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17 Selfies to Take in NYC during WordPride

There will be an infinite number of great photo ops during WorldPride in New York City. However, if you’re looking to curate your shots a little before you go, this list is for you. Here are the best landmarks, art installations, green spaces, and one matcha bar where you can selfie in style.

 

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  1. The Stonewall Inn

    The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for LGBT+ activism in the United States. Longstanding social and legal discrimination had subjected the community to lives of silence and secrecy. Even the few existing LGBT+ activist groups in the U.S. used conservative—and often unfruitful—approaches to change. After the radical symbol of violence at Stonewall, the 50 to 60 LGBT+ groups in the States multiplied many times over.

     
    The Stonewall Inn became a National Historic Landmark in 2000, and in 2016, President Obama named Stonewall and Sheridan Square a national monument. In Obama’s speech honoring these landmarks, he likened the Stonewall Uprising to other groundbreaking American civil rights demonstrations such as the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on behalf of African-American voting rights. Read more about Stonewall, or check out their listing in our LGBTQ Nightlife section.
     

  2. The Guggenheim Rotunda

    The Guggenheim is one of the most recognizable exteriors in New York City. Get inside the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building for the more transcendent pics, as the inside of the rotunda is a spiral crowned with an enormous skylight. Many take pictures from the ground floor of the rotunda, but don’t forget to snap a few once you reach the top and can look down at the concentric white ramps and priceless art at this iconic museum. 1071 5th Ave. 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

     

  3. Flatiron Building

    A selfie in front of this famous wedge-shaped building will make a perfect addition to your Insta feed. This 1902 structure, located on 23rd Street at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is only 6.5 feet wide at its narrowest point. Madison Square Park is just a few steps away and often has photogenic public art works, so head on over for more pics and an idyllic outdoor meal at Shake Shack.

     

  4. Art at The High Line

    Not only is The High Line a beautiful public park in Chelsea, but it’s also the site of several art installations that rotate seasonally. There are endless pictures you can take while you’re here, 25 feet above the ground on this converted rail line, but we’re partial to the breathtaking murals and sculptural installations that punctuate the park’s abundant green space. On view during WorldPride will be Brick House by Simone Leigh, as well as other art works to be announced. thehighline.org

     

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  6. Top of the Rock

    Come to Rockefeller Center for a quintessential New York City pic. Top of the Rock provides incredible unobstructed views of Midtown, including the Empire State Building in the background, thanks to its tall glass barriers and 360-degree observation deck. There’s stiff competition for the best sight lines up here, but the photos will be worth it. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 877-692-7625, topoftherocknyc.com

     

  7. Bowery Graffiti Wall

    Get a great street-art selfie in the Bowery, located in downtown Manhattan. The Bowery Graffiti wall on East Houston showcases a rotating slate of famous street artists, commissioned by Goldman Properties. This former site of a Keith Haring mural has been covered with art by Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Check out who’s up this summer during WorldPride! 76 East Houston St.

     

  8. Bethesda Terrace in Central Park

    Icons abound in Central Park, from the rowboats to Strawberry Fields to the carousel. After scrolling through some Central Park posts, though, we’ve got to give the edge to Bethesda Terrace, the covered plaza you walk through just before reaching Bethesda Fountain. The tiled ceiling and delicate arches, along with the fountain in the background, make for lovely, otherworldly photographs. Come here in the morning for some of the best backlit pics you’ll ever take. 72nd Street Cross Drive, centralpark.com

     

  9. Washington Street in DUMBO

    Come Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) for a Brooklyn pic worth crossing the East River for. On Washington Street between Front and Water Streets, you can see the Empire State Building framed perfectly between the legs of the Manhattan Bridge. Bonus points for a sunset shot. Oh, and did we mention these are cobblestone streets?

     

  10. Times Square

    For all the griping we locals do about Times Square, you can actually get some great pictures in this supersized ad arcade in the center of town. The WorldPride Closing Ceremony, with a concert featuring Melissa Etheridge, will be staged here, so you have a perfect excuse to come and snap away! Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets

     

  11. Color Factory

    Color Factory provides endless fodder for great shots in this pop-up museum full of immersive installations. Swim in a ball pit, walk a rainbow-hued hallway, and find your secret color using a room-sized flow chart. This smash-hit experience also helps you get the perfect shot with in-room cameras that send your photos directly to your phone—all the better to post with! 251 Spring St., [email protected], colorfactory.co,

     

  12. On a Boat

    Get on a boat, and your skyline selfie options expand exponentially. Some of your best shots of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other NYC landmarks can be found on one of the city’s many cruises. Have food, drink, dancing, and fun, on a cruise with Circle Line, CitySightseeing, New York Water Taxi, and Entertainment Cruises. More info in our article, “Seeing NYC by Land, Sea, & Air”!

     

  13. Coney Island Art Walls

    Coney Island is the quintessential summer destination in the city. Come down for a ride on the Cyclone roller coaster and a hot dog at Nathan’s, but don’t miss the murals at Coney Island Art Walls. These rotating installations are ready Insta bait, but that’s because they’re beautiful! 3050 Stillwell Ave., coneyartwalls.com

     

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  15. Gay Street

    Near the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that WorldPride commemorates, there’s a tiny lane called Gay Street. It was named in the 19th century after someone with the surname Gay, but the street name took on extra significance once the neighborhood became the birthplace of the modern LGBT+ movement. Take a pic with the street sign in view, or in front of the handsome brownstones on this residential street.

     

  16. Brooklyn Bridge

    Don’t miss a summer walk across one of the world’s most famous bridges. Sure, it’ll be mobbed by other selfie-taking visitors (especially at sunset), but you’ll love the shots you get. Especially with the tan arches of the bridges in the background! Manhattan: Enter boardwalk from Centre St (east of City Hall). Brooklyn: entrances on Washington and Prospect Streets, or on Brooklyn Bridge Promenade at Tillary St.

     

  17. The Fountain at Washington Square Park

    In the steamy city, it helps to know you can cool off in the Washington Square Park. Have a friend take a pic (or get out your waterproof camera) of you getting silly in this iconic Greenwich Village fountain. It’s only a foot deep, but you’ll get plenty wet from the jet in the center. Pro tip: you can get the Washington Square Arch and Empire State Building in the background if you block it right! At Fifth Avenue and West 8th Street

     

  18. Staples Street Overpass

    If you’re looking for a great shot of antique New York architecture, it can be found on another diminutive street paved with cobblestones: Staples Street. This two-block lane is located in the wealthy neighborhood of Tribeca in downtown Manhattan and doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic, so its slightly secret quality makes it all the more compelling. The industrial covered footbridge that makes Staples Street unique was built in 1907 as an addition to the New York Hospital clinic located there. Zoom in with your camera to see NYH on a terracotta plaque still affixed to the footbridge.

     

  19. MatchaBar

    In a world full of latte art and other photogenic drinks, matcha ranks pretty high on the list. This green tea can be consumed cold or hot, and its pale grassy color looks incredible in photos. Come to MatchaBar in Soho during a day of shopping, and find an attractive brick wall and neon green sign on the facade of this walk-up matcha stand to maximize your selfie success. 70 Prince St., matchabar.co

     

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