A few weeks ago, we called on the city’s foremost budding photographers to submit shots of their favorite Big Apple spots, and loads of shutterbugs sent in photos of parks, restaurants and museums they love.
Time Out New York Photo Director Melissa Sinclair took a hard look and deemed this particularly photogenic stunner of Central Park the clear winner (she also crowned five runners-up, who submitted some sweet eye candy as well). “I was looking for an image that was able to capture the lovely, iconic New York we all wish we had more of,” says Sinclair. “A good use of light is often something I look for in a quality photo, as well as the story it tells through its subjects.”
A huge congratulations to Annie G. for this idyllic shot of the park in the dog days of summer. She’ll receive a $200 restaurant voucher to Lilia (and mad props). It may be too late for immortalization in print, but you can still share your own photos. Head to timeout.com/newyork to create an account, then upload a photo and a review of your favorite places!
FIRST PLACE, and winner of a $200 restaurant voucher:
Annie G., Central Park
“Central Park is a beautiful, peaceful and entertaining destination sitting in the middle of universal chaos. It offers quiet nature walks as well as all sorts of entertainment. I saw people dancing, skating, singing, playing musical instruments and much more. I also found a quiet place under a beautiful tree where I could relax and contemplate. A treasure it is.”
Meredith R., Whitney Museum of American Art
"With the high ceilings and outdoor patios, the Whitney has the perfect gallery space. The permanent collection alone is enough to entertain a new visitor for at least an hour, and the visiting exhibits tend to be very nicely staged.
The first weekend of every month, Bank of America customers can enter the Whitney for free. You do have to wait in the ticket line, but if you arrive before 12 you will barely have a wait. Pro tip: Brunch at Bubby's and wander the High Line after for a perfect scary-free Sunday."
Michelle T., Scarpetta
"Scarpetta is known as Fare La Scarpetta in Italian. You can definitely get the modern taste of New York vibes in this Italian restaurant. Scarpetta NYC is located in the Meatpacking District with great contemporary interior design such as a central skylight. Savor the seasonal signature meals with fresh ingredients and bold flavors. It was nominated as the best new restaurant in America and even got a 3-star review from the New York Times. The short rib and bone marrow agnolotti is simply fantastic. What more can a New York foodie ask for?"
Amanda F. Gordon, Jazz Age Lawn Party
"Summer came and went too quickly this year and it was the first year I did not attend, but it is definitely worth the experience. To beat the humid heat of August, purchase tickets for the June dates (Saturday in particular so you can remedy a day of gin in the sun on Sunday). The lovely part about Governors Island is the fact that there are no vehicles on the island (with the exception of some food trucks), so from the get go, everyone attending this event is dressed to the nines in their best 1920s attire and transporting back in time by ferry. It's so magical to watch it unfold and then to walk up to jazz music and the tooting of Model T Fords. This event has gained a lot of popularity over the years, so try to get tickets early, pack a picnic and enjoy!"
Dre, The Grey Dog
"What I like about this place is the flow when you arrive. Upon entering you will be designated a bandanna. What is this, you may ask? Well, this bandanna designates a table for you so once you are done ordering you can look forward to a seat instead of the other way round—brilliant. They've got it all here: salads, sandwiches, pancakes—really the sky is the limit and the helpings are very generous. They also have a very good selection of beers. Overall this place is on the top of my list if I am looking for a chill vibe to grab a bite to eat. Check it out."
Leschel D., Washington Square Park
"Always a great place to walk through and take in the sights and sounds of the crowd. I was there just after it rained and captured this shot. Very New York, if you ask me."