New York City is made up of islands, and as a result, you can find water everywhere. The city is filled with creeks, bays and basins, which provide some of the best water views you will find in America, and most probably, the world. The following are the best places where you will find breathtaking waterfront views in New York City.
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1. The Standard – Le Bain Rooftop Bar
The Standard is a famous New York hotel which straddles the High Lane, but it the sexy Le Bain rooftop bar which gets all the credit for creating a unique space with an extraordinary view of the Hudson River. Throughout the year, and especially during summer, you can expect to find world famous DJs in this penthouse discotheque for the hipsters of the city.
2. Long Island City – Queens
When it comes to great water views in New York City, Long Island takes away the crown. Prepare to get mesmerized by great views of the Empire State building in the background and the very famous 59th Street Bridge in the center, making it truly a wallpaper-worthy water view.
3. Fort Tyron Park
The Fort Tyron Park overlooks the magnificent Hudson River and is also one of the highest points in Manhattan. In fact, there are few spots in the city which offer the kind of water views you will find from Fort Tyron. Apart from experiencing the genteel retreat, which was carved out of this densely forested part of Manhattan, prepare to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy an impeccable view, which will be hard to find any place else.
4. The Brooklyn Bridge
It is no secret that the Brooklyn Bridge is an historical site. But, the bridge also offers you some breathtaking views of the city. Either soak in the beautiful skyline views of Brooklyn or look down at the New York harbor. The views get even better as you make your way to the Brooklyn Promenade, with the Manhattan skyline glinting at a distance.
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5. Governors Island
Governors Island is basically a former Coast Guard base, situated in the middle of New York harbor. The two-mile long promenade offers a quiet getaway and some great views of the Statue of Liberty in all her glory, apart from sweeping vistas of New York harbor and Manhattan.
6. Empire State Building
Okay, so you will have to get tickets for this one. But, it is totally worth. While the days of its reign as being the tallest structure in the world are long gone, it still rises up a quarter of a mile above Manhattan. Both the 86th and 102nd floors of the Empire State Building offer some awe inspiring 360-degree views of the city. Which happen to be quite a sight, especially as night falls and the urban sprawl start to glow in varied shades of lights.
For those who complain that New York City’s water views are just for the rich or famous (or both), these were the names of some of the best places in New York City where you will find the best water views.