Best Photo Locations in NYC for First-Time Visitors

October 22, 2018
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It's been almost ten years since the first time I visited New York. It was back in 2009 and I spent a few days there before going to my final destination: my au-pair year in San Francisco. The city that never sleeps stole my heart. I especially loved the architecture (and the shopping!). The place is heaven for any photographer. NYC has so many picture perfect spots you will need several memory cards during your stay.

New York is an incredible city to explore. There are so many things to see and do that it can be quite daunting when you visit it for the first time. The second time I visited was a year later and I got to experience it much more than the first one as it was known territory. Once again, it took my breath away. Every time you visit the city is different and the word "boring" disappears from your vocabulary while you are there. You can bump into celebrities or walk into a movie set at any moment. New York should be in everybody's bucket list. You simply cannot love it.

So how can you make the most of NYC photography? Let's see some tips together with 25+ photos that will give you serious wanderlust.m&m store nyc
New York is a very popular place for tourists and photographers alike so be prepared to wait at picture perfect locations to get your shot. The most beautiful photos are taken at golden hour or blue hour but if you want to have the place to yourself you are going to have to wake up at the crack of dawn and get there before everybody else.
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Visit the museums. You can't miss the Guggenheim, the MOMA or the MET.
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Designer fashion shops are spectacular. Walk around 5th Avenue and also go to SoHo. Photography inside is generally forbidden but some of them have impressive facades too.
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If you have enough time, visit one of the other boroughs like Harlem. It's so different from Manhattan but equally impressive. I had the chance of attending a Gospel mass in Harlem and it's and experience I will never forget.
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Get lost in Central Park. It has so many beautiful photo opportunities! There are so many things to photograph there: the people, the Bethesda Fountain or the romantic Bow Bridge! How dreamy it would be to do a photo shoot there with the first rays of light... The Loeb Boathouse is also a beautiful place to photograph and to eat, I had an amazing meal there.
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Remember John Lennon at the Dakota. This New York landmark was his home until his murder in the archway of the building in 1980.dakota building nyc central park imagine
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The statue of Atlas carrying the heavens in front of the Rockefeller center is one of the most impressive photos you can get.
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Photograph touristy spots from a different angle like beautiful Lady Liberty below.
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The Brooklyn Bridge is a true New York icon, from there you can see all the major New York City Buildings like the Chrysler or the Empire State buildings. Speaking of the Empire State, make panoramas when you are on the top. The views of the city are jaw-dropping.
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Capture the most vibrant colors (and eat great pasta!) at Little Italy.
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Photograph the Flatiron building from all the possible angles. Did you know that its name comes from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron?flatiron building nyc
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The iconic hotels. The Plaza, The Palace and the Waldorf Astoria must be in your pics. They are too pricey for most of us but you can always go in and take a peek to see how beautiful they are inside.
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For night time photography go to Times Square. The screen contrasts with the darkness and that equals amazing photos.
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Whether it's day or night, you must stop at Grand Central Terminal. How many movies can you name that have been set there?
Tip: a long exposure is needed inside the station to capture your perfect shot.
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If you go to Brooklyn you can get a beautiful view of the Washington Bridge from a place called DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Right now this is one of the most popular instagrammable spots in New York City.

When in New York...put on your walking shoes, charge your camera batteries, empty your memory cards and set off on the amazing adventure that is visiting New York City.


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  1. Great shots and suggestions for visitors!

  2. Nice photo-colection, beautiful post.

  3. Such a beautiful city with no shortage of amazing places to take photos! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Oh wow! This is such a nice post and very helpful :)

    Please check out my latest post, too? I'd love to hear something from you! :)

  5. Nice series of images!

    Thanks for linking up at

  6. I am book marking this for the next time I go to New York. I was there in September. Sadly it rained the whole day we were there. We were running for cover it was raining that hard. Hoping to explore the west village the next time I go!

  7. It's been awhile since my last visit to NYC. These photos brought back memories! There's so much to do and see in NYC that you are absolutely right that the city never sleeps. If only I can last that long!

    Maureen |

  8. I agree with you 100%. New York has a plethora of places to take photos, it's hard to select just one place to visit! I loved visiting the MET, and walking along Times Square felt like I was in a dream. I hope I can revisit someday soon! #citytripping

  9. So beautiful.This is a little that I need to visit. Thanks for sharing it, #CityTrippin

  10. Ohh beautiful photos :) Any recommendation on a particularly good photo location for January?

  11. Great pictures! Thank you for your tips.


  12. I haven't been in NYC in winter, but I bet snowed Central Park is photographer's heaven

  13. There truly are so many beautiful places to take photos in NYC. We were there during Christmastime and it was a great time to visit! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  14. Gorgeous photos! I went to NYC for my 30th birthday. Unfortunately, it was just a long weekend trip, so I didn't get to do as much as I would have liked. Your photo tips will be useful for when we return! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  15. So many places, so little time! If the weather is good, just about anywhere can serve as an iconic NYC background in a photo. The great public library is another option as well as the Lincoln Center plaza. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  16. Love these photos! Makes me miss NYC. I lived there for 13 years. My favorite spot is Central Park so glad you took some time to explore it. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  17. What a beautiful city and such beautiful photos!

  18. Thanks for sharing this! Planning on making it to NYC some day and your post has given a Midwesterner who has never been there great ideas of things to check out.

  19. What a great post and love the tips. Thanks for taking me 'home' (sort of
    ! I lived in Darien for 15 years, an hour outside NYC, so recognise many of your photos. The Whitney is the new rather spectacular curated American art gallery and it is near the Highline. Two places to add to your list for next time!

  20. I think NYC is the only place in the United States that I would love to go, lol! Because it's NYC! Love your pics...and I hope to get there some day, soon :-) #TheWeeklyPostcard

  21. You just can't run of gorgeous places to take photos with in NYC. Easily, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Love your shots dear!

    Jessica |

  22. I agree, Biana! It's impossible to run out of places to photography in NYC

  23. Thank you for stopping by and for the link-up :)

  24. So glad you liked the post, Kelleyn! I'm so sorry it rained a lot while you were there, that's the worst when you travel. I hope you get better weather next time.

  25. Thanks for your comment, Maureen!

  26. Those places are amazing! I hope I can go back some day too. NYC is one of those places I'd love to revisit

  27. I'd love to see NYC in Christmas time, I bet it's magical

  28. Thanks, Kimberly! I hope you can go back to NYC soon :)

  29. I agree, Deborah! I didn't mention those two but they are a must.

  30. Glad you like them, Anisa! Wow, it must have been amazing to live in NYC for that long.

  31. I agree, NYC it's one of the most amazing places in the world!

  32. So glad you like the pics, Kat! Have a wonderful day :)

  33. Thanks, Carolyn! It must have been amazing to live near NYC :)

  34. I've lived in New York City for a bit and these are SUCH exceptional photos. You definitely got some different angles of popular spots. Really enjoyed looking at it. Great job!


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