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8 Least Crowded Places in NYC

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Wave Hill

wave hill

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades.

Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

It provides several charming photo-ops with the greenery and blossoming flowers that are sure to be an unexpected highlight during your NYC trip.

Doyers Street

doyers street
Doyers Street in Chinatown is notoriously known as the “The Bloody Angle” because the curvilinear street enabled gangs to creep up on one another unseen.


It is one block in length and has a sharp bend in the middle in which most people do not know even exists. This makes the street look incredibly long, allowing for a photo-op that is sure to leave your followers in awe at the length of the street and the surrounding emblems of Chinese culture that line the sidewalk.

The Unisphere

the unisphere

The Unisphere, located at the center of the radial pathways in the northern half of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was commissioned for the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.

The sphere features representations of the continents and major mountain ranges in relief and is encircled by three giant orbital rings that represent the tracks of early satellites.

The capital cities of the world are marked by lenses which, during the fair, were illuminated by flashing lights.

This beloved symbol of Queens will provide a great background to your photo as its beautiful architecture is sure to draw everyone’s attention to it.

Valentino Pier

valentino pier
Now surrounded by industrial, residential, and historic buildings, Valentino Pier was once the site of an active shipping industry that once occupied the waters of the Buttermilk Channel and the Upper New York Harbor.

Come here to capture a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty in the background, as well as the scenic city scape.

New York Chinese Scholars Garden


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The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden adds a new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a quiet photo-op.

It features magnificent architecture that resembles mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars.

Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard.

FDR Four Freedoms Park


fdr four freedoms park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York.

Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech.

Take a picture of the surrounded skyscrapers illuminated by the sun or capture the Empire State Building across the water at night, and enjoy the serenity of this picturesque park.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden


brooklyn botannical garden


This display of gardening and horticulture can serve as a beautiful backdrop to your photos.

Enjoy the peace and serenity that the blooming flowers and chirping birds provide while snapping photos of some of the rarest types of flowers in the world.

Gantry Plaza State Park

gantry state plaza
Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations.

Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers or through the park’s manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take pictures of the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries.

These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront’s past.

With the city skyline as a backdrop and the gantries as a stage, the park’s plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy a Spring day in New York and capture it in photos.

8 Least Crowded Places in NYC


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