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The Best Instagram Worthy Spots in NYC You Cannot Afford To Miss


Taking aesthetic Instagram pictures is more about finding an amazing spot. Be it pregnancy pictures, wedding shoots, or just a random photoshoot you have organised with your friends and family – here are the must go photoshoot worthy places in New York City you need to go to:

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most famous Instagram spots. The world famous bridge that connects Brooklyn to lower Manhattan. In order to get the classic Brooklyn Bridge photo with the pylons filling the frame, you will need to get quite close to the center pylons. It is vital to consider the time of the day to get the perfect shot – ideally at sunrise or afternoon hours.

While capturing the picture, clicking towards the Manhattan skyline is a definite plus for your picture. As a bonus point, you can head to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to get an iconic shot with both skyline and bridge spanning across the East River at the famous Pebble Beach.

In addition to that, the long benches lined at the waterfront between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge makes it a perfect spot to take a breather. In fact, you can also grab a snack from the market behind, have a seat, and enjoy the people-watching.

In Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway starts at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. From Manhattan, start at the northeast corner of City Hall Park.

Top of the Rock

Ranking second is Top of the Rock which is at Rockefeller Center’s Observation Deck. First of all, the views at Top of the Rock are simply breathtaking. It is usually open from Saturday to Sunday from 8 AM until midnight. Therefore, ensure to reserve tickets right when they open to get time for a shoot when the crowd is less. Visiting on weekdays is also another hack as weekends are usually busy.

Here is the best part; at the mid-level point, you get to to see the bes view of the Empire State building. Another place to capture a great photo of the Empire State building is on the windowsill of the lowest level of the observation deck. If you are attempting for an iconic shot of Top of the Rock or New York City, then you need to snag a photo with the clear vision quarters only machines.

Locate Top of the Rock at: Westfield Word Trade Center, Church St, New York, NY 10006. 

The Oculus

The Oculus has only been open since March 4, 2016. It was designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava. In addition to that, the Oculus is a transportation hub and shopping mall that services the new World Trade Center. It is fair to state that the Oculus is definitely the most Instagrammable subway station! The exterior looks like a gorgeous white winged bird. While the interior is made up of interlocking white beams that look like ribs.

The Oculus has swiftly become one of the most unique buildings in the world. The world famous building is a must have on your Instagram feedback. Because of the builing’s unique features, it makes it one of the best Instagram spots in New York City.

As a photography tip, you can capture pictures at a wide angle lens. Place your stand at the viewing platform on either side. However, try to go in the morning hours when the crowds are less. When you go during the busy hours, people can cross over anf interupt the photoshoot session.

LOcate The Oculus at: Westfield Word Trade Center, Church St, New York, NY 10006. 

The Times Square

Times Square is definitely most famous spot in the whole of New york City and there is no way it would have not been on this list. However, it is the most busiest and noisiest place. Therefore, be prepared to take a couple of 100 shots before geting the perfect one.

At night there is alot of color and light. Therefore you need to be careful about the lighting and exposure. The constantly changing adverts changes the colors around, it can make it a bit challenging but definitely worth the hard work.

Location: Times Square is bordered by Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street, and Broadway.

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