Having been obsessed with American TV shows growing up, I’ve always loved New York City. The stunning architecture and beautiful stores to the fantastic restaurants make New York unlike any other place I’ve visited. New York’s buzzing city life and an amazing atmosphere truly made me think “Oh, I absolutely could live here”.
With over 9m posts and counting, New York City is one of the most Instagrammed cities in the world. And it’s not hard to see why. From iconic landmarks to charming neighbourhoods bursting with street art, the Big Apple offers tons of photogenic NYC Instagram spots for your feed.
Before visiting, I spent months curating a list of the most Instagrammable places in New York City and the most aesthetic NYC photo spots for the perfect photo. From Manhattan to Brooklyn to Staten Island, I have you covered!
I managed to cram an awful lot of sights into our short 3 day NYC itinerary. My feet killed, but the experience (and the photos!) were definitely worth it. I’m looking forward to returning, since I still have a long list of places I’d love to visit.
So, if you’re looking for an extensive list of absolutely epic Instagram worthy places in New York, I have you covered. Whether you’re searching for stunning cityscapes, serene greenery, or epic skyline views, you have found the right post.
Here are the places, restaurants and views that I recommend visiting for the best Instagram spots in NYC! Don’t want to walk too much? Use the table of contents below to skip ahead!
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⭐️ Top Instagrammable Places in New York City
- Upper West Side brownstones – live out your Gossip Girl dreams with this iconic shot of NYC’s brownstones
- Central Park – an urban oasis in the heart of Manhattan and a staple filming spot of nearly every romantic film ever made
- The Top of the Rock – get stunning skyline shots of the Empire State Building and the rest of the city from TOTR
- Times Square – bright lights, Broadway theatres and iconic restaurants; the hustle and bustle of Times Square is a must see
- Grand Central Station – one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, and the stunning architecture of this station makes it easy to see why
- Flatiron Building – 285 feet of triangular building, this is an incredibly famous landmark of Lower Manhattan
- The Statue of Liberty – one of the most iconic landmarks of NYC, the Lady of Liberty can’t be missed!
- The Brooklyn Bridge – an iconic piece of New York architecture, linking Brooklyn with Manhattan
- DUMBO – take a photo of the Manhattan Bridge framed by streets of stunning Brooklyn architecture, with the Empire State Building centred beneath
- The Edge – 100 stories high with an entirely glass floor, this is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere and offers gorgeous views over NYC
📸 Recommended Gear for New York Instagram Spots
Don’t forget your camera! That, and comfy shoes, are probably the two most important items to bring when hitting all of the awesome places on this list.
This is the gear I used to take the majority of the photos in this guide.
- Phone: Apple iPhone 14 Pro
- Camera: Olympus OM-D e-M10 ii
- Main lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent)
- Prime lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (35mm equivalent)
- Tripod: Joby Gorillapod
🏠 Upper West Side Instagrammable Places in NYC
Embark on a visual journey through the Upper West Side, where brownstones, cultural landmarks, and Central Park vistas await. Discover some of the best places for photography in NYC in this uptown haven, where every snapshot encapsulates the essence of the city’s artistic and architectural richness.
Brownstones on W 96th St
Quite possibly one of the most instagrammable streets ever, there’s no missing the houses on the Upper West Side. For total Gossip Girl vibes, and great backgrounds for outfit photos, this is the place to go.
I’ve linked to the exact road I took these photos on, but it’s so worth spending some time to walk around the area. The stunning quintessential architecture of NYC brownstones, next to rows of leafy trees, really does make for a quaint area.
📍 Location: West 96th St, New York, NY 10025
🚆 Subway: The 96 St subway station will take you just around the corner from this stunning photo spot!
The Dakota Building
Nestled in the heart of the Upper West Side, The Dakota Building is an architectural gem with a rich history.
Known as the former residence of John Lennon, its stunning Gothic design and iconic presence make it a must-visit spot for any Instagram enthusiast.
📍 Location: 1 West 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
🚆 Subway: The closest subway station is 72 St.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | To capture the essence of this historic landmark, visit during the golden hour for warm, soft lighting, and frame your shot to include both the building’s façade and the lush surroundings of Central Park.
