When you’re touring a city as big and busy as New York especially on a short trip, it’s easy to miss out on a lot of places. In this day of the digital age, whether we want to admit it or not, part of why we all travel is to take photos and fill our social media accounts of places we’ve seen or things we’ve done. Sounds bad, I know but we’re not called Millienials for nothing! :P After visiting the places for the 3rd time and staying for quite awhile seeing almost everything there is to see, we made a list of places for you to go to if you want to get the best Instagram worthy shots! We’ll share a few angles too and tips on where and how to take them :)
Dumbo. We’re very sure you’ve seen this on Instagram one way or the other. Probably from your favourite blogger or just friends who has gone to New York. It’s not so common though especially to tourists because when you only have a few days, it’s hard to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when there’s just so much to see in Manhattan alone. This place is amazing during sunset as it’s by the river and the sky just always seems to be so beautiful all the time. One day you get a light show of pink and purple colors and the next you get orange and yellow. Either way, get a nice shot of yourself with the Manhattan Bridge behind you. It’s quite a walk to get here though but it’s all worth it! :)
Tip: Make sure to take the photo from below to not get so much of the people taking photos as well in your shot :)
Brooklyn Promenade. To get the best skyline view of Manhattan, you have to see it from here! Not only do you get everything in one shot but you get the best as the Brooklyn Bridge is part of your backdrop too! Again, go just a few minutes before sunset so the light’s not too harsh.
Tip: If you want to go to Dumbo, make it on the same day you decide to go to Brooklyn Promenade. It’s literally just a 10 minute walk from there and the places you pass through are pretty ones too!
You can go the extra mile and see the skyline from the sky!
How? Book a helicopter ride to get a unique Instagram photo of Manhattan! Not everyone can or will do this ;)
Grand Central Terminal. Whether you’re a Gossip Girl, Sex and the City fan or just any movie you’ve seen that is set in New York, this place probably tops your list of things to take photos of! :)
Tip: Go at a very awkward time as there are less locals trying to get from one place to the other. When you do, you just have to dodge the tourists with their selfie sticks! :P Everyone seems to be nice though and give way to get a clear shot so just be patient and ask nicely :)
The Met. Okay, this I’m sure you want to go to because you’re a Gossip Girl fan. While it will be an iconic Instagram photo, take the time to go inside as the place (literally every corner) is Instagram worthy too!! :)
Tip: Avoid the weekends because chances are, it will be impossible to get a clear shot of you without photo bombers! :) Also, make sure to not miss the European rooms as they’re gorgeous! The rooftop is a must go too so you can see a part of the city’s skyline :)
Soho. This place has something for everyone. Whether you’re in it for the Graffiti backgrounds, cobblestone roads, pretty shop exteriors or just the cool stores you’ll see there, Soho is a place to spend a few hours on if you want street style shots :)
Tip: Do your research before hand and look for the spots you want to take your photos in because this place is massive! It’s easy to waste time here just looking for places.
Bryant Park. This is very close to Times Square and very walkable. The place is very different per season and in here you get a shot of you drinking coffee in a very New York way ;)
New York Public Library. This is just next door from Bryant Park and a place you shouldn’t miss. For all you SATC fans out there, this is the place where Big stood up Carrie in the movie. If you’re not, the steps can get your money shot and the rooms inside are lovely as well!
Tip: Avoid the weekends too!
Financial District. If you want to capture old New York, here’s the place for you. The buildings are well preserved and when you do go on a weekend and a very awkward time, chances are you’ll have less photo bombers behind you too! The Stock Exchange and the buildings around it can be great backdrops :) The alleyways are a must visit too!
Times Square. No need to explain this. If you don’t have a photo in Times Square then you didn’t go to New York! It’s always busy but if you don’t mind having night time shots on your Instagram feed, then make this the last place to go to before you end your day. There’s barely anyone at 1 am!
Flat Iron Building.
Tip: Go to the island in between Eataly and the centre where all the tourists take their photos. Not only do you get the Flat Iron Building in your shot, you’ll mostly likely get yellow cabs too which just makes your photo better ;)
West Village. This is the area where Washington Square Park is and that’s a nice place to take your photo too. What makes West Village so special are the unique restaurants, cafes or dessert places situated in it. What’s a trip to New York without food selfies right? :)
Central Park. My sister and I are actually not a big fan of Central Park because of it’s greens but we can imagine how beautiful it would be during autumn or when there’s snow! :)
Tip: Make your photos more special by having a do it yourself picnic or renting a boat at the Loeb Boathouse! It’s one of the more memorable things we did here in New York :)
And there you go! Hope this blog post will make your life easier on your trip to New York! :)