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Best Places To See The NYC Skyline

April 14th, 2016

New York City Skyline Spots

The New York City skyline stands as one of the most famous — if not the most famous — in the world. The memorable silhouettes of the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building and Citi tower are just a few of the skyscrapers that travelers recognize with ease. But just because you’re in one of these landmarks doesn’t mean you’ll get to enjoy the best views of the Big Apple’s skyline. Here are the best places to observe the awe-inspiring splendor of Manhattan.

Top of the Rock

If you’re dying to experience the wonder of standing at the top of a NYC skyscraper, skip the Empire State Building and its multi-hour waits and make a reservation for Top of the Rock instead. You’ll get the same panoramic views, including a better view of Central Park, for less money than its slightly taller cousin farther downtown. But best of all, you can pack in tons of sightseeing in just a few square blocks. Walk up to the building at your assigned time, check out the views, then walk by the skating rink, see St. Patrick’s cathedral and other famous sights along 5 th Avenue.

The Water’s Edge

If you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, then head over to Long Island City for dinner at the Water’s Edge. This romantic Queens restaurant sits right on the East River and offers incredible skyline views that include the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and 59 th Street bridges. Make a reservation at sunset and you’ll catch the lights of Manhattan coming alive. The Water’s Edge is also a fabulous location for weddings and special events.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Not interested in dressing up, but still want to get a taste of Old New York? Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stop midway to take in the awe-inspiring views of Manhattan’s east side. You’ll also catch Brooklyn and Queens to the east. Wear comfortable shoes, because NYC’s most famous bridge is long. Rest in Brooklyn Heights and enjoy a slice of amazing pizza, then wander through the Heights’ charming brownstone-filled streets.

Liberty State Park

If you’re looking for a west side view over the Hudson River, take a trip to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Walk along the promenade and catch the State of Liberty and Ellis Island against the backdrop of downtown’s newest spire, the Freedom Tower.

The Staten Island Ferry

Not interested in heading to the Garden State but still want to catch the best views of Lady Liberty and the Freedom Tower? Hop on the Staten Island Ferry — itself an NYC institution — and take a round trip from the tip of southern Manhattan to “the rock” and back. It’s absolutely free, you don’t need a reservation and you’ll get the best views of this iconic landmark. When you get back, head over to Battery Park and walk the promenade along the Hudson River.

When Only the Best Will Do

Why choose one view when you can get 360 degrees? Hire a helicopter for a truly unforgettable experience and perspective. Warning: Rides don’t come cheaply, but the view is anything but. This is also a fun alternative if you’re considering popping the question in a uniquely NYC way.

Welcome to New York.