Whether you’ve recently moved to New York or you’ve lived here your whole life, celebrating a birthday in New York City can be a wonderful thing. With dozens of neighborhoods to choose from, there is no shortage of places to make your birthday unique. New York has sweeping views, world-class places to eat and drink, as well as some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Why not capture your memories of the day with a birthday photoshoot?
Here at Peerspace, we can help you host your own shindig or throw a surprise party. Whether you want to shout it from the rooftops or dance the night away in a basement bar, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite birthday photoshoot ideas near NYC:
1. Rent a “little palace in Brooklyn”
This beautifully-decorated space looks a little bit like Alice in Wonderland meets Versailles. With antique furniture, chandeliers, and a wall of mirrors, there are plenty of angles to choose from to get the perfect shot. Stage a tea party or arrange for a fully catered meal. For a great price, you can have your own life-sized dollhouse right in in the middle of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
2. Take a walk on the High Line
If you’re looking for an outdoor location, the High Line is a beautiful choice for your shoot. With 1.5 miles of pathway, you can stroll along the elevated parks until you find the perfect fit. There are plenty of sculptures and benches along the way, with views of the city in all directions. You can even get some shots in front of Vessel, the new public art piece in Hudson Yards. It’s a great option for a springtime birthday when the trees and flowers are in bloom.
3. Choose a lovely Bushwick warehouse
This Bushwick warehouse gives off a sophisticated yet cozy vibe. It’s ideal for the world traveler celebrating their birthday in the Big Apple. With over 100 books and 50 plants, you’ll have plenty of props to work with. There’s even a piano and a quirky, colorful kitchen. It’s an affordable choice situated just a few blocks from the L train. With plenty of natural lighting, this warehouse is a good choice for an indoor photoshoot.
4. Head down under the Brooklyn Bridge
It may be one of the most photographed landmarks in New York City, but for good reason. If this is the first birthday you’re celebrating here, there’s no better way to show your friends and family how you’re fitting in to your new home. Stick to the iconic shot from Washington Street in which the bridge pylons frame the Empire State Building, or get some shots on the grass in Main Street Park. There are plenty of good angles and perspectives to work with here.
5. Wander the Cloisters
The Cloisters is one of New York City’s lesser-known museums. Operated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s surrounded by Fort Tryon Park right on the Hudson River. Full of medieval tapestries and paintings, it’s as though you’ve left the city behind and traveled back in time to a Benedictine monastery. Explore the gardens and shoot some photographs beneath the arches. This is definitely one of the most beautiful birthday photoshoot ideas near NYC.
6. Explore a Victorian mansion
Located just across the river in New Jersey, this Queen Anne house resembles something out of a fairy tale – especially when it’s covered in snow. Shoot your birthday photos on the balcony or in the gazebo. Then throw your entire birthday party here. Available to rent on Peerspace, this house is ideal for banquets and events for up to 150 people, with a full bar and event staff available if you use our catering service.
7. Celebrate on the roof
This indoor/outdoor space is a little pricey, but it’s perfect if you want to go all-out. With catering services available, and room for up to 175 people, it’s the ideal spot for a big bash. Invite your friends to join you for an outdoor photoshoot overlooking the city. You can book this central SoHo location directly on Peerspace, along with any catering and event staff you may need.
8. Party in the garage loft
Looking for something a little quirkier? Rent out this garage with a built-in loft. Available to book on Peerspace, it has room for around 15 people and can come with or without the ‘67 Ford. Use it for a stylish photoshoot, and then invite your friends over to celebrate in the loft or the outside courtyard. It’s an affordable choice for a Brooklyn birthday!
9. Look out for the lighthouse
Located below George Washington Bridge, the Little Red Lighthouse is one of the less-commonly photographed spots near New York City. If you don’t want to hit up the tourist spots, then this is a great location for a more secluded birthday photoshoot that doesn’t feel like the middle of the city. This landmark was made famous by Hildegarde Swift’s children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, which depicts the construction of the GW Bridge from the point of view of the lighthouse. Walk on down the Hudson River Greenway and pose for some photographs beside these two memorable landmarks.
Hopefully, this list has given you a few good birthday photoshoot ideas near NYC. Remember that many of these locations are available for rent directly on Peerspace, where you can get your venue, equipment, and catering needs met all in one place. If you need help planning your big day, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Concierge Service.