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10 Great Views of New York City

When you’re looking for NY Activities for the whole gang, taking in these 10 Great Views of New York City is a top choice.

December 27, 2016

Seeing 10 Great Views of New York City is a top NYC Thing to Do. Get a different perspective on NYC from various vantage points around the city. Below are some of the best views of New York City from sea level to the sky.

Top of the Rock
30 Rock | 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112
The view from the sky at the Top of the Rock gives you the 360° panorama of the New York City skyline from 70 stories above Midtown, so you’re right in the middle of the action. Since it’s closer than other observation decks in the city, it’s a great place to catch a bird’s eye view of Central Park.

New York City Water Taxi
Not all the best vistas of the city are from up high. Behold the outline of the city rising up in front of you from sea level. The New York City Water Taxi has several tours to choose from, so your outlook on the city will be varied should you choose to take more than one tour. The Water Taxi launches from several piers around the city.

Empire State Building
350 5th Ave. New York, NY 10118
This list would not be legitimate without including the historic Empire State Building. With observation decks on both the 86th and 102nd floors, the building draws visitors from all over who want to see this famous movie location and New York City lookout. On top of the views, the Tower Lights displays look amazing from the building itself as well as from afar.

South Street Seaport
199 Water St. New York, NY 10038
Another place to enjoy this NY Activity from terra firma is the South Street Seaport. This location lays great views of the East river and the bridges at the feet of the viewer to the south and east. Turn west and the city skyline towers over the seaport giving the observer a close up look at the monoliths that make up the city. This location is especially pretty at night with the lights from the city and bridges reflecting off the river.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Like a painting by one of the masters, backing up and taking another look at something will reward the observer with a fresh take on the subject. The cityscapes as seen from the park are remarkable. You get the whole skyline all at once, and at night, the city lights are a magnificent spectacle.

Helicopter Tours
Taking off from a few different locations in Manhattan, the helicopter tour operators in the city provide, for clear reasons, views of the New York City skyline that the others on this list simply cannot. Seeing a land or seascape from the air is a truly memorable NY Activity that everyone should try at least once in their lives. Fly and hover directly over your favorite buildings in the city’s outline. For uncommon angles and the overview of NYC, take to the skies with one of the city’s helicopter tours.

One World Observatory
One World Trade Center | 285 Fulton St. New York, NY 10007
Probably the best views from any building downtown and one of the coolest observation decks anywhere, One World Observatory holds the title of highest O deck in New York City. With its location downtown, the views of the city are second to none. There are also many interesting features like a deck where you can look down over the street right outside the building and a great restaurant.

Belvedere Castle
Central Park | 79th St. New York, NY 10021
This structure, located in the middle of Central Park, was built in 1865 as little more than scenery in the park and in the early 20th century became a defacto weather station. With its two balconies, the castle offers great sweeping views over Central Park, including some of the park’s well known landmarks.

The Great Lawn
Central Park | New York, NY 10022
Of all the assorted angles one can view this metropolis from, whether it be from sea, air, or land, having the New York City skyline rising up around them while lying on The Great Lawn surrounded by the beauty of nature and looking at the sky is one of the coolest. The divergence of the concrete jungle and nature ascending from the ground right before you for you to contemplate. Take the time to slow down and lay in the grass in one of the fastest moving places anywhere and just breathe.

Brooklyn Bridge
New York, NY 10038
This world famous landmark has been a vantage point for viewing New York City’s skyline since 1883. Generations of New Yorkers and visitors saw the city grow from this milestone of human creativity and genius. The views from the Brooklyn Bridge are not only astounding, with the lights at night rippling in the wake of the boats on the East River, but a reminder of how far the city has come since this span has been there.

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