Top 7 most Instagramable places

Top 7 most Instagramable places in Downtown Manhattan

When it comes to curating the perfect photo, location is everything. The good news is Conrad New York Downtown is conveniently positioned close to some of the city’s most visually interesting spots. Here, we’ve collated a mix of tourist-favorites and hidden gems that are well worth a visit with your camera – your Instagram feed will thank you later!

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

As a designated National Historic Landmark, it doesn’t get more iconic than Brooklyn Bridge. Designed by John A. Roebling and completed back in 1883, today it sees over 100,000 vehicles pass through its famous stone arches each day. Take your feed-worthy snap along its pedestrian path, which connects the hotel’s borough of Manhattan with Brooklyn Heights. The bridge extends fairly far inland, meaning you can choose a backdrop of classic skyscrapers or sweeping East River views.

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The Oculus

The Oculus

Connecting the city with millions of daily commuters and curious visitors from around the world every day, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is an architectural wonder. Designed by the internationally acclaimed Santiago Calatrava, its “Oculus” centerpiece is home to 78,000 square feet of exceptional dining and retail outlets – perfect for sourcing an OOTD to feature in your shot! You can also access the rest of the city via 12 subway lines, the PATH rail system, and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal.

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The Irish Hunger Memorial

Behind the Irish Hunger Memorial

Spanning over half an acre, the Irish Hunger Memorial is a gorgeous outdoor garden built to raise awareness of the famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. It colorfully blooms with over 60 types of Irish flora and features a recreated 19th-century Irish cottage, along with quotes, poems and statistics along its walls. Discover rocks from all of the country’s 32 counties, or head behind the memorial where you’ll find striking illuminated lines and stunning views of the One World Trade Center.

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The Elevated Acre

The Elevated Acre

One of only a handful of privately owned public spaces in the city, The Elevated Acre is a peaceful lawn and boardwalk boasting incredible views of Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Brooklyn waterfront. Accessed via a tricky-to-find escalator between two office buildings at 55 Water Street, be whisked up 30 feet above the East River to an idyllic oasis superb for reading, reflecting or simply watching the world go by. If you want more than a panoramic in your picture, keep an eye out for its exciting events program, including outdoor movies and dance performances.

Staple Street Skybridge

Staple Street Skybridge

A charming feature of one of the city’s smallest streets, the cast-iron skybridge on Staple Street has a fascinating 100-year-old story. The two buildings connected by the bridge once belonged to New York Hospital (now New York Presbyterian), with one side the emergency room, and the other for laundry. Although today the buildings house offices and residents, you can still spot a homage to its history via a terra cotta plaque that reads “N.Y.H”. There will be no struggling for a caption idea with this one!

Louise Nevelson Plaza

Louise Nevelson Plaza

Located on Maiden Lane and William Street, the plaza is the city’s first public place to be named after an artist and features Russian-born Louise Nevelson’s striking lyrical steel structures, titled Shadows and Flags (1977). Renowned for the creation of eccentric pieces made from “found” pieces such as wood and black painted metal, she was one of the key figures of the 1960s’ flourishing public art revival. Standing 40 feet high, these 7 structures are one of over 22 public commissions she carried out in her lifetime, with the naming of this park a particular feat for a female artist.

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Seaglass Carousel

Seaglass Carousel

The Seaglass Carousel is a captivating fusion of art and entertainment designed to echo the experience of underwater weightlessness. Located within the Woodland off State Street, you can capture the memory of riding on one of 30 fish monuments, which give nod to The Battery’s past as the first home of the 1896 New York Aquarium. Alongside immersing in the magic of music, movement and light, the chambered nautilus-inspired pavilion makes for particularly artistic photo opportunities.

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If you’re ready to explore these wonderful corners of the city, our knowledgeable concierge would be delighted to provide you with the relevant opening times and most efficient ways to access them. To really get those socials sizzling, food enthusiasts or bloggers may also be interested in our selection of the top 5 outdoor dining restaurants to enjoy within walking distance from the hotel, not forgetting to tag us in your snaps @conradnydowntown!