There’s a certain indescribable joy of taking a great selfie. When the hair is just right. When the smile is natural, yet totally flattering. When the pose is perfectly nailed. But the real secret of the master selfie, the one that might break the internet (or at least garner more likes than your breakfast smoothie) is location, location, location. Fortunately, with its wide open spaces and historical monuments, Battery Park offers a wealth of topnotch selfie spots, all just steps from Wagner Battery Park. Here are some of our favorite neighborhood haunts, where taking a great selfie is as easy as saying cheese:
The Staten Island Ferry: This five mile commute between Staten Island and Whitehall Street provides majestic vantage points of New York Harbor. Snap your selfie from the deck of the ferry as you pass The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or opt for a background of skyscrapers and the famous bridges that line the East River.
Charging bull: Whatever your political views, this bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica is tinged with meaning – from capitalist enterprises, to Occupy Wall Street to the recent #MeToo movement. A selfie here should get your followers talking.
The Brooklyn Bridge – This pillar of New York history epitomizes the city’s gritty beauty. Fortunately, you can walk across it and – at 135 feet – gaze across the East River to the boats and streets below. Take a selfie at the beginning or end of your walk, when the entire bridge is in front of you.
Rockefeller Park: One of the top meet up spots in Battery Park, this bustling area features spacious lawns, gardens, public artwork, a playground and seasonal games. Opt for a selfie at the pretty Lily Pond, a peaceful spot set against the Hudson River.