View Full Version : Perfect Picture Places - NY State

01-01-2013, 10:50 PM
Ok so one of the biggest issues I have as a cosplayer is trying to find that perfect place for pictures that match my costumes. Living where I do doesn't really help either. Sometimes I look around this half of my state and think "Holy crap where is the history? Why are there no lovely cathedrals, no gorgeous libraries with banisters and old wood work, why does my state suck so much?!". So if you're like me and live in this area please post where you have found a great place for photo's to be (if you can please include pictures, the name of the place, and an address so people will be able to find them!).

This is what I have found:

Sonnenburg Gardens, Canandaigua NY - http://www.sonnenberg.org/ -

This place features 11 different styles of gardens and is perfect for almost any costume. Seriously I have done a Vocaloid, Naruto, Faerie, and KH shoot in this park. Best part is that if you are a student admittance is just $5.


This is a picture of the japanese gardens tea house.

Stony Brook State Park, Dansville NY - http://nysparks.com/parks/118/details.aspx

This park features a forest type setting and 3 waterfalls of different heights and pool sizes. There are places to swim and camp too. This place is gorgeous and very versatile because of its water and forest setting. I've done a Alice in Wonderland and Kingdom Hearts shoot here.


This is a picture of the second fall. There are also two others, 2 foot bridges (one made of stone), and 5 hiking trails. Also there is a pavilion with a huge fire place that looks like something out of beauty and the beast.

Down Town Syracuse, Syracuse NY - http://www.syracuse.ny.us/Parks/clintonSquareEvents.html

This is a bit of a ways away for those of us who live on the West side of the state but worth it for cosplays involving characters who are from "Big Cities". Yes we have Rochester but our downtown is no where as nice as this one or clean. This is where we did our shoot for Durarara. Plus there is an awesome Tea shop called Roji's as well as some nice bars.


Boldt Castle, Alexander bay NY - http://www.boldtcastle.com/index.htm

This is a beautiful castle setting. We originally planned to cosplay our daughter of evil costumes here but because none of us had been there before besides me when I was 8 we all wussed out on it but wished we hadn't.


Oh did I mention its on a heart shaped island?

The George Eastman House and Theater, Rochester NY - http://www.eastmanhouse.org/

I haven't been here since I was 10 but it was a beautiful house with a great garden as well.


So those are all the ones I know of how bout all of you?

01-02-2013, 06:44 PM
The one place I can think of is Storm King Art Center. It closes in winter, but it's really beautiful during the summer and fall. It's got a lot of modern art sculptures, and there's some nice Greco-Roman pillars all the way from Greece.


01-02-2013, 08:44 PM
The one place I can think of is Storm King Art Center. It closes in winter, but it's really beautiful during the summer and fall. It's got a lot of modern art sculptures, and there's some nice Greco-Roman pillars all the way from Greece.


Looks like a lovely place to visit and I would love to someday but sadly this place is a bit of a drive for anyone on the west side of the state. Great find for all you eastern new yorkers though ^.^

08-10-2013, 02:52 AM
Syracuse made the list! Yay! And I'll have to look into Sonnenburg Gardens. It seems awesome in general, and even better for a photo shoot. The best place I can think of is Robert H Treman state park.. The swimming area near the waterfall is always pretty busy, but if you look around elsewhere you can find a ton of trails leading to more secluded nature-y places. And, well, they have an ice cream stand. Cosplay, Ice cream, and climbing Waterfalls! Who doesn't love that combination!

08-10-2013, 09:41 AM
I've been to the New York Botanical Gardens twice for photoshoots. Its got a great variety of backdrops, though I've mostly used the cherry tree gardens. It's perfect for any CLAMP manga cosplays, the outside of the greenhouse could work for any European based worlds, like in FMA, and Naruto works in locations too. I'm sure that there are tons of series that I don't know that would work as well. In spring the cherry blossoms are GORGEOUS and perfect for pretty much any cosplay you want to do.
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The Bronx Zoo is also a great location.

08-15-2013, 10:39 PM
As far as places in NYC; Central Park is one of the go-to places for trees (although there are quite a lot of people and it doesn't look quite like a forest). Also, near Washington Square Park, around East 3rd and Mercer St, theres this modern-looking place that's quite small with a few trees; I recall passing with a friend once and us noting what a nice place itd be for cosplay.
Here's what it looks like on Google Maps; http://i40.tinypic.com/dh8vao.jpg (although it looks better irl js)

08-26-2013, 12:51 AM
Places around Grand Central are also some good sights for cosplay……
Sadly the graffiti place in Flushing is being removed.