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6 Secret Places to Photograph in NYC

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6 Secret Places to Photograph in NYC

There is no other city that offers itself up for the camera quite like The Big Apple. In addition to its globally recognized landmarks, hidden gems exist around every corner. This summer, discover some of New York City’s most photogenic sites that will have any seasoned New Yorker falling in love with NYC all over again. Visitors, on the other hand, will have more than words to preserve their unique vacation memories.

Tudor City Overpass (at 42nd Street):

© Steve Kelley

Looking down 42nd street, this uninterrupted view of the active city street catches the most breathtaking sunsets any New Yorker (or non-New Yorker) has ever seen. Capture the movement of the oncoming traffic in light trails as cars move in a continuous and steady manner through the city scene.

Tom Fruin Water Tower:

© Jens Nink

Located on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street in Dumbo, this vibrant masterpiece is viewable from nearby parks, streets, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Illuminated by streams of sunlight during the day and programmed to glow at night, this 1,000-piece Plexiglas installation is a must-capture.

Smorgasburg, Williamsburg:

© Fernando Vidal

Savor, sip, and snap! While munching on the most mouthwatering food-truck bites, capture unmatched skyline views of New York City. This Brooklyn waterfront scene makes for the perfect photograph. With approximately 100 vendors every weekend, you certainly won’t go hungry after a full day of photographing.

Lobby Lounge, Madarin Oriental:


See the sights from the comfort of one of the most upscale hotels that New York City has to offer. Overlooking Columbus Circle and the southern edge of Central Park, Lobby Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows, featuring stunning panorama views of Manhattan.

Promander Walk:

© Mitchell Hall

A slice of London on New York City’s Upper West Side. It’s a gated photo-op that features European-styled townhouses, stretching from 94th to 95th Street between West End Avenue and Broadway. These stucco, brick, and half-timber Tudor homes align a narrow block, each with its own unique character. Set a romantic scene and escape Manhattan simply by passing through a gate.

Dead Horse Bay:

© Samantha Jacobson

Take the 2 or 5 train to Flatbush Avenue and stroll along the shoreline of Dead Horse Bay. You’ll be sifting through old soda pop bottles, horse (and other animal) bones, disintegrated toys, perfume vials, and more. It’s both a captivating and slightly unsettling atmosphere that perfectly illustrates the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”