Say, Cheese! Scenic Locations to Snap a Picture Perfect Holiday Photo

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The objective of a holiday picture card is to wish family and friends your best – while also looking your best (preferably even better). If a Christmas or New Year’s greeting is going to be hanging on someone’s refrigerator for the next twelve months as a representation of your family at its ideal (if rarely reached) peak, every detail must be perfect. Not just you, the spouse, the kids, the pets, and the clothes, but the background, as well. Fortunately, you’ve got the best background of all available at your camera-happy disposal – New York City!

Tried & True
To really rub it in that you live here – and they don’t – holiday pictures can be taken at the crown of the Statue of Liberty, the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, on board the Intrepid, on the ice at Rockefeller Center, by the arch in Washington Square Park, under the Jurassic Park dinosaur at Toys R Us or just beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

Beat the Crowds
Alas, the above can seem a bit touristy, and you’re going more for a hip insider vibe. In that case, you want to stick to landmarks that are recognizable, but not yet a cliché. Try Bethesda Fountain in the middle of Central Park on the North Side of 72nd Street. This particular location offers you the diversity of either posing in front of the statue of an angel blessing the waters and giving them healing powers, or turning your camera in the other direction and getting the lake, languidly drifting rowboats, and the charming Boathouse Lakeside Restaurant and Café. Alternately, you can walk a few blocks west and capture a backdrop so perfect, it has a tendency to look fake – the magnificent Upper West Side skyline rising majestically behind you over a body of water and beneath a canopy of clouds. If you’re going for a comedic effect, position yourself so that you actually appear to be touching one of the imposing spires!

Pastoral Symphony
Looking for a more rustic atmosphere to frame your beautifully blooming family?  Head North to 100th Street Pool, a secret gem of a park that features a lake complete with ducks and geese, grass, benches, an old-fashioned wooden bridge, and even a series of small waterfalls. Angle your camera just right, and you won’t be able to tell you’re in the city at all.  (30 Rock shoots here whenever they want to show that they’re outside of the city and someplace rural.) Other, similar spots include the Harlem Meer, where you might even capture some wholesome fishermen in the background, and almost directly across on the East Side, the Conservatory Garden, where wedding parties require permits to shoot on the lawn, but small groups are welcome anytime.

New To You
Yes, it’s bound to wind up an NYC cliché someday, but, so far, the High Line, running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, the second part of which only opened in 2011, is still new and cool enough to warrant a shot or two. While landscaped on the actual surface, the High Line also boasts views of some of Manhattan’s densest urban jungles, creating a juxtaposition of old and new, green and concrete, hot and cool that is – and always will be – quintessential New York City.

Losing My Religion
Looking to somehow shoehorn God into your holiday celebration? Try a photo outside of a pair of gorgeous cathedrals. Either St. John the Divine on 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, or St. Patrick’s at 460 Madison Avenue. Both lend just the right touch of gravitas to the proceedings, while still managing to inspire a twinge of un-Christian-like envy. Conversely, the self-proclaimed World’s Largest Menorah stands at Grand Army Plaza on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, where it shares space with a nativity scene. Pick your favorite – or both!

Remember, if your end of year holiday card looks good, then anything that went wrong in the preceding twelve months no longer matters!

Where will your family be having a holiday photo shoot? Let us know in the comment section below. 

— Alina Adams