Places to Visit in New York City
Empire State Building
Built in 1931, the Empire State Building continues to be an iconic part of the Manhattan skyline and a reigning symbol of its identity. A beautiful representation of Art Deco architecture, the Empire State Building is one of the tallest structures in New York City, second only to One World Trade Center that tops it by two stories. The top of the Empire State Building offers an incredible and breathtaking view over the city day and night, via its observation deck 1,050 feet above the city streets. The deck is open to the public, accessed via an exhilarating elevator ride up to the building’s 86th floor. Countless photographs and films have attempted to capture the majesty of this view, the sweeping panorama of rivers, bridges and skyscrapers that can’t be mistaken for any city but New York.
Top of the Rock
In a city with as many skyscrapers as New York, there’s more than one place to view it from above. Top of the Rock resides on the top floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home of NBC studios and the subject of the popular show, 30 Rock. With two indoor viewing areas on the 67th and 69th floors, and the outdoor deck on the 70th, visit during the day for picture-perfect views, or come after sunset to see the city lights in all their glory. The Top of the Rock also features a Swarovski crystal Radiance Wall and an interactive breezeway with customized color displays.
Staten Island Ferry
Take advantage of a true New Yorker’s secret: the Staten Island Ferry is not just free, it’s the best way to see the Statue of Liberty from the water. The City has run the ferry service since 1905, and it carries approximately 21 million passengers each year. Watch the Manhattan skyline fade out of view as you approach the St. George Ferry Terminal, where you can visit the Staten Island Museum, the St. George Theatre and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The ferry service runs 24 hours a day, and has a concession stand that provides snacks for the 25-minute voyage.