Insta-Worthy Photo Op Spots In New York City

NYC1A trip to New York City = so many photo opportunities. If you’ve never been to NYC before, I’ll let you slide with a Time Square selfie, but other wise I encourage you to venture beyond the touristy-hyped area of Broadway and Midtown to some of the cool and eclectic neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Alphabet City, and the Upper East Side, to grab some photos. Get some shots of the skyline or find a cool wall to take pictures in front of. The city streets are never lacking in unique art or architecture, so clean out your camera roll before going photogging through the city. Here are some of my fave spots.

Central Park
Just beyond the Times Square tourist trap is NYC’s most beloved park. While it is quite beautiful year round, the colors during the fall will take your breath away. Be sure to walk down the Central Park mall to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to take in the landscape.

Central Park

Carl Schurz Park
A hidden gem on the Upper East Side. Located on 86th St and East End, it’s kind of a hike uptown, but well worth the trip.  Visit here to see beautifully maintained gardens, a clear view of the East River, and meet some adorably cute city puppies.

Carl Schurz Park

The Highline & Chelsea Market
An above ground park built on a old elevated railroad track exists on the west side of Manhattan and it is the coolest thing ever. Really rad art installations and botanicals line the three mile walk, which spans from 34th Street down to Gansevoort Street. Get off at the 16th Street exit so you can walk through Chelsea Market and grab a bite to eat.

Highline

Greenwich Village
You’ll find a lot of cool, random murals and street art in the village. For example, this photo was taken outside of Harry’s Corner Shop on MacDougal Street – an impromptu photo shoot happened.

GreenwichVillage

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Escape Manhattan to get a breath taking view of the skyline at night. I recommend taking the subway over to BK and then walking back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge to fully take in the sparkling lights.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

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