Yes, it’s true. There’s no place like New York City. Hidden back roads, elaborate skyscrapers, superb theaters, acclaimed culinary institutions and picturesque trails make this a one-of-a-kind destination. Summer is prime time to take in the city from above at rooftop bars, but it’s just as gorgeous when the temperatures drop. And sometimes, especially when the holiday crowds start coming, it’s nice to escape the bustle of the streets. Get a little closer to the skyline at these top spots for New York City aerial views.
Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Plaza
Three tiers of 360-degree decks give adventure-seekers a new perspective. Rising 850 feet atop Rockefeller Center, expect spectacular views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Hudson River, the East River and, on cloudless days, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The observation deck has transparent safety glass on the 67th and 69th floors, but is open-air at the 70th floor—making it the perfect selfie backdrop. Go.
The Empire State Building, 5th Ave
Unwrap Manhattan as the opulent package it is. As the most famous observatory in the world, the 86th floor has panoramic views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and The Statue of Liberty. If the clouds decide to take a vacation, guests can see all the way to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and even Massachusetts. Swing by just before sunset for a show-stopping performance as the sky slowly darkens and the buildings take life. For a more encompassing effect, travel another 16 floors and prepare to be left speechless. Go.
The View, New York Marriott Marquis
It’s name sure didn’t appear out of thin air. New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge makes a 360-degree turn every hour to give guests the best of both worlds: food and scenery. Located on the 48th floor of the Marriott, the View features polished, candlelit tables and an upscale American menu highlighting steak and fish entrées, brunches with ricotta cheese blintz’s and fruity mimosas. As the evening breeze sweeps in the desire to cozy up, head to the lounge and unwind against the tranquil cityscape with a Winter White Cosmo in hand. Go.
Bar 54, Hyatt Centric Times Square
Situated 54 stories high at the Hyatt Centric Times Square, Bar 54 has stunning views that stretch across Manhattan from the Hudson River to the East River. Mixologist Julie Reiner designed the drink program, creating indulgent specialty cocktails made with seasonal ingredients, fine wines and gourmet small plates. Magnificent sites are just part of the bargain. Go.
One World Observatory, One World Trade Center
Positioned on top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, levels 100-102 would appease any urban explorer. The 1,776-foot building not only has access to breathtaking sites, but every step of the experience demonstrates the resilience of this beautiful city. Foodies, no need to panic, the 101st floor is home to three handcrafted restaurants that showcase a delicate spin on the five boroughs. But most of the history lies in the observation deck on the 100th floor, at 1,362 feet high, with a glass parapet bringing it to 1,368 feet, which was the height of the Twin Towers. Go.