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Top 12 Instagrammable Places in New York City

Find out what the top 12 Instagrammable places are in New York City. From classic spots to hidden gems.

Whether you are aspiring to be an influencer, travel blogger, or simply like to post and share pictures with your friends, New York City is truly a fantastic opportunity to fill your Instagram feed and boost your follower, like numbers, impressions and engagement.

So here’s a list of like-and-follow-proof Instagrammable places that you can find in New York City.

Bow Bridge

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Crafted of cast Iron, the iconic Bow Bridge lies in the middle of the park at 74th Street. The picturesque atmosphere makes it ideal for a perfect shot, even for non-expert photographers. Its changing seasonal colours makes it very versatile and good fit for the colour grade of your Instagram feed.

Dumbo

Manhattan Bridge, New York
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Located in the northern part of Brooklyn, DUMBO is located under the Manhattan Bridge, and that’s where it got its name from. Yes! in case you didn’t know, DUMBO stands for “Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass”. Its surroundings have been used as settings for many movies – just to mention a few Once Upon A Time In America (1984) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Empire State Building

Empire State building
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Its silhouette is an icon for New York City, and for the United States in general. Whether you are taking a picture from the top or from the outside, the Empire State Building will got your phone out of your pocket in no time.

Flat Iron Building

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This very singular and unique building stands out from the Big Apple skyscrapers, not for its length but for its characteristic triangular shape.

Brooklyn Bridge

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The Iconic Brooklyn Bridge maintain its beauty at every time of the day, but if you want to make the most if it I suggest you to go during sunset when the sky lights up with a red/orange tint, offering breathtaking views. If you can, try to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, you will have a stunning view of the skyline approaching with every step.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, New York
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Symbol of freedom, hope, and opportunity, the Statue of Liberty deserves one or more tiles in your Instagram feed. Definitely a must-go destination if you have never been there before.

Subway

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Although technically it is like any other subway (a train taking you from A to B), the one in Manhattan is definitely worth photographing. Its characteristic layout has been a setting of countless movies and TV series scenes.

Top of the Rock

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If you have a limited budget and limited time, and you are not sure whether to visit the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock I would highly recommend you to choose the Top of the Rock over the Empire State Building. The view from the Top is just outstanding.

Rockfeller Christmas Tree

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New York under Christmas period is just magical. Period. There is just something about it that triggers an emotional response. Probably it is just me and my childhood passed periodically watching Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York. Speaking of, do you remember the iconic scene of Kevin McCallister standing in front of a Christmas Tree? Well, that’s the place. If you are going under the Christmas period, please check if they have set the Christmas tree up. You could be the Kevin McCallister standing there (hopefully without getting lost or being chased by criminals).

Rooftop

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Of all the rooftops I have been in New York City, my favourite of all is the Top of the Strand. As soon as the elevator doors open you will be welcomed by the Empire State Building and its bright, changing lights (if you are going there at night – which I highly recommend).

Central Station

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Again, very recognisable due being the set of many movies and TV series, the Grand Central Station is the most biggest train station due to its number of platforms. Highly recommend to go and check it out.

The Vessel

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Built as part of the Hudson Yard, the Vessel is a relatively new, modern, honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb (and trust me, you feel every single step once you reach the top).