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17 Of The Best NYC Views For 2023!

people standing on rocks looking out at a city skyline

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Some would say there are no better views, than NYC views. The skyline is one of the most iconic in the world, with all of those famous skyscrapers crowded into one tiny island.

Since landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square featuring as the backdrop for many Hollywood movies, it’s no wonder people come to the city for views.

From Brooklyn looking at Manhattan

Without a doubt, New York City is packed with countless places to take awesome photos on street level in downtown Manhattan, each offering different perspectives of the city that never sleeps.

But when it comes to the best of the best viewpoints in NYC, you’re going to need to climb a little higher…

The Best NYC Views

These are a just few of my favorite places to get stunning NYC views from all around the Big Apple.

1. The Edge, Hudson Yards

view of hudson river from the edge

Taking in the panoramic 360-degree views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River from the Edge was our tween Savannah’s favorite New York attraction on this trip.

What makes the Edge different from other NYC viewpoints is that it’s the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere.

It is suspended in mid-air which makes you feel like you’re floating in the sky. It’s on our list of top things to do in NYC with older kids.

people standing on the edge lookout platform with views of NYC

Up the thrill by walking across (or sitting down on) the glass floor and looking 100 stories down!

girl standing on glass floor at the edge nyc

You can lean over the city by peering out the angled glass walls, and ultimate thrill seekers will want to scale the outside of the skyscraper and then lean out over the building on the City Climb attraction.

Maybe next time.

2. Top of the Rock

views of central park from top of the rock

If you splurge on one view from above, Top of the Rock is my recommendation.

It’s located squarely between the Empire State Building and Central Park, and the 70th floor offers an excellent perspective on both. To avoid lines at Top of the Rock (or the Empire State Building or One World Observatory), buy a timed ticket online in advance of your visit.

3. Empire State Building

two girls looking at the view from Empire State Building

It’s the most famous skyscraper in the New York City skyline, and because of that, the view from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building can almost seem a bit eerie – the 360-degree views all seem to be missing an important piece.

There is also another viewpoint on the 86th floor,…

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