This past Summer 2017, I get an opportunity to revisit my favorite city which is New York City. I spent 5 days in the city especially the Manhattan area, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and also the Brooklyn Bridge Park area.
I was quite lucky to have great and clear weather for my whole trip. I went up to 3 different observatories. Started from The Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center building which is the tallest building in the Northern Hemisphere. From here I can see the Statue of Liberty and most of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn area.
The next one is at the top of Empire State Building, where I can see many great view and building around the Midtown area with Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, etc. I can also see The Freedom Tower at the distance from here though.
The last and my favorite observatory is located on top of Rockefeller Building (Top of The Rock). The reason is because the location of this building is at the upper side of Manhattan and I can see the other 2 buildings (Freedom Tower and Empire State Building) at once and also the Statue of Liberty at the furthest end. It is also the place where you have to spend your evening. From the sunset up until to the night by witnessing the city lights up when the sky getting darker.
Another great way to see the city is by getting the tour package on board helicopter and flying above and around Manhattan. Please do it during the sunset, so that you can get the best photo out of the tour. I did try the tour from Flynyon which over sunset trip over Manhattan and also with the open door experience. So you can sit at the edge of the helicopter and dangling your feet over the city and also get the best photos without the obstruction of the window/glass.
Or you can always stroll around the downtown Manhattan area by foot which you can visit the Grand Central building, Wall Street, and also the most interesting building The Oculus.
Last but not least, you can also hop the PATH train and travel to New Jersey side and stop at Exchange Place. Here they have very nice riverfront park with Lower Manhattan city skyline in full view and also with some boat criss-crossing the riverfront.
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