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Amidst the sea of opportunities, there is so much to do, to see and to explore in New York City — sometimes in ways that even people who have lived there all their lives do not know of. Whether you are a tourist or a native New Yorker, fire up Instagram and let these 10 NYC photographers show you the famous, the hidden, the funky and the vibrant atmosphere this city has to offer, from way above on a helicopter to the charming streets of West Village and alleys of Chinatown.

1. @misshattan

Former investment banker turned photographer Natalie Amrossi wants you to believe that the sky is not the limit, and it shows in her photos — like beautiful aerial photos of NYC taken from a helicopter.


2. @samhorine

The first time Sam Horine heard of Instagram back in 2010, he actually thought it was just a platform to host images on Twitter. Fast forward seven years later, the NYC based photographer has amassed more than half a million followers and has been named NYC’s best ‘grammer by The Daily Beast.


3. @patrickkolts

Brooklyn-based photographer Patrick Kolts grew up in a small town in Iowa and is constantly seeking out the simple things in life. We love his photojournalistic take on the city — especially on the subways — documenting the little everyday moments that will resonate with each and every New Yorker.


4. @takinyerphoto

Nobody does NYC streetscapes with an iPhone better than Anthony Danielle. Next time you’re on the streets, keep a look out for him because you never know when he’s takinyerphoto.


5. @jssilberman

Jeff Silberman loves puddles as much as any other kid, but for a different reason: he uses it as a canvas to frame his shots, from skyscrapers at sunset to yellow cabs driving through the wintry roads.


6. @monaris_

Keep a look out for urban street photographer Paola Franqui when you’re around West Village or Chinatown — two of her favorite places to shoot in the city. To Paola, the energy, people, smell and chaos make NYC one of the most dynamic places in the world — one where she feels the most alive in.


7. @humzadeas

20-year old Humza Deas is what Adrian Chen of New York magazine calls an “outlaw Instagrammer” — one who explores forbidden and dangerous heights of Manhattan without abandon, snapping photos while surfing subways and scaling skyscrapers. According to Chen, Deas’ specialty is in climbing bridges, and rightfully so — the views are amazing from up there.


8. @golden2dew

Zahava wants you to know that while Paris has its lights, London its misty Thames, Kyoto its cherry blossoms, nowhere is as breathlessly romantic as NYC. Follow her as she captures fairytale-like street portraits to tell a tale of love and magic in the world’s most romantic city.


9. @black_soap

Raheim Simon “finds splendor in the quirks, the flaws, the discord,” showing us a different side of NYC — one that is not seen on your typical travel guides. “Dark + Clean shots = Black Soap,” says the Instagrammer of his handle.


10. @visualmemories_

Jomayra Texeira thinks NYC is extremely photogenic — and we agree. Follow her as she attempts “to tell a story without saying a word” from this city she describes as “a place of endless stories.” The result? Photos that evoke a nostalgic sort of cinematic vibe.


Are there any other NYC photographers on Instagram that you love? Tell us about them in the comments below.

Featured image courtesy of Michael Dümmler/EyeEm via Getty Images.

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