Ahh, can you feel it? It’s summer and it’s right around the corner, so grab your camera, your phone and your walking shoes we are going to show you the 10 best places to photograph in 10 cities for 10 weeks. Each week you’ll want to click on our blog to find the best spots before you plan your trip! Let’s start with the top 10 places to photograph in New York City.
Week One – New York City
A. 350 5th Avenue
The 102 story building is located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. The main deck is on the 86th floor and the top deck is on 102nd. You will need to buy tickets to go to the top to get your snap. The great thing is, it’s open from 8 am to 2 am 365 days of the year!
B. 89 E 42nd Street
The station is a railroad terminal located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown. It opened in 1871 and is a pinnacle of New York City history. They do give tours at the station. Also, there is dining and shopping. It’s definitely worth a picture and a tour.
C. 175 5th Ave
The triangular building is a 22-story steel-framed building located at 175 Fifth Avenue. It was one of the most innovative buildings of its time and it only took about four months to build once the steel frame was in place. It opened to the public in 1902. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1966.*
D. The heart of Manhattan
The park stretches from North 110th Street to Central Park South (59th Street), and from Central Park West (8th Avenue) to 5th Ave. It’s 843 acres large and is open year around. You can take guided tours through the park, visit the zoo, or simply sit and relax and have a picnic. The park was established in 1857 and hosts tens of millions of visitors a year.*
E. 285 Fulton Street
Also known as the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center. Construction started in 2006 and ended in 2013. Currently, it’s the sixth tallest building in the world.* You’ll want to buy your tickets to go to the observatory deck to see stunning and sweeping views of New York City. Also, take some time to check out the 9-1-1 Memorial at the base in the plaza. It occupies 8 of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center and is open from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
F. 476 5th Avenue
The New York Public Library is currently the second largest library in the United States with over 53 million items.* Take a stroll through the reading room and marvel at the architecture.( Just be aware, you do need prior permission to take photos inside the library, according to its website.) Patience and Fortitude are the iconic, marble lion statues that guard the outside of the library. A picture of the lions is a perfect snap to include in your travels.
G. Liberty Island Manhattan
The copper statue was a gift from France to the US. The statue was dedicated in 1886.* You can get great shots of her from Battery Park. If you are planning on going to Liberty Island, there are a number of tourist boats that will take you to it for a fee. Want to go to the top of the crown? Just be advised you will need to make reservations according to its official website.
H. Connects Brooklyn and Manhattan
It’s one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was finished in 1883 and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by crossing the East River. The bridge often has a lot of foot traffic on it, so wake up early and head on over if you would like a more vacant look.
I. 45 Rockefeller Plaza
The center is between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. The building was commissioned by the Rockefeller family. It covers 22 acres and became a National Historic Landmark in 1987. * Outside you can photograph all of the wonderful sculptures including Prometheus and the statue of Atlas. Inside you can go to the top of the rock and view the city from its observation deck.
J. 1451 Broadway
Times Square is at the heart of the theater district in Manhattan. With great shopping, bright lights, billboards and dining it’s a must stop. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. The pedestrian plaza is the perfect place to stroll. Don’t forget to climb the ruby red stairs of the TKTS discount ticket booth at 47th and Broadway. You can get a great view of the entire area.
That wraps up New York City! Did we miss any? Let us know! Check back next week for the top 10 places to photograph in Chicago!
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*Information from the respected Wikipedia pages.