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The Shops at Columbus Circle: Insta-Perfect Backdrops

There’s an art to taking the perfect selfie or profile photo. Of course, you need to look ravishing and you need to angle your camera or smartphone just so. But you also need an amazing backdrop. Cue The Shops at Columbus Circle, a soaring space that’s home to some of the finest photo ops in New York City. Here are a handful of locations that will make you look like a million bucks on your Instagram feed. Just be sure to tag us @theshopsatcolumbuscircle. We promise to like you right back!


You can't ask for a more attention-grabbing (ahem) prop than the giant nude Adam and Eve sculptures by Botero, which attract plenty of attention on social media and off. “I like big butts and I can not lie,” says Elena, also known as @thestairlady on Instagram.


Looking to #findyourlight? @tiffany_rudi_ has a smart hack: “The Shops at Columbus Circle have got THE BEST lighting in the bathroom. Divas on a budget, here is your new headshot studio. Ya welcome.”


There are well-lit mirrors all over The Shops at Columbus Circle that are so flattering you’ll be snapping your next Instagram Story. Witness men’s fashion expert and founder of @ryanstylesnyc, looking dapper.


Want to be right en pointe? The light bouncing off the glass-walled atrium provides a warm glow that will make any pose look beautiful. Dancer @lariscyelizabeth used this second-level walkway to practice her moves.


A splash of color will make a shot Insta-worthy. After a "memorable brunch" at Per Se, artist Niki Farrell (@nikchick3) shared her innate sense of style in front of the restaurant's equally memorable door, which is painted a vivid shade of blue.

Holiday Under the Stars

There's no better backdrop than the Great Room overlooking Central Park, which dazzles throughout the year. But the most selfie-attracting time is during the annual “Holiday Under the Stars,” when massive illuminated stars hang from the ceiling.


You'll also find plenty of Instagram moments outside, from the fountain at Columbus Circle to Merchants' Gate, where @krystal_bick, the force behind This Time Tomorrow — the discerning girl’s destination for all things style, travel, art and dating in NYC — posed for a shot.


There's something magical about the light bouncing off the graceful exterior that was designed to align with the curves of Columbus Circle. Check out influencer @justinliv, Justin Livingston — the founder of fashion and lifestyle blog Scout Sixteen — looking dashing on a recent summer day.

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