While Manhattan offers endless opportunities for photographers, it’s easy to forget how photogenic the other boroughs are, too. Like Brooklyn. Whether you’re looking to capture street art, green space, waterfront views, city skylines or captivating architecture, RoamRight’s photo guide to Brooklyn has you covered. Don’t leave your camera behind when visiting...
1. The Bushwick Collective (Bushwick, Brooklyn)
If you're looking to photograph murals, take the L Train to Jefferson Street and roam the Bushwick Collective. Bushwick native Joe Ficalora experienced tragedy on these streets when his father was murdered walking home from work in the 90s. He decided to turn the streets of despair into paths of inspiration by curating the walls as an art gallery with rotating works. Typically the murals are non-political and uplifting. Make sure to look high, low and in between, as the art is everywhere from the sidewalks to the water towers.
2. East River Park (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
While once reserved for industrial purposes only, the Williamsburg waterfront today showcases luxury condos and a gorgeous park with lots of benches, piers and green space. From here you'll be able to snag gorgeous shots of the Manhattan skyline, including landmarks like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and One World Trade. Continue the views by walking the nearby Williamsburg Bridge or by taking the East River Ferry from Schaefer Landing.
3. Prospect Park (borders Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights)
While Central Park gets all the praise, Prospect Park is lesser explored; which is a shame, as there’s so much to do here. For photographers, spots to shoot are endless. Play with motion blur at the carousel, lounge in Long Meadow while getting some green space snaps, hike through the Ravine for wilderness pics and kayak at Lakeside for water views.
Fun fact: Central Park and Prospect Park both had the same designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert B. Vaux.
4. The Gingerbread House (Bay Ridge)
If you’re looking for dramatic architecture, Bay Ridge is home to gorgeous mansions. Many of these have atypical architecture, too, like the famous “Gingerbread House.” The style of the grand homes is much different from the typical brownstones people look for – for that, it’s recommended to head to the Clinton Hill Historic District. After photographing architecture, stroll scenic Bay Ridge spots like Owl’s Head Park, the Belt Parkway Promenade and Narrows Botanical Gardens.
5. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk (Coney Island)
If you’re a fan of people watching and street photography, Coney Island offers limitless opportunities. The boardwalk amusement parks and circus sideshows provide bright colors and energy, while the beach offers waterfront scenes. Keep Coney Island’s calendar of events in mind, as the annual Mermaid Parade, Tattoo and Motorcycle Festival and Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest are also worth your camera time.
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