Top Alternative Photo Locations in NYC

Even Locals Love

Not interested in the most overt “New York” locations for your wedding, elopement or engagement photos? Consider these more subtle or alternative locations. By no means an exhaustive list! See here for my top iconic spots.

Within 15-20 mins of Manhattan City Hall: Tribeca, South Street Seaport, NOLITA/East Village Street Art

Couple kissing in rain with view of Statue of Liberty

Governors Island

Pro: Amazing views of the city and Statue of Liberty, opportunities to bike ride, have a picnic, reserve ceremony site

Con: Must take ferry and only open part of the year

Notes: First ferry is free and so is the return

Location: New York Harbor just off lower Manhattan

Closest Subway: South Ferry 1


Tribecca Photo Location

Pro: Industrial streetscapes like the Staple Street Skybridge, great restaurants and cafes

Con: Photo locations spread out

Notes: About a 10 min walk from the Manhattan Marriage Bureau

Location: West of Church Street, South of Canal and North of Barclay St, To the Hudson River

Closest Subway: Chambers Street 1/2/3, Franklin Street 1


Pro: Waterfront, Neighborhood areas with street art and great restaurants and cafes

Con: Distance from other areas, construction

Notes: Small parks dot the waterfront with Manhattan views, colorful murals and hip hotels

Location: North Brooklyn

Closest Subway: Bedford L, Greenpoint Avenue G

Street Art Lovers

Wedding couple with street art mural in NYC

East Village/NOLITA

Pro: Amazing street art backgrounds a short ride from most places in Manhattan

Con: The art can change, not inherently bad, but don’t be too set on a specific work

Notes: First Street Green Cultural Park and Buff Monster and more.

Location: Short cab from Marriage Bureau

Closest Subway: 2nd Avenue F, Spring 6

Bushwick Collective Wedding Portraits in BrooklynBushwick Collective

Pro: Amazing large street art murals in Brooklyn

Con: 30-40 min subway ride from Manhattan

Notes: Bushwick Collective

Location: Buskwick, Brooklyn

Closest Subway: Jefferson St. L station

South Street Seaport

The Jasper Ward House South Street Seaport

Pro: Historical area 15 mins from Marriage Bureau, views of Brooklyn and harbor

Con: Construction

Notes: Near City Hall Park area and Beekman Hotel

Location: South of the Brooklyn Bridge where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District.

Closest Subway: Fulton St 2/3

Red Hook

Pro: Great views from waterfront parks, industrial architecture

Con: Not easy to get to

Notes: Some great restaurants, interesting backdrops

Location: Cab or bus

Closest Subway: Smith-9th Streets F/G

Gantry State Park in Long Island City, Queens

Gantry Plaza State Park Wedding

Pro: Midtown Manhattan Skyline, pier, near Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Con: Not easy to get to unless going to Greenpoint or Williamsburg

Notes: Great skyline alternative if you love the Empire State Building and don’t plan to visit Brooklyn

Location: Long Island City

Closest Subway: 7 train to Vernon Jackson station

Your Neighborhood

Pro: Meaningful to you, personalize the day

Con: May not have the most iconic or charming spots, but I’d bet there are some hidden gems

Notes: Think about the places you frequent, the “iconic” local spots

Location: Anywhere

See the Top Iconic NYC Spots here

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