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The best view of Manhattan

Photo by Andre Benz

New York City is known for its breathtaking skyline, which features some of the world's most iconic buildings and landmarks. But where can you get the best views of this urban wonder?


Whether you want to see it from above, below, or across the water, there are plenty of places to enjoy the sight of the city that never sleeps. Here are seven of the best places to see the skyline of Manhattan, the heart of New York City.

One World Observatory

Photo by Chad Peltola

Located on the 102nd floor of the One World Trade Center, this observatory offers 360-degree views of the city and its landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson River. You can also learn about the history of the skyline with state-of-the-art technology.


Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo by Timo Wagner

This park along the East River has stunning views of the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can relax on the grass, enjoy local food vendors, watch outdoor movies, and join various events. You can also walk across the bridge to look at the skyscrapers.


230 Fifth

Photo by 230 Fifth

This is New York's most extensive outdoor rooftop garden and penthouse lounge, where you can sip cocktails and enjoy panoramic views of the city. You can see the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and other iconic structures from here. The rooftop is open to the sky but has large umbrellas and heaters for different weather conditions.


North River Lobster Company

Photo by North River Lobster Company

This is a floating seafood restaurant that sails along the Hudson River, offering complimentary 45-minute cruises with amazing views of the skyline. You can enjoy lobster rolls, raw bar, and drinks while watching the Empire State Building and other landmarks. No reservations are required, but you may have to wait in line during peak hours.



East River State Park

Photo by Ed Shelley

This park in Williamsburg offers spectacular views of the skyline and the East River. You can picnic on the grass, play games, or watch live music performances. The park is also home to Smorgasburg, a famous food market with over 100 local vendors every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Top of the Rock

Photo by Pedro Kümmel

This is an observation deck on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center, where you can see stunning views of the skyline and Central Park. You can also spot landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the One World Trade Center. The deck has indoor and outdoor areas, open from 8 a.m. to midnight. You can buy tickets online or at the box office.



Staten Island Ferry

Photo by Tobias Reich

This free ferry service runs between Manhattan and Staten Island, offering fantastic views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry operates 24/7, and each ride takes about 25 minutes. You can board the ferry at Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan or St. George Terminal in Staten Island. The best time to ride the ferry is sunset or night when the skyline is illuminated.




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