Yes, it’s true: New York City is more than just a vibrant metropolis — we believe it’s also picture perfect. So, if you’ve got an artistic eye, and some amazing camera gear, you’ll find great photo opportunities everywhere. But, if you’re an amateur photographer — who just wants to take a quick snapshot with your cell phone and text it to your friends far away — there are great photo opportunities for you, too.

If you would like to plan ahead and are looking for cool places to take pictures in New York City, we’ve got a list of amazing sites sure to wow your creative spirit.  And if you are interested in NYC rooftop photography, we’ve got that info for you, too. Here’s a list of great New York City photo locations, just to get you started:

Best places to take pictures in NYC

  • One World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York, with an observation deck that will give you incredible views of the entire City.

Just take an elevator ride up to the three-level observation deck, and after you’ve caught your breath from the awe-inspiring sights, just get your camera out and simply snap away. For photographers who love New York City, not much is better than taking pictures from the observation deck of the One World Trade Center.

  • Liberty Helicopter Ride

If you want to take photos far above any New York City rooftop, why not book a flight on the Liberty Helicopter tour? You’ll swoop so close to the Statue of Liberty that you’ll almost see her smile as you take her picture.

The ride will also take you over the city where you can take images from the air of iconic New York landmarks, like the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the One World Trade Center. The Liberty Helicopter Tour is a dazzling ride, perfect for adventurous photographers.  

  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

Grab your camera and check out the observation deck on the 70th floor. Your view won’t be obstructed by excessive barriers, and if the sun is out — and it’s a clear day — you’ll get a great and unique perspective for taking snaps and the opportunity to create wonderful photographs of amazing sites like Central Park and the Empire State Building.

Don’t worry if your schedule is full. There’s no need to feel rushed. The first elevator ascends at 8 AM and the last ride to the top is at 11 PM.  

  • Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a cool place to get a variety of long-range City shots, as you walk and snap all the way from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge provides photographers the chance to be outside, get in a bit of exercise, enjoy the views and friendly people, and grab some great photos to upload on Instagram later.  

Brooklyn Bridge


  • The Empire State Building

An iconic New York City landmark, the Empire State Building — located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan — provides plenty of awesome photo opportunities. The 86th-floor observation area is an “Open Air” deck, which means your shots won’t be obstructed by tricky barriers.

From the observation deck, you’ll have great views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park.

While you’re at it, definitely add High Bar to your list of awesome photography sites. With some of the best views of the New York City skyline, our rooftop bar is a vision to behold. You’ll find us conveniently located at the top of the Doubletree at 346 West 40th Street. Come hungry. Come thirsty. And, by all means, bring your camera.

For reservations, give us a call at 646.362.7363