The Big Apple, Empire City, The City of Dreams, The City That Never Sleeps: New York has more nicknames than any other city we can recall, and a city doesn’t acquire such aliases, sobriquets, and slogans unless it has a great deal of character. New York City is a city without comparison. Home to more movie scenes than any other city, it influences modern art, music, and film. It’s loud and fast, and it moves and morphs even as you sleep.
From within, it can be overwhelming at times, but pull back to gain perspective and an understanding floods through you that is almost inexpressible. The noise of innumerable vehicles honking, speeding up and then screeching to a halt; the buzz of generators; the screaming of one thousand angry people; the laughter of two thousand more; the mellifluous tones of guitars, pianos and saxophones; the sweet bellows of violins and cellos; the impressive thrum of snares and kick drums; the passionate preaching of harmonic singing — they all rise, coalescing into a constant, reassuring hum that ebbs and flows like breaking waves.
One tree can never have the beauty of a forest. One drop will never affect like the sea. And one building, one man or one sound can never be so impactful as the sound of them all rushing forth at once. A view of New York will gift you this.
A view of New York will impress itself upon your mind forever more. But not any old panorama will do. You need the crème de la crème. The pièce (or vista) de résistance. So you can get right to the landscape eye candy, we’ve created a bucket list guide to the best views in New York. Don’t forget to add your favorites to your BUCKiTDREAM list so others can be inspired by your adventures. You’re gonna love this one!
Admire the State Of the Empire State Building Certainly one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Empire State Building is a huge cultural beacon located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Making your way to its 102nd-story open-air deck will provide you an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the most glorious concrete jungle in the world. We recommend visiting after 10 p.m. (it closes at 2 a.m.) to avoid the overzealous masses and see the whole city awash with light.
Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118
Experience the Top of the Rock Although 30 Rockefeller Plaza doesn’t quite reach the heights or stature of the Empire State Building, the views are arguably even better. Unobstructed views of Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, are in beautiful juxtaposition with the metropolitan gray all around it. Thanks to its very spacious observation deck, you won’t have to plan your trip to the top around other tourists. The best times to go are at dusk or dawn.
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge A National Historic Landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge is a time-honored feature of New York and a muse for more art than any other manmade structure in the United States, which is quite the claim! When the bridge opened to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Back then, all that cement, limestone, steel and tarmac suspended high above the East River must have had onlookers suspended in disbelief. The best time to walk it is at sunset when the sun drops behind the Manhattan skyline, the bridge is illuminated with orange and the lights of the city begin to turn on.
Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038
Check out the Views From Governors Island For the best view of the Statue of Liberty, you can do no better than Governors Island. The closest land point to the face of Lady Liberty, the island features a two-mile promenade and serene shoreline parks that overlook lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. For the first time in history, visitors can now experience spring season on the island! The best way to get there is to take the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building.
And there you have it: a list of the greatest, jaw-dropping, breathtaking, knock-your-socks-off, give-you-butterflies, wobbly-kneed views of New York, New York. You have the info. Now all you need is to act and tick something off your bucket list! Get yourself out there to the greatest city in the world, and get taken away on a rushing river of inspiration, sensation, stimulation, creation and exaltation. Don’t forget to share your pictures, BUCKiTDREAMERs, of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!