11 Unusual Places to Photograph In (and Around) New York

October 12, 2011 /Photography News/ With so many beautiful sites, New York is one of the most photographed cities in the world. The skyscrapers, the yellow cabs, the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge, the Grand Central Station, the Empire State building, the bright lights of Broadway and the Wall Street are just a few of the most photographed landmarks in New York. But there is so much more to the popular New York breaks than just these amazing sights, and if you are a traveling photographer you may want to add a few unusual or less known places to your tour destinations.

Bannerman's Castle 

Photo: Dan Dvorscak

The Bannerman's Castle is located on Pollepel Island (familiarly known as Bannerman Island) in the Hudson River, about 50 miles north of New York City. The castle was built in the early 1900s as a weapons arsenal by Francis Bannerman VI. Bannerman personally designed the island's buildings in the style of old Scottish castles. Bannerman's Castle is particularly interesting architecturally because it is out of place in the American landscape. Native Americans believed the island was haunted.

5 Pointz 

Photo: Tais Melillo

Considered to be the world’s premiere 'graffiti Mecca', 5 Pointz is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, where the art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers a converted warehouse full of artist studios. The place could be soon shut down for high-rise residential towers development.

Obscura Antiques and Oddities 

Photo: Curious Expeditions

Obscura Antiques and Oddities, found in East Village, is a tiny antique store that specialize in an extensive array of taxidermy, medical apparatus, prosthetic limbs, memorial photographs, magic lantern slides, fraternal organization memorabilia, and many other odd things.

Smallpox Hospital 

Photo: Anne Bowerman

The Smallpox Hospital opened in 1856, with room for 100 patients, on what was then known as Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), but it closed a century later. In 1972, the hospital was added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it New York City's 'only landmarked ruin'.

Bronx Zoo 

Photo: hjhipster

Located in the Bronx borough of New York City, the Bronx Zoo is the flagship of the Wildlife Conservation Society's collection of urban wildlife parks. Being the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, it is a wonderful destination for animal lovers.

Green-Wood Cemetery 

Photo: [mementosis]

Founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Kings County, New York (now Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn), the Green-Wood Cemetery  lies several blocks southwest of Prospect Park, between Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, and Sunset Park. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. The cemetery was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

New York Transit Museum 

Photo: Nigel Morris

Housed in an authentic 1930's subway station, the New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, commuter rail, bus, and bridge/tunnel systems. It is located in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Tugboat Graveyard 
Photo: Pleuston

Located in the Arthur Kill just north of Rossville on Staten Island, the Tugboat Graveyard is a collection of decomposing ships - the ghosts of New York's shipping era.

Museum of Sex 

Photo: Grufnik

Opened in 2002, the Museum of Sex traces the complex history of NYC and sex, from tittie bars and porn to street hustling and burlesque shows. You will also find here a collection of related documentary photographs.

Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow 

Founded in the 17th century, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow is the church that appear in Washington Irving’s 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. It is located just north of downtown Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Seneca White Deer 

Photo: Brian Adler

The Seneca White Deer are a rare pigmentless version of the White Tailed Deer living within the limits of the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County, New York. This is the largest herd of white deer in the world.

Know of an unusual place in New York? Share it with us in the comments section below.


  1. Anonymous says

    The Huguenot Street, near downtown New Paltz, NY, approximately 80 miles north of NYC. It is the oldest continuously inhabited street in the USA. The seven stone houses and several accompanying structures in the district were built in the 1600s when the Huguenots of New Paltz fled France because of religious persecution. The site also features an 18th century burying ground, a stone church, a visitor center, a library and exhibit galleries.

    Margaret Waage says

    Great destinations! Never knew about the tug boat graveyard. Thanks for the post and challenges to come!

    Tatiana Kesrouani says

    WOW what are those sites never heard of, in this part of N.Y.?
    Excellent to discover and know about for my next trip :-))
    The Bannerman's Castle will be on top of my list, goodness if i wasn’t overseas right at this moment i would just hurry there and check it out… this article with its insolite/undiscovered sites should figure in travel guides and travel agencies!
    Thank you Photography News, your team is non-stop educating us with such interesting discoveries, keep up the great energy!!!

    Anonymous says

    that picture of the subway museum is just stunning! no idea there were areas such as this around NY

    Ajlounyinjurylaw says

    Those are some amazing photos and some amazing places. Totally a must see.

    Tyler says

    I enjoyed the picture.

    Human reousrces degree online says

    Increadible photos friend, i just loved it

    Best Astrologer- Arun Kumar says

    Nice posts. All images are good. love horoscope

    Unknown says

    I want a lender who will help us to build our own church through church financing. I've found one from church lenders directory,Griffin's Church Loans.It seems to be quite good and hopefully can help us out.

    Kathleen Smith says

    I use to live near Green Wood Cemetery on the Kensington side. Two of my grandparents and my mom are buried there.

    Qnc Jelly Gamat says

    Website you manage very neat and not boring. I was really amazed by you. The contents of the article is very original. thanks for the work, may be a inpirasi for everything.
    Obat Tradisional TBC

    Nuy Herbal says

    Thank you so much information is extremely helpful to me, and sorry in a sunny week is my permission to share medical article may be useful to you in particular are looking for : Cara menyembuhkan kanker usus besar stadium 4

12 comments so far. What do you think?

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.