For a blend of urban sophistication and scenic beauty, head to Riverside Park. This lesser-known gem stretches four miles along the Hudson River and provides stunning views of the city skyline and the George Washington Bridge.
The modern architecture of the esplanade, coupled with the backdrop of the river and skyline, creates a dynamic setting for Instagram-worthy shots.
📍 Location: Riverside Park, W 101st St, New York, NY 10025
🚆 Subway: The 103 St subway station will bring you just a few minutes walk away from Riverside Park.
🏙 Upper East Side Photo Spots in NYC
Explore the sophistication of the Upper East Side through the lens of your camera, where classic elegance meets contemporary allure. These Instagram places in NYC on the Upper East Side offer a glimpse into the city’s refined charm and timeless beauty.
Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM
One of the ultimate NYC Instagram spots – look how ridiculously cute this is! Delicious cupcakes on tap, 24 hours a day? Yes, please. Not all Sprinkles Cupcakes’ stores have an ATM so, if you make the trip, make sure you go to one that does.
📍 Location: 780 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10065
🚆 Subway: Lexington Av-59 St station will take you almost directly next to this epic Insta spot!
The MET Museum Steps
Channel your inner Blair Waldorf and capture the timeless elegance of the Upper East Side by posing on the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The grand staircase, featured in many iconic movie scenes, exudes sophistication and makes for a classic Instagram backdrop. Visit during weekdays to avoid crowds, and experiment with different poses to add your personal touch to this cultural hotspot.
Channel your inner Gossip Girl on the MET Steps, a cultural landmark and a hotspot for Instagrammers seeking sophistication.
These iconic steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art exude elegance and offer a dramatic setting for your photos. Capture the essence of New York’s cultural scene and showcase your style against the backdrop of this legendary institution.
📍 Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
🚆 Subway: The 77 St-Lexington Ave station will bring you just across the road from this iconic photo spot.
🌆 Midtown, New York City Instagram Spots
An urban oasis in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park offers over 800 acres of lush meadows, scenic trails, forested areas, gorgeous gardens, and picturesque landmarks. It is one of the most Instagram worthy places in NYC, and a hugely iconic location in the city. The natural beauty and stunning scenery make it a staple filming spot of basically every romantic movie ever made.
A serene escape from the bustling city, you’ll find heaps of street food, talented artists, and musicians throughout the park. I particularly loved walking the length of the Mall, enjoying the beauty and serenity. The nature is a true contrast to the busy life of the concrete jungle!
With its natural beauty and iconic landmarks, Central Park is a photogenic oasis not to miss in the Big Apple.
There are a few places in Central Park that I recommend visiting. Chart out a route to hit all the scenic landmarks and you’ll be sure to capture Instagram-worthy images!
- The Mall and Literary Walk: Framed by stately elm trees, this street will make you feel like you’re straight out of a rom com! 📍 Location: The Mall, New York
- The Ravine: If you want to escape the concrete jungle and feel like you’re on a tropical holiday, this is the perfect spot for you. With the city skyline hidden, a stunning waterfall drowns the bustle of the city. This is the perfect NYC photo spot for those who want some nature in their city breaks! 📍 Location: 103rd St, New York, NY 10025
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir: It’s quite far into the park, but definitely worth the trip. It offers stunning views of the city across the reservoir and is beautiful all year round. 📍 Location: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York, NY 10128
- Bow Bridge: If you’re looking for NYC Instagram spots that don’t make you feel like you’re in a concrete jungle, you’ve found it! Ridiculously beautiful and beautifully romantic, this ornate cast iron bridge arches over the tranquil lake, and is one of the most iconic and photographed spots. 📍 Location: Bow Bridge, New York, NY 10024
- Bethesda Fountain: Crowned by a majestic angle statue, this elegant fountain is well worth a photo. It’s really incredible seeing this in person and not just in Hollywood movies, plus it’s a great place to people watch and soak in the atmosphere of Central Park. 📍 Location: Bethesda Fountain, New York, NY 10024
- Cherry Hill: The cascading waterfall makes for one of the best places to take pictures in New York City! 📍 Location: Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
🚆 Subway: There are plenty of subway stations close to Central Park – 59 Street Columbus Circle; 5th Avenue and 59th Street; 72nd Street; 77th Street and Central Park North 110 Street.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | Aim to visit during peak times like April to catch the blooming cherry trees, October for the fall foliage, or after a fresh snowfall for magical winter wonderland scenes. Sunrise and sunset are magical times to photograph the glistening lake and bridges.
