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Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by crackhammer

Hello folks,

I am looking for places to have a good look of the city during evening or night. I can think of tall places like Empire state building or Rockefeller center or even Statue of Liberty but I hate to be in the queue. Are there are any similar places as good as these places for good view of the city and taking few panorama pictures? One of the commenter on VT reported high rock besides Empire state building but I didn't quite get what (s)he meant.

I would also like to shoot major bridges in the city during the night time (I hope they light them up) Any suggestions on that?

Any information on places we should strictly visit after dark or during the day is plus.

Thanks a ton.

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by Donna_in_India

Did the commentator mean "Top of the Rock" in Rockeller Center? It is not quite next to the Empire State Building and it is also better in the day, not night.

For panorama views of the city at night Empire State Building is best. It is open very late and you can also pre-purchase your tickets so queues shouldn't be a problem, (www.esbnyc.com/tourism/tourism_visitorinfo.cfm)

Yes, the bridges are lit up at night. A great way to see the bridges from all sides is by taking a harbor cruise. We did a dinner cruise but you can also go on a regular sightseeing trip. New York Water Taxi also has a trip at night. (www.nywatertaxi.com/)

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by TexasDave

Besides Rockefeller Center another place to get a good view of the NY skyline is Promenade Park in Brooklyn. You get an unobstructed view of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty and NY harbor.

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by johngayton

In my opinion the best place for the NY panorama is over the river in New Jersey. You can then get pics from all sorts of places such as ground level at the Hoboken harbour. Or to get higher head up towards Union City you get some good views from the river side on top of the hill. I should imagine there's also places in say Hoboken where you can get views from their high rise buildings.

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by Donna_in_India

NJ side is okay but no photos of the nice bridges from there (GW doesn't really qualify).

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by TexasDave

I have taken some very nice photos from Hamilton Park (which is actually in Weehawken, NJ, Union City doesn't extend out to the river) just before sunset. The Sun is setting behind you but many of the glass/steel skyscrapers reflect the orange/red of the setting Sun- when conditions are just right it's an astounding sight. you can get there by bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal- you need to ask about routs that pass along Boulevard East in Weehawken- it's the first right turn you can make after coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel.

To get to the Promenade in Brooklyn the closest subway station is either Clark St (2, 3 trains) or High St (A, C trains). Or you can walk to it from the Brooklyn side of the bridge.

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by Waoife

If you want to get up close a bridge, I'd recommend the Brooklyn Bridge - it's easily accessbile from the World Trade Center area, has a wide walkway and great views of the Manhattan skyline :)

Re: Good places for Evening/night view of the city (possibility of Panorama)

by ter1413

I second the Promenade in Brooklyn. Great views and no queue!!

Travel Tips for New York City

Live Premier League Soccer in New York

by garystaylor

When you're in New York and miss watching "the match" head down to a great bar called Nevada Smiths on 2nd Avenue near 17th Street.
Especially if you are a Man Utd/Chelsea/Arsenal or Newcastle United Fan.
Jack the bartender does a sterling job keeping thirsty boys happy for the duration of LIVE beam backs.
Be prepared to pay $10 on the door if your game is a pay-per-view event.

A haven from it all.

by horizon2

For value, breath-taking beauty, and to see that skyline like youve seen it a hundred times on album covers, its got to be a trip out on the Staten Island ferry at sunset. Get on board but dont go inside (stay at the back). Watch as you pull away from the terminal and the Manhattan image appears before you in all its illuminated glory. Not just as beautiful as it was pre-Sept11 but still something youll always remember. Oh, and that boat trips free! When it all gets too much for you and youre absolutely burned out with the speed of it all (sore feet?), enter Grand Central Station. Marble staircases, chandeleers, low lighting, its a ballroom not a train station. Get yourself a coffee, throw your bags on the floor, sit down with your back to a wall (upstairs). And watch the world go by. I guarantee this will relax you, invigorate you, and give you the most beautiful inner feeling youll find in the city. (Im buzzing now writing this). Gorgeous.

Go around the city first. See...

by antobolger

Go around the city first. See everything - Soho, Greenwick Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, Tribeca - then go to the Empire State Building. You'll really appreciate what you're looking at when you've been to all the places that you can see before you. My favourite memory of NY is when my boyfriend came to visit me from Ireland and we travelled by subway into Manhatten from Queens. We exited the subway south of Central Park and you should have seen his face when he saw the huge skyscrapers and then the park in the middle of it all! I'll always treasure that picture!!!!

The largest borough of New York City

by csordila

The Dutch colony of Breuckelen eventually became one of the most populated areas in the United States. Originally, Brooklyn consists of six separate Dutch towns, - Breuckelen, Gravesend, New Amersfoort, Midwout, New Utrecht, and Boswijck
Today it is best known as the largest of New York City's five boroughs -- and home to more than 2 million people. The Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, Fulton's Ferry, and the Dodgers are just a few of the magical names associated with Brooklyn.

NYC on a budget

by Dabs

NYC is one of the most expensive cities to visit in the US. Here are a few ideas to help save a bit of money:

Walking tours
Big Apple Greeters (see separate tip)-free

Central Park walking tours-free

For a few more ideas
New York Metro

Theater see separate tip for more info
Check out the TKTS booths for 1/2 price theater tickets but be prepared for a wait and to pay cash

A better idea might be to sign up for one of the advance discount purchase options like Playbill or Theatermania and get theater tickets without standing in line or try Broadway Box to find the discount codes.

City Passes
If you visit all the included attractions, you can save some money with a City Pass

General budget savers including hotels

New York Metro


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