Hidden Photo Treasures in NYC

Hidden Photo Treasures in NYC

Want a little adventure? Want places for cute photos that not many people discover? Here's a list to start your creative day going!

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Are you planning to go to the city with friends? A boyfriend/girlfriend? Your family? The best pay to go into the city is with a flexible plan; try having 3-4 places you want to hit, but can find and explore others along the way. Planning in this way will cause less stress, and better memories. The city is filled with cute cafes and beautiful restaurants that your loose plan will end up being filled with a day of adventuring.

1. Little Cupcake Bakeshop

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Little Cupcake Bakeshop is an amazing little bakery with cute walls on the outside, perfect for pictures. The address is 30 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 and while you're there might as well grab some dessert! The Blue Velvet Cupcake and S'mores bar was absolutely delicious. They have gluten-free and vegan options, so everyone can enjoy the cute little place, and take some amazing photos as well!

2. Joe and the Juice

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Do you like the ability to do work in a Starbucks? How about the aesthetic of local cafes? Like smoothies and juices? Are you always hungry? Joe and the Juice is an amazing combination of all of those qualities. They have open area of people doing work on their laptops while also the rush of people grabbing juices to go. Grab a juice and take some aesthetically pleasing photos! There are tons of them all over NYC.

3. Bathrooms & Dressing Rooms 

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One of the best parts of the city is their secret hidden treasures. Graffiti in bathrooms in urban cafes and restaurants are no longer deviant, but an integral part of street art that is now being emphasized more. You can find graffiti even in the Urban Outfitters dressing rooms! Take some friends to take some cool pictures in unique art, even if it's in the bathroom.

4. NoodleLove 

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NoodleLove is a cute little noodle house in NYC, located on 192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012. On the side of this restaurant is a wall filled with different colored hearts. A positive, beautiful, yet simple graffiti that is a great stop for photos. While it's cold, it'd be an amazing to take some pictures and head inside for some warm noodles.

5. Pietro Nolita

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Pietro Nolita is a hidden Italian restaurant, but the exterior looks nothing like what the place is. The entire outside is pink, with hearts and benches! Great for a chic or simple outfit, this pink background works for all photos.

6. Rooftops

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Want a little risk? Try getting to the top of a rooftop, this one happened to be a half done rooftop on top of a new hotel, but these adventures add some edge and make more the photo more memorable. Obviously, don't do anything illegal or too risky, but these rooftops end up to be great photos!

6. Random Wall Graffiti

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The best parts of the city are't even the ones you know about. They are the hidden treasures that you find along the way. Whether it's a cute cafe or a random graffiti wall, the city is filled with endless opportunities and adventures. Grab some friends and go without a plan, act on instinct and craving, and take photos to make memories along the way.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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