Over the last century, New York City’s skyline has existed as a visual history of the city’s growth, loss, and change. In the mid-1930s, businesses raced to create some of the tallest structures the world had ever seen; the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the World Trade Centers or “Twin Towers” contributed to the ever-changing NYC skyline. In 2001, the devastating attacks of September 11th brought the Twin Towers crashing down, changing the shape of New York City’s silhouette once again. Flash forward to 2013, and you’ll find a new trade center being constructed in Manhattan’s financial district, as much a tool for economic growth as a symbol for NYC’s continual upward climb.
The picturesque skyline is part of an iconic cityscape recognized around the world. Whether you’re visiting, or are a native New Yorker, you’re bound to experience the visually stunning views of the city first hand, but where are the best places to soak it all in? Some think that it’s best to stand back away from the skyline to absorb the textures and impossibly tall buildings that puncture the city. Others want a bird’s eye view, climbing to the top of the city’s tallest buildings to achieve panoramic views of the five boroughs.
Happily, there are easily accessible ways to do both. There are boat tours specifically designed to give passengers the best views of the skyline from the water, like Hudson River boat tour, which circles the entire island of Manhattan. There are also tours and access to rooftop viewpoints like atop the iconic Empire State Building. From here, everything below will look tiny, but you will have a panoramic view of the entire city, with views of the water and other massive skyscrapers.
Other less known spots to catch a breathtaking glimpse of the city are in newly constructed skyscrapers like the Carl Mattone Group and the DeMatteis Organization’s luxury high-rise condos, Azure. Inside these homes is access to the most incredible views of the city’s skyline from within its base on the Upper East Side. Here exists a contemporary NYC juxtaposition: breathtaking views of a living history embodied in the skyline, found inside a condo that represents modern luxury and futuristic living, and is part of that very cityscape.
For more information about New York City’s iconic skyline, take a look at this visual history.