Amazing Photo Spots in New York
New York is a traveler's photo paradise. With plenty of inspirations to work with, the districts and neighborhoods, modern skyscrapers, gritty street art, and panoramic views bring endless opportunities to capture picture perfect shots. Navigating through New York on a photography hunt can be an intense experience, so we’ve mapped out some amazing spots to take photos in NYC. Get the full map in New York Like A Local.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Starting off at the first photography spot of the NYC is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This spot gives a spectacular view of the Financial District’s skyline. You can see all the way from the One World Observatory to the Empire State Building. The obvious view of the river gives a romantic atmosphere, where you'll see couples coming out on date night or taking their wedding photos. The park is great for activities such as jogging, dog walking, hanging out with friends, but it is also a perfect to take some fantastic pictures of New York. From here, you can also walk around the charming and peaceful neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights.Best time to go: Early morning or late morning.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the world and is on many photographers’ the bucket list. Travelers from all around the world gather to walk across this historic bridge; therefore, you can expect some traffic. You can continue from the Brooklyn side of the bridge (Dumbo) and admire the skylines of Manhattan to Brooklyn. From here you can see Midtown to the North, the Statue of Liberty to the South, West of the bridge is downtown Manhattan, and East is Brooklyn. It is the perfect photo combination of NYC and the riverbanks.Tip: Watch out for the bikes!
Best time to go: Early mornings or during sunset.
In the heart of the busy Financial District, you will find the perfect spot to take a picture of Stone Street- the old remnants of New York City. The historic brick buildings, dating back to 1632, beam a crimson hue along the short cobblestoned streets, with dangling flags flying overhead. The small buildings give an intimate feel to the district, which is rare to find in the buzzing city. Stone Street is a popular location for Instagram followers to capture their next post.Best time to visit: Afternoon.
One World Observatory
Take an exhilarating elevator ride up to the 102nd floor of the One World Observatory (the world’s tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere) for an unparalleled view of New York City. With a 360-degree view of Upper Manhattan, the neighboring boroughs, Statue of Liberty, and Jersey City, it hardly ever disappoints photo enthusiasts. If you are visiting at night, it is a spectacular place to take night time photography of NYC. The entrance fee of $34 will grant you access to all the three levels of the Observatory deck. The line up can take some time, so don’t forget to book ahead and skip the line with Tiqets
Best time to go: Afternoon or Sunset.
Washington Square Park
If New York is the meeting point of the world, then Washington Square Park is the center of it. You will get the full New York experience at the park, where people from all walks of life use the space for different purposes: outdoor activities, dog walking, political demonstrations, religious preaching, and street performing. The laidback atmosphere brings people together, which makes for a great spot for street photography in NYC. Watch all the excitement of the plaza from the marble arch and observe the daily ongoings of New York.Best time to go: Mornings.
Graffiti Hall of Fame
Taking photos in New York isn't complete without experiencing the NYC street art scene, which will leave you gawking at the impressive and vibrant murals. Sprayed across four concrete walls are stories vibrant in color and message that cannot be replicated anywhere else. In the 80s, the ad-hoc gallery started out as a safe place for aspiring graffiti artists working on their tagging, which in turn gave way to artistic murals. Over the coming years, its motto became "Strictly Kings or Better", encouraging only the best street artists to leave their mark. The Graffiti Hall of Fame is located as part of Jackie Robinson Educational Complex's playground and is only accessible after school hours.Best time to go: After school hours (5:00 pm)
Jackie Robinson Educational Complex on E 106th Street and Park Ave.
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
One of the highlights of New York is experiencing the natural beauty of Central Park within the hectic madness of the city. The park offers several different locations and photo spots that are ideal for nature and scenic photography. For a unique photo of New York, head to the southern side of the lake where The Bethesda Arches and the Fountain are located. The grand features of the Arches and the peaceful atmosphere provides a stunning photo opportunity against any backdrop, dawn or sunset. For a discounted bike or rollerblade rentals check out Tiqets.
Pomander Walk is an architectural escape from New York’s modern high-rises. It is a community of traditional Old-English homes, where photographers can observe the details of the Shakespearean style houses- made with bricks, stucco, and half-timber. It will transport you back to the old streets of London. Mind you; this gated community is private. The hidden gem is located between Broadway and West End.
It does not matter what photography skills you have - avid Instagrammer or expert photographer- you’ll be able to discover the best places for photography in New York. Grab your camera (phone, Polaroid or DSLR) and get snapping! Find out where fellow photographer and Travel Designer for New York Like a Local Guide, Brit Healey, likes to hang out with her camera in her latest interview.