Manhattan Skyline
Manhattan Skyline
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From the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building, this world-famous skyline view of New York's most densely populated borough is a must-see for any traveler.
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The area
Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 34th St – Herald Square • 3 min walk
  • 33rd St • 5 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing Like This in the World
    We enjoyed the view our of our temporary Brooklyn apartment. It covered a lot of the skyline from downtown to midtown including some of the famous skyscrapers, both old and new. Nothing like this in the world! Such a vital city, the world's most dynamic city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    1,987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best skylines in the world.
    Having travelled much of the world, this is still to me one of the most stunning skylines in the world. Day or night. At night, the skyline is sexy, cosy and romantic. In the day, you can really take in the architecture. Best viewed for me by doing a boat ride.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Alba Flores
    New York City, New York26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Customized Experience
    New York City Sightseeing: Exploring the Big Apple's Iconic Attractions New York City, often referred to as "The Big Apple," is a metropolis that needs no introduction. It's a city that boasts a captivating blend of culture, history, and modernity, making it a dream destination for travelers from around the world. When it comes to sightseeing, New York City offers an abundance of iconic attractions and experiences. Here's a glimpse of what you can explore in the city that never sleeps: 1. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Start your sightseeing adventure with a visit to these symbols of freedom and hope. The Statue of Liberty, gifted to the United States by France, stands proudly in New York Harbor. Take a ferry to Liberty Island for an up-close look. Ellis Island, nearby, is where millions of immigrants were processed on their journey to America. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration offers fascinating insights into this history. 2. Times Square: Known as "The Crossroads of the World," Times Square is a vibrant, neon-lit hub that epitomizes the energy of New York City. It's home to Broadway theaters, shopping, restaurants, and some of the city's most famous billboards. 3. Central Park: Escape the urban hustle and bustle in the heart of Manhattan at Central Park. This sprawling oasis features lakes, walking trails, horse-drawn carriages, and cultural attractions like the Central Park Zoo and Strawberry Fields. 4. The Empire State Building: Ascend to the top of this iconic skyscraper for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The Empire State Building's observation deck offers an unparalleled perspective on the city's skyline.
    Thanks so much for your visit
    Written December 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,928 contributions
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    Many Different Locations to Get That View
    I spent five days in New York City and got lots of opportunities to enjoy the Manhattan Skyline. On the second day I was there I travelled to Brooklyn and walked down to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. From here you can see the Southern end of Manhattan along with Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. NOTE, Check out Brooklyn Bridge at sunset for some more great views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River. I also travelled on the Staten Island Ferry to visit the island. This is free to use and when I visited in October 2023 there were ferries running every 30 minutes throughout the day and night. There was a higher frequency at peak times. On my penultimate day there I went to Roosevelt Island via the cable car and from here you will get some great views of the skyline and the Queensboro Bridge. There are many different locations to go to, unfortunately due to bad weather I did not get not see it from New Jersey but that would have been nice to experience.
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    Written December 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Diana F
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic in the Sky: The Beauty of Manhattan
    Manhattan skyline is not just a bunch of buildings. It's like a beautiful piece of art that shows what people can do when they work hard. It proves that people can bounce back from tough times, and it reflects the strong and determined attitude of the city that always encourages others. Whether you're a newcomer or someone who knows the city well, the special feeling you get from the Manhattan skyline is like a timeless magic that stays with you forever. It leaves a lasting mark on your heart, no matter who you are.
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    Written December 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Avia H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Stunning Sight That Wows Everyone
    The Manhattan Skyline is a breathtaking view that keeps people amazed and inspired. With amazing buildings, colorful lights at night, and its important role in culture, it's a must-visit for anyone in New York City. This iconic skyline, showing off human achievement and the city's energy, is always a magical and lasting experience.
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    Written December 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Written November 27, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,004 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Skyline
    The Manhattan Skyline is spectacular. So many iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center to name just a few. Some of the best views are from the back of the Staten Island Ferry or from the Observation Deck at One World Trade Center.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Clara Cross
    New York City, New York23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where caffeine and sheer willpower become your best friends!
