The Most Instagrammable Places in NYC
My guide to the most Instagrammable places in NYC. From old classics like the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park to the new Vessel and renovated Empire State Building.
1. Central Park
Bow Bridge, Bethsheda Fountain, Row boats, the list goes one. You can literally take pictures in Central Park for 2 days straight.
You will not get a picture on Bow Bridge alone unless you wake up early like I did. This was taken at about 8am during the week in early spring and even then I had to wait a little until all the dog walkers were out of sight.
The row boats are seasonal and only open from 10 until sundown. I got there for about 11:30 and didn’t have to wait too long. The row boats are $15 for 1 hour plus a $20 deposit. CASH ONLY
Location: Between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. To get to the spot in the top photo on the right >>enter Central Park at 59th Street. This flat rock is behind the Wollman skating rink.
2. Top of the Rock
Epic views for sure, but it will cost you. The Top of the Rock Experience costs $45 per person, but I kinda of feel like you have to do it once! You can get at least 3 different shots here. Get tickets here.
3. The Highline
One of the most incredible urban parks in the world, the Highline is something locals and tourists can both enjoy. The Highline is 1.45 miles long elevated park on the West side. This is a FREE attraction.
Location: Chelsea- The access point I usually use is near Chelsea Market at 10th Ave and 15th Street. Both of the photos below were taken near this entrance.
4. Brooklyn Bridge
Walking over the Brooklyn bridge is one of my favourite things to do in NYC. If you are disciplined enough to go at sunrise its a real treat. Of course the sunset is stunning as well, but you will have plenty of company.
Location: From Dumbo, Brookyn to Lower Manhattan
Tip: STAY OUT OF THE BIKE LANE. You will get yelled at by commuters.
5. Washington Square Park
Doesn’t everyone love an arch? They look so regal. The marble Washington Arch was built between 1890-1892 and replaced a wooden arch erected in 1889 to honor the centennial of the first president’s inauguration. There are benches, a chess plaza and a pretty fountain that gets turned on in spring. Oh and this Christmas Tree during the Holidays!
Location: Greenwich Village
6. Flatiron District
The Flatiron District and Madison square park are lovely locations for photography. There are ALWAYS people taking pictures here and I’m not sure there is really ever a quiet time. Luckily there a ton of different angels you can try! This is also the home of the Original Shake Shack, which has outdoor seating and cute string lights.
In recent years this area in Brooklyn has become super popular. The Washington Street vantage point of the Manhattan Bridge is probably the most photographed spot in Dumbo. Whenever I want to take photos here I try to get there before 7:30am. Any time after that and there WILL be a line.
Location: Washington Street, Brooklyn
8. Grand Central Terminal
Grand central is the third busiest train station in North America and definitely one of the most beautiful! (photo from inside to come soon) I was here at 8am on a Sunday and there were still white a few people around! In the weekdays it’s absolutely crazy so plan accordingly!
Location: Midtown, Taxi rank is on East 42nd St.between Vanderbuilt and Lexington Ave.
Grand Central Taxi rank
9. The Vessel : NEW
This new structure opened on March 15, 2019. It is a spiral staircase that allows you to see things at all different vantage points. It’s quite impressive even from the outside! One of the newest location to make the most instagrammable places in nyc list.
Location: Hudson Yards
Tip : In order to go inside you must have a ticket. Tickets are currently free but they just need to be booked. Advance booking is suggested, but there are some day of tickets. More information here.
10. Stuyvesant Street
Located in the East Village, Stuyvesant Street is one of the oldest streets in NYC! It’s a relatively quiet street which made it so easy to take pictures here.
Location: East Village
11. L’Appartement Sézane
A cute clothing boutique that changes with the seasons! They always have adorable decorations. It’s a favorite amongst bloggers! The pictures shown are what it looked like in December.
Location: Nolita- 254 Elizabeth St.
12. The Empire State Building
The Empire State building had a massive 165 million dollar renovation. It reopened in 2019 with new views points, interactive displays and plenty of spots to soak up the history. There are various ticket options so you an do 1, or all 3!
13. The Oculus
Transport hub and mall in downtown NYC. The white symmetrical walls will give a nice contrast to your other NYC photos! Take this photo on the 2nd level. I have someone stand a few steps up to get this shot.
Location: Financial District
Other Most Instagrammable places in NYC:
- The Statue of Liberty
- Staten Island Ferry
- Rooftop Bars
- Times Square
- The Met
- Grand Central Station
- Coney Island
- Manhattan Bridge Overpass
What do you think are the most instagrammable places in NYC are?
If you’re looking for an amazing NYC based photographer contact Amanda Vaelynn. She took all the couple photos featured here from Dumbo and Flatiron!
Check out my other Instagram Guides :
Heading to NYC around the Holidays?
- Where to Eat and Drink in NYC for the Holidays
- Ultimate Holiday Guide to NYC
- Christmas Instagram Guide to NYC