New York City is arguably the most instagrammable city there is. From skyscrapers, to beautiful and ornate buildings, to incredible skyline backdrops, NYC is the perfect place to capture the perfect picture for the gram. If you’re visiting or are lucky enough to call it home, here are my top 10 most instagrammable places in NYC! The only catch? Trying to get the shot without anyone in it!
If you’re new here, you may not know that I lived in Brooklyn, NY for FOUR years! I blogged during the last year that I lived there so I spent most of my weekends on the hunt for instagram-worthy backgrounds! My top 10 includes both places in Manhattan and Brooklyn, so this should give you a good mix to pull from!
Without further ado, here are my top 10 most instagrammable places!
1. DUMBO (Brooklyn)
This is one of the most iconic areas to “get the shot!” The middle picture here is where all the tourists flock to get the iconic shot with the Brooklyn Bridge directly behind you. Pro-tip: This is a great area to shoot because there’s SO many cute walls and backgrounds. There’s also a visitor center with a nice bathroom so I was able to do multiple outfit changes here!
2. Park Slope (Brooklyn)
This is hands down, one of my favorite neighborhoods to stroll through on a Sunday afternoon. The streets are quaint and you’ll find beautiful homes to borrow for a quick snap! The sunflower wall is right outside my favorite place for brunch, Wild Park Slope!
3. Brooklyn Public Library + Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
If you want to shoot multiple outfits, going to the Brooklyn Public Library won’t disappoint! You can get some fun shots outside the library, then change your outfit in the bathroom at the library, and head out to the Grand Army Plaza to shoot additional looks! The Brooklyn Museum is just a few steps away as well so this whole area is a great place to get content!
4. Bushwick (Brooklyn)
True story: I lived in Bushwick the first year I moved to Brooklyn. I stuck out like a sore thumb because a lot of the folks who lived there were artsy creatives who wore all black everything, while I was the girl walking down Bushwick in my floral print dresses. This place is one of my favorite places to shoot because it is the MECCA of wall art! Such unique and fun backgrounds to shoot! I brought several outfits to shoot and found a coffee shop bathroom to change into. This place is also the home to my all time favorite taco spot.
5. Brooklyn Bridge
Need I really say more? Absolutely must see. Just beware–you will be surrounded by tons of tourists, so if you want the bridge to yourself, going at sunrise is your best bet! You can also take photos underneath the bridge like I did in the middle!
6. The Highline (Manhattan)
The Highline is a beautiful walk with gorgeous skyline views of the city! Walk the Highline and work up an appetite and then head downstairs to Chelsea Market for a delicious lunch!
7. Central Park (Manhattan)
Central Park is so massive and there are so many hidden gems to take photos! There are public restrooms but the quality can be questionable so I recommend wearing things that are easily changeable. For this shoot, I kept the same bottoms and just changed my top so that it was an easy change in the public restroom!
8. Flatiron Building (Manhattan)
This is also one the most iconic shots there is in Manhattan! The key to getting the shot here is coming early on the weekends–there’s virtually no one there! It’s nearby Eataly so once you’re done shooting, head over there for a bite to eat!
9. Sezane + Soho Streets (Manhattan)
Sezane became THE storefront to instagram last spring and for good reason. They have a beautiful floral display that makes the for the most darling photos! I believe they change up the display every season so you can grab new shots every time they rotate their display!
10. New York Public Library near Bryant Park + Bryant Park (Manhattan)
Bryant Park is incredibly beautiful during the winter–so festive with an ice skating rink and holiday shops! Take photos here and then hop over to the NYPL for some photos in front of a beautiful and historic building!
If I’m being honest, any and every corner of New York City is really instagrammable. The corner stores, bodegas, shops with fruit stands and flowers are ALL so charming and perfect for the quick snap. This list only touches the surface of the possibilities of shooting in New York! NYC will always have a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to live, work, play, and blog while living in this incredible city.
Are you planning a visit soon? Let me know in the comments where you’d want to take photos in the city!