehoff said…
You have given me tons of ideas for my next trip to New York. My sister lives there, so I have abed to crash (for free!). Your photos are great!
Lilla said…
Great post! I've been to NYC but still it gave me some new inspiration. I'll go next week and try to discover it all :)
Tala said…
Amazing photos! How do you get around in New York? Is it mostly cabs?
Corinne said…
I love all of these classic locations! I didn't know about the Audrey Hepburn wall mural though. Really neat. I love that every time I visit NYC there's something new to check out and explore.
JessikaTRIPS said…
Love this! I was in NYC in 2009 and I just clicked pictures just to have it.
Next time now I have your guide with me and will shoot some badass shots! Thank you
I live in NY and love all these places. Curious how you got so many shots without a billion other people in them! I love walking across the Brooklyn Bridge !
Kristine said…
Wow, so many wonderful shots! You rounded up such a great list for NYC instagrammers! ��
NieNie said…
I absolutely love all your photos! This is such a great post! I will be saving these tips for when i visit!
Allison Wong said…
I haven't been to NYC yet and now you make me wanna go there even sooner! Love your pictures!
Kay said…
NYC is the greatest! I've been dying to go back now that I live on the east coast :) I'm trying to get my Instagram game together so I'll definitely have to check these spots out.
Leah Jones said…
Number 9 looks amazing! I'll have to pin these for when I finally get to take a trip to NYC.
Lena T said…
Nice photos! Did you visit Brooklyn bridge early in the morning? There are surprisingly not a lot of people on your photo :)
Julie Laundis said…
I absolutely love your pictures. I live in boston so I visit NYC often and I will make sure to save this for my next visit!
Amy Poulton - Page Traveller said…
Beautiful photos! You've definitely scouted out the best places. I'd love to go to NYC. Thanks for sharing!
I would have to say I totally agree with this list! I live in NY, used to live in San that you say in your about me section that you complain about the fog all the time..that was me when I lived there way back when!!
Taryn said…
You have perfect timing with this post as I'm heading to NYC in just a few days! I had already planned to visit the Brooklynn Bridge and Top of the Rock but now I have so many other places to add to my list! Thanks :)
Christina said…
This is such a genius idea/post! Every photo is beautiful and you are a natural model. Thanks for sharing this, it will be helpful for me t get a lot of likes when I visit next month :)
I LOVE LOVE this post and your pictures are just so amazing! I have never been to New York , but sure hope to soon!

Lieselot said…
Wow, so many cool spots to photograph in New York. I've never visited, but now I know what to check out. Thanks for sharing!
Great article!! I love being reminded of how besuriful New York is!! There are so many great photo spots that I love to explore with a camera.
Mae-Gene said…
I LOVED reading this! I just spent the weekend in NYC, and wish I had read this before visiting. Your photos are so beautiful, I love how magical NYC looks in them!
Anna said…
You've chosen some really cool photo spots here! The Top of the Rock is the place I always recommend to my friends as you get some awesome views. I haven't been to NYC since they built the Freedom Tower so I'll have to go back soon!
Every corner of NYC is gorgeous in its own way, but you've highlighted some truly classic views that every visitor to the city should see! I'm inspired for my next trip there!
Kirstie said…
I love the first 4 photos. They look very "New York". Also, of course, the Brooklyn bridge
It's a Drama said…
Oh this is perfect timing! We are spending Christmas in NYC and so I couldnt wait to read this! Your photos are beautiful! I love the look of central park and grand central station. You have really done the city justice x
Leigh said…
Great locations, I've only been to 30 Rock and loved the views at sunset! I do feel like your post should come with a disclaimer, though, about posing for photos in the middle of busy traffic!
Peter Korchnak said…
Not a fan of Instagram, I cannot say what my most instagrammable places in NYC (or anywhere else for that matter are). But I'd pick Central Park, the Guggenheim, the Freedom Tower, and the Empire State Building for sure. Great pics!
Marta said…
A photographer's dream!! Loved reliving the city to your photos and discovered a few places I didn't know about. The mural is lovely! My last time in NYC it lashed rain so now you have made me want to go back and try capture some of these places!
Lori said…
Coming from the Northeast, NYC is one of our favorite cities on the planet. But where are people? So many photos with so few people but loved them all just the same.
Vanessa Ball said…
So many lovely spots there, I love the Brooklyn Bridge and the Audrey Hepburn mural. Will definitely check them out when I finally go to NY!
Sol Solntze said…
Instagram has certainly changed the way we travel, but I don't think in a bad way - I think seeking out all the really dramatic and interesting things to look at in a city is a perfectly valid thing to do. Plus, you photos are stunning.
Eric Gamble said…
So I am not a big NYC fan at all...hate the concrete jungle but I have to say I love your pics and it just reminded me that i need to get back and explore more of it. I especially want to see more of the street art like the Audrey Hepburn mural and the East Side Graffiti. Plus I think I need to get that view on the Top of the Rock also and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Thrifty Campers said…
Isn't times square cool? it's especially great to visit at night when it's all lit up. Now that's a way to really take in NYC from the Empire State Building.
Ly said…
Ooohh your photos are beyond words!!! Really beautiful! :))
I like them very much!

xxx, Ly <333
Ly Mademoiselle

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