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7 Best Places In NYC To Unleash Your Inner Photographer.

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7 Best Places In NYC To Unleash Your Inner Photographer.

Those of us bitten by the Instagram bug are embroiled in a never ending struggle to take the perfect shot. but before we even worry about the shutter speed, ISO numbers or focus, we need to think about one important thing… location, location, location.

1. Flatiron Building

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Never to be overshadowed by NYC’s bigger buildings, the Flatiron Building was one of NYC’s first skyscrapers. The plaza below, next to Madison Square Park, has a great view of the building itself.

2. Chinatown

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Chinatown is busy, bright and colorful, with a great energy. The perfect place to take mid-street portraits, with crowds of people, colorful restaurants and storefronts, and street signs.

3. Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center

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Even though it isn’t free, the top of the Rock is one of the best spots for a aerial view of New York City, and offers a direct view of the Empire State Building. 

4. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park has an amazing view of Lower Manhattan. The park can be crowded during the day, but fans of  both day and night photography will have plenty to work with.

5. Exchange Place Waterfront, Jersey City

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I KNOW! I KNOW! It’s not in the city! But surely you can’t argue that this waterfront park has an unparalleled view of lower Manhattan.

6. Top of the Empire State Building

The view from the Empire State Building at night

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This is a given. Sure, there will be a line, and it can be expensive,  but the views from the top are breathtaking. Avoid big of crowds by going the early morning or late in the evening, the observation deck is open until 2 a.m.

7. Lower Manhattan

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Lower Manhattan offers some of the most iconic vistas in the city, from the One World Trade Center to the WTC Transportation hub.

featured image source [tripadvisor]

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