TOP 10 instagrammable spots in New York City

TOP 10 instagrammable spots in New York City
01/03/2020 pilotpatrick
top 10 instagrammable spots in New York City

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Dear Aviator, 

it has been a while since my trip to the city that never sleeps. Instead of a straight forward travel blog post, I share with you my “TOP 10 Instagrammable spots in New York City”. At a destinations I am constantly chasing for spots to create enganging content for you. This definitely looks a lot easier than it really is. Stick to my TOP 10 and you will get automatically a great overivew of the city and some nice shots for you feed. Pack your camera (not only your phone) and some good walking shoes, because I walked over 40 km in six days. 

Times Square, a must-see in NYC at night, but very crowded

Spectacular street canyons, but extremely busy and hard to take Insta shots

1- The Vessel

New in town. The Vessel, an architectural artwork, which is unique and extravagant. Built to plans by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories (45 m) and consists of 154 flights of stairs and 2,500 steps. The Vessel is the main feature of the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square, which comprosmises a mall with lots of shoppping opportunities. It’s worth a visit since the entrance is for free (check the website prior) and you can take some etravagent photos.

The Vessel

2- The Envue Hotel

Not quite in New York City, but only a 10 min ferry ride across the Hudson river. The Envue Hotel, which belongs to the Autography Collection of Marriott, offers unobstructed views of the New York City skyline. I stayed in one of their spacious and contemporary executive suites with a spectacular balcony (Instagram spot deluxe). You not necessarily have to stay at this 5-star hotel, to enjoy the view. As non hotel guest, you could have dinner at the at the NoHu restaurant or enjoy views from their rooftop terrace.

Envue hotel lobby and bar

Relaxing in the Envue Hotel

Envue Hotel with ferry station in front

3- Intrepid Air Museum

A must for every avgeek, is a visit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. (just to mention some highlights of the exhibition). I visited the museum by night for the TPG awards hosted by The Points Guy. It is an award show which honors excellence in travel, loyalty programs and credit cards. Make sure to get a shot with the Concorde or on top of the aircraft carrier.

The Intrepid Air Museum

At the TPG Awards 2019

On the red carpet at thr TPG Awards

4- Neigborhood SoHo

Strolling around the SoHo neighborhood feels like you are straight in a smovie set of one of your favorite blockbusters. You can go shopping in boutiques, have a coffe, healthy food and take lots of typical “Newyork-style” photos with escape latters on the brick fasades.

SoHo neighborhood

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5- The Oculus

Finally! Like the new Berlin airport (still not open) it took a bit longer and costed more money until the Oculus opened. The $4 billion Oculus station house, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, consists of white ribs that interlock high above the ground. Inside you find the transportation hub and a mall. The building has been praised for its design and its “instagramability”. From the outside it los like that the construction has wings.

The Oculus gave me wings

The 9/11 memorial next to the Oculus

6- Helicopter flight

Not an inexpensive experience, but worth if you want to see New York City from high above. Once in the air you can really spot the massive size of the city. I departed from the heliport in Lower Manhatten and went on a scenic flight for about 20 mins with Heli NY. In case this is not thrilling enough, you can go on a flight with the passengers open and you can lean out of the helicopter during the flight (only departing from New Jersey. That’s definitely the Instagram photo of NYC.

7- The Lexington

Stay where the stars have stayed! The Lexington Hotel was built in 1929 and is showcasing the design, architecture and style of that iconic period. Once home for many famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and PilotPatrick ;).  I stayed in the Arthur Godfried Suite, he used to be a well-known TV and radio braodcaster. He was an Aviator as well. So this suite was a perfect match. You don’t necessarily have to sleep at the Lexington, you book one of their theme suites for an event as well.

The Lexington Hotel in Midtown

8- Central Park

The world famous park. In the winter is it not that beautiful, but nevertheless it is worth to take a stroll through the park or go ice skating. It is a nice Instagram spot, since you can take photos away from the crowds. In the middel of  the souther end of the park is an elevation formed by rocks. This location makes a nice scenery since high tall buildings rise in the background.

Southern End of Central Park

9- cloudM rooftop

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get access to a rooftop in Manhattan. Just by coincidence, I discovered the the cloudM rooftop in Soho. It is not a skyscraper, but you still have an unobstructed of lower Manhatten and Midtown Manhatten from an outside and inside area. Alternatively, you can now visit the Observatory at the One World Center, the Rockefeller Center or the Empire State Building. Either way, you spend a minimum of  35 $ per entrance.


cloudM rooftop bar

View from the cloudM rooftop bar

Manhatten Bridge View Point

10- Brooklyn and Manhatten Birdge

Probably the most Instagrammed location in entire New York City. Take a walk via the bridge starting from Lower Manhatten all the way to the other side to Brooklyn. The photo motives are endless and you definitely will see other who do it for the “Gram”. My destination after the Brooklyn Bridge was the Manhatten Bridge Point of View. I have seen this location so many times on Instagram, but I was quite disappointed since it was really crowded. People were really rude and did not want to move out of your frame. So I walked to the Main Street Park granting a view of the Brooklyn bridge and the skyline in the back. Please always respect others when they are taking shots like you would expect it from others.

