Manhattan Skyline

Location: Downtown Manhattan

When you gaze across New York Harbor, the Manhattan skyline is striking. Hundreds of songs and movies pay homage to this iconic image of New York City. Its vast length and height allows visitors to see it from various locations and angles; for a truly spectacular and all-encompassing experience, you should take to the water for a Manhattan skyline tour. Our boat tours include live tour guides and panoramic views of this special view.

The Manhattan skyline is an unparalleled display of urban achievement. Imposing skyscrapers define the character of NYC, and it is these that especially capture your attention when you sail by Manhattan. A Manhattan skyline tour with Liberty Cruise NYC takes you past the southern edge of Manhattan to show you the best view of the skyline.

View of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge

The Financial District of Manhattan makes up much of the Manhattan skyline. NYC has long held a prominent place in the world as a global financial center. Offices and headquarters of major financial institutions in New York occupy the skyline of Manhattan here. These include the green-topped, 71-story 40 Wall Street tower, the 44-story Goldman Sachs headquarters, and the five-star Four Seasons Hotel.

One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, rises above the rest in the skyline of Manhattan. One World Trade Center was built in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers. It stands 1,792 feet from street to tip, making it the tallest building in NYC. Around One World Trade Center are the other members of the new, partially constructed World Trade Center in the Financial District, including 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, and 7 World Trade Center.

Across from the World Trade Center are the stores and business centers of Brookfield Place, formerly named the World Financial Center. This center suffered considerable damage during the 9/11 attacks and underwent reconstruction soon after. It houses offices for top businesses like Merrill Lynch and American Express, store locations for luxury brands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton, and chic restaurants with cuisine from all different cultures.

If you sail far enough out, you can also see the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge as features of the Manhattan skyline. NYC has displayed the Statue of Liberty in its harbor since in 1886, when the French gave the monument to the United States to commemorate the alliance between the two countries. The nearly 6,000-foot Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. You might remember it for its repeated destruction in many Hollywood films!

When you’re ready to take in these awe-inspiring views, you can choose from three flexible tours when you book a boat cruise with Liberty Cruise NYC: Liberty Cruise Select, Liberty Cruise Express, and Liberty Cruise Saver. Each of these will give you impressive views of the Manhattan skyline starting at the World Financial Terminal. Guides provide you historical notes and stories about the landmarks you pass on your sightseeing journey. If you want even more from your time in New York, you might be interested in one of our all-city packages, which include a Liberty Cruise.

We at Liberty Cruise NYC are proud to offer one of the best values on NYC tours. You’ll get the best price on your Manhattan skyline tour when you buy your tickets online. Why only see the Manhattan skyline in the movies? Our packages make it easy to experience the city and all of its amazing attractions yourself!

Manhattan Skyline and Tourism FAQs

Where Can I See the Best View of the Manhattan, NYC, Skyline?

  • Belvedere Castle
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Empire State Building
  • Gantry Plaza State Park
  • Governors Island
  • Green-Wood Cemetery
  • The High Line
  • The Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

These are just a few examples of places to enjoy an amazing view of the skyline at an attraction that offers other things to see and do, too.

Where Is the Best View of Manhattan From Brooklyn?
If you’re in Brooklyn, you’ve got options for beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. Check out:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • The Ides at Wythe Hotel
  • East River State Park
  • WNYC Transmitter Park
  • Berry Park
  • Sunset Park

How Do I Get to the NYC Skyline?
There is no single destination for viewing the NYC skyline! There are plenty of places to see the skyline, whether you want to view it from an observatory high in the air, from the water, from a bridge, up close, or from afar. You can easily view the NYC skyline in all its glory on a cruise with Liberty Cruise NYC.

What Is the Best View in New York?
There are so many amazing views in New York that it’s impossible to single out one as the best, but a few of the most popular, aside from the ones you’ll get on our cruises, are from the Brooklyn Bridge, the top of the Empire State Building, and the Manhattan Bridge.

What Is the Tallest Building in New York?
The tallest building in New York City is One World Trade Center.

The top of One World Trade Center

How Tall Is Freedom Tower?
Freedom Tower, otherwise known as One World Trade Center, stands 1,776 feet tall not counting the thin antenna on top and 1,792 feet from street to tip, making it the tallest building in NYC or anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Around One World Trade Center are the other members of the new, partially constructed World Trade Center complex in the Financial District, including 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, and 7 World Trade Center.

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Content Edited by Steven Thomas