Otherwise known as the Big Apple, New York City is one of the world’s greatest, most iconic megalopolises. From a historical perspective, its long-standing status as a center of migration to the United States means it’s massive, with the country’s largest population of any American city and also extremely diverse. Plus, NYC has a long, rich history of creativity and cultural production, so there are near-limitless amounts of cool stuff to do and see in its five boroughs. For photographers, NYC is a beacon offering endless opportunities for unbelievable photography. And even if you’re a more casual Instagram photographer, you’ll find plenty of unique and exciting content to enrich your social media feeds.
Peerspace has an extensive database packed with NYC-based spaces, perfect for unbeatable Instagram photos. Whatever your aesthetic — whether rustic or modern, quirky or traditional, etc. — you’ll find some truly mind-blowing Instagram photo ideas in New York City while browsing the site. We’ve carefully compiled a list of our favorite Instagrammable spots throughout this stunning metropolis, so read on for some major inspo.
1. A roof garden with breathtaking views of the Empire State Building
What’s more classically NYC than the Empire State Building, the tallest building in the city (and the fifth-tallest in the country)? At the same time, you don’t want your Instagram photos to be cliché, and there are probably about a million photos of the Empire State Building on Instagram. So we have a totally unexpected option that satisfies both of these criteria: this breathtaking roof garden, with a perfect view of the iconic, 102-story Art-Deco marvel.
2. A sun-soaked, picture-perfect Scandinavian townhouse in South Slope
Scandinavian decor is all the rage on Instagram, as is minimalist style. This fabulous townhouse is located on the border of the two inviting, historic neighborhoods of Park Slope and Greenwood. The place is a perfect example of that minimalist, Scandinavian cool, with lots of light and neutral, natural decor. Whether you’re hoping to snap culinary pics in the kitchen or relaxed, cozy portraits in the living room, there’s no NYC spot that’s better suited to Instagram photos worthy of the hashtag #domesticbliss.
3. A lovely landmarked mansion in the very heart of Greenwich Village
Otherwise known as “the Village,” Manhattan’s famous Greenwich Village is known for its bohemian history, as well as being an important center of the modern LGBTQ+ movement and birthplace of many strains of influential art and counterculture. Soak up some of this history at this mansion/museum, which dates back to the mid-19th century and boasts a ballroom, formal dining room, terrace, parlor, kitchen, and glass gallery. There’s also an outdoor deck that’s available for booking, if that’s more your speed. Within its five stories, you’ll find endless opportunities for beautiful photos, but we think the home’s most picturesque spot is its grand central staircase.
4. A cool recording studio in the middle of Midtown
Remember how we mentioned that the Big Apple is an important international center of arts and creativity? For that reason, this recording studio is one of the most artistic Instagram photo ideas in New York City — it’s a chance to take advantage of the city’s thriving music scene. We think it’d be an especially cool, intimate location for portraits.
5. A lively community and events space with a focus on sustainability
This community and events space is located in the exciting neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and offers two main rooms with opposing color palettes: one black, one white. Both include two large skylights each, which allow in oodles of natural light — the No. 1 essential for any great photoshoot, Instagram or otherwise. Really, its unique aesthetic has to be seen to be believed, so we strongly recommend that you take a look at the photos of this space.
6. An earthy, bohemian abode known as “Jupiter House”
No list of the coolest Instagram photo ideas in New York City is complete without a mention of Jupiter House, which has mastered its ethereal ambiance. Honestly, in this space, it doesn’t matter how great a photographer you are — even if you’ve barely figured out how to use your iPhone camera, the overall vibe is so ideal that your photos will be racking up the likes. It offers more eye-catching features than we can name here; you’ll find a harp, blue velvet couches, and even an astrological clock, just to name a few. And if you’re looking to get a sense of how your pics will show up on the ‘gram, be sure to take a look at their account: @jupiterhouse_brooklyn.
7. An awe-inspiring luxury studio with city views
This Instagram photo idea in New York City is set apart by its gorgeous view of the city skyline. It’s got panoramic views of the east, south, and west from the 64th floor, and it has welcomed influencers, filmmakers, media companies, and photographers — why not add your name (or brand) to the list?
8. A vibey rock space in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen
One reviewer described this a “cool, funky space,” while another commented simply that they “loved the vibe of the room” — we bet you’ll feel the same if you choose to go with this space. If you’re looking to snap photos with a little bit of edge, we definitely recommend this spot.
9. A moody, historic Brooklyn speakeasy
In Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood, this 1350-square-foot speakeasy completely embodies the areas ethos. It combines modern amenities with the classic vibe of an old-time speakeasy — a perfect spot for majorly atmospheric photos of any kind.