Rockefeller & Central Park Walk

Almost everyone who visits NYC has Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center on their itinerary. After exploring NYC on a daily basis for six whole years, I’m happy to share with you here some of my favorite, most Instagrammable spots, in these landmark locations.

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Not to be missed, especially during Christmas time. During winter time, Rockefeller Center is one of the most romantic locations and you can often see proposals being made there. In fact, it is so popular for proposals that they recently added a gold-diamond engagement ring to one of the vending machines at the concourse level. Also, it often features street art, pop-ups and beautiful gardening at the Channel Gardens.

It is no secret that Saks Fifth Avenue is an absolute delight during the holidays season. But have you seen the new design inside the store? It was recently renovated and is now a complete joy of colors. The colorful glass around the escalators will offer you different hues and reflections, so the photo opportunities are extremely Instagrammable.

While this area is not known for its street art, you can still find one of my favorite art pieces. This is a really fun mural painted by the French artist JR. I love taking photos with it, pretending that this is a giant’s hand lifting up a human.

A hotel that is also an NYC landmark. You may recognize the place as it was featured in several movies such as Bride Wars, Crocodile Dundee, and Home Alone 2. The lobby is very luxurious, and a few doormen are standing outside, but you shouldn’t be discouraged from stepping inside. Walk around, enjoy the scenery and if you are hungry you can walk down to the food hall and have a culinary journey between the different cuisines.

Located at the southeast corner of Central Park (60th Street and Fifth Avenue), Doris C. Freedman Plaza is one of NYC gems. Every year there is a new art exhibit on display and with the season changing, it is always a wonderful place to rediscover. Currently on view are The Horses by Jean-Marie Appriou.

My favorite photo spot in Central Park! Located near the Gapstow Bridge, this arch is framing both Central Park and the city skyscrapers in a heartwarming way. Be patient and wait for the right moment (when there's no one else in the background) to capture your photo.

Overlooking the Plaza Hotel, the bridge is a great location for photo ops, people and wildlife watching. You can spot different species of birds such as Mallard ducks, Canada geese, Northern cardinals, Great egrets, and if you are lucky maybe you’ll see the famous Mandarin ducks.

Hallett Nature Sanctuary is one of Central Park's best-kept secrets. It opened to the public just a few years ago and it only has a tiny hidden gate. But once you walk inside, you will lose sight of the city so this is your perfect city getaway. The Hallett Nature Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00 am until 30 minutes before sunset. No dogs, bicycles, or strollers are permitted.

The perfect walkway leading you to the heart of Central Park as you are surrounded by the magnificent American elm trees. Alongside you will find street performers, artists, vendors, skateboarders, and rollerbladers. As you are approaching the Terrace, you will notice the horses and carriages, as this is one of their most popular stops.

This is the heart of Central Park. You can admire the Terrace, listen to a street artist using the special acoustic qualities of the space, watch brides and grooms taking their photos, kids playing with bubbles and people giving their pet snake a sunbath. You can take a boat or even a gondola and watch several species of turtles swimming in the lake. And if you are lucky, you might see one of the huge Snapping varieties.

One of the most iconic places in the park is this cast-iron bridge designed by Calvert Vaux & Jacob Wrey Mould. You may have never been there, but you’ll probably recognize it from movies such as Spider-man 3 and Enchanted.

Mickey Blank

Dr. Blank is a scientist, educator, travel photographer, and a social media expert. With over 100k followers Mickey is broadcasting daily live videos from NYC and streamed live in collaboration with NYC landmarks such as Times Square Alliance, Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building and the famous B&H photo and video store. Mickey’s work has been featured in magazines and online publications such as Current Biology, Science Magazine, 500px, National Geographic, and the Daily Mail.

On the Map

IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL
IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL
UNISPHERE
UNISPHERE
INSCOPE ARCH
INSCOPE ARCH
THE EDGE
THE EDGE