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My Top Five New York Views

New York City sightseeing knows no bounds and you could spend weeks in the city and still not see and do everything you’d like to. But there are some iconic New York views and landmarks that would be top of my sightseeing list no matter how many times I’ve seen them before. I went back to New York at the end of last year and re-visited my favourite sights and discovered some new ones which I know I’ll head back to on my next visit. Let me share my top five iconic New York views.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is a New York City icon and celebrated its 100th birthday two years ago.  This picture is taken from the East River during a Hop On Hop Off cruise which gives some fabulous views of the bridge with the Financial District and One World Trade Center building in the background. The bridge is also a perfect vantage point for great views of the city and to walk across it is a New York ‘must do’.


New York’s Iconic Brooklyn Bridge

Central Park

The Mall is an avenue of trees which line Central Park’s widest pathway and is the only straight line inside the park’s boundaries. The quadruple row of American elms continues for a quarter of a mile and is the most important horticultural feature in the park. We saw it in autumn with it’s warm foliage but I’d like to see it in summer when the dense leaves form a canopy over the pathway.

Where: Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets


The Mall, Central Park

Downtown New York – from the water

The first time I took a photo of this view was nearly 19 years ago and the twin Trade Towers dominated Manhattan Island. Now it’s a different skyline but still one of my favourite views of New York City. Again this photo is taken from the Hop On Hop Off boat cruise but you’d get a similar view from the Staten Island Ferry which is a free service so good news if you’re on a budget.


Downtown New York

Grand Central Terminal

This time we’re heading indoors for a view over the concourse at New York’s Grand Central Terminal – you’re not supposed to call it a station. There’s a real buzz going on here and the people watching potential is paramount. Don’t forget to look up to the blue and green cathedral-like ceiling which is decorated in gold with constellations and zodiac signs. I like this building, built in 1913, as much for the atmosphere as the view over the concourse which conjures up images of iconic train journeys and the romance of early travel.

Where: 89 East 42nd Street

Nearest Subways: 4/5/6, 7 and S (42nd Street Shuttle) to Grand Central


Grand Central Station

New York Skyline at Night

Finally, what’s a post of favourite views without a pretty night-time shot of the city lit up in all its glory? New York at night is spectacular and I was torn between choosing a view looking down on the city from high up and the shot below. This view of Manhattan Bridge won because I love the way the lights reflect in the water of the East River – double the twinkle!


Manhattan Bridge

A Hotel with New York Views

We stayed at the 4* Novotel Times Square New York which has fabulous New York views of Times Square. You can sit in the bar, restaurant or outdoor terrace for breathtaking views of buzzing Times Square and the city lights. Food and service are both excellent. The Novotel’s sleek, contemporary style is so New York and its in a prime location which is perfect for walking up to Central Park or downtown to Times Square. The Metro is nearby for exploring further afield. A hotel I’d definitely recommend and one I’d stay in again when I return to New York City.

Which is your favourite New York City view?



New York Views


Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)

Sunday 24th of May 2015

Love New York so much, my favourite shot is the Brooklyn Bridges. The view from the top of the Rock is one of my personal faves too! Lots of love, Angie

Suzanne Jones

Sunday 24th of May 2015

Didn't make it to the Top of the Rock so I'll just have to go back and check out that view too! x

Packing my Suitcase

Friday 22nd of May 2015

I love this city!! And all your favourite views are amazing and I couldnt agree more with you. My favourite is the one at night... amazing, NY at night is even more stunning :D

Suzanne Jones

Friday 22nd of May 2015

I love a night scene - especially when there's some water to reflect all the pretty lights :)


Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Love all your photos!! great blog!!

Suzanne Jones

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Thanks Rafaela :)

Suze The Luxury Columnist

Monday 18th of May 2015

Great article, Suzanne - Grand Central Station was my favourite when I first visited. It's so iconic and I'd seen it in so many films!

Suzanne Jones

Monday 18th of May 2015

Thanks Suze :) There's something about stations that I love - St Pancras is a favourite but that might be more to do with the Booking Office! :)

Just Add Attitude

Thursday 14th of May 2015

Your photos are splendid. It's an age since I was last in New York, I would love to re-visit the city sometime. ;)

Suzanne Jones

Friday 15th of May 2015

I was 18 years between visits so lots of changes but still lots the same - loved it! Hope you get back there soon :)

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