You’ve made it to the big city (maybe with a job, maybe without one) and thanks to Bedly you’ve been hooked up with a fully furnished apartment, some great roommates, and a list of all the cheapest bars in NYC.
What’s next? Documenting every moment of your crazy new life of course!! We know your Instagram feed is eagerly waiting your picturesque photos of the greatest city in the world, so we’ve thrown together a list of the most instagrammable spots in NYC. Add it to your list when you’re touring your friends and family around the city, or when you’re exploring solo. Just make sure to put the phone down every once in awhile to enjoy it all in real time–there’s simply nothing like it.
The Top of the Empire State Building
While we love the view from the One World Trade Center, there is nothing like the old-timey feel of the Empire State Building. Sitting at the heart of the city, nostalgia takes over from the moment you walk through the doors–with old timey bellhops greeting and guiding your way. By the time you’ve hit the top floor, you’ll already have at least a dozen insta-worthy photos, but the ultimate pictures, by far, are of the views of mid/downtown Manhattan. The birds eye view will wow your Instagram followers and may even help you remember why you came to busy NYC in the first place–it’s a real empire state of mind.
While Times Square can be every commuter’s nightmare, it is home to some of the most instagrammable spots in the entire city. Day or night, rain or shine, it’s a beacon of light that can’t be ignored. From Hello Kitty impersonators, a five floor Forever 21, and a perfect view of the Times Square ball, your camera will be pointing in twenty different directions. Added bonus–they are constantly rotating the billboards so you’ll always have a different backdrop. We recommend going at night when the lights are at their brightest.
As the central hub of NYU’s campus, Washington Square Park is always great for a photo opp. The park is plays host to rotating art installations, traveling musicians, street performers and more. During the summer months, the park is vibrant and dynamic–you never know what will come your way. Not the mention, you have a perfect view of the Empire State building through the park’s arch on one end, and a perfect view of the One World Trade center on the other. Whether you’re sticking your feet in the fountain or striking a yoga pose in the green area, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get that perfect insta worthy shot.
One of the great parts of being in Manhattan is that no matter where you, or what street you’re on, there are countless photo opportunities. There is something extra special about the 6th ave and 8th street crossing though–it’s an ideal shot of the hustle and bustle of daily Manhattan life, with a picturesque view of the One World Trade Center nestled gently in the background. Rain or shine, this is a perfect spot to get a candid shot of your daily Manhattan views–no filter needed.
You don’t have to be a fan of Gossip Girl to appreciate the iconic shots of the Met steps–but it definitely helps. While it can be a little tricky to get the perfect shot, once you get it, it’ll be super worth it! Plus the Met is donation based for NYC students and residents, so get your perfect shot and head in to see some of the greatest artwork NYC (and the world) has to offer.
One of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan, the Flatiron building creates the perfect backdrop for any Instagram photo. Its unique shape can be inspiring for unconventional shots, from all the different surrounding angles. Added bonus: it’s a hop and a skip away from Madison Square Park, which is home to the original Shake Shack, installations, rotating installations, and Madison Square Eats–food trucks from all of the Flatiron area’s best restaurants. So you can get a building insta and a food insta in the same 30 minutes–what could be better than that?
Central Park is every Instagrammer’s dream. As the biggest stretch of green in Manhattan, it can be nice just to be close to trees again–but even more, the park is the perfect blend of daily city life in a perfect oasis. There are some extra special gems in the park, our favorite being the Belvedere Castle. Located in the center of the park on 79th Street, the castle is an historical hub of Manhattan history and has an incredibly picturesque view of the park and the surrounding city. Often with a live string quartet accompanying the view, this is one of the most picturesque views of the city by far.
At the center of the Financial District (Bowling Green to be exact), is the Fearless Girl Statue staring down Wall Street’s Charging Bull. Both iconic images in their own right and provide amazing Instagram opportunities for your feed. Pose with the Fearless Girl and run alongside the bull–the possibilities are endless, and odds are, you’ll make some friends while you’re documenting this moment too!
Last but certainly not least is the Brooklyn Bridge–the amount of instagram worthy photo opps on this Bridge are literally endless. From the graffiti on the sides of the bridge to the views of the Manhattan skyline and Lady Liberty, to the pillars of the bridge there are countless spots to pose and capture the magic of the city. Protip: make sure you stay out of the bike lane in your search for the perfect shot–because they won’t stop.
Real talk though–even the most avid New Yorker will agree that sometimes the best view is from the comfort of your own apartment. If you’re already set in your Bedly pad then you know what we’re talking about–and if you’re not, what are you waiting for?? Check out their listings now–we promise the apartments will be in your budget and even better–insta-worthy!
Photo credits in order of appearance: Aaron Cacali, Suzy Guese, The Village People, Olivia Howard, On Location Tours, Jessica Haley Photography, Olivia Howard, Newsweek, New York Times