The best places to take pictures in NYC at night


Are you looking for the best places to take pictures in NYC at night?


NYC is a photographer’s dream, there are so many amazing photo opportunities to take advantage of. I’ve spent many years photographing the city, so I like to think I’ve found all the best places to take pictures in NYC at night! Here are my favourite locations…


DUMBO (Empire Fulton Ferry Park) Brooklyn


This is a great place to take photos in NYC at night because you get the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and the amazing NYC skyline too. This is a classic NYC skyline shot, so a must-visit during your time in the city.

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On the Brooklyn Bridge


A great time to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for photography, is night time or in the evening. During the daytime the bridge can get super busy, but at night time, there are far less people (which means you can capture more magical photos). The bridge is lit up, and (of course) you have the amazing city in the background too.

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The Top of the Rock


If you’re debating when to visit ‘the Top of the Rock’ then sunset is an amazing time to visit. By visiting at sunset you’ll get those stunning sunset colours, but you’ll also get some night time shots too once the sun goes down. The reason this makes my list of best places to take photos in NYC at night (over the Empire State observation deck) is because you can see the Empire State from the Rockefeller. You can get this magic shot from the Empire State itself.

Top tip! If you buy the New York Pass it gives you free access to Top of the Rock observatory, the Empire State observatory and the hop-on, hop-off bus tour (which will take you to other spots on this list – so it’s a great investment!). It also includes entrance to about 100 other attractions – which offer amazing photo opportunities at night.  

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Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn


This riverside neighbourhood in Brooklyn has some amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the NYC skyline. It’s a beautiful place to snap some photos (and check out some local coffee shops too) which is why it makes my list of best places to take photos in NYC at night.

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Times Square


How could I write a list of best places to take photos in NYC at night, without including Times Square?! Times Square comes alive at night – every inch is lit up and sparkling, and the hustle and bustle is amazing. Try experimenting with shutter speed if you photographing Times Square in the evening or at night, you’ll be able to capture gorgeous motion blur.

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The Rockefeller Ice Rink / Christmas tree


If you’re visiting the city in the winter, it’s worth heading to the Rockefeller tree and ice rink to snap a couple of photos. Sure, this best places to take pictures in NYC at night isn’t available all year long – but if you’re in the city in winter, this photo spot is unbeatable! The lights, the atmosphere, the architecture… It’s perfect!

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Any old street!


To be honest, any street in NYC can be a magical place to photograph. When it’s raining, I love heading out into midtown to capture photos of passersby. I think the umbrellas and the reflections add something really magical to the images.

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The Skylark Bar


The Skylark Bar is a really cool cocktail bar a few blocks down from Times Square. It’s a really cool bar, and a great place to spend the evening… But it also has a cracking view of the Empire State and skyline of NYC too. Actually, I think the view from the Skylark is one of my favourite views in Manhattan!

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Grand Central Terminal


I kind of love Grand Central for taking photos in the evening. It’s one of those places that really quietens down in the evening – so it’s a great place to snap up some photos when the sun goes down – and definitely makes it one of the best places to take pictures in NYC at night. I actually love this photo I took at the taxi rank outside, I love the way the bridge frames the shot.

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Bryant Park


Next on my list of best places to take pictures in NYC at night, Bryant Park is one of my favourite parks in NYC. It’s so beautiful and so peaceful in the evening. Taking photos in the evening here had to make it onto my list of best places to take photos in NYC at night – because it’s so quiet, and the skyscrapers around the park are so photogenic. I also love the contrast between the green grass and the dark sky – it’s perfect!

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Washington Street


Washington Street has an amazing view of Manhattan Bridge through the buildings either side, and it’s a great photo opportunity – which is why it makes it onto my list of best places to take photos in NYC at night! The street can get a bit crowded during the day with tourists, but at night, it’s definitely much quieter… You might even have the whole street to yourself!

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Here are some other useful blog posts I have written about NYC, that might be useful!


The ultimate New York City Travel Guide

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Famous restaurants in NYC from movies and TV shows

Things to do for couples in NYC

The best outdoor rooftop bars in NYC

The best art galleries in Chelsea, NYC

Best places to take photos in NYC at night time

How to take a great photo in Times Square

Secret places to take amazing photos in NYC 

Hidden gem and neighbourhood restaurants in NYC

Touristy things to do with a baby in NYC

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