Rockefeller Centre & the Top of the Rock
How can I make a travel guide of the most Instagrammable places in NYC, and not include the stunning skyline view you’ll have seen all over Instagram?
In the purpose of full disclosure, there are a two places to get amazing city skyline views: from the Empire State Building and from the Top of the Rock. I personally recommend visiting the latter. It’s $20 cheaper, and you get skyline views of the city that include the beautiful Empire State Building. That makes it an easy win as one of NYC’s best photo spots!
When visiting the Top of The Rock, make sure to get your tickets ahead of time. You can order them online at their website and pick a time slot. Make sure to get there on time, so you don’t lose your spot. Then, make your way to the top of the 3 observation decks on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors for incredible panoramic views of the city.
🎟 Tickets: Buy your Top of the Rock Observation Deck tickets
📍Location: Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
🚆 Subway: If you’re taking the subway, the 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr Station is the closest station
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | For a slightly less crowded experience, I recommend visiting early in the day. However, the true Top of the Rock magic shines at night. Arrive a little before sunset to catch the city in daylight, as the sun sets, and at night. NYC has some pretty epic sunsets, so you will be sure to get great photos!
Filled with the bright lights of giant digital billboards, Broadway theatres and iconic restaurants, Times Square is an absolute must-see. Surrounded by energetic and buzzing crowds, there’s no beating the atmosphere.
Whilst it’s virtually impossible to take photos without other people in them, the chaos just adds to the Times Square vibe. This truly is the best place to visit for a quintessential New York City photo opportunity!
Stand in the middle of the bustling walkways and look up at the dazzling billboards. You can get a great Instagram photo with the displays and signs in the background, and with you in the foreground.
The best time to visit is at night, when Times Square really does shine. However, if you want to clearer shots of the area, visit during the daytime. I recommend avoiding the afternoon hours on weekends when the area is most crowded.
📍 Location: Theatre District, New York, NY
🚆 Subway: If you’re taking the subway, the 7th Avenue and 49th Street is the closest station.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | For photos with fewer people in the background, walk a block west to 8th Ave. There are also fun photo ops on the red bleacher stairs in Duffy Square.
Manhattanhenge at Tudor City Place
Twice a year, the setting sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid streets. It creates a sunset framed by concrete and glass skyscrapers – possibly one of the most magical you’ve ever seen. Whilst the crowds can be intense, but the experience and the photos are undoubtedly worth it.
Although the sun only sets directly in the middle of the street just twice a year, you can still get a gorgeous photo outside of these dates. The wide streets framed with architecturally beautiful buildings makes for a gorgeous photo of a setting sun!
📍 Location: Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017
🚆 Subway: The Grand Central-42 St subway station is your closest, but there are a number of bus stops that will take you closer to the bridge for the perfect shot.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | Get as far east of New York as you can for the best photo – the best cross-streets are at 14th, 34th, 42nd and 57th.
Head to the top floor of the Mandarin Oriental to find one of the best places for photography in NYC. This floor offers a stunning view of the city, highlighting where the concrete jungle meets Central Park. It’s the perfect spot for capturing gorgeous long exposure shots as the taxis drive by.
Whether enjoying a cocktail (or two), or having brunch with a view at their infamous Asiate restaurant, it’s a truly delightful experience.
⭐️ TOP TIP | Why not stay at the Mandarin Oriental during your visit? There are heaps of gorgeous Instagram-worthy backdrops inside this stunning hotel, and it’s sure to be worthy of a place on your Instagram feed. Click here to view prices.
One of the best photo spots in New York, Bryant Park is a gorgeous green space just behind New York Public Library. It’s surrounded by iconic skyscrapers, but is famous for its lush seasonal gardens, al fresco dining and fun activities.
