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New York City’s Best Selfie Spots

Take a picture at some of these gorgeous spots!

New York City is filled with beautiful landmarks and always Instagram-worthy views. No matter where you go, you’ll find the perfect shot that’s sure to take your pictures to the next level.

Top NYC Selfie Locations

There are places in all five boroughs where you can sit down and snap a quick selfie on a nice day. It doesn’t matter if it’s daytime, night, summer or winter. These spots will always be ready for you to take a picture of all that New York City has to offer.

Edge

If you want to feel on top of the world, take a visit to Edge in Hudson Yards. This observation deck stands at 100 stories over New York City, giving you a full view of the city from above. You can see the skyline like never before, and its surrounding glass walls bring you even closer to the action. Edge offers several spots for taking selfies since you’ll have a 360-degree view of the city’s skyscrapers. You can step back and have Manhattan’s rooftops as your backdrop, taking your selfies to a brand new height. Once your visit to Edge is through, be sure to check out all of the other fun Hudson Yards has to offer, like their shops and restaurants. 

Edge at Hudson Yards New York | WhereTraveler
Edge at Hudson Yards (©Ben Michel)

Central Park

Central Park is a classic spot in New York City filled with different photo opportunities. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a stunning new landmark to marvel at, from fountains to statues to bridges. Each one is perfect selfie material, so you’ll never run out of ideas when you walk through. If you visit during the warm weather, be sure to check out the flowers in the Conservatory Garden to make your pictures pop with color. Colder weather covers these spots in snow, so you’ll want to check out places like Cherry Hill Fountain, Gapstow Bridge and Denesmouth Arch. Central Park offers plenty of beautiful sites that will make your selfies look like you’re in a winter wonderland or a garden paradise. Make sure to visit during any season of the year for beautiful seasonal shots. 

Bethesda Terrace in Central Park New York | WhereTravele
Bethesda Terrace in Central Park (©Jillian Dominique)

The High Line

Another classic spot in New York City is the High Line, a former elevated rail line that’s now a park running through Chelsea and Hudson Yards. The High Line is filled with plants and flowers along its paths, and you can sit beside them on one of their nearby benches. You can find the perfect selfie spot along the way that guarantees a shot of the skyline behind you. You might even get lucky and pose with some local artwork, as some of the surrounding buildings are covered with murals and paintings along its walls. The fun doesn’t have to stop at selfies, however. The High Line always has something new going on for the community, so you can even take a selfie while you’re on the move. Whether you’re going for a walk or dancing down the line, you’re sure to find a hidden gem that you’ll never forget. 

The High Line New York City | WhereTraveler
The High Line (©Brittany Petronella/NYC & Company)

Pier 34

Hudson River Park offers several activities along its piers, but Pier 34 holds the perfect view of the city from below. It sits near the Holland Tunnel Vent Shaft and runs along the Hudson River, letting you be close to the water wherever you go. You can stand along its rails and pose against the city, making your selfies shine thanks to the sunlight reflecting on the buildings and water. One of the best times to go is at sunset because it will give your selfies an extra shade of color like orange and pink. Pier 34 is great for an afternoon stroll or jog, but its selfie offerings simply can’t be beaten. 

Waterfront View of NYC New York | WhereTraveler
Waterfront View of NYC (©Anthony Fomin)

DUMBO

DUMBO is a trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn that offers several places to snap some selfies like Jane’s Carousel or Brooklyn Bridge Park. However, the best (and most famous) spot for selfies happens to be at a specific intersection. Washington Street and Water Street were made for taking pictures, as the surrounding buildings place you in the center of the action. The Manhattan Bridge appears between the streets, creating the perfect frame for you to stand underneath. A selfie here often offers the appearance of a step into the past or a work of art thanks to the classic architecture of the location. No matter what time of day or kind of weather you visit, this intersection will always offer you the perfect opportunity to take pictures. 

DUMBO View New York | WhereTraveler
DUMBO View (©Julienne Schaer/NYC & Company)