It’s hard to find the most Instagrammable places in NYC! Every street, every corner of the American metropolis is a perfect setting for taking photos and post them on the Social Media app.
I think we can change its nickname from The City to The Instagram City. New York City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (top three, in my opinion) and one of the most visited.
So, when you get here, you certainly do not want to waste the opportunity to see the most photogenic places in NYC.
And since no vacation lasts forever, as far as I know, it’s a must to be selective about the places you will explore. Here are the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
20 Most Instagrammable Places in NYC
1. Central Park
You can build an entire Instagram feed by photographing the green, white or multicolored rectangle (depending on the season), situated in the heart of Manhattan.
Central Park, the famous American park, is huge. It’s 4 km long and 800 m wide, and every centimeter of this surface it can be one of the best places in NYC to take pictures.
Inside, you will find plenty of beautiful places, bridges, lawn meadows, alleys shaded by secular trees, wrought iron benches, bridges, lakes, cute squirrels, and even a skating rink in winter.
But the most photogenic places in NYC that can be found in Central Park are Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, The Mall, and Bow Bridge.
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Although it was Instagram that turned this place into one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC, people were taking photos here even before. Especially when it came to photoshoots for special occasions, like weddings.
Therefore, one of the most Instagramable places in NYC is the Manhattan Bridge, beautifully framed by the two industrial-looking buildings.
Dumbo comes from Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and is part of a Brooklyn neighborhood. Be sure to find plenty of influencers here because they love to take photos in the most photogenic places in NYC. So, I recommend you get to the area as early in the morning as possible.
How to find it: 39-21 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Statele Unite ale Americii or just type on Google Maps: Dumbo Manhattan Bridge – Photography Location
3. Battery Park
To get to the southernmost point of Manhattan, you have to take the subway and get off at the South Ferry station.
Here, you will find a pretty cute park, but with some magnificent views, which have the Statue of Liberty in the foreground.
It may not be one of the best Instagram spots in NYC, but is definitely a must-see and a very good starting point for your Instagrammable New York themed trip.
4. Empire State Building – exterior
Although it doesn’t need any introduction, the building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West Street 34 is New York’s most iconic skyscraper.
With a height of 381 meters, the Empire State Building has conquered people from all over the world through appearances in numerous film productions.
There is no movie or series filmed in Manhattan without having a scene with Empire State. But the most famous of them and the one who emphasized the building is the King Kong movie.
You can admire the building in many places in the city, so I cannot recommend a particular address. Empire State is without any doubt one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
5. Empire State Building – top
If you arrived in New York for the first time, it’s time to visit the Empire State Building. The feeling is unique when you have the opportunity to admire the city that never sleeps from the top.
The observation point offers a magnificent 360 panorama, with views to Central Park and all the surrounding neighborhoods.
And if you choose to visit near the dusk, you will be able to admire a sensational sunset. This is what makes the top of the Empire State Building one of the most photogenic places in NYC.
Knowing that the observation point is on an outdoor terrace, prepare for some lower temperatures and strong winds.
6. Chrysler Building
Shorter than Empire State, but at least as beautiful, is the Chrysler building, in Art-Deco style. Like most of the buildings in Miami.
Chrysler Building can also be admired from the Empire Building because it’s located quite close to it. It looks best after dark when billions of lights light up the city skyline.
Therefore, one of the best places in NYC to take pictures is with the Chrysler Building on the foreground.
7. Times Square
If you need to wake up early for most of the places presented in this article, you don’t have to put this effort into Times Square.
You don’t have to be a morning person to get an Instagrammable New York photo here, as the famous intersection looks much better at night.
When it is enhanced by the multitude of advertisements, people, colors, and lights.
Times Square doesn’t need any description because it is a feeling, an experience in itself that can only be understood when you are there.
And, of course, it is one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
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8. One World Trade Center
Empire State ceased to be the tallest building in New York with the appearance of One World Trade Center, a 541-meter building located in lower Manhattan, near the former twin towers, collapsed on September 11, 2001.
Like any respectable skyscraper, One World Trade Center also has an observation deck, from where you can admire the Statue of Liberty in all its splendor, but also the most famous bridges that connect Manhattan, Brooklyn, and other surrounding neighborhoods.
And just like the Empire State and like many others iconic buildings in The City, One World Trade Center is one of the best places in NYC to take pictures.
9. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Do you remember the stairs on which Blair and Serena were planning their future actions in Gossip Girl? Well, the steps belong to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
It is by far the largest art museum in the US, having some impressive collections from all eras of human history.