It’s still touristy, but somehow Bryant Park manages to be an air of calm in an otherwise busy city. It’s a great place to sit and people watch, get a coffee, or enjoy the stunning backdrop of skyscrapers just outside the park.
If you’re in NYC in November, make sure to check out the wonderful Christmas market stands and the infamous ice rink!
📍 Location: Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018
🚆 Subway: The closest stations are 42 St-Bryant Park and 5 Av.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | Bryant Park is stunning all day and all year long. You can get some especially stunning shots during sunrise or sunset, or at night when the skyscrapers are shining.
The High Line
Once destined to be demolition, the High Line has a new lease of life as one of New York City’s most Instagrammable spots. This unique elevated park runs along a historic freight rail line above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side, and has absolutely stunning views.
The High Line features beautifully landscaped gardens, art installations, seating areas, and incredible views of the city and the Hudson River. It’s an absolute photographer’s paradise, with the old railroad tracks and steel beams intermixing with the lush greenery. Meanwhile, the art installations make for fun browsing as well as super colourful photo backdrops.
There are loads of great photo opportunities along the High Line, so it’s worth spending some time enjoying the area. Check out this guide to the High Line for inspiration on things to do, where to eat and places to go.
Some of the best New York photo spots on the High Line include:
- The 10th Avenue Overlook: Features a unique centered view down 10th Ave with the Empire State Building in the distance.
- The Diller-Von Furstenberg Sundeck: Relax on the quaint wooden chaise loungers and enjoy an elevated view of the Hudson River and New Jersey skyline.
- The 16th Street Viewing Spur: Creates a perfect symmetry with the parallel rail tracks leading to One World Trade.
- The Observation Deck: Incredible panoramic views of the city’s skyline, the Observation Deck is a wonderful addition to New York’s skyline and a great spot to enjoy the city’s beauty from up above.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | The High Line can get crowded during peak times so, for photos with fewer crowds, try visiting during off-peak hours. I recommend staying until late to catch some stunning sunset views and gorgeous golden hour shots.
Grand Central Station
Arguably one of the most stunning train stations I’ve seen, it’s not hard to understand why Grand Central Station is one of the top ten most-visited tourist attractions in the world.
Built in the early 1900s, the station is home to some of Manhattan’s most distinctive architecture. In fact, the interior design of the station house have earned it several landmark designations, easily making it one of the most Instagrammable places in New York!
Some of the best spots for photos inside Grand Central Terminal include the grand staircase facing the main concourse, the walkways overlooking the concourse, and the celestial ceiling depicting the zodiac. For iconic shots, stand on the central marble staircases or balconies to capture the concourse fully.
The terminal is free to enter (no tickets needed), but you can also take a guided tour of Grand Central Terminal to see some of the hidden treasures and secret gems within the station.
📍 Location: Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10017
🚆 Subway: Grand Central Station is serviced by the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S subway lines.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | The celestial ceiling of Grand Central Station is well worth it’s own photoshoot. To get the full ceiling in frame, I recommend using a wide angle lens such as the Olympus 17mm f1.8.
🏡 Lower Manhattan & Greenwich Village Instagrammable Places in New York
Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village unfold as ridiculously picturesque neighborhoods, inviting you to discover New York photo spots at every turn. From the historic charm of the Village to the modern marvels downtown, these Instagrammable places weave a visual narrative of the city’s diverse landscape.
This triangular 22-story, 285ft building has become such an iconic landmark of Lower Manhattan. So much so, the entire area is now referred to as the Flatiron District.
It’s one of the best Instagram spots in NYC because the entire area in front of the building is a paved pedestrian space called Flatiron Public Plaza. You can take as much time as you need to get the perfect photo!
📍 Location: 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
🚆 Subway: The 23 St station will find you directly opposite this beautiful spot.
🍽 RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION | Exploring NYC’s photo spots definitely works up an appetite. So, whilst you’re in the area, I recommend stopping by Eataly for some brilliant Italian food! It’s a really vibrant marketplace, filled with delicious Italian produce (including fresh pasta), restaurants and stores.
You could even opt to do a food, history and architecture tour of the area for stunning photos and a happy stomach.
The Friends building
If you’re a fan of the hit US-sitcom, Friends (which you totally should be – it’s hilarious), then this is a must-visit location for you!
