The Most Popular Instagram Spots in NYC

Want some Insta-worthy pics but not sure which location to shoot in? There are so many spots in New York, from the leafy streets of West Village to the grungy, urban streets of Bushwick.

To help with some ideas, here are the most requested Instagram spots in New York.

DUMBO & Brooklyn Bridge

The number one most requested location for influencer Instagram photos is Washington Street in DUMBO, combined with The Brooklyn Bridge. I always arrange to shoot DUMBO and The Brooklyn Bridge just after sunrise to avoid the masses of tourists lining up for photos. Washington St. is always popular with bridal shoots and fashion shoots, so don’t be surprised if you have to stand and wait your turn.

Top of The Rock

It may cost money to enter, but the Top of The Rock also offers one of the best views of the city. To snap the best photo, head straight to the outdoor observation deck and stand on the side facing south towards the Empire State building. Have a friend or photographer stand on uppermost deck to catch the perfect snap from above. 

Bethesda Fountain

Covering 843 acres, Central Park is full of fantastic photo opportunities but the Bethesda Terrace Arcade is definitely not to be missed. Linking the mall to Bethesda fountain, the arcade boasts a stunning tiled ceiling and has great light for photography. 

Grand Central Terminal

For that iconic New York City shot, influencers can’t go wrong with a photo at Grand Central Terminal, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. The best spot for photos is the staircase overlooking the Main Concourse. 

28th street mural – There are tons of great murals all over Manhattan, Williamsburg and Bushwick. But ever since 28th street station re-opened, Instagrammers have been flocking to have their photo taken in front of the new floral mosaic “Roaming Underfoot” by Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum. 

The Oculus

For influencers who like clean lines and light space in their photos, The Oculus at World Trade Center provides a striking, almost futuristic backdrop. 

West Village

The leafy streets of the West Village are ideal for a neighbourhood feel, particularly the areas around Commerce Street and Cherry Lane Theater. “The restaurant ‘While We Were Young’ is also incredibly photogenic with its purple-colored cocktails, light interior and inspirational quotes,” says Brewood. 


For fashion bloggers in need of “street-style” photographs, the cobbled streets of SoHo usually make for the best backdrops. Greene Street and NoMo SoHo’s twinkling archway are the perfect place to strike a pose. 


With its peculiar narrow wedge shape, the Flatiron building has always been an eye-catching structure for photographers. Photos are best from a lower angle in order to capture more of the building in your shot. 


Opened to the public in 2019, Vessel at Hudson Yards is quickly becoming one of NYC’s most Instagrammed buildings. The company’s controversial photo policy hit the headlines but that hasn’t stopped visitors from snapping photos on the building’s spiral staircase. 

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