Hidden Photo Spots 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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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.
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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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Valuable Takeaways You Will Get From Studying Abroad

The things you'll remember most won't be the "crazy parties", but memories much more meaningful than that.

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Everyone who studies abroad always comes back saying the same cliche things, such as how study abroad absolutely changed them or how they feel like they just belong in the place they studied in. Others will boast about skipping all their classes and partying every other night, which in a way, are also unique experiences. After 4 months abroad, I can assure you that although there is some truth in all of those statements, the reality is more of a mild mix of all of them. You will create unforgettable memories with friends and spend time partying it up in the city, but you will also come to genuinely appreciate your city for its small quirks instead of the major touristy activities. Regardless of your experience, however, here are some lessons everyone will have taken from their time abroad.

1. More Independence

No matter how well traveled you were before starting this semester abroad, when you're thrown into a foreign country with no one familiar, you'll be forced to grow up quickly. From figuring out how to interact with your non-student neighbors to figuring out meals every single day, studying abroad will help you grow up quickly. This may be the first time that you'll be away from everyone you know for more than a few weeks, and you'll have to find ways to cope with it.

2. New Perspectives

After spending more than 10 years in the American education system, learning about events like World War II and the Global Financial Crisis from a non-American perspective can be extremely eye-opening. Interactions and discussions with international students from other countries will leave you baffled at how many major things in history that your public high school education back in America never taught you. Picnics with your classmates will reveal new foods that you have never been exposed to, but that you now love and must eat once a week. The world is a diverse place, and it required you to get out of the country to truly realize it.

3. Travel opportunities

In the US, you could drive 7 hours from Los Angeles and still end up in California. In Europe or Asia or any other place, transportation methods under that same time can get you to another country or even multiple countries. Instead of a weekend trip to the mountains in the same state, you can take a train from Paris and end up in London a mere two hours later. With different countries so close together, take as many chances as possible to explore as much as you can. That being said, don't forget to travel within your own country and thoroughly explore the place you're living in!

4. Lifelong friendships

Even if you're an introvert, you'll find someone you can get along well with while abroad. Slowly but surely, you'll make that study buddy, gym buddy, boba buddy, or whatever-else-you-do buddy. Realistically, you won't be able to meet up with these people anytime soon after your time abroad, but you'll become so close to them during these few months because you're all on your own for the first time. Every few years, you'll still be compelled to meet up and catch up with them. Every time you visit a country, you'll be able to hit up the friend you made while studying abroad who lives there.

Everyone's study abroad experience will be different, but as long as you put yourself out there and make the most of your time abroad, you will come home with some of the fondest memories of your life.

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