It’s not where they actually filmed each episode, but instead is the outside of the building that they frequently showed on the show. It’s iconic, and makes for such a fun photo!
📍 Location: 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | The full facade of the building is fairly tall and there’s not a whole lot of space to shoot from far away, without having a lot of other tourists in your photo. To get the perfect photo, I recommend bringing a wide angle lens for street photography, such as the Olympus 17mm f1.8.
⭐️ TOP TIP | If you’re a super Friends fan, then why not check out the iconic Friends Experience whilst you’re in NYC? Indulge your inner enthusiast with two floors of interactive exhibits, and even get photos posed in Monica & Rachel’s stunning (rent-controlled) apartment!
101 7th Avenue Mall
The mall itself, and almost certainly everything inside it, is gorgeous. One of the best places to take pictures in NYC is inside the store, on the third floor, with a view looking down on the stunning white spiral staircase.
It’s also worth browsing and taking some cute photos with the stunning displays and luxurious armchairs. Let’s be honest: the whole store seems like it was made with Instagram in mind.
📍 Location: 101 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
🚆 Subway: The 18 St station will find you just two minutes up the road from this stunning mall!
READ MORE | Wondering how to fit all these sights into your NYC trip? Check out my ultimate 3 day NYC itinerary to find out how you can see the city’s best sights in a short trip!
Possibly one of the most beautiful hotel entrances I’ve ever seen, I can’t even begin to imagine what Nomo Soho looks like from the inside! Alongside a gorgeous seating area, they have a stunning vine-laced archway entrance which lends itself to some ridiculously beautiful photos.
📍 Location: 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
🚆 Subway: The Canal St station will find you just around the corner!
⭐️ TOP TIP | If you’re equally curious to see the beautiful and unbelievably Instagrammable interior, why not stay at the Nomo Soho during your visit? It’s sure to be worthy of a place on your Instagram feed. Click here to view prices.
Bar Hugo at Hotel Hugo
For beautiful views over the Hudson River, Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty, check out the 20th floor of Hotel Hugo in Soho. They have an incredible rooftop bar which just has to make my list of the most instagrammable places in NYC!
📍 Location: 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
🚆 Subway: The W Houston St-Varick St station will bring you just two blocks East of this stunning bar.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | I recommend staying for sunset to catch some stunning city views.
Possibly the most instagram-worthy clothing store I’ve ever seen, check out this Parisian flower-embellished shop front. Not only is it ridiculously gorgeous, but doesn’t it just scream “spring” to you?
📍 Location: 254 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
🚆 Subway: Your closest station will be E Houston St-2nd Ave.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is an iconic public park in Greenwich Village known for its stunning arch, gorgeous fountains, and lively atmosphere. It has quite an eclectic, artsy vibe – especially on weekends when performers and artists converge on the park
The central fountain and arch are arguably the park’s most common Instagram spots, and it’s easy to see why – they’re gorgeous!
📍 Location: Washington Square, New York, NY 10012
🚆 Subway: You have a choice for stations – either the W 4 St-Wash Sq or 8 St-NYU stations will take you just a few blocks either side of the park.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | Midday is the ideal time to capture photos of the arch, as you have symmetrical light on both sides.
🗽 Downtown NYC Instagram Spots
Dive into the heart of downtown NYC, where the city’s vibrant spirit meets iconic landmarks, offering endless places to take pictures in NYC. Whether capturing the Financial District’s skyline or the bustling streets, every photo from downtown NYC tells a tale of the city that never sleeps.
Statue of Liberty
Naturally, this had to make the list.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks and one of the best places to take NYC pictures. The Lady of Liberty stands proudly on Liberty Island, offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance.
There are a few great Statue of Liberty photo spots – here are my recommendations:
Take the Staten Island Ferry (free)
As a commuter ferry, the journey on the Staten Island Ferry is totally free and you can see the statue as it was meant to be seen. I actually made this trip twice: once during the day, and again at sunset / night. It was stunning, and I have no regrets!
However, it won’t get you super close to the iconic Lady of Liberty. If you want photos with the status, or to see its full scale in real life, I recommend heading over to Ellis Island appreciating her beauty up close.
