5 New York photo spots you must visit

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We’ve all been there before – scrolling through our instagram feeds, minding our own business (hardly), and coming across those photos that make you immediately want to jump inside the image and be there in the moment. But no city is this more the case than New York – the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. So to help you snap the best shot of The City, here are 5 New York photo spots you must visit.



1. Manhattan Bridge

If you’re an avid Gossip Girl fan like me then the view of Manhattan Bridge through buildings, is one you will be familiar with, as it’s often featured when showing the Humphrey Loft in Brooklyn. You’ll locate it by Google Mapping ‘Dumbo’ and the view is quite literally where the red pin will pop-up (Washington and Water Street junction). If you’re not GG fan then not to worry, it’s still a pretty fantastic view! You can even see the Empire State Building through the arches of Manhattan Bridge from certain angles.



2. Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building was built in 1902, it’s infamous for it’s triangular shape. It is truly spectacular to look at and I think it’s my favourite building in Manhattan. To get a snap of it head to Broadway and E 23rd Street!



3. That Central Park Bridge

Also known as Gapstow Bridge. Often pictured covered in snow and looking idyllic in the midst of a Central Park winter wonderland. Again, apologies for the xoxo GG reference, but it’s the spot where Blair likes to feed the ducks. If you want to visit the spot, it’s most easily reached through the E 60th Street Entrance.



4. Brooklyn Bridge

Whilst you can walk over the bridge to take some beautiful photos, head to Main Street Park in Brooklyn, on the banks of the East River to gain a gorgeous view of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. It’s well worth a visit, if I lived in the city I think this would become my quiet thinking spot. For beautiful lighting and reflections visit here about an hour/half an hour before sunset.



5. Empire State Building

This one is a little more obvious, however for a beautiful view of the city head up to the Top of the Rock. You can see everything the city has to offer from here, including the best view of the Empire State Building. For spectacular views of the city lit up go after dark. For a view across the city visit on a sunny day and if you’d like to watch the city lights turning on head up about half an hour before sun set.

Looking back this kinda looks a little like a Gossip Girl photo location post. If you’re after a full list of the best Gossip Girl locations in NYC, you’re in luck!

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    October 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    All great spots, but I would like to add and highly recommend anyone interested to go across the river to the Jersey City side. Areas such as Exchange Place or Pavonia Newport piers give you amazing views of the Manhattan skyline, especially during sunset!

    Clipping Path
    August 8, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Missing the city dear! I have left so many memory on those places. I wish to be there once again.

    Jaspreet Soni
    May 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Talk about fun-filled. New York seems like the perfect city for a weekend visit! Thanks for sharing your experiences! Those are some awesome pictures. I especially loved the Central Park bridge!

    May 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    i love central park. isn’t there filming a home alone and that lady with doves?

    The Blonde Tourist
    April 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’d also add the Highline. Beautiful walk through the city with artwork and graffiti scattered throughout. Love it! BT x

    April 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Great place to visit in New York ! Have you any idea about Places To Visit In Alabama?

    Diva In Me
    April 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Totally agree with you. They’re all beautiful architectures. Besides the Flatiron building, I’ve been to the rest. Another must visit place to me is Ground Zero.

    April 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I’ve got the 4 out of 5 shots! The only one I miss is that particular bridge in Central Park. I usually visit Bow Bridge!

    April 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    As anyone been to the high line in new york ?

      April 27, 2015 at 1:45 am

      I’ve been there twice! It’s a nice place to walk!

    April 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I love NYC and the GG references . I wish i was back there again , i heard that apparently the Flat Iron building is turning into a hotel in the near future.

    Keri Blair
    April 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Oh how you make me miss NY! Thanks for sharing.

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    April 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Ok. I have to come back to NY. Ahhh I miss this city!

    Mary m
    April 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I need a list like this for Washington, DC if anyone can help me narrow that city down!

    Love these tips and pics. Thanks!! Mm

      April 27, 2015 at 1:48 am

      Washington DC is a city easy to navigate, since a lot of sights are packed along the National Mall. A few of my favorites are the Capitol (outside), The Library of Congress (beautiful interiors), the Botanic Garden, The Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and FDR Memorial. For lovely (and Instagram worthy neighborhoods) check out Georgetown and Capitol Hill!

