New York City has to be one of the most photographer friendly cities in the world. With loads of unique buildings, its epic skyline, and stunning bridges NYC is a must visit for photographers. I (@someguy) headed to NYC to capture some of the most iconic photo spots in the city.
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!
Here is my list of the best places to take pictures in NYC:
- 1. Top of the Rock
- 2. 9th Street Path Station Tunnel
- 3. Little Island at Pier 55
- 4. World Trade Center Path Station (The Oculus)
- 5. Fulton Center Skylight
- 6. The Vessel in Hudson Yards
- 7. Grand Central Station
- 8. Brooklyn Bridge
- 9. Flatiron Building
- 10. Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View
- 11. Tudor City Bridge
- 12. Delmonico’s Restaurant
- 13. Washington Square Park
- 14. Radio City Music Hall
- 15. Times Square
- 16. Aerial Photos From a Helicopter
- 17. George Washington Bridge
- 18. Anything with One World Trade Center
1. Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock has to be one of the best skyline views of New York. The only downside is that tickets are $34 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
2. 9th Street Path Station Tunnel
With its dirty but clean looks and its 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. Street photographers will love taking portraits here as well.9th st Path on Google Maps
3. Little Island at Pier 55
One of the newer places in NYC to take photos is Little Island. The island is located near Hudson River Park and features views of the city and incredible architecture.Little Island Google Maps
4. World Trade Center Path Station (The 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
5. Fulton Center Skylight
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
6. The Vessel in Hudson Yards
One of the newest additions to New York City is the Vessel in Hudson Yards. The incredibly unique structure is a series of stairs that loops around to an incredible height. Sadly to go up the Vessel it’s temporarily closed but you check their website for the latest information.
It only takes about 15 minutes to climb the stairs and get to the top of the Vessel. When photographing the Vessel I recommend brining a wide angle lens and playing around with as many angles as possible.The Vessel on Google Maps
7. Grand Central Station
In the heart of the city is Grand Central Station which is one of the most iconic train stations in the world. With plenty of history the and stunning halls Grand Central is well worth stopping in for a quick photo of the main hall.Grand Central Station on Google Maps
8. Brooklyn Bridge
Built in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge is just something you think of when you think New York City. With its unique stone and steel design the bridge spans over the East River to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. Peering over the edge to see traffic passing by or just taking a selfie in the middle of the bridge’s walking pass always came out great.on Google Maps
9. Flatiron Building
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
10. Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View
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
11. Tudor City Bridge
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
12. Delmonico’s Restaurant
In addition to the Flatiron building Delmonico‘s has a fantastic street corner to capture.Delmonico’s Restaurant on Google Maps
13. Washington Square Park
You’ll find Washington Square Park in the heart of Manhattan. This historic Greenwich Village park is fantastic for people watching and is known for its giant concrete arch.Washington Square Park on Google Maps
14. Radio City Music Hall
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
15. 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.Times Square on Google Maps
16. Aerial Photos From a Helicopter
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.
17. George Washington Bridge
There are plenty of interest perspectives you can capture of the George Washington bridge as it spans over the Hudson river.George Washington Bridge on Google Maps
18. Anything with One World Trade Center
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
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.
If you’re traveling north of NYC for fall foliage you can also read my Upstate NY photo guide. Upstate New York features stunning mountains and waterfalls to explore.
Let us know some of your favorite spots in NYC to photography in the comments!
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8 comments on “18 Best Places to Take Pictures in New York City (Photo Guide)”
Thank you for sharing about travel guide and I really enjoyed this post.
Great list of NY shoot spots. I’ve led shoots in several of these. Demas Hall has long been one of my favorites, as it’s near my old apartment: https://www.cinespot.co/listing/demas-hall-annunciation-greek-orthodox-church/ Good stuff
Nice guide! I love New York with it’s vibrant atmosphere. A perfect place for travel photographer!
Awesome photos! How did you get the one with the puddle? Is the camera actually under the water, or just very close above the surface?
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.
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!
OMG that looks awesome! well now I need to go back -_- I have seen the highline in posts before. I’ll have to do an update on my next visit 😛
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…)