New York, New York; the Big Apple; the City that Never Sleeps — whatever you call it, this city has inspired creatives for centuries. With its incredible skyline, variety of urban scenes, and thriving and diverse neighborhoods, NYC is, naturally, home to a multitude of talented photographers.

These seven Instagrammers have taken full advantage of the city they call home and have dedicated their Instagram feeds to the thriving metropolis. Get to know a bit more about these popular photographers here.

Paola Franqui (@monaris_)

Photographing NYC since: 2011

Three favorite spots around the city: Chinatown, the West Village, and Soho  

“I love the surprises each of these neighborhoods has in store for me when I go on my frequent walks. My eyes are constantly searching, anticipating. It’s both a mental and physical exercise.”

What she loves about photographing the Big Apple:

“New York is a place of endless stories and discoveries. I always find a variety of photographic opportunities, from cityscapes to street portraits. The energy, people, smells, and chaos make this city one of the most dynamic places in the world — it’s where I feel the most alive. So when people see my work, I want them to feel a gateway to an unfamiliar side of the city. They’ll see the same streets and alleys, but through a different viewpoint.”

 

Raheim Simon (@black_soap)

Photographing NYC since: 2012

Three favorite spots around the city: Lower East Side of Manhattan, Bed Stuy/ Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

What he loves about photographing the Big Apple:

“I love capturing the mood of my city: That can range from candid portraits of kids buying ice cream to a city block with beautiful graffiti in a torrential downpour. It’s all exciting to me and I appreciate each experience like it’s my first time taking pictures.”

 

Davina Tan (@heydavina)

Photographing NYC since: 2016

Three favorite spots around the city:

Tictail, Bakeri (both the Greenpoint and Williamsburg locations), and Sel Rrose

What she loves about photographing the Big Apple:

NYC is so different from where I’m originally from — Malaysia. There’s so much rustic charm and vintage beauty in New York, especially in places like Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. That atmosphere is what I love capturing and sharing in my photos.”

 

Jeff Silberman (@jssilberman)

Photographing NYC since: 2014

Three favorite spots around the city:

The Top of the Rock, Central Park (Bow Bridge, the Mall, and Gapstow Bridge), and the Flatiron Building

What he loves about photographing the Big Apple:

Some of the reasons I love photographing New York are quite prosaic: it’s an excuse to be outside and it’s an activity I can share with others, either in the moment or later on. On a deeper level, on some days, I feel like I commune with the city, in a way. After walking a dozen miles in a snowstorm through Manhattan, or riding the train to photograph the christmas tree at an empty Rockefeller Center before dawn, I feel like I’m on special terms with the city — that we share a secret, about its beauty, amid all the tourists and firetrucks and traffic. That’s why I love photographing New York.”

 

Natalie Amrossi (@misshattan)

Photographing NYC since: 2012

Three favorite spots around the city:

Dumbo, the top of Rockefeller Center, and midtown Manhattan

What she loves about photographing the Big Apple:

There are so many reasons I love photographing New York City, but if I had to choose one, it would be that you never know what to expect. That element of surprise definitely keeps me excited to shoot every day.”

 

Gigi (@gigi.nyc)

Photographing NYC since: 2012

Three favorite spots around the city: Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park Roosevelt Island

What she loves about photographing the Big Apple:

“New York City is such a beautiful and photographic city; I’m so lucky to call this place home. Taking pictures of this place has encouraged me to learn more about the structures I’m photographing, especially the ones with cultural and historical significance. I also love watching the changing of the seasons with the city as backdrop — it’s nice to see nature’s different colors complement man’s work.”

Patrick Kolts (@patrickkolts)

Photographing NYC since: 2007

Three favorite spots around the city:

The subway system, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Oculus.

What he loves about photographing the Big Apple:

“There is always a story to tell. I love how, with so many people around, I can constantly capture brief moments of others lives, which allows me to tell small stories or add to the ongoing story of New York City with every image.”