New York City is called the city of skyscrapers and is one of the reasons why millions of tourists flock to the city each year — to get a glimpse of this modern city and all its sleek and futuristically designed buildings and monuments. From the famous Central Park to roof top bars, there are many vantage points from where one can get magnificent views of the city’s landscape. If you happen to be wondering exactly what and where those vantage points are read on to find out more on where you can get the best views in New York City.
Sutton Place Park
We start off our countdown with what could quite possibly be the city’s best kept secret when it comes to incredible views. Sutton Place Park is where you can get some of the best views of the city overlooking the East River. While you will have to walk all the way towards the end of East 57th Street, the short trek will definitely be worth your while after you see the view that awaits you. The beauty of New York City from Sutton Place Park was neatly captured by Woody Allen in his 1979 classic “Manhattan.”
The High Line
The High Line is an abandoned, elevated railroad track which has been converted into a modern park where people go to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s easy to see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating this unique park that boasts of some of the best views of the city. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that The High Line has literally changed Chelsea and is easily one of the most beloved parts of the city.
A Sail around Manhattan
Since the island of Manhattan is, well, an island, taking a cruise along its banks will enable you to get some breathtaking views of the city and the magnificent Statue of Liberty. Either get on board with the Shearwater schooner or take the City of Lights Sail and witness all the incredible vistas the city of New York has to offer.
by Ian Chen
The Metropolitan Museum
While we all know that the Metropolitan Museum houses some great works of art, all the beauty certainly isn’t confined within the four walls of the famous museum. You can also visit the roof garden café and martini bar at the top of the Met and get some of the most breathtaking views of Central Park and the infamous Manhattan skyline. The space also doubles as a sculpture garden making it a truly one of a kind experience. Once in the Museum just as the guard for directions to the roof elevator and you’ll thank yourself later.
Battery Park City
Battery Park is another must-visit, featuring scenic walking paths, manicured landscaping, benches and even a public arts exhibition. Battery Park really feels like an urban oasis smack in the middle of the big city with plenty of breathtaking views of the city, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
So, there you have it, the five best places you can visit to get the best views of the New York skyline.