Five Best Places to See NY Skyline | Friday Five
Best Places to See New York City Skyline
The New York City Skyline may be one of the most recognizable in the world. From the Empire to the One World, this concrete jungle is full of iconic structures. Come check out where to see the five best places in New York City to see the Skyline!
John V. Lindsay East River Park
Welcome to the beach baby! Yes you read that right, a beach in New York City! The East Huddson River Park is just a dream all around. Green grass park, the Hudson River, a mini sandy beach, and THIS view! A dream is it not? One thing I absolutely love about this vantage point, it the clear view of the Empire State Building! So many skyline spots include the One World Tower, but it is not always as easy to see this guy. Also this spot is beyond picturesque with the seagulls flying by and waves rolling in.
Address: John V. Lindsay East River Park, FDR Dr., New York, NY 10009
Park Hours: 6am - 1am
2. empire state building
You cannot come to New York, and not see the skyline from above. To see a sea of buildings and life squished between blocks from above, is truly a New York experience. There are lots of places to see they city from above, but The Empire is just the classic must see. Not only is it an icon of the whole city, but it is also one of the tallest, guaranteeing you a magical view no matter what. You do have to pay for access, but it is worth every penny.
Address: 9 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Hours of Operation: 8am - 2am
3. brooklyn bridge
Who doesn’t love a moving vantage point? Walking the Brooklyn Bridge should be on everyone’s New York list, but especially if you love the skyline like me. It is such an incredible way to see the city because your view point is constantly changing! From beautiful views of the river, to the buildings, and watching all of the New York life fly by on bikes, cars, and feet is just such an amazing experience. The best part? Its totally free!
Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038
Bridge Hours: 24 hours 365 days
4. brooklyn heights promenade
I would be lying if I didn’t mention this was my favorite spot. My Brooklyn best friend showed us this spot about 3 years ago, and now it is a tradition to go back every year! It is such a beautiful spot. You can see the skyline, Lady Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge in all of its glory. It is not far from DUMBO and you can walk along the park path for quite a while. There is also benches here making it a perfect spot to just come vibe! Oh and you can come any time of day :) It always looks amazing!
Address: Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Park Hours: 6am - 1 am
5. staten island ferry
The Staten Island Ferry should be on everyone’s list because not only is it a free way to see the beautiful skyline from the water, it is also a free way to see the Statue of Liberty! You can catch this ferry every 30 minutes in lower Manhattan. I have all the details you need to know in this post! Seeing the skyline from the water is such a unique experience - and in my opinion that much more magical!
Address: 4 Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004
Hours of Operation: 12:00 am - 11:30 pm