Some of the very best skyline views in New York are seen from up high, such as legendary viewing spots like the Empire State Building or Edge, a new observation deck at Hudson Yards. There’s all sorts of ways to see this iconic skyline: toast to NYC with a cocktail at a rooftop bar or ride the Roosevelt Tram for views that few tourists will ever see.
Here’s our pick of the best places to see the famous city skyline…
Best Skyline Views in New York
This is the tallest outdoor observation deck in the western hemisphere at more than 1,000 feet. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline, as well as walk across a section of see-through glass floor.
2. The Empire State Building
Iconic, yes. Dull? Never. This has been completely revamped over the past year, boasting an interactive museum experience on the 2nd floor and a newly renovated 102nd floor observatory with 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
3. Brooklyn’s Rooftop Bars
For a rooftop crawl, visit Williamsburg’s best hotel bars and restaurants. With elevated cocktails and skyline views, explore these options within a five minute walk of each other: Lemon’s at the Wythe Hotel; The Roof at the Williamsburg Hotel; Summerly at The Hoxton, Williamsburg; and Westlight at the William Vale.
4. The High Line
Take a stroll along the High Line, a 1.4-mile-long elevated walkway along Manhattan’s west side built on an old freight rail line. The newest portion, the High Line Plinth, features public art among sweeping views.
Costing the same as a subway ride, the Roosevelt Island Tramway provides spectacular views of Manhattan and Queens as passengers rise through the City then descend across the East River to reach Roosevelt Island.
6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This famous museum has even more to offer than its incredible collection of artwork. Once you’ve explored the museum, head up to the roof for artwork, refreshments and splendid views of Central Park.
With breathtaking views on three different levels, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers 360-degree views of New York City, including Central Park, from Rockefeller Center. Insiders know that the winter offers clear views and lesser crowds.