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11 Places to Instagram in New York City That Are Better Than Times Square

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While most New Yorkers go out of their way to avoid Times Square, tons of people are taking in the spectacle of lights — and they're doing it for the ‘gram. The attraction is one of 2015's most photographed places in the world, based on the number of tagged Instagram photos. And while it's definitely a sight to behold, it's certainly not the absolute best place when it comes to local picturesque places worthy of an upload. Below, 11 places that your followers won't be able to scroll past on their timeline.

Cooper Hewitt Museum

This Smithsonian Design museum allows you to explore more 200 years of design aesthetic and creativity. Snap a pic to add a little to your Instagram feed.

New York Stock Exchange

Reenact your favorite Wall Street movie scene for social media at the actual place, one of the world's bustling financial markets.

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The Roosevelt Island Tram

Swipe your Metrocard to enter the tram that will carry you high above East 63rd Street and the East River for optimal views of the city. Bonus: Once you land on Roosevelt Island, take in the ruins of the old City and Small Pox Hospitals before taking a walk along the river.

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel

You've never seen Columbus Circle like the view the Mandarin Oriental Hotel provides high above its 60th Street location.

New York Botanical Garden

Even Beyoncé couldn't resist visiting the Botanical Garden and uploading photos for her 53 million followers earlier this year. Channel your inner-Sasha Fierce and strike a pose in front of the Holiday Train Show exhibit.

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is the world's largest urban zoo, with more than 600 species with which to play "Caption That Photo" with your followers.

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The Cloisters

Visit this offering of art and medieval Europe architecture in Washington Heights for a regal experience that resembles a real life Harry Potter set.

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Stone Street Historic District

One of Manhattan's oldest neighborhoods transports you to a different place and time with cobblestone streets that would put Soho to shame.

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The Campbell Apartment

Located within Grand Central Terminal, the Campbell Apartment is a piece of history that's available for your ‘gramming pleasure.

New York Transit Authority Museum

The New York Transit Authority Museum is the perfect chance to get that #OOTD pic, holding the subway pole but minus that creeper manspreading in the background.

The Rooftop of the Met

The rooftop garden above the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides optimal panoramic views of Manhattan. Bonus: you can take in the view with a cocktail and light bites in hand.