Whether you see it during the day or night when it’s warm or cold, and somewhere busy or chill, New York City is a place that will give you some of the best views of a skyline that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Not only is it home to one of the most famous skylines in the world—it’s also one of the most easily-recognizable. The towering skyscrapers and the uniquely-designed buildings that seemingly come alive with the horizon is a view that you must not miss when in the Big Apple.Below are places where you’ll get amazing views of the New York skyline; viewpoints where you will see the vast and beautiful arrangement of NYC’s great structures:
Staten Island Ferry
This is one of the most famous ways to view the city skyline. The best thing about the Staten Island is that it’s absolutely free, and open 24 hours a day, seven days a weeks. This means that you will be able to ride it whenever you can at different times in a day. This way, you’ll be able to take photos of the New York sky with its different shades throughout the day.
Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island)
Aside from being one of the most famous and important sites in NYC, the Statue of Liberty is also a spot where you can see the city’s skyline. It only takes a ferry ride from Manhattan, and the fee that you will pay for the Statue of Liberty ferry already includes the fee for the Statue itself. Hitting two birds with one stone, definitely!
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York City, so it definitely offers a magnificent view of the whole skyline. Some spots where you can get a great view are from the indoor and outdoor observation decks on the 86th floor. This 102-story structure also has a wonderful Art Deco design, so it’s also an attraction in itself.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
If you want to view the NY skyline from a less-crowded setting, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is your place. This is a wonderful neighborhood adorned with great cafés and restaurants, and hip shops, and also a spot where you’ll see the amazing lower skyscrapers of the Manhattan skyline. The East River esplanade is also something where you could take a great walk.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Compared to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, this place is where you’ll most likely chance upon shorter lines. The best time to go here is at night, when the buildings and the streets are all lit-up and glowing. Set your camera to night mode and make all the necessary settings—you’re in for some amazing, postcard-worthy New York pictures.