📍 Location: Staten Island Ferry, 4 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
🚆 Subway: Either the Whitehall St-South Ferry or South Ferry stations will bring you almost directly outside of Whitehall Terminal to board the ferry.
Head to Ellis Island (paid)
Take a trip to Ellis Island to catch this stunning statue up close.
There are no wrong angles, but I recommend heading to the pedestrian pathways surrounding the statue. The pathway right at the base looking straight up at Lady Liberty is a really popular spot to appreciate the scale. Meanwhile, the pathways further away capture the full statue with the stunning skyline behind.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum has a second floor balcony that’s perfect for photos with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the Manhattan skyline in the back. The hardwood floors and large windows of the registry room also make an ideal photo backdrop.
💵 TOP TIP | If you are planning to visit multiple paid attractions in New York City, why not buy a Go City pass instead? You can choose 2-10 attractions from a list of 90+ top NYC experiences – including almost all of the paid ones on this list – for a flat price!
The Statue of Liberty’s crown and torch have recently reopened, so it’s well worth getting a shot from there. You can also get great photos from the main observation deck in the pedestal, with full views of the harbour.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | To avoid the weekend crowds, visit on a weekday if possible. Time your visit for around sunset to catch glowing golden hour shots, and avoid the afternoons when harsh shadows can make photography difficult.
Home to the financial district of NYC, you’ll find world-famous landmarks and beautiful architecture.
Embrace your inner Wolf of Wall Street and enjoy sauntering around the incredible buildings. Grab a cup of coffee or a hotdog from a nearby street vendor, and you can pretend for a split moment that you’re off to meet Mike Specter.
Whilst you’re here, don’t miss the New York Stock Exchange, and make sure to walk down Broadway to see the infamous charging bull and fearless girl statues.
📍 Location: Wall Street, New York, NY
🚆 Subway: Both Wall St stations and the Broad St station will take you right here!
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | The statues of the charging bull and fearless girl get insanely busy during the day. If you want a good photo, try and head there early.
One of the most insane and architecturally-amazing shopping centres I’ve ever seen, the Oculus is a definite Instagram location in New York.
It’s designed to look like a winged dove but, standing inside, it feels more like the inside of a whale. Pretty cool, nonetheless.
Head up to the top floor and take a picture of the stunning skylight for your Insta feed!
📍 Location: The Oculus, Church Street, New York, NY 10006
🚆 Subway: The WTC Cortlandt, Cortlandt St and World Trade Center stations will all bring you just a stone’s throw away from the Oculus.
READ MORE | Looking for some epic NYC Instagram Captions and Quotes to pair with your photos? Check out my post for 330+ awesome ideas!
🌉 Brooklyn Photo Spots in NYC
Uncover the Brooklyn’s endless through your camera lens with the best photo spots in Brooklyn. From the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the artsy streets of DUMBO, each snapshot tells a story of the borough’s unique character. Get ready to explore and snap your way through the undeniable allure of Brooklyn.
Easily one of the best Brooklyn Instagram spots, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as an iconic piece of New York architecture, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan. The bridge provides a breathtaking backdrop, especially during sunrise or sunset, when the city lights up.
The grandeur of the bridge offer a timeless and picturesque setting, making it a favourite among photographers and Instagrammers alike.
One of the best places on Brooklyn Bridge photos is from the pedestrian walkway looking back at Manhattan. Be sure to take pictures from both sides of the bridge for different vantage points of the Downtown skyscrapers.
For close-ups of the Gothic tower details and steel cables, walk to the centre of the bridge.
You’ll get the best photos if you take the time to walk across it, but do be warned that it’s ridiculously crowded. To see the best Brooklyn Bridge photo spots without huge crowds, I recommend going as early in the morning as you can bear to wake up.
📍 Location: Brooklyn Bridge Promenade, New York, NY 10013
🚆 Subway: The Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall st will take you right to the entrance of the pedestrian footpath for the bridge.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | If your itinerary is too tight to do a full trip across, I recommend going part-way across, taking your photos, and then walking back. Accounting for pedestrian traffic, this will probably take you about 35 minutes.
