A couple of months ago, I decided to finally join the new millennium and open an Instagram account. After scrolling around, it was pretty cool – albeit, not surprising – to see how some of the best photos were taken right here in New York City. The Big Apple really does offer an endless stream of photo ops for bloggers and Instagram addicts alike. Whether you’re a local or simply passing through, gussy up your social media feed with the best NYC Instagram photos.
This city is the ultimate place for #foodporn photos. In fact, there’s so many Instagrammers photographing food, it seems like restaurants are stepping up their presentation game in order to be more shareworthy.
Just a few weeks ago, my girlfriends and I attended the Madison Square Eats food festival, and everything looked too good to eat (almost). The best Instagram food photos I took that day were of my lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound, and the strawberry cream shaved ice sundae from Ice and Vice. Yes – shaved ice topped with gourmet ice cream is totally a thing.
NYC is home to some of the world’s most famous buildings, but don’t forget about the architectural details when taking Instagram photos. Look closely, and you’ll notice things like special engravings, dramatic arches, intricate ceilings, beautiful wrought iron gates, or quirky brownstone features.
Sunsets and Sunrises
The New York City skyline never gets old, but it looks especially stunning against the sunrise and sunset. Even though my apartment faces uptown, the view is amazing when there’s a “cotton candy sky” around 6 a.m. And whenever I take a photo for Instagram, it always gets a bunch of likes – no filter needed.
In the city that never sleeps, nighttime is the best time to truly capture the round-the-clock spirit of New York City. Yellow cabs whizzing by, the bustling sidewalks, the lights, and the swanky array of cocktails being served are all prime Instagram material.
Gotham is different from many other cities in that there’s always something going on. Food festivals, parades, sample sales, fashion week, movie screenings, and celebrity book signings are only some of the different events you could photograph for your Instagram page. People love to live vicariously through others, so you might as well “give the people what they want” and share a glimpse of New York’s exciting lifestyle.
Some of the best Instagram photos I’ve seen are of old school graffiti, new murals, and sidewalk art that people have spotted around NYC. These seemingly random artworks really do make this concrete jungle more colorful, and it’s a great way to show the diversity of the city’s culture. (Not all masterpieces are housed in the Met Museum.)
For locals, we may roll our eyes at those clamoring for a spot on the sidewalk at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; and Times Square is typically considered a no-go zone. But for those who don’t live in New York, those tourist attractions still have global appeal. Next time you happen to be around a monument or tourist attraction like Rockefeller Center or the Statue of Liberty, go ahead and snap a photo for your Instagram followers. Even after five years, I still take a picture whenever I look up and see the Empire State Building.