I Heart NYC: My Top 16 New York Spots in 2016

Daniela's Travels New York

New York was the most instagrammed city in 2016. Three of the world’s top ten most instagrammed locations were also in the Big Apple—Central Park, Times Square and The Brooklyn Bridge—but I left those out from my compilation in favor of lesser known spots that stole my heart or places I most frequented last year.

Here they are from left to right:

  1. The graffiti wall in front of Freeman’s Restaurant, Lower Manhattan. Hunting for street art with my friend and fabulous photographer, Susie Lang, who took this shot. Read more about our adventure here.

Lower East Side Street Art

  1. The Flatiron district in the gloaming with the Empire State Building in the background. The Flat Iron Building is just to the left of the frame and so is Eataly (the best place to fill up and stock up on Italian delicacies in New York).


  1. #LoveWall by James Goldcrown. This heart covered mural is an Instagram star (located at the corner of Kenmare and Mott streets at the north side of New York’s Little Italy).


  1. The Freedom Tower and one of the wings of the Oculus at the World Trade Center. I love the Oculus building by Santiago Calatrava (both the interior and exterior). It also houses the Westfield Shopping Center in case you haven’t already done your holiday shopping.

Oculus NYC

  1. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge and a lone bench taken from a taxi driving along the Belt Pkwy on my way to JFK Airport.

Varrizano Bridge

  1. A mural by Nick Walker on 17th Street and 6th Avenue. I came across this mural randomly walking to the subway on a busy gray day. It’s hard to believe how much I don’t know about the city, but I love turning a corner and “discovering” something new—even if everyone else knows about it.


  1. In Bushwick, Brooklyn on another graffiti hunt with photographer Susie Lang.


  1. Lower East Side. I love the bike in front of the mural. This is the beauty of street art.


  1. Since ‘love’ is one of the running themes of this collage, I had to include The Love sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana on 6th Ave and 55 Street.


  1. I love love the Chrysler Building and especially seeing it reflected in the windows of other buildings.


  1. One of the installations on Times Square this year. I didn’t find out who the artist is.


  1. The Metropolitan Opera lit in purple back in January.


  1. Bryant Park in the spring. I gravitate to this place at all times of year, but spring hasn’t arrived for me unless I’ve walked through this park and stopped to smell the flowers in its magnificent gardens.


  1. The rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sculpture by British artist Cornelia Parker, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, Psycho. They have new festive lights in the entrance hall this year. I can’t wait to see them.


  1. Horatio Street in the West Village. I love the red facades of brownstones throughout the City. I wonder why they aren’t called ‘redstones.’


  1. In Bushwick in front of a graffiti truck. Photo Credit: Susie Lang


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