Sure, it’s noisy, crowded and can drive you bonkers. (We’re looking at you, Times Square Elmo.) But New York City is also one of the greatest places on earth. One of our favorite things about the Big Apple? The plethora of gorgeous (and Insta-worthy) spots for all our selfie-obsessed needs. Here, our nine favorite NYC backdrops for that flawless ’Gram.

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Top of the Rock

There are dozens of places to get your elevation high in NYC, but our favorite photo op is 70 floors up at the top of Rockefeller Center. That way, you get the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Freedom Tower, all in one go.

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The Brooklyn Bridge

Whether on the bridge itself with steel cables zigzagging in front of a blue sky, or standing in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a view of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River, you can’t go wrong.

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Murals at Kenmare & Mott

Fashion fans everywhere will recognize Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld by Bradley Theodore on this busy block in Soho. The artist recreated one of his most well-known pieces from 2013, but the other murals surrounding Theodore’s are all prime selfie-taking real estate, too. 

Stone Street

Whether you’re grabbing a drink after work or just passing through on the way to a dinner reservation, this lively stretch of bars and restaurants in the Financial District is the perfect twinkle-lit backdrop for a romantic selfie.

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Space NK Wall

You’ve always wanted a trendy backdrop for your millennial pink #OOTD. Artist Kelsey Montague, behind the famed “#WhatLiftsYou” wall murals, designed this magic paintbrush backdrop for one wall of the Space NK apothecary building on the corner of Prince and Mott. 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

There's really no match for a live flower backdrop, and you’ll find plenty at the BBG. The glass-encased Palm House is also a photogenic setting for many a greenhouse selfie in case you start to feel your allergies flaring up after too many #petalpics. 

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The Flatiron Building

Who can pass up one of the most iconic buildings in the city? Pro tip: Time it perfectly with passing yellow cabs. The bright primary color contrasts beautifully with the neutral white buildings behind it.

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The Flower District

Around the corner from the busy shopping hubbub of Herald Square, a little stretch of green paradise awaits you for that picture-perfect moment. Wander down 28th street between sixth and seventh avenues and you’ll find vibrant bushels of potted plants, floral arrangements and tall leafy foliage lining the sidewalk.

While We Were Young

This tiny West Village establishment was practically made for the ’Gram. Clean white walls, plush pink velvet banquettes, marble tables, neon signs: It’s enough to fill up your iCloud storage (and your stomach) in one brunch.

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