NYC Favorite Things - The Views

Sometimes the best thing to do in New York is take in the views. The New York skyline is unlike anything else and there are so many great places to take it in! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Top of the Rock - from the top of Rockefeller Center you can see all sides of New York with great views of Central Park and the Bronx, the Empire State Building and One World Trade, Brooklyn, New Jersey and so much more! On a clear day it’s hard to beat this view. Just a warning though, it often comes with a long wait and a pretty price tag.

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park - this was our most regular spot to take in a view of Manhattan. The park offers a great view of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Brookfield Place - we enjoyed taking in a movie at the Tribeca film festival here and loved the view of Manhattan, the Hudson river and Jersey City from this beautiful spot.

  • Staten Island Ferry - if you’re looking to see the Statue of Liberty we found the free Staten Island Ferry to be the best option. It’s free, runs regularly, and goes right by the statue!

  • Jersey City - one of the best views of the city is actually in another state. While we didn’t spend a lot of time in New Jersey, there are some great views of the city from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

Honorable Mention:

  • IKEA - surprisingly great view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan from this spot in Brooklyn.

  • Empire State Building - while this is a great view, the one thing missing from the view is the Empire State Building itself which is such a key aspect of the New York skyline.