Instagram inspiration: How to up your #nycselfie

Step away from clichéd skyline selfies, and rack up the likes with these unexpected self-portrait backgrounds

Have we reached peak selfie? Smartphone portraits have become so popular that Oxford Dictionaries made the term 2013’s word of the year. But whether you love or loathe the genre, chances are you’ve snapped a couple—so why not make them look as cool as possible? Self-portraits with the NYC skyline as a backdrop are a dime a dozen; consult this list of the top spots in Gotham to take a truly "like"-worthy shot.

Charging Bull, 1 Bowling Green near Broadway

Originally a guerrilla piece, Arturo Di Modica’s bronze creation is now a signifier of the power of free enterprise—and a popular backdrop for cell-phone snaps. From heads poking out of its bum to proper-looking ladies caressing the statue’s balls, it seems like there’s no limit to what the bovine sculpture must endure for the sake of a good selfie. Tag your shot with the its Twitter handle (@TheWallStBull) for maximum resharing.

Maya Hayuk mural, northwest corner of E Houston St and Bowery

Brooklyn painter Maya Hayuk is the latest artist to take over the famed Bowery Wall; her massive, geometric piece is so complex and symmetric that it looks preplanned, but she created it mostly off-the-cuff on-site. An all-black outfit will stand out against the neon backdrop, but if you really want to pop, wear clashing brights for contrast.

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” at Museum of Arts & Design

The next-level—and most narcissistic—selfie is a 3-D one you can hold in your hand. At this techcentric exhibit, running through June 1, you can create a high-res figurine of yourself by getting a full-body scan. Then, choose the size and materials for your mini-me replica, and it will be mailed to you in two weeks. Unlike others, this selfie ain’t free; prices start at $30.

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital Photograph: Courtesy Shapeways

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