Unique Places to View NYC’s Skyline

This article was first published on the InterContinental Hotels Group website.
The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Trade Center… all offer exceptional views of NYC, but only with some major trade-offs. You could wait hours in line just to reach the top, and the cost of admission is as sky-high as the observation deck. Plus, you’ll find the same exact views in every tour guide and on about half of all NYC postcards. Visiting New York City is breath taking, make sure you are getting the most out of your trip whether your hotel is within walking distance to Times Square or discovering more unique places off the beaten path.

So where should you go to see New York in a new way? Fortunately, there are several other locations that let you see the NYC skyline from a fresh perspective. While they aren’t featured in many city guides, we’ve put together a list of cool and unique locations with unbelievable skyline views. These are more than just tourist trap observation decks; each one doubles as a memorable New York experience, whether you’ll be enjoying a relaxing stroll in the park, learning about natural history, riding a famous carousel, listening to live music, or viewing some of the world’s finest artwork.

Keep this guide handy as you explore New York City from top to bottom. We’ve highlighted some local spots with seriously exceptional views of the city that will remind you of why NYC is so special.

Unique places to see New York skyline


Do you have a favourite/secret NYC lookout point? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by Influence.co, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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  1. One of my favourite skyline views of NYC is behind the “Postcards” Memorial. To get there, take the Staten Island Ferry to St. George Terminal where you will find the memorial just a few yards away. It is dedicated to Staten Island’s residents killed in the attacks of 9/11, as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

    As you stand behind the Memorial, the centerline points directly towards Ground Zero. It is so eerie to look directly at the path that American Airlines Flight #11 took on that fateful day. But at the same time, it makes you appreciate the resilience of New Yorkers.
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