Manhatten Bridge View Point

Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn

What would have been your favorite location in NYC? Let me know in a comment below and don’t forget to like my blog about the “TOP 10 Instagrammable spots in New York City”

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick


  1. Shiran Abraham 3 months ago

    I never been to NYC n it’s always my dream to visit NY, hopefully one day I’ll visit NYC . Very interesting blog thank you for sharing Top 10 Instagrammable spot in NYC. I would love to see these Top 10 spot But would Love to see most The Vessel , Intrepid Air Museum and Brooklyn and Manhatten Birdge . Your blog give me always knowledge, I always interesting to read your blog caption gorgeous

  2. Liliani Setiawati 3 months ago

    I love the Vessel architecture a lot….very very creative. Thank you for sharing, PP. One day I wanna visit NYC again, I went there in 2014….so in love with Central Park and Brooklyn area. Love your blog always.

  3. Alf Pedersen (alfsverden) 3 months ago

    Tolles Blog Patrick Dein Blog war spannend zu lesen
    Ich würde das Intrepid Air Museum besuchen ✈und einen Hubschrauberflug über New York
    Ich freue mich darauf, über die Australienreise zu lesen
    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Sonntag Spaßtag
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

  4. Emmy Puspasari Indonesia 3 months ago

    New York is my favorite city too!
    I love the 10 Instagramable places you share here… wish i can visit one by one … and make alot of photos in IG..
    I love your blog and all the photos .. also how you explain to me about this COOL places is very clearly and informative.. so i may learn alot about NYC for more…
    Your Blog is the Best!!

  5. mimosa0120 3 months ago

    Great article, Prince. All 10 locations are worth a visit. My favorite part is watching NYC by helicopter. The panoramic view from above is always the most beautiful. Also loves watching the blooklyn bridge and manhatten. The architecture of the vessel is very strange and impressive … thank you for sharing. Always love your blog and love you, Prince. happy sunday.

  6. Nashim Ali. 3 months ago

    Well one can tell how fast and how urgent but was to write and post this blog today given the slight but minor mistakes I have found but that’s not the issue I guess you can still edit and correct some few misspelled words well my favorite spots about this blog are the vessel and the Oculus they are indeed spectacular to look at and to read about I wish I can make it there one day and visit them well it’s a great and beautiful blog and for those who are travel addicts they surely read it because it has alot to offer though it’s been hard to concentrate on it bse of the guy in the throb damn he looks so lawbreakingly lethal but thanks to my stubborn mind I managed to concentrate again after my conversation levels hit 0 nice blog captain and thanks for sharing

  7. Jan 3 months ago

    Fantastic blogpost Patrick!!

  8. Cristiane 3 months ago

    Você é lindo e perfeito parabéns pelo seu trabalho increvio Você .e um piloto Patrick muito incrível

  9. Michele 3 months ago

    Wow ^^ honey ♡ Your NYC blog post is awesome ♡ All the photos are amazing ♡ Your description is fantastic ♡ Just love so much ^^ ♡ I had been there lot of times ^^ ♡ However always had no time to visit all attractions there 🙁 You must have to go to Time Square @nye next ^^ for ball drop okay ♡ I love central park so relaxing there ♡ I need to check out Intrepid Air Museum since I’m so interested in Concord jet ^^ n it’s amazing there at daytime ♡ Also I need to check in Lexington hotel just so stunning with stars had stayed there ♡ MM is my most favorite actress ♡ The Vessel & Oculus a must see as well ^^ just so cool ♡ Drove through Brooklyn Bridge all the time but never had chance to take a photo there 🙁 hopefully one day soon ^^ ♡ Sorry for those rude ppl 🙁 Oh yea I love Rooftop bars so much ^^ n yes of course the Skyline view in NYC is so spectacular ♡ I wanna get on the Heli ride over there so badly ^^ ♡ Where is the Rockefeller Christmas tree photo ^^ ♡ Thanks for all ur time to find all these amazing instammable spots ^^ ♡

  10. Chisnum Emmanuel 3 months ago

    Very interesting and informative article about NYC. Would like to visit there someday. Keep doing a good job in blogging about beautiful places on planet earth.

  11. Trudy J Grill 3 months ago

    Good to see you again! Wish I could of been there with you. I love museums and architecture. Take care now and stay safe.

  12. Khinlayyi 3 months ago

    It’s very interesting. I’ll be waiting for another blog. Thank you very much.

  13. Meyriniliu 3 months ago

    new york city is a big and a great city .. every spot you post are very amazing .. i have never been there .. after you wrote on your blog i became love this city very much .. if i have to chance to go to NYC someday.. this will be my referense. thx for sharing.

  14. Lauren Pang 3 months ago

    The Vessel looks a great way to get in my cardio.

  15. myline 1 month ago

    Wow! Breathtaking and unique architecture view! I bookmarked your blog. This will be my travel guide When I travel there. Thank you so much! You are the best!!

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