There’s no easy way to put New York’s energy down on paper: It’s unique, palpable and always changing. But the camera, on the other hand, captures in a fraction of a second what words cannot.

Looking through the lens at New York gives a brand new perspective and an opportunity to hold the city’s energy in the palm of your hand. New York offers several photo tours (aka urban safaris) that are open to beginners, as well as more experienced photographers. Guides take you to some of their favorite photogenic locations, help with your camera skills, and connect you to a different side of New York.

We’ve culled four photo tours that help you capture the zest of New York City with images. Each is a great way to hone your photography skills and experience aspects of New York you might miss otherwise. If you’re the type that prefers to be in front of the camera, we’ve got a tour for you too.


New York City Photo Safari


Imagine yourself photographing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the neon lights of Times Square or the historic Union Station. These are just a few of the stop-offs on the many tours that New York City Photo Safari offers. NYCPS employs professional photographers as guides and limits groups to 6-8 people, so you’re sure to receive individual attention and help from your guide. Forgot your camera at home? Not to worry, NYCPS rents cameras, as well as tripods for their night time photo tours. Participants can expect to cover from a half-mile to three miles walking the streets of New York, camera in hand. From $85 per person.

718-268-9634 or toll free 888-799-6078


Citifari Photo Tours

The perfect lighting, the right setting, and the ideal vantage point are all things a photographer must take into consideration to get “the shot”. Lucky for you, Citifari and its team of dedicated photographers have thought through all of this and share their photographic expertise on tours around New York City. Popular tours include New York by Night and Soho. The New York by Night tour includes (depending on timing) the UN headquarters, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall; the Soho tour, on the other hand, takes you down old cobblestone streets, past cast-iron buildings and famous restaurants, where New York’s rich past blends with its intense modernity. Tours last approximately 2.5 hours and are limited to 10 photographers. From $79 per person.

(262) 726-1201

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Photo Trek Tours

If being behind the camera isn’t exactly your thing, you can always jump in front of the lens! Photo Trek Tours offers private walking tours with a personal photographer (and NYC guide) who will capture you and your friends, or family in dozens of professional quality photos while you explore the Big Apple. A three hour, Best of New York Tour offers a chance to visit Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus you’ll ride the subway like a true New Yorker. All tours are packed with fun information about New York and guides are happy to recommend best neighborhoods, attractions, dining, and shopping destinations for the rest of your trip. You’ll end the tour with beautiful photo memories. From $74.37 per person, minimum of 2 people.

(212) 220-3874

Shoot New York City

Shoot New York City is the brainchild of Leanne Staples, a photographer and independent, licensed New York City tour guide. Leanne’s unique, off the beaten track sightseeing and photography tours in New York City are a great way to hone your street shooting skills. She teaches how to capture the “spirit of place” as well as assists with composition and camera function. Her tours include Harlem, Coney Island, Bushwick, Long Island City, Dumbo and many other neighborhoods in all 5 Boroughs. She also offers very popular street photography workshops that cater to photographers of all levels who are interested in learning the art of street photography. These urban photo walks are a great way to explore the city and are ideal for visitors to NYC and New Yorkers alike. From $60 per person. 

(914) 582-3474


Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel

The Lombardy Hotel is just as iconic to Midtown Manhattan as many of the other historic and cultural attractions in the area. Not only are our rooms comfortable and tasteful, we provide amenities such as a full salon, coffee shop, and exercise room. We also host the American Cut Midtown steakhouse, perfect for a business lunch or dinner on a special occasion. We look forward to hosting you.


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