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Best Views in NYC

The ever-changing New York City skyline is iconic for its shining lights, historic buildings like the Empire State, Chrysler, World Trade Center, and so much more. Taking in the skyline view might be one of the best things to do in NYC. However, to get a better picture of the city, the best views are from up above and out – whether that is on top of building, up in the sky, or out on the water. Here is a list of some of the spots to capture the breathtaking views of Manhattan’s skyline.

Summit One Vanderbilt sits atop the new 67-floor One Vanderbilt skyscraper just steps from Grand Central Terminal. Visitors take an elevator up to the 91st floor, where they are 1,000 feet over the streets and sidewalks of NYC.

30 Rockefeller Center’s spectacular open-air observation deck rivals the Empire State Building. Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers a view of Gotham from 70 stories up also exhibiting the full sprawl of Central Park.

The highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere is right here at Hudson Yards. Edge Observation Deck takes you 65 feet into the sky making it the highest public balcony in NYC. The deck not only features panoramic views of our city’s skyline, but a killer vantage point below.

Crowds have clamored for the chance to ride the high-speed elevators to floors 100 through 102 of One World Trade Center. There is nothing that can compare to the panoramic views more than 1,250 feet above the city’s streets. The One World Observatory offers dining options as well.

Located in Brooklyn, Sunset Park offers a great view of the Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

The Valentino Pier located in Red Hook is one of the best places to catch a NYC sunset. Jutting out into the East River, you can spy the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, Manhattan’s Skyline, Staten island, and the New York Harbor.

What is more classic than a trip up the Empire State Building. The most famous of the city’s observation decks deserves the hype. If New York’s cityscape does not affect you, the crisp breeze on the 86-story-high open-air deck certainly will.

The Gantry Plaza State Park offers 12-acres of waterside greenery, playgrounds and courts in this Long Island City park. It is made more glorious by the East River and the famous skyscrapers rising west of the gentle waves. Visit at sunset when the yellow, pink, and orange skies switch on at the Chrysler and Empire State buildings.