    This island is alive 24/7 with an eclectic nightlife scene that'll make anyone question their bedtime. We navigated the intricate subway system to discover amazing (and sometimes questionable) food from all over the world. Pro tip: never underestimate the power of a good slice of pizza at 3 AM. Just remember, if you can make it in Manhattan, you can make it anywhere – especially if you've had enough coffee.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2024
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Matt S
Wigan, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
At day and night. Wow! This is miles better than what you see in pictures and in films. We did Empire State Building the first night that we arrived, and that really hit home that we was in the Big Apple! It was emotional due to the unbelievable views. You can get the views of the skyline from most places in the city and you almost pinch yourself that you are surrounded by such great architecture. Would also highly recommend crossing Brooklyn Bridge and looking back at the skyline, especially at night. Unforgettable scenes! Can't wait to immerse myself in its beauty once again!
Written January 3, 2020
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John
Flintshire, UK4 contributions
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Apr 2020 • Couples
This City and its people are amazing! My third trip to New York and won’t be my last. Late summer is great but still busy with tourists but February is also a good time if you can avoid the heavy snow. Plenty to see and do especially when using the subway to get about and a good pair of walking shoes or boots.
Highly recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo to shop and eat and get the water taxi to Wall Street. New world centre visit is a must as the views are amazing. Started island ferry is free so use it to broaden your trip and book a mega us trip from Hudson yards for a day out in Philadelphia - review to follow!
Don’t talk about get booking and go.
Written March 29, 2021
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Lia H
Bogota, Colombia1,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I stain Hoboken and jersey city for a couple of weeks, and the one thing I did every day was watch the Manhattan skyline at sunrise, sunset, in the middle of the day... sometimes I brought a picnic and sat at one of the many green areas in Hoboken to be able to appreciate the views. Sunrise was about 5:30 am and not too exciting. sunsets were gorgeous even though I was facing east. Absolutely breathtaking!
Written August 19, 2021
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jngear1019
New York City, NY21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is just one of those rare opportunities in a city the size of New York to stroll casually above all the hustle and bustle of what's going on down in the streets. It is not a five-star wow attraction of New York but it is a strong 3 star piece of relaxation. The Re-Use of an old abandoned train track is typical of New York being creative, so slow down and enjoy the walk
Written March 9, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Manhattan Skyline is one of those striking sights that requires your immediate attention, so matter what else you might be doing or for how long you've lived in the city. It's especially breathtaking at sunrise and sunset, when the buildings are bathed in sunlight. Whenever I took the busy to LaGuardia, we'd get an uninterrupted view of the skyline, and the entire bus would stop talking merely to take in the glorious views.
Written March 22, 2023
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cp_0010
Manama, Bahrain1,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Manhattan skyline is famous for its towering skyscrappers which can be seen from many places. We had visited the Statue of Liberty and from the cruise and island, you can get a very good view of lower Manhattan. We didn't do the helicopter ride over the city instead viewed it from the cruise and island which itself provided a very beautiful view.
Written March 14, 2020
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Peter W
Shrewsbury, UK840 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
We sailed into NYC harbour early morning past the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline was still illuminated. Great sight to welcome us to NYC. Photo shows view as we sailed out. Always find it fascinating.
Written November 7, 2022
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Nothing beats the feeling of being in a taxi on your first visit then this magnificent view appears upon the horizon when traveling from the Airport to the City. Such a sight to see when your still over in Brooklyn side.
A world famous skyline. A skyline like no other. You will never get other how many buildings there are. A glamourous concrete jungle. The city is a must-do, at least once in a lifetime
Written September 19, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
On this visit to New York City, we took in the Manhattan skyline anywhere we could! We started in Brooklyn, first taking in the skyline from the highest point in Green-Wood Cemetery. Next we walked the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in the late afternoon at sunset and at night. A couple days later we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in mid-afternoon on a sunny day. Even after we left the city, heading north along the Hudson, we enjoyed views of the skyline from the scenic lookout parks! The skyline never disappoints...different from every angle...with so many unique architectural styles...stunning!!
Written October 31, 2021
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amarpuri90
Mumbai, India124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
One of the most iconic skylines in the world, especially with the new buildings on Grand Zero. It can be best experienced from the river so recommend taking the Staten Island ferry and stay on it for the return journey. The ferry is free of charge.
Written March 10, 2020
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