New York City is an overly populated city that is competitive with trendy spots. You have the opportunity to photograph historic sites in your own style, or brand new spots that are always opening up! As a photographer, or someone who just loves to take pictures, you could spend weeks finding hidden gems in this amazing city.
I hope these pictures inspire you to see some of these beautiful sites!
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Top of The Rock
Top of the rock is located at the top of the Rockefeller Center. You have to pay $30-$45 to get to the top, but you will get a breathtaking view of NYC’s skyline – with the empire state building in the view too!
Brooklyn Bridge / Dumbo
The Brooklyn Bridge is the most popular bridge in NYC that links Manhattan to Brooklyn. You can either walk or drive all the way across the bridge, but the best picture spot is the side closest to Brooklyn. This way you get the entire Manhattan skyline in your photo!
Dumbo is located off the bridge on Water and Washington St. This is a cobblestone street that gives you the perfect view of the Washington Bridge. One of the most photogenic streets in New York!
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station is filled with picturesque spots, it’s hard to just pick one! The trickiest part about this spot is, it’s extremely busy! You will have to be patient getting a picture, but in my opinion… I think the picture turns out better the busier it is in the background!
This spot is right when you walk in and walk down the stairs. You get a view of the entire station and all the busy people running around in the distance!
Times Square is located right in the center of Manhattan and has spots all over where you can sit and take a picture with the billboards in the background.
How did I get a picture with no one in the background you may be asking? If you stay out bar hopping long enough, Times Square will be completely deserted, ha!
Whether you have a magical horse and carriage or not, this spot in Central Park has an outstanding backdrop! Located at the Cherry Cove fountain near the most popular proposal place in NYC, Bow Bridge. You get the trees, lake, and a piece of the skyline in the background. So beautiful!
Rockefeller Center (Winter Time)
If you are going to New York City in the winter time, ice skating at Rockefeller center is a big bucket list item! If you time it well enough, you can even get the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in your shots!
I love this spot because it’s not only a great spot to take some pictures, but such a fun activity to do with friends or a date!
Westfield World Trade Center
Westfield World Trade Center is located near the 911 Memorial and museum. You can snap a few shots of this picturesque, all white mall AND get some souvenir shopping done. This mall is ginormous and has a subway and train station link right to it.
Statue of Liberty
To get to the Statue of Liberty, you will have to pay for a ferry to take you to the island. The tickets are fairly inexpensive, considering it’s a full day excursion. These tickets are only ~$18.50, and include Ellis Island too!
To walk around the bottom of the Statue of Liberty, it is free (other than the ferry cost). If you would like to take the stairs up to the pedestal, there is an additional ticket you need to buy.
Around the bottom of the Statue of Liberty are shops, restaurants, and a grass area to sit and take pictures.
Empire State Building
Obviously, the empire state building is one of the most popular sites in New York City for taking pictures. You get a beautiful view of the skyline, but beware that it does cost a pretty penny!
In my humble opinion, I think the view from the Top of The Rock is twice as pretty for half the price and half the crowds.
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