5 places to admire the view

1) Empire State Building

On top of perhaps the world’s most iconic New York skyscraper, you’ll get the view of views. There are observatories on the 86th floor (main deck) and the 102nd floor (top deck). To avoid the lines, pay for an Express Pass. Buy tickets from salesmen in yellow or green jackets outside the building or online.

night view from Empire State Building

338–350 Fifth Avenue (betw 33rd and 34th St)


2) One World Trade Center

Go 104 floors to reach the top of the tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere where you’ll get panoramic views – as long as it’s not cloudy. On the way up, elevators clad in high res screens will show you how NYC went from fields to a small village to the metropolis it is today. Buy tickets online to save time.

One World Trade Center

3) Belvedere Castle

For views of a more bucolic nature, position yourself inside the middle of Central Park. This castle, designed by one of the park’s famous architects, has two balconies providing views of the reservoir, the south lawns and beyond. You can borrow binoculars from the nature observatory located inside the castle.

view from Belvederes Castle

at: Central Park, Mid-Park at 79th St

+1 212 772 0288


4) Wythe Hotel

Outside The Ides Bar on the 6th floor of the hotel is a wrap-around deck, allowing a lookout in four directions. More of a vista than a nestled-in view, it has a true calming effect, even though it’s not that high. Watching the sun go down is popular here, so plan to go early.

 Whyte Hotel

80 Wythe Avenue (at N 11th St)

+1 718 460 8000


5) The View

Let’s face it: you’re going to end up on Times Square some time during your stay in New York, so you might as well make a point to visit NYC’s only revolving restaurant and lounge. Take the high-tech elevators up to the 47th and 48th floors and enjoy one 360° view rotation per hour – eat slowly.

restaurant interior of The View

at: New York Marriot Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway (at W 45th St)

+1 212 704 8900



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