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New York City might be one of the top photography destinations in the world. Instantly recognizable, the city is full of unique, hidden and out of the way photography spots. In fact there are so many photography spots in New York City you might feel overwhelmed. So, enjoy this post and here’s hoping we can help photographer’s separate the good from the bad. Just a heads up we’re skipping the Stuate of Liberty and Times Square because pretty much everyone knows where they are. So, without further adieu, here’s our picks for the top ten picture-perfect spots for photographers visiting the big apple.

1. Manhattan Bridge Viewpoint

Manhattan Bridge Lookout - Photo by Pedro Lastra

Manhattan Bridge Lookout - Photo by Pedro Lastra

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River connecting Lower Manhattan with Downtown Brooklyn. First opened in 1909, the bridge is known for its intricate detailing. This location also features the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge in the background. (New York, New York)

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2. The Oculus

Oculus - Photo by Yoav Aziz

Oculus - Photo by Yoav Aziz

Part of the New World Trade Centre Plaza, the Oculus is a one of a kind architectural wonder in the heart of New York City. Constructed to be the transport hub of the new World Trade Centre, its unique design is the work of Santiago Calatrava. Architecture photography fans will delight at the soaring area structure that provides surreal, organic forms both inside and outside. The Oculus is, without a doubt, one of the most photogenic architecture photography locations in New York City. (New York, New York, USA)

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3. Coney Island

Coney Island - Photo by Cami Talpone

Coney Island - Photo by Cami Talpone

Coney Island is a residential Brooklyn neighbourhood that transforms each summer into a relaxation destination. Home to some stunning iconic retro amusement park rides like the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel and the Cyclone Roller Coaster. The destination is a photography hot spot because of the street performers, circus sideshows and visual delights. Don't miss the world-famous Nathan's Famous hot-dog eating contest on July 4th. (New York, New York, USA)

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4. Chinatown

Chinatown New York - Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Chinatown New York - Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Chinatown is a very photogenic part of New York City, and this view down East Broadway from the Manhattan Bridge Pedestrian Path is one of the best. If you are shooting from this elevated position, be sure to bring a camera that has a small enough lens to shoot through the chain link, and the bridge's walkway is fenced. That said, there may be room for a smaller lens in the fence work at the bottom. Regardless this is a great spot to get photos of the authentic and bright colours of New York City's Chinatown. (New York, New York, USA)

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5. Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building - Photo by Christopher Czermak

Flatiron Building - Photo by Christopher Czermak

Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, which is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high. (New York, New York)

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6. DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

View of Manhattan Bridge - Photo by Kristofer Liljeblad

View of Manhattan Bridge – Photo by Kristofer Liljeblad

With the famous Brooklyn Bridge so close, it’s easy to forget taking a shot at the Manhattan Bridge as well. An iconic view of one of the towers can be seen from a neighbourhood locally known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Be early and have the street by yourself and the morning sun hitting the tower if you are lucky. (New York, New York)

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7. Abandoned City Hall Subway Station

Old City Hall Station - Photo by Rhododendrites

Old City Hall Station - Photo by Rhododendrites

The legendary long abandoned City Hall Subway Station ceased operation in 1945. Since then it sat undisturbed underneath the public square at New York City Hall and remains remarkably well-preserved. Trains still pass through the station, but usually empty as it is actually part of a turn around loop for the No. 6 Subway route after the last stop. Because of its curved design, it can no longer be used, however, the NYC Transit Museum offers tours of the subway station. (New York, New York, USA)

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8. Morgan Library and Museum

Morgan Library and Museum - Photo by soomness

Morgan Library and Museum - Photo by soomness

Once the personal library of J.P. Morgan, famed American financier, this library is now open to the public. The Morgan Library was built in 1906 and housed books and manuscripts from J.P. Morgan's collection. In 1924 his son opened the private library to the public. Today it is one of the most beautiful historical places to visit in New York City. Featuring stunning painted frescos, tapestries, and ornate woodwork, the J.P Morgan library is stunning to behold and a pleasure to photograph. (New York, New York, USA)

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9. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Photo by Lukas Schlagenhauf

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Photo by Lukas Schlagenhauf

Brooklyn Bridge Park provides a great and unique view of the skyline looking out over the old timber from long unused piers. Come during sunrise or sunset to get a breathtaking photo. (Brooklyn, New York)

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10. Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock View at Rockefeller Centre - Photo by Pedro Lastra

Top of the Rock View at Rockefeller Centre - Photo by Pedro Lastra

The stunning views from the observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre area sight to behold. Known as the Top of the Rock, this viewpoint is particularly popular with photographers because it includes numerous New York skyline icons like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Centre, and even the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the distance. This is a great shooting location and well worth the price of admission to visit. We highly recommend shooting from here at sunset when the city lights begin to tinkle and match the beauty of the sun going down. (New York, New York, USA).

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Bonus New York City Photo Spots

So, that concludes our top picks for the ten best photography spots in New York City. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with our choice. Have a shooting spot in the Big Apple we don’t have yet? Add it to the collection and have a chance to win prizes in the PIXEO Photo Challenge! Also, be sure to explore New York City on our PIXEO Photo Spots Map!

In the meantime here’s even more great New York State and New York City Photography spots to check out!