According to the Official NYC Guide, no two experiences are the same in the city that never sleeps. New York City welcomes people who refuse to settle for sameness. These powerful words cause the visitor to have great expectations before visiting NYC. Double the expectations if that visitor is a photographer. The search for stunning photo locations when choosing from an enormous number of opportunities is tough, but not impossible. Here are some inspiring places you and your camera will love:
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in USA. Its finely reticulated steel-wire pattern makes it ideal for photography. It took 14 years of construction, the cost of 15 million dollars, and the death of 20 people to build this iconic wonder of the Industrial Revolution. Brooklyn Bridge stands as a connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn for more than a hundred thousand passengers per day. To avoid the crowd, photograph the bridge early in the morning.
Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a post-industrial waterfront site along Brooklyn’s East River edge, north of the Manhattan Bridge. Part of the park is transformed from an old tobacco factory and historic brick warehouses into an art, commercial and entertainment area. The main attraction for photographers is the amazing view of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge side by side. The light in the evening compliments the symmetry of the wooden stumps,making it an excellent foreground element against the backdrop of the city landscape.
Empire State Building
Located on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan between 33rd and 34th streets, this Art-Deco skyscraper stands 103 stories tall, looking even taller captured from a frog perspective. At the observatory on the 86th floor, you can take photographs from a bird perspective standing on the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City, or you can photograph the Empire State Building itself from the surrounding streets.
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Central Park is USA’s first major landscaped public park located between 5th and 8th Avenue. It’s a is a 4km long and almost 1km wide urban oasis with more than 26000 trees, 51 sculptures, 36 bridges and 7 ornamental fountains. Bethesda Fountain is among the most filmed and photographed locations in the world where a lot of “buskers” and street
performers share their positive energy with the visitors. Rising from Bethesda Terrace, with its famous Angel of the Waters statue atop, Bethesda Fountain is an inspiration for photographers from any angle.
Statue of Liberty
Seeing this famous American symbol of freedom in person is one of the most iconic things to experience in NYC. It’s located on Liberty Island. In the past, over nine million immigrants came to the US, with the statue being the first thing they saw. Lady Liberty represents the Roman goddess of freedom and it was given as a gift from France. Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the top. The best photographs are made from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry.
One of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas is located in Midtown Manhattan, between 7th Avenue, 42nd Street, and Broadway. Best time to shoot is at night, when the square brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements shines the brightest. The speed and the lights of the square can be overwhelming, but if you stand on a street corner, wait and let things happen around you, it’s certain you’ll get something interesting in front of your camera.
Now gear up, and make some NYC art!