New York City’s most picture-perfect hotspots

New York City is a popular tourist destination any time of year. I have visited twice and both times were a fantastic experience. During my adventures, I saw more Instagram-worthy places than I could ever mention, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 most Instagrammable places in New York City.

The Big Apple is a vibe. There are so many cool places to take pictures in New York. New research conducted by Westgate New York Grand Central Hotel analyzed the number of posts each of New York City’s most popular landmarks has been tagged in. This is how they determined the top ten best Instagram-worthy locations and attractions.Β 

Central Park is an expansive urban park that offers tons of places for picture-perfect photo spots. I think it tops the list simply because of its size and variety of photo ops. As you can see below, even a picture that looks at the street outside Central Park is unique. The yellow cab is such a New York City icon.

Cool photo place in New York

Quick List – 10 Instagram Places in New York

Here’s a quick list of the top ten spots for those of you who can’t wait to read through the entire article. Below, we’ll get into more detail on each of these best places to take photos in NYC.

Rank Landmark Number of IG posts (million) 
Central Park 8.76 
Times Square 5.39 
Empire State Building 5.31 
Brooklyn Bridge 3.94 
Chrysler Building 2.68 
Statue of Liberty 2.46 
Top of the Rock 1.69 
Bryant Park 1.43 
Rockefeller Center 1.16 
10 Madison Square Garden 1.01 

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The Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in New York City

1. Central Park

Central Park takes the top spot, with over 8.76 million posts. This icon of New York City is one of the most filmed locations in the world. It has been featured in over 230 movies such as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and 13 Going on 30 (2004).

Due to its cultural and historical significance, Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962. It was designated a New York City scenic landmark in 1974.Β You will definitely never run out of cool places to take pictures in New York when exploring Central Park.

Fun fact – Stanley Park in my home city of Vancouver BC is larger than Central Park!

2. Times Square

The second most picturesque landmark is Times Square, with over 5.39 million posts. One of the busiest and most diverse landmarks worldwide. Approximately 330,000 pedestrians pass through it daily.

Times Square is a major commercial center, tourist attraction, and entertainment hub. Although it takes up only 0.1% of the city’s land area, it produces 15% of NYC’s economic output. 

3. Empire State Building

Third on the list is the Empire State Building, with 5.31 million posts. The Art Deco skyscraper is the city’s largest building and attracts millions of visitors yearly thanks to its architecture, height, and observation decks.

A symbol of NYC, the building has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

4. Brooklyn Bridge

Taking the fourth spot is the Brooklyn Bridge, with 3.94 million posts. I absolutely love this bridge, its architecture is stunning! One of the world’s most recognizable bridges was opened in 1883 to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Many experiences and tours now take in the sights the bridge provides, such as helicopter tours, cruises and walking tours. We opted to walk across it and the views were incredible. Of course, we had to stop and take a few pics at this top Instagrammable spot in New York City.

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York offers stunning views of the city

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Five more Cool Places to Take Pictures in New York

5. Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is the fifth most Instagrammable landmark, with 2.68 million posts. Situated in the Midtown East side of Manhattan, the skyscraper was revealed to be New York architects’ favourite building in a 1996 survey.

In 2005, The New York Times called it “the most significant symbol of architectural imagery on the New York skyline.” While I didn’t visit inside the building, I did see it from a distance and it is pretty impressive.

6. Statue of Liberty

In sixth place is the Statue of Liberty, with 2.46 million posts. The statue is Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty, and over the years she has become a symbol of America and freedom, as she commemorates the abolition of slavery. 

I am surprised to see that this iconic landmark is so far down on the list. It’s a definite must-see when in the Big Apple. We enjoyed a ferry ride over to see it. It is much larger than you think when you’re standing at the base of it.

7. Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock is in seventh place, with over 1.69 million posts. The Top of the Rock observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza was under construction when the iconic photo, ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper,’ was taken. The views from the top are incredible. It’s worth a visit for sure.

8. Bryant Park

Eighth place goes to Bryant Park, with over 1.43 million posts. Bryant Park is the largest park in the Midtown East neighbourhood and offers attractive walks with seasonal gardens, eateries, bars, and NYC’s only free admission ice skating rink.  

9. Rockefeller Center

In ninth place is the Rockefeller Center, with over 1.16 million posts. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family in the early 1900s, most of the complex was built by 1939 and is currently composed of 19 commercial buildings. The complex is now arguably most famous for its annual Christmas tree display and ice rink. 

