35 Photos You Won’t Believe Were Taken In New York City

Chances are, when you picture New York City, you’re conjuring up images like this:

New York City Photos Times Square

Kevin PohTimes Square

Or even for a more serene, outer-borough scene, you’re probably thinking of something like this:


Matthew RutledgePark Slope, Brooklyn

And why not — New York City crams its 8.5 million people (the highest total of any city in the U.S. by more than double) into just 300 square miles, making for a whopping 27,000 people per square mile (more than 10,000 higher than its closest U.S. competitor).

But while there is a New York City — the one you’re picturing — choked by crowds, canopied by skyscrapers, and developed within an inch of its life, there’s another New York City you’re not picturing, one dotted with placid fields, hidden islands, and calm little lanes.

These forgotten corners of the city make America’s most bustling metropolis look more like a New England fishing village, or a quaint suburb, or even a deserted ghost town.

And you needn’t even go to the city’s parks nor to its geographical fringes to find such unexpected environs. Many of New York’s most surprisingly tranquil locales sit side-by-side with some of its most bustling ones.

Below, you won’t find manicured parks that provide a simulacrum of serenity nor will you find deceptive images that keep the urban bustle just out of frame. Instead, you’ll simply find 35 surprising photos you’d never guess were actually taken in New York City:

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Cornell Farmhouse, Queens

New York City Photos Cornell Farmhouse

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan

Fort Tryon Park

Charley Lhasa/Flickr

Forest Hills, Queens

New York City Photos Forest Hills


Broad Channel, Queens

Broad Channel

Alexander Rabb/Flickr

Pomander Walk, Manhattan

Pomander Walk

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Alley Pond Park, Queens

Alley Pond Queens

Neil R/Flickr

Fort Tilden, Queens

Fort Tilden

Nev Brown/Flickr

Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Snug Harbor

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Little Red Lighthouse, Manhattan

The Little Red Lighthouse

Shawn Hoke/Flickr

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Ditmas Park Victorian


Randall's Island, Manhattan

Randalls Island


Hart Island, Bronx

Hart Island


Seagate, Brooklyn

Seagate Rocks


City Island, Bronx

New York City Photos City Island

David Trawin/Flickr

Bronx River

Bronx River

Jean Gazis/Flickr

Arthur Kill, Staten Island

Arthur Kill

Jorge Quinteros/Flickr

Crocheron Park, Queens

Crocheron Park

John Gillespie/Flickr

Grove Court, Manhattan

Grove Court

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Douglaston, Queens


John Gillespie/Flickr

North Mount Loretto State Forest, Staten Island

North Mount Loretto State Forest


Freshkills Park, Staten Island

Freshkills Park

Leonel Ponce/Flickr

Heather Garden, Manhattan

Heather Garden

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Washington Mews, Manhattan

Washington Mews Cobblestone


Hunter Island, Bronx

Abandoned Shack

Joseph Brent/Flickr

Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

Tree Reflection

Steve Guttman/Flickr

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


North Brother Island, Bronx

North Brother Island


Kissena Park, Queens

Kissena Park

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

Roosevelt Island

Beth Wilson/Flickr

Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

Planks Weeds

Julia Manzerova/Flickr

Riverdale, Bronx


Fernando Sanchez-Magrane/Flickr

Soundview Park, Bronx

Weeds Blue Sky


Swinburne Island, Staten Island

Swinburne Dead Trees

Kristine Paulus/Flickr

The Cloisters, Manhattan

The Cloisters

Augie Ray/Flickr

William T Davis Wildlife Refuge, Staten Island

William T Davis Wildlife Refuge

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Celebrity Ghost Stories

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