As spectacular as it is inside, just as beautiful and Instagramable is the outside. And we must admit is a big plus the fact that we can recognize it from so many movies.
Add MOMA on your list of best Instagram spots in NYC.
Time to upload on your Instagram feed a picture of the most expensive metro station in the world.
The Oculus has cost no less than $ 4 billion, and I’d say that the ultra-futuristic design it’s worth the investment.
The spacecraft-like ceiling is a magnet for likes on Instagram. Oculus is one of the most Instagrammable places in New York.
One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, namely in Lower Manhattan, is Soho. Abbreviation from South of Houston Street.
Why is Soho part of the Instagramable New York? Firstly, due to the impressive collection of cast-iron facades, secondly to the cobbled streets and thirdly to all the chic boutiques you can explore here. I think the image below is explicit enough.
12. Top of the Rock
Although the panorama on the Empire State Building is a must-see, you should also see the image with the famous skyscraper in the foreground.
You can do this by buying a ticket for Top of the Rock Observation Tower.
I guarantee that you will take some beautiful pictures from here from the 67th to 70th floors.
You can even get a great view of Central Park, as long as it won’t be a blurry day. Therefore, make sure to check the weather before purchasing the tickets.
Top of the Rock is not only a must-see when you visit Manhattan, but is also one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
13. Grand Central
Another iconic and Instagramable place in NYC is the Grand Central Terminal, a gorgeous train station.
And a lot of movies have been filmed here as well, so it is very possible to have the feeling that is an extremely familiar place.
The architecture in the main hall is fabulous and Instagramable, my favorite being the constellation ceiling.
14. 5th Avenue
Considered one of the most expensive streets in the world, the road starts from Top of the Rock Observation Tower and ends at Harlem River. Basically, it runs almost the entire length of Manhattan.
On 5th Avenue, you’ll see NYC’s most important buildings: Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Therefore, on the 5th Avenue, you have all the chances to find some of the most photogenic places in NYC.
15. Wall Street
Welcome to Wall Street! The place that gives the exact time in finances and manages billions of dollars every day.
Here is also the home of the New York Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the most successful companies in the world.
Wall Street is part of New York’s financial district and is a place you shouldn’t miss when visiting the American metropolis.
The most Instagramable place on Wall Street is The Charging Bull, a bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica, an American artist of Italian origin.
He installed the statue after the 1987 stock market crash to symbolize the resistance of the American people. The bronze sculpture weighs 3200 kg!
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16. Brooklyn Bridge
By far the most Instagrammable bridge in New York is the Brooklyn Bridge. The one that makes the connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn, as the name itself suggests.
Brooklyn Bridge can be crossed by cars, pedestrians, or cyclists. This is a big plus for photographers. They love to come here and take the coolest photos of the city.
Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It has a length of 1825 meters.
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17. Flat Iron Building
The building was designed in 1902 by architect Daniel Burnham. It became famous because of its unique shape, similar to an iron.
Moreover, if you look for the perfect angle, Flat Iron seems to have only one side. An optical illusion that is worthy of appreciation on Instagram!
It remains one of the most photographed buildings in New York, even though it is a pretty busy area where it is difficult to take pictures.
You must certainly arm yourself with a lot of patience to get the ideal photo. Flat Iron, as can be seen from the image below, is also very visible from the Empire State.
18. High Line
Built over an old rail line, about 10 feet above street level, the High Line offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. It is a pleasant walk and the opportunity to take many Instagrammable photos of New York. Therefore, you shouldn’t skip it
19. Yellow cabs
It wouldn’t be New York without the famous yellow taxis that color the gray streets.
They have become a symbol of the city and are a color patch that looks great in photos. Therefore, no matter where you are, yellow taxis are a feature in Instagram photos that best convey the city’s vibe.
20. Stuyvesant Street
I will close the list of the most Instagrammable places in NYC with this very charming street. The Manhattan street system is grid-shaped, with perpendicular and numbered streets.
One of the few streets that makes the discordant note in this regard is Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest and most charming in the city.
Located in the East Village, the street is named after Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch colonial governor.
It’s a very Instagrammable place because it brings the bohemian air of the old New York.
Where to stay in New York
Accommodation in New York City depends on many factors. If you choose to stay downtown, you will pay more, but you will be close to the most important tourist attractions and the most Instagrammable places in NYC.
If you stay in the suburbs, then you will pay less, but it will take you longer to arrive in Manhattan. However, these are my top recommendations for every budget.