New York City holds a lot of excitement within every one of its five busy boroughs, especially when you're not used to it. But every now and then, it pays to slow down and enjoy the beautiful city surroundings for a few moments, especially as the day comes to a close. So for those who come to visit this overwhelming city, here are the six stunning spots where you can wind down and take in a gorgeous sunset, just like the locals do.
The High Line
Being the only elevated park in New York City guarantees that you’ll be a draw, but the High Line offers so much more especially when it comes to the magical views that can be had from any point along its stretch from West 33rd Street cutting through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District into the West Village. The High Line leaves you no shortage of options to maximize your sunset viewing. For example, you can snag a choice spot at the Terroir On The Porch which gives you a glorious view across the Hudson River as you sip wine and savor sumptuous food. And once the sun goes down, you can take the stairs down placing you right in the midst of NYC’s greatest club district with spots like PH-D Lounge and Cielo.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
The Brooklyn Bridge Park has become a beloved part of the most hip borough in New York City, and with good reason. It’s undergone a series of renovations that have expanded the waterfront park to be a marvelous getaway for natives and visitors alike, from new ferry landings to pier areas that include athletic facilities. During the summer, there’s free movies shown in the area under the Brooklyn Bridge at sundown. Here’s one cool idea – check out Formino at Pier 6, snag a wood-fired pizza and take in the soft hues of the sunset from their rooftop. Another great thing to do is to rent a bike for a sunset ride throughout the entirety of the park from top to bottom.
Just a few blocks from the N train is Astoria Park. This gem has been a haven for residents of this thriving and hip Queens neighborhood for decades. The nearly 60-acre park was first opened in 1936, and offers an enthralling viewpoint that captures Manhattan and the East River as well as the Triborough Bridge. One great thing to do is to grab a bite from any of the fab restaurants that the area is renowned for and find a spot closest to the shoreline to take it all in as the sun sinks. A crowd favorite? BZ Grill, which serves up Greek cuisine in a fast-food style.
Top Of The Rock Observation Deck
While being in the middle of Rockefeller Center can sometimes feel like being on the food vendor lines at Coachella, it’s worth it to check out the Top Of The Rock Observation Deck. A swift elevator ride on the Sky Shuttle brings you to the 67th floor, where you get to experience different interactive rooms and features like the Radiance Wall. And once you arrive at the 70th floor you’ll be greeted with an unobstructed 360-degree view of midtown Manhattan including all of Central Park. The best part? It’s open until midnight.
The 25 acres at the southern end of Manhattan Island is home to a prime place in both the history of NYC and America as it was once the home to a battery of armed defences for settlers and later, a point for immigrants to arrive in America before Ellis Island. Being in Battery Park as the sun sets is a magnificent sight, particularly with the Statue of Liberty in view. There’s also a number of events that take place within Battery Park in the evening hours, and several poignant monuments to observe including The Sphere, a sculpture that was once at the original World Trade Center.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is an integral part of New York City culture, captured in TV shows and movies for years. The commuter ferry leaves from its station right by Battery Park and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between Manhattan and Staten Island. There’s free Wi-Fi aboard, so you can get the perfect Snap of yourself cast against the New York skyline as the sun goes down and share it instantaneously.
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