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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

Amy was informative and so pleasant to be with.

Very easy to hear and understand. One of the best guides we have had in a long time.

New York Ground Zero 9/11 Access All Areas Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 12/06/2016

The NYC harbor tour was great and money well-spent.

We'd recommend the New York City harbor tour without reservation. The tour guide was especially enjoyable and witty. There was only shortcoming: I had minor difficulty downloading and printing the ticket voucher beforehand. Also, when I tried to reconfirm the reservation 48 hours in advance -- as suggested -- my phone call to an 800-number was routed to someplace in Europe, which wasn't open. We finally tried a local number, and that worked fine. Overall, though, a fine trip and the chance to take pictures near the Statue of Liberty was a special treat.

New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty Cruise Reviewed by Charles, 12/06/2016

Our guide was amazing and museum was such a tribute to 9-11.

The guide was so knowledgeable and interesting as he gave us a history of the twin towers etc. He spoke loudly and very plainly so as entire group could hear his comments.

New York Ground Zero 9/11 Access All Areas Tour Reviewed by Patricia, 12/04/2016

Good experience and accomplished narrator, and the weathe was fine too

Boat left on time, we had coffee and hot dogs. Listened to the guide most of the time. Knowledgeable and humorous. Lots of interesting facts about the Manhattan shoreline. Good pics of the Statue as we approached, also the new World Trade Center, awesome. Overall, good value for the money. A highlight of our NYC break.

New York Statue of Liberty Cruise Reviewed by jim, 12/04/2016

A wonderful way to get the first overview of NY

Walking with this guided groups through the different quarters of NY was a very good and helping way to do the first steps in this awesome city! It helped me to focus later on on the things I wanted to know better. Thanks for this idea, I will recommend you guys!

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