I was fortunate enough to visit Rockefeller Center in December. And yes, the giant Christmas tree is just as magical as you see it on TV. In fact, it may be even more fabulous in real life. I didn’t get a chance to go ice skating there, but I will next time for sure.

10. Madison Square Garden

Concluding the ranking is Madison Square Garden, with over 1.01 million posts. Situated in the East Midtown area of the city, the Garden hosts events such as professional ice hockey, boxing, and basketball matches, as well as entertainment such as music concerts and ice shows. 

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The Magic of the Big Apple

“The hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps can often leave many feeling stressed and tired. However, Midtown East offers a perfect retreat from the throngs of tourists while being home to many iconic landmarks, as highlighted by the results of this study. 

Landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center are all located in or within walking distance of Midtown East. Visitors can also indulge in attractions like The Museum of Modern Art or the New York Public Library. For those seeking a drink or a rooftop bar, the St. Cloud Rooftop provides the ultimate experience of lounging above the city and watching the excitement of Times Square below, without the stress of the bustle. 

Midtown East is also home to the architectural icon that is Grand Central Terminal. Being so close to the station means you can easily access the subway and visit many of the city’s landmarks without the need for lots of walking and blisters. The station itself provides a great day of exploration, with lots of nooks and crannies to discover.” 

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Instagram New York Captions

Now that you know where to go to take the best pictures in New York, here are some ideas for Instagram captions to make your posts pop!

  1. πŸ‘  Strutting down Fifth Avenue like it’s my runway. πŸ’ƒ #NYCFashion
  2. πŸ•ΆοΈ In NYC, fashion is an attitude. Own it! πŸ‘— #StreetStyle
  3. πŸ‘œ When in doubt, overdress. πŸ–€ #NYCChic
  4. πŸ‘— From Soho to the Upper East Side, style is always on point. πŸ™οΈ #NYCTrends
  5. πŸ§₯ Dressed to impress, no matter the address. πŸ™οΈ #NYCFashionista
  6. πŸ—½ Concrete jungle where dreams are made of! πŸ™οΈβœ¨ #NYC
  7. πŸŒƒ City lights and late nights. #NYC
  8. 🍎 The Big Apple: where every corner has a story. πŸ“Έ
  9. πŸš• Taxi, take me to the stars! ⭐ #NewYork
  10. πŸŒ‡ Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. #NYCSunset
  11. πŸ—ΊοΈ Wandering around NYC like a local. πŸ˜‰ #CityExplorer
  12. πŸ₯‚ Cheers to the city that never sleeps! πŸ₯³ #NYCNights
  13. πŸ• In a New York state of mind…and pizza. πŸ• #Foodie
  14. πŸŒ† From Brooklyn to Broadway, this city has my heart. ❀️ #NYC
  15. πŸ™οΈ Empire State of mind. πŸ’πŸ’« #NYCViews
  16. ⭐ Livin my best SATC life. πŸ‘— πŸ‘  #NYCLife
  17. πŸ“š Times Square’s bright lights and bookshops’ quiet nights. πŸ“– #NYCAdventures
  18. πŸŒ‰ Bridging the gap between dreams and reality. #BrooklynBridge
  19. 🎨 Art is everywhere you look in NYC. 🎨 #StreetArt
  20. 🌳 Central Park strolls and city souls. 🌿 #NatureInTheCity
  21. 🌟 Bright lights, big city. ✨ #NYCNights
  22. 🎭 Broadway lights and starry nights. 🌟 #TheaterLover
  23. πŸ›€οΈ Next stop: wherever the subway takes me! πŸš‡ #NYCSubway
  24. πŸ“Έ Capturing memories one snapshot at a time. πŸ“· #NYCPhotographer
  25. πŸ™οΈ Living my best life in the city that never sleeps. πŸŒƒ #NYCDreaming

Conclusion – Top Instagrammable Places in New York City

Having visited eight of the top 10 cool places to take pictures in New York City, I guess I have to plan a return visit to check out the remaining two. I haven’t yet visited Bryant Park or the Chrysler Building.

I’d love to visit in the summer, especially since I learned I can enjoy rooftop views while doing yoga. Yes, please! I am always up for a rooftop patio visit and I think yoga followed by cocktails sounds like an ideal afternoon. I would also like to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center so I may need to return more than once.

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