One thing I appreciate about New York City is that we have the most amazing views of water, high rise buildings and bridges. Besides relaxing on a beach, nothing else is more soothing to me than laying back and taking in an amazing view. I’ve decided to compile some of the most awesome skyline and waterside views for you so that maybe you can appreciate them as much as I do.
1. Riverbank State Park
Riverbank State Park is located on Riverside Drive. It overlooks the Hudson River, the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. This location is perfect for picnics, family days and has amenities such as a pool, skating rink and carousel for kids. This park is an all in one. For more details on the amenities visit www.nyparks.com.
2. Gantry Plaza State Park
Gantry Plaza State Park has become my favorite location this summer. This park is located in Long Island City and has the most amazing view of midtown Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge. Gantry Park is also an amazing location for pictures, picnics, family fun and romantic dates. If you haven’t been here yet, please put it on your “To Do” list before the summer ends. To read everything about this park visit www.nyparks.com.
3. Brooklyn Bridge Park
What more can I say about Brooklyn Bridge Park, it pretty much has everything. The view of the East River, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge are memorable and breathtaking. This park has everything from basketball courts, to a carousel, a pop up pool and many other activities. Check www.brooklynbridgepark.org for their activity list.
4. The Highline
Located from Ganzevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 30th street is an elevated linear park called The Highline. When you walk up the stairs to the Highline you are met with a beautiful view of the West side of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Along the highline are seating areas, gardens and vendors. For more details visit www.thehighline.org.
5. South Street Seaport
Another location that is an all in one is South Street Seaport or Pier 17. This location is filled with shops and restaurants as well as an amazing view of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, located in this area is one of my secret spots called The Elevated Acre located at 55 Water Street. At this location, you can watch helicopters take off from the helipad while having a picnic and absorbing a view of the East River. Another one of my secret spots is Pier 15 (on South Street between John Street and Maiden Lane.) It’s about a block from South Street Seaport. It’s also an amazing place to catch the sun and have a picnic.
If you’d like to share your experience at any of these places email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Twitter/Instagram at @simplypamarie.