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Haven’t posted in a while? Snap a photo at one of these charming NYC locations

If you’re looking for something new to add to your Instagram feed, have a photoshoot in one of these picturesque spots.

New York City is considered to be one of the most instagrammable cities in the world. But instead of flocking to tourist attractions and intentional brand photo-ops, most New Yorkers tend to stick to more unassuming — but equally Instagram-worthy — spots in their neighborhoods. If you’ve been feeling uninspired by your feed or are looking to upgrade your Instagram geotags, these are some gems worth checking out. 

Elizabeth Street Garden 

Between Prince Street and Spring Street

A garden with stone lions and benches near a line of townhouses.
(Lianna O’Grady for WSN)

Nestled between the bakeries and shops on Elizabeth Street is a hidden community garden perfect for snapping a photo among nature. From the sidewalk, it looks like a secret oasis hidden in the chaos of the city. The garden is at risk of being destroyed to make way for affordable housing units, after an order from the New York Supreme Court this past June. Taking photos at the garden is a great opportunity to both show your followers a different side of the concrete jungle and show it some love before it’s gone.

Staple Street Skybridge

Between Jay Street and Harrison Street

Rows of red buildings line a street with a green skybridge connecting the buildings on each side of the street.
(Kiran Komanduri for WSN)


Tribeca might be expensive, but walking its storied streets and taking photos is free. After walking down Franklin Street — home to stars like Taylor Swift, Beyonce Knowles and Leonardo DiCaprio — take a stroll down Staple Street for a view of the skybridge. Like something out of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, the striking architecture of the structure connecting two red-brick buildings also makes for a whimsical photo shoot background. 

24 Bond St.

Between Lafayette Street and Bowery

A row of red, orange and brown apartment buildings.
(Matt Petres for WSN)

You may walk past it every day, but tucked away on Bond Street is an iron and brick building with dozens of small, golden statues dancing along its traditional NoHo facade. Celebratory and airy, these playful additions created by artist Bruce Williams complement the industrial look of the street while also giving it an artistic touch. If you aren’t up for a photo shoot on the wide cobblestone street, snap a picture of the building or the block for your photo dumps. 

The Flower District 

West 28th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue

Two men stand on a sidewalk with flower beds on the left side and potted trees and shrubs on the right.
(Kiran Komanduri for WSN)

In the heart of NoMad, West 28th Street, also known as the Flower District, has become a site for numerous florists, with plants and flowers spilling out of the shops onto the sidewalk. After a casual photoshoot amid the many colorful blooms, you can help support local businesses by purchasing a bouquet for a loved one, or even for yourself.

Washington Mews 

A street with brick buildings on the left side and white buildings on the right side.
(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Although this is a popular photo spot for tourists and students alike, it’s for good reason. You’ve probably walked down the cobblestone pathway in between classes or sat along the sidewalk while having lunch with your friends. Dating back to the 19th century, the gated area was originally used as a private horse stable. Now, it’s a charming spot to romanticize your college experience and perhaps take a cute photo or two right on campus. 

Washington Street, Brooklyn 

Between Water Street and Plymouth Street 

Line of red buildings on a cobblestone street with a view of the Manhattan Bridge in the background.
(Nathan Jung for WSN)

On Washington Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, you can get an iconic shot of the Brooklyn Bridge while also exploring the shops, activities and views near the area. Framed perfectly by the street’s brick buildings, this spot is the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot and arguably a must for any tourist. Even though most of us are well acquainted with the city by now, there’s no harm in some touristy fun. 

Contact Pritheva Zakaria at [email protected].

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About the Contributors
Manasa Gudavalli
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief
Manasa Gudavalli is a super senior studying a super strange combination of psychology, mathematics, journalism, and chemistry. When they are not editing the Washington Square News, they are probably reading Freud, watching college football, or developing film photos. You can find them on Instagram @manasa.gudavalli and
Matt Petres
Matt Petres, Photo Editor
Matt Petres is a first-year studying Economics. He is from Chicago, Illinois and likes to bike and kayak. You can contact him on Instagram @matt.petres

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