New York City is truly a world of its own compared to the rest of the United States. 

With its rich history, it’s easy to understand why both tourists and locals never tire of photographing this magical city.

Once you get that perfect photo, you’ll want a great NYC Instagram caption or quote to go along with it.

Read on to find the perfect caption for your Big Apple photo!

Funny NYC Captions


“A trip to NYC can be very taxi-ng on your wallet.”

“Times Square’s so bright, I need to wear shades.”

“New York City is a tourist trap I don’t mind being in.”


“I came, I ate, I conquered.”

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”

“I fell in love his name is New York.”

Cute NYC Captions


“Wanderlust and city dust.”

“Once upon a time in New York…”

“Taking a bite out of the Big Apple.”

“New York, New Me”


“The city that never sleeps…”

“Sleepless nights and city lights.”

“All you need is love and skylines.”

 “Welcome to the concrete jungle.”


“Happiness is…. holding tickets that say New York.”

“Meet me in New York.”

“New York is always a good idea.”

“New York State of mind.”


“You can leave New York, but it will never leave you.”

“You can not paint the way New York is, but the way it looks.”

“I left my heart in New York City.”

“New York is not a city – it’s a world.”

“There is something in New York City that makes sleep useless.”

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“Welcome to New York.”

“I ❤️ NY”

“Enjoying every New York minute.”

“Late nights, bright lights.”

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“If you follow your heart just right, it will get you to New York City.”

“The bad day of New York City is a better day than any other day.”

“Let the city set you free.”

“Dear New York I will never get over you.”

NYC Lyric Captions


“Times Square can’t shine as bright as you.”

Plain White T’s, ‘Hey There Delilah’

“I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

Frank Sinatra, ‘New York, New York’

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now! History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world!”

Hamilton Cast, ‘The Schuyler Sisters’
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“Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.”

Taylor Swift, ‘Welcome to New York’

“Now you’re in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you.”

Alicia Keys and JAY-Z, ‘Empire State of Mind’

“Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper.”

Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
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“I’m in a New York state of mind.”

Billy Joel, ‘New York State of Mind’

“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first-nighting.” By Billie Holiday from Autumn In New York

Billie Holiday, ‘Autumn in New York’

“New York, I love you but you’re bringing me down. Like a rat in a cage. Pulling minimum wage.” By LCD Soundsystem from New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

LCD Soundsystem, ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

NYC Quote Captions

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“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.”

Simone de Beauvoir

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.”

Ayn Rand

“Wanderlust and city dust.”


“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Tom Wolfe

”I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (from The Great Gatsby)

“Give me the streets of Manhattan!”

Walt Whitman

“Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.”

John Steinbeck
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“New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Anything is possible. This is New York.”

Carrie Bradshaw, SATC

“New York is not a city – it’s a world.”


“New Yorkers are born all over the country, and then they come to New York City and it hits them: Oh, that’s who I am.”

Delia Ephron


“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.”

Herb Caen

“Late nights, bright lights.”


“New York to me, means the world.”

Donna Karan

“There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.”

Elbert Hubbard

“When you leave New York you ain’t going anywhere.”

Jimmy Breslin

“A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.”

Lady Gaga

“I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.”

Truman Capote

“If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.”

Peter Shaffer


“Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window – no, I don’t feel how small I am – but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.”

Ayn Rand

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”

John Updike

“Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.”

Dorothy Parker

“The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’”

Robin Williams

Last Thoughts

With just one visit to the city, you’ll understand why so many people love its certain brand of magic.

I hope one of these was the perfect Instagram caption for your city photos. 

Have you got a stellar NYC caption that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

Also, I believe there’s no such thing as too many photos of New York City. Tag me on Instagram if you use one of these captions, so I can check out your post!


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