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Best NYC Instagram Shots

24 October 2018

Ever wondered what the best NYC Instagram shots are? Well, New York blogger Dana Berez, who has a audience of 25K readers & followers across social media has the answer.

Dana poses on the Brooklyn Bridge

Dana is a Wisconsin Native who moved to New York City 7 years ago to pursue her passion for travel, culture, and photography. Her online blog is centred around travel featuring travel guides, itineraries, travel tips, fashion and lifestyle content. When she is not travelling, Dana can be found scoping out pretty locations to shoot in NYC, sampling spicy cocktails, and reading the latest book. On her dot com website, Dana has posted 10 of the best places in new York City to take a picture of yourself and post it on Instagram.

First up is Dumbo and the Brooklyn Bridge, of which fans of the TV show Gossip Girl will certainly recognise. Locations for Dana’s pictures also include Washington Street and the waterfront between the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges. Dana’s tip: “Obviously popular by demand, this location gets flocked with tourists so arrive early for less of a crowd and beautiful lighting.”

Dana at Washington Street in Brooklyn

Up next is Grand Central Station, which is undoubtedly the most classic and beautiful transportation hub of New York since 1913. Grand Central offers a stunning location for photos. Dana’s tip: “If you’re trying to get an empty photo with no people, I would recommend coming late at night around 10pm-11pm. There are usually no trains coming in from Long Island so it’s less crowded.”

Dana near the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

Dana at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar on Crosby Street

Third on her list is Central Park, with notable locations such as the Bethesda Fountain, The Mall, Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, Belvedere Castle and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dana’s tip: “Central Park is huge. No really, it is. The best way to navigate it is to bookmark the places you want to see ahead of time and make a route, otherwise there is no way you can walk the entire thing without tiring out. If you’re really adventurous I would rent a bike and ride through the entire park taking breaks for photos. In fact, did you know there is a public pool in Central Park?! I wouldn’t have known this if I didn’t bike it!”

Dana at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

Set above ground on an old subway track, the High Line is a beautiful park that runs from Meatpacking to 34th Street and is Dana’s next recommended location. Dana’s tip: “Ideally this can be enjoyed most during temperate weather when the flowers start blooming, however expect larger crowds, I mean hoards of people. Going in the cold is tough but you’ll practically have the place to yourself.”

Dana at the High Line

The classic Flatiron Building, which was built in 1902 and still remains one of the most iconic New York structures of all time. Situated at 23rd Street and Broadway is Dana’s recommended place to stand when capturing that all important Instagram selfie. Dana’s tip: “Head there early morning or dusk to avoid the harsh lighting of noon. Otherwise an overcast day is your best bet!”

Dana near to the Flatiron Building

Dana’s favourite neighbourhood for photos featuring the stunning cobblestone and lofty buildings is SoHo where luxury shops and boutiques, along with cafes and decadent bakeries line the streets. Notable locations include Greene Street with its stunning lofts, cobblestones and shops, along with Kenmare and Lafayette for a classic La Esquina shot, and West Broadway where it is less crowded than Broadway and has a boutique feel. Dana’s tip: “Head to the Nomo Hotel on Crosby Street for the stunning entrance.”

Dana at Stuyvesant Street

For a little unique flavour to a photograph, New York’s Chinatown is on hand with its entrance through Canal Street that literately transports you into a different world, so claims Dana, who recommends trying out the exclusive fruit, fresh seafood, markets, and many great restaurants with notable locations being Doyer Street, Pell Street and Mott Street. Dana’s tip: “Chinatown will always be bustling so there isn’t really an ideal time to go. Patience will be key with this location.”

Dana in Chinatown

Dana outside the Corner

One place that isn’t often considered is the very quiet and peaceful Hudson River Park, though Dana’s recommends putting it on your list with an obvious view point of the picturesque pier off of Manhattan’s West Side. Dana tip: “This park offers unobstructed views of Manhattan’s financial district with the iconic 1 World Trade as its centre piece. Head to Pier 34 just before sunset for some golden tones to your photos, then watch the sunset over the water! Also, Pier 25 has some beautiful views as well.”

Dana poses against the backdrop of New York City

Washington Square Park offers a little Parisian inspiration to your photos with the Arch that was modelled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, though this replica is somewhat smaller and located at Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place. Dana’s tip: “Once in the park you can enjoy the scenery and people watching. This park used to be a potter’s field. You can take haunted ghost tours from this location!”

Dana in Washington Square Park

Dana in Times Square

And finally last, but by no means least as Dana’s continues to add ideal selfie NYC locations via her Instagram page every week, the residential East Village neighbourhood, which has classic tenement style buildings, cozy coffee shops and boutique clothing stores with notable locations such as 10th and Stuyvesant Street for the classic Able Lebewohl Triangle, and 9th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue for boutique shops.

Dana on Crosby Street







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