There are few manmade sites more majestic than the New York City skyline. It goes on as far as the eye can see, the brilliance of the lights shutting out even the sparkle of the stars. For visitors looking for spots to enjoy the best views, here are a few amazing vantage points in the City that Never Sleeps:


Manhattan Skyline

Governor’s Island

This former military installation in New York Harbor offers a distinct vantage point of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan, but visitors must plan their trip for warmer months as it’s only open late-May through late-September. In addition to million dollar views it offers tours of Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and Nolan Park; as well as cannon demonstrations and bike paths. Ferry fares are an economical $2 round trip for adults. Board the ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn and the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan.

The View Restaurant & Lounge at the Marriott Marquis

This iconic landmark is New York City’s only rooftop revolving restaurant. Over the course of an hour, diners enjoy a 360-degree feast for the eyes from the center of Times Square. The restaurant offers classic American cuisine and hosts special wine pairing dinners. Avoid a pricey dinner check and enjoy daytime views with the Sunday Mimosa Brunch. 1535 Broadway.

Top of the Rock

This building has 3 levels and 360-degree views from which to shoot the perfect picture of the NYC landscape. It’s also closer to Central Park than the Empire State Building and provides visitors amazing views of that iconic art deco building. Whether you choose to visit the observation deck on the 70th floor of the Rock, or opt for the Empire State Building’s 86th floor viewing area, you will need tickets. 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walk & Promenade

Nothing highlights the beauty of the New York City skyline the way the water does, and that’s what makes the Brooklyn Bridge crossing so magnificent. Marvel at the suspension cable overhead or the miles of building lights reflecting off the water. This walk is stunning and affords some of the best picture opportunities in the city. Once in Brooklyn, take the time to walk around the Promenade and get a few pictures of the skyline framed by the spectacular bridge.

Crowds are common in the summer, and finding that perfect spot unmarred by tourists is difficult, but worth the wait. Enter the walk via Park Row by City Hall on the Manhattan side.

Z Roof, Hotel Z in Queens

This 5,000 square foot rooftop bar and lounge provides uninterrupted, 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, the East River, and the Queensboro Bridge, while bartenders serve up some of the tastiest signature cocktails around. 11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City.

The grandeur of New York City’s skyline is memorable, and these spots provide visitors with some of the best vistas around.