If a traveler visits New York City and doesn’t Instagram a skyline photo, did the traveler even visit New York?
It’s an eternal question that I refuse to ever find the answer to, which is why today I’m empowering you to find the exact spot for skyline selfies that going to be right for you, no matter what kind of traveler you are.
Here’s where to go for your skyline selfies if you’re…
On a Budget: The Brooklyn Bridge
The beautiful thing about hunting down the perfect picture of a skyline is that it really doesn’t need to cost a thing. Skylines are free, and views of them are plentiful in New York City. Find one of my favorites by taking the Subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and walk across the Brooklyn bridge.
It can get quite busy on a nice day, so you might consider getting up early to wander across for a truly unencumbered photo. Otherwise, embrace the crowd and walk over at sunset for lovely light and the chance to see the skyline during both daylight and all lit up at night.
An Art Lover: The Met
Everyone should visit the Met during a visit to New York City, but it’s obviously a particularly important stop for art lovers. The best part? You can head up to the roof to combine your love of all things artsy with your need for a ‘grammable skyline picture.
The Met rooftop also happens to be one of my favorite places to drink champagne on a rooftop. Not that there’s a wrong place to drink champagne on a rooftop.
Craving a Cocktail: The Standard Highline
I don’t know about you, but I just cannot handle a whole day of wandering and site-seeing without yelping a place to stop for a afternoon or evening cocktail. If you’ve been wandering around Chelsea all day, the Standard Highline is a great rooftop bar to stop for a drink and get in some amazing photos.
It turns into a club later in the evening, but if the music is a bit much for you (I know, I’m a grandma), check it out in the afternoon or around sunset. Get there early, because there is sometimes a line, and I’ve also seen them turn people away for not being dressed nice enough, so no sneakers.
Bringing a Picnic: Central Park
Whenever someone came to visit me in New York, they’d say they wanted to visit central park, and I’d always be like “uh…which part?” because Central Park is so much bigger than anyone realizes!
In fact, when you’re in the middle of the park, you don’t even realize that you’re in the city… until you look up above the treetops and see the city skyline peeking out. I just love the view of trees with skyline above. Want to see what I’m talking about? Head up to the great lawn, bring a little picnic, and ‘gram away.
Unashamed to be a Tourist: Top of the Rock
I know everyone thinks the Empire State Building is a big thing, but I have to say, when I go full-on tourist mode, I much prefer the Top of the Rock. While it is still, of course, a tourist destination, it feels a bit classier and more fun than the Empire State. Plus, there’s the added benefit that your photos will actually have the Empire State Building in them.
When Dustin and I went to the Top of the Rock, we pre-purchased our tickets for after dinner on Valentines Day. When we got to the top, there was live music, champagne, and hardly any people. It was great to have the opportunity to wander around up there without too many tourists crowding our view (and our photos).
A Gossip Girl Fan: The Empire Hotel
I was such a big Gossip Girl fan, and whenever I watch now I still want to wear tons of headbands. Want a touch of gossip girl glamour? Head to the Empire Hotel.
In the lobby, you can sip a Chuck Bass cocktail, which are delightful (and strong…beware), but you’re here for the skyline shots, so head on up to the roof. With Lincoln Center right below, you can get some different lovely views, instead of the same downtown angles.
What kind of skyline hunter are you? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Hungry after all your selfies? Read my post on where to satisfy your sweet tooth in New York City!