With a city as BIG as New York City, it’s not always easy to find a place to shoot; especially when under pressure. I always find myself scrambling to check the photos I’ve saved on Instagram, Pinterest for ideas, and Google for locations. So, most of the time I find myself winging it. I always get asked: “Where do you shoot these photos”, so I created an easy guide with cool places to shoot content.
This area in NYC is a blogger’s dream location. This list is in no particular order BUT Soho is probably the best place (most frequented place) for blogger photography. It’s filled with beautiful boutiques, the cutest shops/restaurants, amazing wall murals, and cobble stone. Like most of the places I will mention here, make sure you arrive EARLY to get a good shot. If you don’t have time, in the morning, head over to Sullivan Street where you’ll find less foot traffic and beautifully colored buildings.
132 W Houston Street | Miss Lily’s
19 Kenmare Street | The Butcher’s Daughter
114 Prince Street | Outside David Yurman Shop
Greene Street | Outside Fendi Store
188 Mullberry Street | Mulberry Iconic Magazines
114 Kenmare Street | La Esquina
80 Wooster Street
Tribeca is an abbreviation for “triangle below canal street”. Tribeca is very similar to Soho in that it’s filled with cobblestone streets and beautiful loft apartment buildings. Tribeca is also known to be the home of Jay-Z and Beyonce; I haven’t seen them yet!
249 W Broadway | Near Another Room
249 W Broadway | The Roxy Hotel
230 Vesey St | Brookfield Place
28 Warren Street | Near Barre
Near Franklin Avenue Train Station
This, to me, is one the most authentic cultural neighborhoods in NYC. I haven’t been to China YET but I can imagine Chinatown, NYC looks very similar. This heavily populated area is one of the best places to shoot an editorial-esque (I made this word up) blogger shoot. The best time to shoot is on the weekdays before 8:00am.
Mott and Pell Streets
Nom Wah Tea Parlor | 13 Doyers St
Midtown and The Upper West/Eastside
I put all these areas together because they all have the same vibe IMO, except for the busyness of Midtown. So the Upper West and Upper East side are the perfect neighborhoods for bloggers looking to escape the madness and weird people staring at you while you are taking pictures. Plus, you can get some really cool restaurant/cafe shots for your blogs.
Go to the Upper West Side if you want to capture beautiful brownstones for content. In both the Upper East and Upper West Side you can capture some great shots in and near Central Park. Also, if you are up for the challenge; head to Times Square and capture the hustle-and-bustle of the city, city lights, food street vendors, and yellow cabs!
Midtown | 34th Street near Macy’s Herald Square
Upper West Side | Serafina’s Restaurant
Times Square | Midtown
Upper West Side | Near 70th Street and Central Park West
66th Street Station | Lincoln Center
Upper West Side | Near 72nd Street and Broadway
Near 80th Street and Central Park West
698 9th Ave | Qi Restaurant
Upper West Side | Red Farm Restaurant
135 E 46th Street | Midtown
Midtown | The Flatiron Building
W 14th and Washington Street
The Standard Grill | 848 Washington Street
Abe Lebewohl Triangle
South Street Seaport
Venture to Brooklyn! For some, it’s a few minutes away for me, it’s a trek. I love , love, love the Brooklyn Bridge area to shoot. I know I haven’t even scratch the surface when it comes to shooting content here. There is so much texture in this small area. You have a mix of cobble stone streets, historical brownstones, cute and quaint restaurants, a view of the water, and a merry-go-round; you name it!
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Jane Carousel | Brooklyn Bridge Park
Old Fulton and Hicks Street