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 heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the 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
  • 57th St • 1 min walk
  • 57th St – 7th Ave • 4 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,509 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
    2,062 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 Kingdom3,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Minnesota5,221 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 York24 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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I W
Leicestershire, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The best views we found were from Ellis island or Brooklyn, just south of the bridge. Get the ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn and walk back via the bridge.
Written June 16, 2024
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Ellie K
Birmingham, UK379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Manhattan Skyline is a very impressive view and reminds me of when New York features in films and tv shows. It was great seeing this view for free from the Staten Island Ferry.
Written May 16, 2024
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
While taking a boat tour from the harbor, I was amazed by the view of skyscrapers reaching into the sky. The proof is in the pudding :)
Written April 30, 2024
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Monica S
Cleveland, OH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The NYC Skyline is the best in the world! There is truly nothing like seeing the NYC skyline for the first time. If you can see it on a perfectly blue sky day your pictures will be incredible!!
Written April 27, 2024
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Clara Cross
New York City, NY24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
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.
Written April 9, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
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.
Written March 30, 2024
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Abigail R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Manhattan Skyline offers breathtaking views of New York City's iconic landmarks, with spacious rooms and attentive service. A prime choice for those seeking a memorable urban getaway.
Written March 25, 2024
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Diane and Anthony
Barry, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The views were amazing. Took so many photographs. Neck aches from constantly looking up. Beautiful by night and great landscape views from the Brooklyn Bridge
Written January 11, 2024
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Kim L
Wisbech, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
We took a river cruise and was lucky to see the skyline at night. Wow words fail me. Highly recommend.
Written December 3, 2023
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Avia H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023
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.
Written November 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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