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We all recognize the New York City skyline, but what can you see when you’re on top of that skyline? The Big Apple’s numerous skyscrapers offer fantastic views from restaurants, rooftops and more.

The Empire State Building

NYC1 When you visit New York, explore the city from the ground up and take in the glory of the city from the Empire State Building. One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the 103-storey Art Deco­­­­­­­–style Empire State Building was constructed in the 1930s and was the tallest building in the whole world until the 1970s.

On the lower floors, it serves as an office building and from the street it’s one of the best landmarks around, but when you see the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor and the Top Deck observation area, you’ll really appreciate what a feat it was for the architect. From the observation decks you can see the whole of Manhattan, the harbour out to the Statue of Liberty and across the river to Brooklyn and New Jersey.

The Empire State Building’s observation decks are also open to visitors after dark; this is a particularly good time to see the avenues of Manhattan light up and to watch the billboards in Time Square from an entirely different perspective.

The Statue of Liberty’s Crown

Making the ascent to the State of Liberty’s crown puts you in the heart of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The statue stands on Liberty Island, not far by ferry from Manhattan’s Battery Park or New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. If you time it right and reserve in advance, you can book tickets not only onto the island and into the museum at the base of the statue, but tickets that will allow you to go up to the observation deck hidden in the statue’s crown.

From here, you can see the waterfront of Manhattan, as well as out to sea. It’s impressive to stand here, and a visitor can only imagine what it must have been like to climb all the way to the statue’s torch, which has not been allowed since an attempted terrorist attack in the early 1900s.

Top of the Rock

Forgot to bring your climbing gear from New Zealand? No matter, all you need to climb to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is a reservation and the push of a lift button. The Top of the Rock has three observation decks 70 storeys above the ground. Because Rockefeller Center is located between Fifth and Sixth avenues, you’ll get a splendid view of Central Park and lower Manhattan from any of the decks.

The Met’s Rooftop Garden

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on many travellers’ to-do lists because of the world-class collection of artistic artefacts. However, not so many travellers make a point of going up to the rooftop cafe and martini bar — because they don’t know it’s there.

The cafe bar is only five storeys above the ground, so it doesn’t offer as spectacular of a view as some of the other venues on this list. However, it is one of the more unusual and budget-conscious choices and allows dining and drinks as well as children.

The Met’s rooftop garden is usually open May to September.

The View NYC

NYC2 Your trip should include The View NYC, a restaurant and lounge housed in the city’s only revolving dining venue. From your table 48 storeys above the pavement, you’ll see an unending panorama of the city while the restaurant makes its slow revolution. It completes a full circle every 60 minutes. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe menu dinner daily and Sunday brunches.

If you aren’t feeling like splashing out quite so much for dinner while you soak up the scenery, you also have the option of taking the lounge’s buffet dining option, with or without The View’s signature cocktails.

Located in the New York Marriot Marquis building on Broadway, The View NYC has spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan.

If you’re looking to spend some time in New York, consider getting some of the combination ticket passes that will allow you to enter several of the city’s attractions, for example, both the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. Ask at your hotel for recommendations.

Getting a View of the Big Apple

 

We all recognize the New York City skyline, but what can you see when you’re on top of that skyline? The Big Apple’s numerous skyscrapers offer fantastic views from restaurants, rooftops and more.

The Empire State Building

When you visit New York, explore the city from the ground up and take in the glory of the city from the Empire State Building. One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the 103-storey Art Deco­­­­­­­–style Empire State Building was constructed in the 1930s and was the tallest building in the whole world until the 1970s.

On the lower floors, it serves as an office building and from the street it’s one of the best landmarks around, but when you see the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor and the Top Deck observation area, you’ll really appreciate what a feat it was for the architect. From the observation decks you can see the whole of Manhattan, the harbour out to the Statue of Liberty and across the river to Brooklyn and New Jersey.

The Empire State Building’s observation decks are also open to visitors after dark; this is a particularly good time to see the avenues of Manhattan light up and to watch the billboards in Time Square from an entirely different perspective.

The Statue of Liberty’s Crown

Making the ascent to the State of Liberty’s crown puts you in the heart of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The statue stands on Liberty Island, not far by ferry from Manhattan’s Battery Park or New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. If you time it right and reserve in advance, you can book tickets not only onto the island and into the museum at the base of the statue, but tickets that will allow you to go up to the observation deck hidden in the statue’s crown.

From here, you can see the waterfront of Manhattan, as well as out to sea. It’s impressive to stand here, and a visitor can only imagine what it must have been like to climb all the way to the statue’s torch, which has not been allowed since an attempted terrorist attack in the early 1900s.

Top of the Rock

Forgot to bring your climbing gear from New Zealand? No matter, all you need to climb to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is a reservation and the push of a lift button. The Top of the Rock has three observation decks 70 storeys above the ground. Because Rockefeller Center is located between Fifth and Sixth avenues, you’ll get a splendid view of Central Park and lower Manhattan from any of the decks.

The Met’s Rooftop Garden

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on many travellers’ to-do lists because of the world-class collection of artistic artefacts. However, not so many travellers make a point of going up to the rooftop cafe and martini bar — because they don’t know it’s there.

The cafe bar is only five storeys above the ground, so it doesn’t offer as spectacular of a view as some of the other venues on this list. However, it is one of the more unusual and budget-conscious choices and allows dining and drinks as well as children.

The Met’s rooftop garden is usually open May to September.

The View NYC

Your trip should include The View NYC, a restaurant and lounge housed in the city’s only revolving dining venue. From your table 48 storeys above the pavement, you’ll see an unending panorama of the city while the restaurant makes its slow revolution. It completes a full circle every 60 minutes. The restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe menu dinner daily and Sunday brunches.

If you aren’t feeling like splashing out quite so much for dinner while you soak up the scenery, you also have the option of taking the lounge’s buffet dining option, with or without The View’s signature cocktails.

Located in the New York Marriot Marquis building on Broadway, The View NYC has spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan.

If you’re looking to spend some time in New York, consider getting some of the combination ticket passes that will allow you to enter several of the city’s attractions, for example, both the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. Ask at your hotel for recommendations.

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