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The 5 Most Iconic Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline

New York City invented the skyscraper, and its skyline against the Atlantic is breathtaking by both day and night. Spot these historic and modern wonders from a boat, helicopter, bridge, or the top of one of the gigantic iron buildings themselves.

Chrysler Building

Renowned for its elaborate Art Deco style, it is regarded as one of the architecturally finest buildings in the world. Get the best view at the top of the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building

This American symbol was built in just 14 months during the Great Depression. Another Deco building, it was the first to ever rise more than 100 stories.LʼEmpire State Building Il nʼa fallu que quatorze mois pour construire ce symbole américain pendant la grande dépression. Cet autre édifice Art déco est le premier dans le monde entier à avoir dépassé les 100 étages.

One World Trade Center

Where the Twin Towers once stood is now the “Freedom Tower”. It’s the tallest building not only in the city, but the entire Western Hemisphere, and fourth tallest in the world.

Top of the Rock - Rockefeller Center

Along with the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock is an attraction for its tours and observation decks. Allow 30 minutes to get to the top and time your visit with sunset.

Photo: edenpictures @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Condé Nast Building

Finished in 2000, this modern skyscraper is an important example of green design. It is so environmentally sound that it uses little heating or cooling throughout the year.

Manhattan Skyline: Our Tips

The Cost of the City

The skyline is always going to be free, so spending is totally in your control. The tours are fantastic and prices vary. If saving is more your style, take the ferry to Staten Island, no tickets required, and get the skyline view along with the same historic view early immigrants had arriving at Ellis Island.

Walk a bridge to Brooklyn

New Yorkers will tell you that walking a stretch of the Brooklyn Bridge is a must-do during your visit. Less popular (read: less crowded) is the Williamsburg Bridge, where you can catch the same magnificent view of the skyline -- as well as a postcard view of that famed Brooklyn Bridge.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    24 hours a day, but the best photography moments are at sunrise and sunset
  • What is the price?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you want, sure! But it's not necessary.
  • How to get there
    Depending on your destination, take the subway or walk like a New Yorker!
  • Additional tips
    Though not located in a tropical clime per say, New York can get very muggy in the summer. Avoid the sweltering heat by heading out early and taking a long lunch at midday.

What People Are Saying About Manhattan Skyline

Amazing, great guide David full of information. Well worth doing!!

Well organised tour. David the guide, good sense of humour and full of knowledge. We went over New Year and it was freezing, on the outer deck, do wrap up, well worth the cold though! Came home with some great photos.

90-Minute Landmark and Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Carolyn, 01/06/2017

So glad we didn't miss this, very enjoyable!

This was really a lot of fun. To see the NY skyline at night and to cruise right up to Lady Liberty was such a treat! We love Christmas, and not only is the city magical at this time of year, but this harbor Christmas cruise was the icing on top of the NY experience cake! I would definitely do this again.

you must buy the express pass if you wish to visit. it is essential

Absolutely amazing. I would just stress that one must buy express if one wants to visit. To put in persepctive: with express did whole tour and got amazing views in 50 mins. People with normal pass were quing fot 6 hours plus. Express allows you to completely skip cues in private lane saving so much essential time. Beyond this the experience and views are incredible.

New York City: Empire State Building Express Pass Reviewed by Ruairidh, 12/28/2016

there was no order getting into the builfing

The tour it self was a 5 star event but getting into One World Oberservation was unorganized. The tour was excellent.

Great value - welcoming service; great views; comfortable ship

Of the many excursions we did over our four-day stay in New York, this was the best value. The ship ideal for the type of excursion we took (2 hours close to shore) - large enough to tackle the current and tides, but small enough to be able to take advantage of the variety of angles of views of the various landmarks. And it was in good condition with welcoming Christmas decorations. Staff were very friendly and approachable, and accommodated every request. The food was of a good standard with a wide range of options - not Celebrity Cruise standard but good enough to feel you were getting good value for money. The route around the harbour took great advantage for photos of the Statue of Liberty and of the Manhattan skyline, and the seating arrangement allowed for free movement around the ship to snap the best shots. The disco was fun for those who participated and the music was listenable for all generations.

Spirit of New York 2-Hour Lunch Buffet Cruise Reviewed by Stephen, 12/19/2016

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