New York has to be one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in the world. It seems that no matter what time of day you venture out, there is always something going on, and the place is buzzing. I love travelling to London which has a great energy, but New York is just one of those places that you have to experience in person to fully appreciate.

I recently started to look back through photos from several trips over recent years and it really inspired me to re-edit them, during which time I noticed a trend through each trip that I seemed to be drawn to certain locations, so thought I would list my top 5 favourite places to get photos in the city that never sleeps.

5. Grand Central

One of the most impressive train stations anywhere on the planet! Located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, the station concourse is HUGE, with an elaborately designed astronomical ceiling. You can stand and watch an endless stream of people going about their business at any hour of the day. There is some great architecture to be seen outside as well, including the art deco masterpiece that is The Chrysler Building just across the street.

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4. Times Square

Known as the crossroads of the world, Times Square is an explosion of neon, billboards, shops and people. It is impressive any time of the day but really comes into its own at night when the lights make for some excellent photo opportunities. Located on the junction of Broadway & 7th Avenue, the area stretches from 42nd to 47th street

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3. DUMBO

This area of Brooklyn is part of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the highlight is definitely the area between Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. The closest subway station is York Street which is a short walk from the park and the views across the river to Manhattan are breath taking. This is also the location where you can get the iconic New York skyline shot with Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. (DUMBO means Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

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2. Brooklyn Bridge

Opened in 1883, the bridge connects Manhattan & Brooklyn. There is a pedestrian walkway above the traffic lanes and the views of Manhattan are not to be missed. The impressive structure is a New York icon with its impressive towers and steelwork.

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1. Top of the Rock

This is my number 1 photo location! It’s not as busy as the Empire State Building and the views of Central Park to the North, and the rest of the city to the south are amazing. The observation decks are pretty open with unobstructed views and if you get there at the right time of day, you can watch day turn into night and see the changes in the city as the lights come on, and the sun goes down.

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There are so many more places that I could include in the list, and you can’t see everything in one trip. New York is constantly evolving and I can’t wait for the next time I have the opportunity to go and see the views from the new Freedom Tower built in the footprint of the World Trade Centre buildings. Hopefully it wont be too long until I can see this amazing place again!

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