Planning a visit to the Big Apple? You can score the best views of the city’s iconic skyline from these spots:
I’ll admit it, NYC is probably my favourite city. There are those who find their ‘zone’ in the mountains or in a wildlife reserve; I prefer the energy of a big city. The Top of the Rock with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline is one of my favourite spots anywhere in the world. That’s not the only vantage point for those panorama images of the New York skyline. Pick from one of these spots:
Overhead views: you could sign up on a chopper ride for birds-eye views of the city. And there’s another clever workaround too – a window seat! Except you will have to find a flight that touches down at La Guardia airport (in Queens) and pre-book that window seat with clear views.
Top of the Rock: if there’s one place you want to be at sunset at NYC it’s here. The observation deck atop the Rockefeller Center, offers the best views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. You get the best views and images of the Empire State building (still the most iconic skyscraper in NYC) from this deck. Despite the crowds, it’s still possible to find your magical moment. It’s best to pre-book your slot.
Empire State building: two viewing decks; same spectacular view. You can choose from the 86th or 102nd floors to look down at NYC. The views are equally special at sunrise and sunset. Those are also the busiest times and it’s wise to pre-book. But there’s one catch, you can’t view the Empire State building from here!
Staten Island Ferry: there are ticketed boat rides and then there’s the Staten Island Ferry, a free-service that shuttles between Manhattan and Staten Island. This ride offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from the water and also the Statue of Liberty. It’s best to avoid the office rush hour if you opt for this free ride.
The Met: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t just the largest art museum in the US but offers gorgeous views of 5th Avenue and Central Park from its rooftop. Head to the Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar for unhindered views and also check out the revolving art exhibit.
One World Trade Center: At 1776 feet (yes that number is more than a coincidence) this is the tallest building in the US. The observation deck at this NYC landmark (also known as the Freedom Tower) is at 1254 feet and offers some of the city’s best views.
The Brooklyn Bridge: it took 15 years for John Augustus Roebling to sell the idea of this bridge and another 12 years before it was completed in 1883. It’s one thing to try and snap images from a moving car but another to walk along this bridge for the perfect NYC images.