New York, New York, so good they named it twice. This city is arguably one of the most famous cities in the world. Rich in history, art, culture, and fashion with delicious cuisine, friendly people and stunning architectures, it’s no wonder it gets an average of 55 million visitors per year. It’s also the home of so many celebrated artists, musicians, actors, photographers, designers and historical figures. If you visit The Big Apple for the first time, don’t forget to check out these 10 most Instagram-worthy places in New York City.
With its bright lights and giant billboard advertisements, the iconic Times Square is the most visited tourist spot in NYC and one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections. The lights are on 24/7 which is why New York is known as “the city that never sleeps.” It is located at the junction of Seventh Avenue and Broadway, starting from 42nd to 47th street. Times Square is also known as the Broadway Theater District and one of the busiest shopping and restaurant spots in New York. With its colorful and ever-changing lights, it’s ranked as the 2nd most Instagrammed places in the world. If you are a fashion blogger, you won’t want to pass an opportunity to have your outfit photos taken while crossing the busy street in style.
The Statue of Liberty
A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the world’s most famous landmarks – The Statue of Liberty. Not only it’s a symbol of New York, but it also represents freedom and independence. In fact, its original name was “Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was a gift from France designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi to celebrate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. A great way to visit Liberty Island is booking a trip with StatueCruises.com and climbing all the way to her crown to enjoy the picturesque view of Manhattan and New York Harbor and snap as many Instagram photos while at it. Alternatively, you can also hop on the Circle Line Cruise, which will take you around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for more photo opportunities.
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center, the magnificent glass 104 story skyscraper also known as the Freedom Tower, is reconstructed over the site where the original World Trade Center once stood, before it was destroyed by terrorists on September 11th, 2001. Soaring up to 1776 feet tall, it is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth tallest building in the world. It stands as a shining symbol of defiance and memory of the tragic attack. The tower’s countless windows and beacon on the top of light up at night, making it a dazzling addition to the city’s skyline. It’s worth a visit to see the city from its highest point of view. The glass sky pod elevators with floor-to-ceiling LED technology show visitors a time-lapse of the development of New York’s skyline from the early 1500s to present day as they take you up to the observatory on the 102nd floor. The observation deck not only offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and the harbour but it also has the interactive Sky Portal and City Pulse, which delivers a close up view of the streets and landmarks below.
Empire State Building
Made famous by the Hollywood film “King Kong” when the giant gorilla climbs to its top spire, the Empire State Building is another one of New York’s prominent landmarks. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it also another great spot to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and popular tourist destinations with the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor. It was built in a distinguished Art Deco style in 1931 and is also a National Historic Landmark. At night, it’s top floors light up in an array of colours which change according to the occasion. The popular hashtag #empirestatebuilding with 959,337 posts on Instagram to date is an obvious reason you should visit this iconic place whenever you are in New York City.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Let’s not forget the famous Brooklyn Bridge. This massive suspension bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. It is also one of the oldest bridges in America. Two arched towers, where the suspension cables, are attached are also a notable feature of the bridge. Spanning over 5989 ft, the elevated footpath for pedestrians is sure to be a memorable scenic walk with a wonderful view of the downtown Manhattan skyline and the bridge’s towers. Not only Instagrammers love taking photos at this place, but many couples also choose Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop for most the memorable photo shoot in their life: wedding photography.
Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States not to mention one of the most filmed locations in the world. It’s not a surprise as this massive 843-acre park which extends from 59th street to 110th street has a myriad of picturesque spots such as the giant rock formations on the park, lakes, grand fountains, countless sculptures, gardens, Central Park Zoo and Belvedere Castle. There’s a ton of activities from horse carriage and boat rides, performances to walking tours to learn more about the park’s rich history. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and snap a picture of the beautiful contrast of the green expanse against the background of skyscrapers. A huge park in the busiest city in the world. It’s the best of both worlds.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Located on the eastern edge of Central Park on 82nd street and 5th avenue is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in America. It hosts a permanent collection of over 2 million works and 17 curatorial departments which feature paintings and artefacts from around the world. You’ll be spoilt for choice with taking pictures of various works of art, paintings and sculptures from America, Africa, Greece, Rome, Egypt and Asia. There are some other departments which display modern and contemporary art, medieval art in the Cloisters, suits of armour, weapons and historical musical instruments from around the world, the Costume Institute’s period costumes from the 15th century to present. The architecture of the building itself is beautiful with the magnificent arched ceiling at the entrance, the array of towering statues at the Petrie European Sculpture Court and the Egyptian Temple of Dendur.
The Flatiron Building
Another renowned landmark in New York City is the Flatiron Building. This unique triangular building resembles a clothes iron, hence its name. It was built on 1902 on the triangular block formed by 5th Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street. It is considered a groundbreaking skyscraper and is a favourite spot for artists and photographers.
There’s no place like Downtown! SoHo is a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan and its name means South of Houston Street. It spans from West Broadway to Crosby Street and Houston to Canal Street. This was the neighbourhood of many famous artists and art galleries since the 1960s, making it a hub of creativity in New York. Today it is a trendy area with fancy restaurants, upscale designer boutiques such as Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton and world class galleries like the Andre Zarr Gallery. Some celebrities have made this district their home and it’s also a popular movie set location. Hollywood famous movies such as Ghost, Men in Black, Unfaithful, Spiderman were filmed here too. It’s no surprise to us that SoHo is one of the few places in the city which have that old world charm with its cobblestone streets, cast iron buildings, quaint cafes, galleries and a beautiful view of the One World Trade Center.
The High Line
The latest addition to New York worth visiting is the High Line. It is now an elevated park which used to be an old railroad in 1847. The park’s walkway extends from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street with beautiful landscaping and art installations along the path. It’s a pleasant way to admire the scenery of the city from above while being close to nature. There are perfect picture-taking spots along the pathway since it passes by larger-than-life murals on the buildings nearby, the Meatpacking District, Hudson River and Empire State Building are also in clear view.
There you have it, 10 most Instagrammable locations in New York City. If you know other Instagram-worthy places in The Big Apple, please leave us a comment below or share with us on our Instagram or Facebook.