Aim to visit at sunrise or sunset for beautiful golden light on the bridge and Manhattan skyline. The lighting is perfect during the “magic hour” right after sunrise or before sunset.
Quickly becoming one of Brooklyn’s hottest neighbourhoods, DUMBO stands for ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’. It remains one of the best photography spots in Brooklyn.
The (ridiculously cute) acronym refers to a whole area of Brooklyn, rather than just one specific place, so you’ll also find restaurants and bars that have it in their name.
There are a few streets where you can take stunning photos, but Washington St is a photographer’s dream and arguably one of the best instagram spots in NYC.
The cobblestone streets and the view of the Manhattan Bridge make DUMBO both incredibly charming and photogenic, whilst the neighborhood’s artistic vibe and trendy atmosphere really add to the Instagrammable allure.
From here, you can get the iconic photo of the Manhattan bridge framed by two streets of stunning Brooklyn architecture. If you get the angle just right, you can even capture the Empire State Building centred right beneath the bridge.
This really is one of the best Brooklyn photo spots!
📍 Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201
🚆 Subway: York St station will land you a 5 minute walk away from this gorgeous viewpoint.
🍸 BAR RECOMMENDATION | Whilst you’re in the area, why not head to the epic rooftop bar at 1 Hotel for a refreshing drink with a gorgeous view.
The Bushwick Collective
For lovers of stunning street art, The Bushwick Collective is one of the best places to take pictures in Brooklyn.
This outdoor street art gallery features an ever-changing array of vibrant and eclectic murals created by local and international artists. The colourful and dynamic backgrounds provide endless opportunities for creative and eye-catching photos.
📍 Location: The Bushwick Collective, St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
🚆 Subway: Your closest subway station is Jefferson St.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers stunning panoramic views of Lower Manhattan’s skyline and the New York harbor. The elevated walkway is the perfect vantage point to capture the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center, against the canvas of the New York harbour.
The combination of the scenic beauty and the peaceful atmosphere makes it an ideal location for both daytime and sunset photography. Make sure you don’t miss it – it truly is one of the best places to take pictures in NYC!
📍 Location: Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn, NY 11201
🚆 Subway: Clark St or Court St stations will bring you about 5 minutes walk from the promenade.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | This is a great place to watch the sunset or catch an entirely new view of the city.
New York Transit Museum
Housed in a 1936 subway station, the New York Transit Museum is a unique and famous Brooklyn photo spot that combines history with aesthetics.
The vintage trains and interactive exhibits offer a distinctive backdrop for capturing retro-inspired photos, whilst the museum’s architecture and curated displays make it an engaging location for photography enthusiasts.
🎟 Tickets: A limited number of tickets are available for pre-purchase through the NY Transit Museum’s website. I highly recommend booking to secure your slot.
📍 Location: 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
🚆 Subway: Your closest subway stop will be Borough Hall.
💵 TOP TIP | If you are planning to visit multiple paid attractions in New York City, why not buy a Go City pass instead? You can choose 2-10 attractions from a list of 90+ top NYC experiences – including almost all of the paid ones on this list – for a flat price!
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a picturesque oasis along the East River, offering a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. One of the best photo spots in Brooklyn, this park provides stunning views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty.
Whether you’re strolling along the waterfront or relaxing in the park, every angle offers an unbelievable photo opportunity! Make sure you check out Brooklyn Bridge Park for some of the best New York photos.
📍 Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201
🚆 Subway: The park is quite lengthy, wrapping around the side of Brooklyn that faces Downtown. There are a few subway options that will bring you really close to the park.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a haven of blooming flowers and serene landscapes.
This Brooklyn photography spot invites you to explore themed gardens, from the Japanese Cherry Esplanade to the Fragrance Garden.
Each corner offers a burst of colors and textures, providing an ideal setting for botanical-inspired photos.
🎟 Tickets: Buy your tickets online to reserve your place, as last entry is 30 minutes before closing. You can also purchase a Go City pass to cover 2-10 attractions from a list of the top 90 in NYC.
📍 Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY 1123
🚆 Subway: Your closest subway stations are Prospect Pk, Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum, and Franklin Avenue.
