85 Photos That Will Make You Wanna Jet Off To New York City

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I’m not sure when or why the idea hit me, but as soon as it did I was suddenly committed to combing through 7 years worth of photo archives from the years I spent living in New York City. An ambitious endeavor for the average person, but truly a foolish one for a photographer. I mean, do you have any idea how many photos I took during this time? Multiple tens of thousands. Likely over 100,000. It’s a lot of images to sift through.

BUT, the gargantuan task of pulling out my best photos of NYC was actually not as exhausting as it sounds because I’ve got a killer system for tagging and labelling all my images in Lightroom (note: read my travel photography tricks post if you’d like to know how to get your photos organized!). I simply opened my Lightroom catalogue and filtered *out* any photos tagged with ‘wedding’ or rated below 1 star, which left a smaller subset of photos through which to browse.

So last week, I revisited every single (non-wedding) photo I took in New York City from 2008-2014 that I had liked enough originally to mark with at least one star. 85 made the cut for this blog post.

These are the best photos of NYC that I captured during the 7 years I lived there. And by best, I mean my favorite images: the ones I love to look at and am proud to have created.

It really was such a trip to relive this part of my life and watch the progression: from a 22 year old who was new to NYC and spent all her waking non-work hours frolicking around town playing with (read: figuring out) her camera, to a jaded 28 year old who had more or less mastered photography and would rather be anywhere but New York (and hence didn’t go out and shoot anywhere near as much). I cringe at many of the photos from the early years which I ruined with some seriously embarrassing editing (underexposed images, HDR, tilt-shift: DO NOT RECOMMEND)… but then I see how much better I got at travel photography by the end and that makes me feel really great.

There are some shocking gaps in this NYC photo collection: Times Square, Grand Central Station, street performers, street photography in general, Flatiron Building, Statue of Liberty, and the new World Trade Center, among others I’m sure. I do have photos of most of these, but they’re crap and need to be retaken. I’ll be doing so when I return to New York at the end of the year for Christmas, and I’ll re-release this post with 100 images once I’ve got 15 new ones worthy of including. I feel like 100 sounds a lot exciting than 85, don’t you think?

OK ARE YOU READY?? Here we go: my best photos of New York City!

NYC bridge

NYC skyline

nyc christmas

nyc soho

NYC at night

Astoria Pool

NYC bridge

Manhattan NYC

NYC subway

NYC museum

NYC street

Central Park NYC

NYC

Free kayaking in NYC

New York City

Manhattan NYC

NYC subway

Manhattan NYC

NYC

nyc rooftop

NYC

Yankee Stadium

New York City

New York City

New York City

NYC subway

NYC subway

NYC High Line

NYC bridges

Central Park

NYC street art

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NYC bridge

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West Village NYC

NYC Lincoln Center

Central Park fall

NYC

Christmas in NYC

NYC park

NYC

NYC bridge

NYC sunset

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NYC bridge

NYC bridge

Central Park

Manhattan NY

Chinatown NYC

Manhattan NYC

Manhattan

Brooklyn rooftop

NYC street

Brooklyn Bridge

NYC

High Line

New York City

Flushing Meadows

Brooklyn Bridge Park

NYC bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC

Sunset in NYC

Queensboro Bridge NYC

nyc street art

Central Park cherry blossoms

Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC

NYC sunset

Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Wards Island Bridge

RFK Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Lower Manhattan skyline

williamsburg bridge

Brooklyn street art

Manhattan NY

West Village

Coney Island NYC

gantry state park

View from the Empire State Building

View from Governor's Island

NYC bridge

Imagine, Central Park

Williamsburg Bridge

NYC sunset

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100 Awesome Photos of NYC

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • These are awesome Lindsay! Definitely makes me want to go back to New York :)

    • Aw thanks, girl! It even got me a little bit excited to return in December (though overall, I am dreading coming back to the US!).

  • AMAZING! I love my city and you captured the very essence of it perfectly <3

    • Aw thanks Chanel! Looking through all these pictures made me miss NYC a little. Hope to see you when I return in December!