Last week’s #ISpyNY Photo of the Week was a gorgeous shot of the Statue of Liberty, taken by Instagram user @jeffreynyc—also known as Jeffrey S. Putnam, from Brooklyn.
Tell us more about where you took this photograph.
J: This picture was taken on Liberty Island just days after it reopened from Hurricane Sandy.
What’s your favorite thing to Instagram in all of New York State?
J: My favorite thing to Instagram are things which represent our great State, from taking a picture of One World Trade Center from the Staten Island Ferry to the American and Bridal Veil Falls at Niagara Falls from underneath at the Cave of the Winds. New York State has such beauty.
What region of New York is the most photogenic?
J: That is very difficult to say. I am very partial to New York City, and am currently serving as a @NYCGov Instagram Photo Ambassador, but how can you compare the beauty of Niagara Falls, the Gorges in Ithaca, the Finger Lakes, or the shores of Long Island? New York has so many beautiful, unique and diverse locations to photograph.
What’s your town’s best-kept secret?
J: Not everything in New York City costs money. Visit lower Manhattan and reserve a free ticket (online) to the 9/11 memorial, then head to Broadway to see the famous St. Paul’s Chapel that survived the 9/11 attacks. Head down Broadway to see Zuccotti Park & Trinity Church. While at Trinity, walk one block left to see the famous New York Stock Exchange and former Federal Hall where President George Washington took his first oath of office.
Then, back up to Broadway and walk south to take a picture with the famous Wall Street Bull and then all the way to the end and take the free Staten Island Ferry with gorgeous views of lower Manhattan and incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. You’ve just spent a large portion of your day looking at both somber (the memorial), beautiful and significant historical New York City and you haven’t spent a penny! If you are ready to walk some more, add a walk across the Famous Brooklyn Bridge (also free and a few blocks north of the 9/11 site). The absolutely gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge Park is on the other side and contains some of the best views of Manhattan and an old historical carousel with one of the best views of any carousel in the world!
Also, a ride on the N or Q train between Canal Street (Manhattan) and DeKalb or Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn) provides an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge as the train crawls across the Manhattan Bridge.
If an Instagrammer visits your town, what should they be sure to photograph?
J: It is hard to pick one, but The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Chrysler Building have to be in your pictures. The best place to be sure to capture these, and the majesty of the whole city, is either from a ferry or The Circle Line on our rivers—or from the Top of the Rock observation deck, which is one of the best deals and sightseeing experiences in New York City!
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