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11 Must See Instagram Spots in New York City to Photograph

I spent the past weekend in New York City, a place I’ve oddly spent little time in. With so much to see my good friend Phil Martin (@phil.martin) and I (@someguy) hit up some of the most iconic photo spots in the city. Since both of us love using Instagram we had to visit these top New York City Instagram spots. If you haven’t taken a trip to this incredible city be sure to stop at all of these epic sights, it is full of photo ops! The Best New York City Instagram Spots // ihitthebutton.com

Here is my list of the best places to take pictures in NYC:

Top of the Rock

Empire State Building from Top of The Rock

Empire State Building Lit Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day

Top of the Rock has to be one of the best skyline views of New York. The only downside is that tickets are $26 and often require a wait. We rushed to get there before sunset but sadly the first available tickets were 2 hours later, so I recommend buying tickets online.

In addition to the view of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center you can get a great view of Central Park from the north side of the building.

Top of the Rock on Google Maps

9th Street Path Station Tunnel

9th Street Path Station in NYC

Tunnel to the 9th Street Path Station

With its dirty but clean looks and it’s unique ceiling pipework the 9th street Path tunnel speaks for itself. If you head down to the platform you’ll see a great view of the stairs and pipes as well.

9th st Path on Google Maps

World Trade Center Path Station (The Oculus)

World Trade Center Path Station (Oculus)

One of the newest additions to NYC the Calatrava-designed Path station at the World Trade Center is pure beauty. Dubbed the Oculus, its unique design was chosen so that sun rays would hit the World Trade Center footprints every September for the autumnal equinox.

WTC Oculus on Google Maps

Fulton Center Skylight

Fulton Center Skylight

Skylight in the Fulton Center

When Fulton Center opened up hundreds of photos of its unique skylight flooded my Instagram feed. If you want additional angles you’ll have to pay to get into the subway system.

Fulton Center on Google Maps

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building Surrounded by Green

The Flatiron building is probably one of New York City’s most iconic buildings due to its unique triangular shape. We visited on a rainy overcast day but there’s plenty of cool shrubbery to frame your shots.

Flatiron Building on Google Maps

Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View

Dumbo View in New York

The Manhattan Bridge from Water Street

On Water/Washington street in Dumbo you’ll get an epic view of the Manhattan Bridge along with the Empire State Building in the background. Just be sure to watch out for cars that occasionally drive down this street’s unique cobblestone road.

You can also walk a block up to the coast and see the New York City skyline from Pebble Beach.

Dumbo View on Google Maps

Tudor City Bridge

View from Tudor Bridge at Night in NYC

The bridge above 42nd street in Tudor city allows for some epic views of NYC traffic and a great view of the Chrysler building. It’s even better in the summer when the trees have bloomed.

This is a great spot to shoot day or night, plus if you show up at night parking is usually easy.

Tudor City on Google Maps

Radio City Music Hall

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About a block from Top of the Rock be sure to stop by Radio City Music Hall and see its iconic signage. The reflections are especially beautiful when the streets are wet from rain.

Radio City on Google Maps

Times Square

I couldn’t make a list about New York City without including Times Square. Granted it’s a packed tourist mess but it’s still the most popular Instagram spot in the world.

Ironically I didn’t take any photos in Times Square but I’m sure you are familiar with what it looks like.

Times Square on Google Maps

Aerial Photos From a Helicopter

Nyc Aerial With Empire State Building

Flying from a helicopter can give you a unique perspective of the big apple! There are plenty of companies that do heli rides around the city but I used FlyNYON on their 15 minute doors off flight. If you have some extra cash I think it’s well worth the experience.

If you do book a flight I recommend bringing two camera bodies since they don’t let you switch lenses during the flight.

Anything with One World Trade Center

One World Trade Puddle Reflection

You can see One World Trade Center just about anywhere in lower Manhattan. It’s fun to line up streets in your shots of this massive building.

The photo above was taken through a puddle outside of the Fulton Center.

One WTC on Google Maps The BEST places to photograph in New York City Click To Tweet

Map of New York City Instagram Spots (link)

Here’s a map to reference all of the locations above if you’re planning a trip to NYC.

Let us know some of your favorite spots in NYC to photography in the comments!

There are also plenty of places not included on this list that are worth checking out such as Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the George Washington Bridge.

5 Comments

  1. You guys didn’t hit up the High Line? And I highly recommend you check out Albertine Books the next time you’re in the city!

    1. Haha right??? SO good. But you hit up a lot of great spots. I still haven’t gotten that iconic DUMBO Brooklyn Bridge shot yet. (But I also avoid leaving the island…)

    1. Haha I wish it was as fancy as putting the camera underwater, basically get as close to the puddle as possible. The photo you’re seeing is flipped so the main image is actually the reflection.

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