16 IG-Worthy Spots in New York for an Empire State of ‘Gram

14 Mar 2020
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The best and most iconic photo spots in New York!

In a city as big and beautiful as New York, you’re bound to run into a number of gorgeous sights. Stunning architecture, iconic landmarks, and a unique culture all contribute to making New York both a great tourist destination and Instagram hotspot.
When you’re heading to The Big Apple, here are 16 places to check out to give your feed that unique New York flair. Be sure you’ve got your 4G Portable WiFi to post them real time as well!
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1. High Line

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An elevated park and walkway found in New York’s bustling Meatpacking District, The High Line offers a ton of great photo opportunities. Snap a photo against the park’s gardens, or for a more urban aesthetic, take a picture against New York’s busy streets and buildings.
ADDRESS: Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, New York, NY 10011
OPENING HOURS: 7 AM – 11 PM, Mondays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: Hudson Yards (north), 8th Avenue (south)

2. The Vessel

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Part of the project to rebuild and diversify the Hudson Yards, The Vessel is an architectural marvel and the city’s newest adult playground. Made to resemble a beehive with its staircases and forming hexagons, it’s striking geometric shapes are perfect for patterns on your feed.
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ADDRESS: The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
OPENING HOURS: 10 AM – 9 PM, Mondays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: 34th Street – Hudson Yards Station

3. Brooklyn Bridge / DUMBO

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An icon of the city itself, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn while overlooking the East River. Other than finding spots on the bridge itself, check out DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a neighborhood close to the bridge for different angles when it comes to taking shots of the bridge.
When actually crossing the bridge, we suggest coming from Brooklyn to Manhattan, as you’ll be facing the city lights directly and be able to watch the buildings light up the night. The DUMBO street that’s featured in the photo is the corner of Washington and Water.
ADDRESS: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038
BEST TIMES TO GO: Late afternoon (5 PM) to Dusk (8 PM)
CLOSEST STATION: Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall station

4. The Oculus

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The Oculus is a marvelous piece of architecture constructed in honor of the World Trade Center and those who’ve fallen during the 9/11 attacks. Its symmetrical roof and white paint make for gorgeous subjects, especially when accompanied with colored lighting. You wouldn’t even need to worry about finding it as you leave the subway because The Oculus is a hallway away from the Fulton Street Station!
ADDRESS: Church St, New York, NY 10006
OPENING HOURS: Open 24 Hours, Mondays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: Fulton Street Station

5. Washington Square Park

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As one of New York’s more well-known landmarks, Washington Square Park brings together tourists, locals, students and street performers all in one spot. This is a great space to meet up with friends, people-watch, and relish in a classic New York pastime.
ADDRESS: Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan, New York, NY 10012
CLOSEST STATION: 8 St. – NYU Station or Christopher St. – Sheridan Square

6. Central Park

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New York’s most iconic park, Central Park rests between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan. Take a bike ride all across Central Park to view all the locations from your favorite movies or to give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There’s so much to see and do in Central Park, it’ll probably take up an entire day to experience it all.
ADDRESS: Central Park, New York, NY
OPENING HOURS: 6 AM – 1 AM, Mondays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: There are a lot of subway stations that stop at Central Park

7. Grand Central Terminal

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Grand Central Terminal is a must-visit New York landmark for both its design and historical significance. The station has stood since 1871 and has evolved to include modern comforts like a food court and shopping mall but still maintains classic design and architecture perfect for your Instagram feed!
ADDRESS: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
OPENING HOURS: 5:30 AM – 2 AM, Mondays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: Grand Central–42nd Street Station

8. New York Transit Museum

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Found yourself wanting to get a shot of you in a subway car alone but the trains are just too packed? Head over to the New York Transit Museum and no one will be the wiser! If you’re going for a more humorous and funny shot, get into position and pretend you’re driving or catching up to a speeding train.
ADDRESS: 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
OPENING HOURS: 10 AM – 4 PM on Tuesdays – Fridays, 11 AM – 5 AM on Saturdays and Sundays, closed on Mondays

9. Brownstones

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Apart from skyscrapers and century-old landmarks, another thing you’ll find in various New York neighborhoods are brownstone apartments. These idyllic homes usually feature a stoop and alcove windows that look charming in every angle!
While this photo by @retrospective92 was taken in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, you can also find more brownstone houses to pose in front of in Brooklyn and the West Village.

10. Coney Island

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Take a walk in this neighborhood and take in all the bright colors and thrilling rides over at Luna Park, Coney Island’s own amusement park. For fans of retro and vintage-style photos, you’ll definitely get a good amount of fun and IG photos in this one location! Best to stay through the night so you can take some snaps against the park’s neon lights, too!
ADDRESS: 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
OPENING HOURS: 11 AM -10 PM on Mondays – Thursdays, 11 AM – 12 MN on Fridays – Sundays
CLOSEST STATION: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue

11. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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For scenic views, take a stroll down the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, a lesser-known park in the city that offers the same amount of charm as Central Park. This 52-acre garden thrives in the heart of New York and offers a lot of lush greenery for its citizens amidst the many buildings and skyscrapers. Take relaxing, earth-inspired shots at every corner of this pristine botanical garden.
ADDRESS: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
OPENING HOURS: 8 AM – 6 PM on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, closed on Mondays
CLOSEST STATION: Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or Prospect Park

12. Pietro Nolita

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Get those pretty in pink photographs when you visit Pietro Nolita in Little Italy! This bright pink restaurant serves fresh and seasonal Italian food if you think that its exterior isn’t enough to get your feed looking fabulous.
ADDRESS: 174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
OPENING HOURS: 11 AM – 2 AM on Wednesday, 11 AM – 11 PM on Thursdays on Thursdays – Saturdays, 11 AM – 12 MN on Sundays – Tuesdays, 12 MN – 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays

13. Nomo Soho

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Nomo Soho is a luxury hotel in Crosby St. that houses one of New York’s favorite photo spots, a stunning archway decorated with plants and fairy lights that’s sure to spruce up and brighten up your feed.
ADDRESS: 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
CLOSEST STATION: Broadway/Grand St.

14. New York Public Library

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Head over to the New York Public Library and grab snapshots on their iconic marble steps! A lot of pop culture was either referenced or made in this iconic attraction, so you can definitely check off a Sex and the City-inspired photo here!
ADDRESS – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018,
OPENING HOURS: 10 AM – 5:45 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays, and Mondays, closed on Sundays, 10 AM – 7:45 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
CLOSEST STATION: 42nd St – Bryant Park

15. The MET

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art or The MET was made popular by shows like Gossip Girl and events like the MET Gala. This should be enough reason for you to drop by and perfect that Serena Van Der Woodsen shot at the steps!
However, if these pop culture references don’t ring a bell, you should know that the MET is considered one of the best museums in the city, so you’ll definitely be missing out if you skip this attraction!
ADDRESS: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
OPENING HOURS: 10 AM – 5:30 PM on Sundays – Thursdays, 10 AM – 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
CLOSEST STATION: 77th Street or 86th Street

16. L’Appartement Sezane

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L’Appartement Sézane is bringing Parisian flair to the streets of New York! Head on over to this boutique on Elizabeth St. and get those OOTD shots for the ‘gram against its quaint exterior. Be sure to pop in the store for a look around, too – their products are just as cute!
ADDRESS: 254 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
OPENING HOURS: 11 AM – 7 PM on Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12NN – 6 PM on Sundays, closed on Mondays
CLOSEST STATION: Bowery or Broadway-Lafayette St.

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