New York in the Winter from Land, Water & Sky

Each time Joel and I travel, we try to visit all the “Instagram” hot spots but aim to capture content from a new angle to give you all an exciting perspective. On our trip to New York City this past December, we managed to get some amazing shots on land, in the air, on the water & on ice! And so, I have broken down my top 5 New York moments that allowed us to get some pretty great photos from sea, sky, and land.

TOP OF THE ROCK

The first thing we did was go to the Top of the Rock which was amazing. We got got a CityPASS for NYC before our trip and made sure we were first in line early in the morning…which made taking pictures really easy. Were were in NYC between Christmas and NYE which is one of the busiest times of the year there. I have been to the top of the rock twice now. Though this time was a lot colder than my summertime visits, it was also a lot better because the weather was perfect for pictures.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.

ROCKEFELLER SKATING

We also went to Rockefeller Skating Rink and went ice skating. A real NYC winter classic! As some of you may know I was a figure skater for 10 years so it was always a dream of mine to skate there. Mission accomplished! If you have the chance it’s a fun activity to do with a loved one or your photographer.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.

BRIDGE

We also checked out the Brooklyn Bridge! Joel had never been, so it was a must see for this trip. We went a little before sunrise so we could have the morning blue hour in all its glory. That morning was -17. -17!!! 🙂 Poor Joel couldn’t feel his feet. But you gotta do, what you gotta do for the blog… right?!?!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.

A huge thanks to Joel Schat for joining me on this trip. It was a fun….and very cold one!

You can watch my trip vlog in higher quality on YouTube!

 

 BOAT RIDE

We took a boat tour around NYC  with New York Media Boat. The tour took us around the island of Manhattan and offered a closer view of the New York classic, The Statue of Liberty. It was certainly a chilly ride… it was December after all, but I would absolutely encourage you to book a ride yourself next time you’re in NYC. We timed our tour so that we would be out of the water for sunset. The boat driver/tour guide was fabulous and shared plenty of fun facts about New York. Worth every penny!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.

FLYNYON

Last but not certainly not least, if you know Joel and I, you know that we always love a good helicopter ride. We are truly grateful and always super pumped when we go up. Flying with  FlyNYON to see the city from above was amazing. 

While this list of unique ways to see New York City may include locations or activities with crowds, you can also explore non-touristy things to do in NYC, too.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to New York in the winter around Christmas.

You can see the footage from the flight in my vlog, and it was so cool to see the city from above again.

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  1. NYC has the best spots for photos! Love the ones you highlighted!

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  2. Becky Bush wrote:

    Ok 1. Your entire blog is GOALS. My day is made that I just discovered it 🙂 I also just watched all of your amazing YouTube videos. Can we be friends?! 2. This trip looks INCREDIBLE! I LOVE that you went to top of the rock & took a helicopter ride. I’ve spent so much time in nyc and never done that!
    – XO, Becky // http://www.roseandbrose.com

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  3. Katie wrote:

    A boat ride around NYC looks amazing- I definitely need to do that during my next trip to New York!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  4. It looks like your trip to NYC was so much fun! I love reading your travel posts.

    April | https://thebluehydrangeas.com

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  5. Nicole Simonetti wrote:

    I live across the river from NYC w/ the skyline in my backyard & am still blown away by the shots ppl get of it & you and joel have got it going onnnnn – those top of the rock shots are amaze. hope you enjoyed your city trip! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

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  6. Annaliese wrote:

    You guys hit all the main attractions!! I would love to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge on a future NYC visit someday!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  7. NY is always so magic, and so your photos are!
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

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  8. Deborah wrote:

    You always go on the most awesome vacations! I love NYC!

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  9. SUCH gorgeous shots! makes me really want to plan a trip to NYC to get some of my own!

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  10. Such great photos, NYC is truly an amazing place!

    -Carine
    http://www.rinnyandbean.com

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  11. Allison Ellzey wrote:

    How fun is this?! Your pictures are always so great and I appreciate the different angles!

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  12. NYC is one of my fave cities to visit! so fun!!

    Xo Mindy
    amixofmin.com

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  13. Katie wrote:

    Love these photos! I was in NYC last summer and it was amazing!

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  14. mckenna bleu wrote:

    Wow! Absolutely stunning!

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  15. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew wrote:

    Bella I LOVE all of your fun photo spots you find! You take us to some amazing places!

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