The View: best NYC view points

January 28, 2016

View points are some kind of souvenir that I enthusiastically collect. Actually, even in my native Kyiv I will treat you with a good coffee for the new spot. This is obvious that New York in this regard is very special thing in my imaginary collection.

Here you’ll find places where headphones are required for example, and some places where the glass of something sparkling would be handy or a couple of crazy friends. But there will be no Rockefeller Center or Empire State Building, or even a brand new One World Trade Center. And all because there are terrible queues, crowds, and you will definitely find them even without me . I share this list with a great pleasure and I hope you will appreciate.

Let’s start with Manhattan.

1. Press lounge at ink48 hotel

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Press Lounge is often included in various compilations of the NYC rooftop bars. There are stunning views. Maybe they are not serving the most delicious cocktails (tip: order it clean), but the panorama reimburse. I advise you to come about 40 minutes before sunset to avoid the line.

2. The Lobby lounge at Mandarin oriental

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In Mandarin you should try tea and desserts. You can even take a laptop and do some work there. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, the service is excellent, the view is interesting and everything I tried there was delicious. The jack pot.

3. The Standard, High Line

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This is an option for the nightlife lovers. Probably better during summertime. And you’ll need the company of friends, noisy friends.

* Many hotels in NYC have excellent bars, especially roof-top, so this is a matter of preferences and goals. This list is all about the panorama.


1. Grand Ferry Park

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As for me, the whole north side of Williamsburg is beautiful, but this park is the perfect place to come and “meditate” on the skyline of Manhattan. It is located at the end of Grand Street, really small,  never too much people and magic atmosphere. The cool thing about this spot is that the sun goes down behind Manhattan so the view is mesmerizing. For the promenade you can just take 5 minutes walk towards 4 North Street. There is a beautiful pier, where you can make few great shots.


2. Wythe hotel

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All the same, favorite Williamsburg. Beautiful and nice bar, a large terrace, good views of Manhattan. Everything is included, even hipster Instagram. In addition to the bar on the rooftop, there is a great bar on the ground floor, bar card is one of the most extensive I have ever seen.

3. Brooklyn bridge park

This spot is more tourist kind of thing, but! I recommend to combine it with a stroll along the East River. You can get on the ferry ($ 4.50), for example, in Midtown Manhattan, and swim right up to the park via the Greenpoint and Williamsburg. You can also drop by the legendary New York pizza, but about these things later!

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