New York is a city defined by its skyline. Skyscrapers made of steel and concrete stretch the imagination and buildings like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are recognizable the world over. No trip to NYC would be complete without at least a few moments spent taking in the grandeur of the Manhattan cityscape and there aren’t many better places to do so than from the following three spots.
We’ve already mentioned the Empire State Building and it truly is the city’s most iconic skyscraper. It’s a rite of passage for tourists to make the trip to the building’s 86th floor observation deck for bragging rights and the stunning views of Midtown. Tickets start at $25 for adults, but the fast pass that allows visitors to skip the elevator lines costs a whopping $50.
For another iconic, but free, view of the New York skyline take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Departing from Lower Manhattan, this ferry makes the 25-minute ride to Staten Island, passing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all the while providing excellent views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Switching things up a bit head over to Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood to check out the Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel. Patrons are treated to fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and surrounding Brooklyn/Queens boroughs from the rooftop of this fashionable bar. Have a drink and take it all in as Manhattan stretches out before your eyes from across the East River.
Of course, a person can’t spend their entire trip looking at the city’s skyline, they’ll also have to immerse themselves in the city to get a feel for its lively streets. Our boutique hotel The MAve is situated in Midtown’s Flatiron District, which is one of NYC’s most interesting and walkable neighborhoods.