        Mary m
        April 27, 2015 at 2:56 am

        Thank you so much! I’m going for work and have been trying to plan how much of everything else I can sneak into the same trip!

    April 26, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I definitely want to visit the first one! I always see so many cool photos done at this location.


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    Stephanie Rogers
    April 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Feel like I’m going on a comment spam on all your posts! Will be saving this one for my next trip to New York! Really wonderful photos.

    The Student Traveller

    April 26, 2015 at 12:08 am

    For sure NYC offers an amazing array of beautiful sights. We got great photos when we went.

    Funnily, I just published my impression of the city when I visited:

    I’m wondering if I missed a trick, since it is loved by so many 🙂

    Mathilde x

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    April 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I usually make it to NYC once per year (whenever I’m back in the U.S. for the holidays), and I’m saving this post for next time. I also really love the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Heights promenade. It’s so ‘Annie Hall.’

    April 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Saving this post for dear life. Scavenger hunt for when I go to NY!

    April 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

    NYC is amazing. Great views 🙂 I love the Brooklyn bridge one for a relaxing spot while still seeing the city.

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    April 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

    You are enticing me to go there!

    Bianca Polycarpe
    April 22, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I was in Dumbo the other day and took a picture of the Manhattan Bridge view with my film camera. Your picture is beautiful. I am also a big GG fan!

    April 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Great picks, makes me want to go back to NYC!

    Michelle Meyer
    April 22, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Loved this post! Very true 🙂

    Jake Ryan
    April 22, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I can’t wait to visit New York again this year. I can’t go long without needing to be back in NYC. Definitely heading to Dumbo for a great view of the bridge this time though 😀


    April 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful pictures, love NYC. x

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 22, 2015 at 5:51 am

    NYC is my favorite city! I’m so glad you enjoyed the sites 🙂

    Brittany Stopa
    April 22, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Great ideas here! In a city so big and often overwhelming, it’s helpful to know where to go for some iconic shots. And on your travels around to collect these shots, there will be plenty more beautiful sights to see along the way!

    April 22, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I’ve been twice in NY, but i have never seen the flat iron building!
    Well, we’ve got one in the city next to mine (The Hague, Netherlands), so i’m familiair with it 🙂

    April 22, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Indeed, there are so iconic places in NYC that inevitably become the object of photo-desire for anybody having a camera in their hands! Great idea for a post!

    April 22, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Love New York. This makes me want to visit again. 🙂

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    April 22, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I am coming this year with Virgin from London! Thanks for the tips.

    April 22, 2015 at 12:05 am

    oh I loved New York, and these are all fab suggestions. I have a werid obsession with bridges, I just think they look so majestic. Great shots!

    Malena Permentier
    April 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I’m visiting NYC for the first time in June so this post couldn’t have come at a better time! absolutely love these suggestions. Can’t wait to see it for myself.

    X Malena

    April 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    It’s one of my dreams to visit New York city! All of these photos are amazing, and this is such a unique and helpful post. Thanks so much for sharing!

    April 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Walking across the Brookyln Bridge at night is my favorite. There’s something timeless about it that’s difficult to capture in a photograph. Glad you enjoyed NYC as always, Brooke! I hope you’ll visit Washington, DC soon!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    April 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Yes those should be visit going to New York!

    The Traveling Dyosa
    April 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I love going to Bryant Park at night to admire the illuminated Empire State Building.

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    April 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I just noticed that I have to come to NYC.
    The idea famous photos to see in real is great.
    thanks for the idea

    Best, Patricia

    Sarah Lynn
    April 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Sometimes it still shocks me that I have never been to New York City.
    All of this NYC talk is just perpetuating my love of a city I do not yet know.
    Thanks for all the inspiration !

    April 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I thought the Flatiron was incredible in real life. It’s certainly the most classy building in NY. Reminds me a bit of Europe when I walk by it.

    April 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I would also add views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn pier. There are so many interesting things going on there throughout the year, you are bound to get a few great pics.

    April 21, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    grest list! I’ve been in each of these locations and I LOVE the Gossip Girl reference. I would also recommend the High Line in Manhattan! Let me know what you think:) I’ve started to begin compiling list of my favorite restaurants in the city on my blog! Let me know if you have any recommendations there 🙂


    April 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    All great picks – I would also suggest the Cloisters if you’re into castles…who isn’t?!