🛤 Hudson Yards Instagram Spots
Get ready to elevate your Instagram game at Hudson Yards, where every corner is a canvas for capturing the essence of the city. From the sleek Vessel to the modern architectural wonders, these spots redefine what it means to capture the best New York photos.
The Hudson Yards Vessel
One of New York’s newest landmarks, the Hudson Yards Vessel stands has quickly become an Instagram favourite. The giant, interactive, honeycomb-shaped sculpture is made up of 2,500 claimable sets and 80 landings. You really need to visit in person to grasp the impressive scale and stunning design.
The architectural gem provides endless photo opportunities, easily making it one of the top New York Instagram spots. Climbing up its spiral staircases gives you breathtaking and ever-changing views of the city skyline and the Hudson River.
📍 Location: 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
🚆 Subway: The 34 St-Hudson Yards station will bring you just across the road from this infamous landmark.
📸 PHOTOGRAPHY TIP | When taking photos at the Vessel, try shooting upwards through its honeycomb cells to capture the unusual geometric patterns and lines. For epic shots of the city skyline and river, head to the upper platforms for the best view.
Perched atop Hudson Yards, The Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, offering a thrilling Instagram experience. 100-stories high in the air, with an entirely glass floor, this bar and observation deck offers 360-degree views of NYC. Talk about drama!
The Edge combines breathtaking views with an adrenaline-inducing experience, making it an extraordinary addition to your collection of Instagrammable places in NYC. Elevate your content to new levels – quite literally – at The Edge.
🎟 Tickets: Entry slots can go quickly, especially during peak times, so it’s worth grabbing your entry to The Edge early.
📍 Location: The Edge, 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
🚆 Subway: The Edge is located just around the corner from the Vessel, so 34 St-Hudson Yards station will bring you right there too.
🗺 Map of these New York Instagram Spots
Here’s a map of the top instagram places in New York – with all of the incredible spots, stunning views and fun activities I’ve mentioned already. Use this as a guide to help you travel between the most photogenic places in NYC during your trip, for epic photos.
You can click here to see and download the full map in Google Maps.
🙌🏽 Top Tips: Make the Most of NYC’s Best Photo Spots
Now that you have an absolutely epic list of cute places in NYC, make sure you make the most of every photo opportunity. Here are some additional tips to help you get beautiful NYC pictures at these photo spots.
- Wake up early to beat the crowd
With over 60m tourists visiting each year, NYC is one of the most touristy cities in the US. The best places for photos in NYC are almost always incredibly busy during the day. This can make it really challenging to take clean, aesthetic shots without having loads of other tourists in the background.
Although it might be painful to wake up early, getting to these spots in the morning will mean you have the most picture worthy places in NYC all to yourself!
- Plan your timing
Consider visiting popular locations during sunrise or sunset for optimal lighting and fewer crowds. This can significantly enhance the quality of your photos.
- Explore beyond the obvious
While famous landmarks are a must, don’t shy away from exploring hidden gems. Neighborhoods like DUMBO and Bushwick offer unique and visually appealing backgrounds for your Instagram feed.
📱Top Instagram Accounts to Follow for NYC Photo Inspiration
Looking for more photo inspo for the Big Apple? These are some of my favourite accounts that I’ve found over the years. They’re filled with tons of cute suggestions for your next aesthetic Insta photo.
- @ethanbarber.co (my favourite account!)
📝 Planning Your Next Holiday to New York City
- ✈️ Find the best flights to New York City with Booking
- 🏡 Find the best NYC hotel on Booking for your stay
- 📑 Get your visa through iVisa so you don’t have to fill out the forms yourself
- 💸 Get reliable travel insurance through World Nomads
- 🧭 Buy a NYC Go City Pass to explore the city on a budget
- 🛍 Pack a universal travel adapter, kindle, and a portable charger
And that’s it! The ultimate guide to the best instagram spots in NYC. If you’re heading to New York, and looking to get some Insta-worthy shots, then you’ll find this guide useful.
What are your favorite Instagrammable spots and photos from New York City? Share and tag your images – I’d love to see the creative photos you capture during your NYC travels!
🇺🇸 I hope this guide on the most aesthetic places to take pictures in NYC was helpful!
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