The best place to see the NYC skyline is from Long Island City
The one place you likely won’t see on most New York City “must see” lists is viewing the Manhattan’s skyline from another borough. It’s too bad, really, because I think the best view is from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, located just across the East River from Manhattan in Queens. And I’m sure others who have been there would agree.
Maybe it’s because it’s in Queens — and unless you’re talking Astoria, it’s unknown territory for those not too familiar with the city’s tourist-friendly destinations. But I urge you — break out of your Manhattan-centered tourist list and get to LIC.
The view is perfect. The park runs right up to the river, where there’s an uninhibited view of the city. The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and even the World Trade Center can all be seen in an awesome 180-degree view.
Gantry Plaza State Park itself is quite gorgeous. The maintenance crews do some significant upkeep and it’s just a nice, safe place to spend some time basking in the greatness of the city across the river. It’s also a short walk from Vernon Boulevard, an up-and-coming area of Long Island City that features a great restaurant & bar scene.
If you’re visiting the city, add Gantry Plaza State Park to your list. You won’t be disappointed.
The best way to get there is via the NYC Subway. Take the 7 Train from Grand Central toward Queens, and get off at Vernon Boulevard/Jackson Avenue.
Check out my other pics from this spot here: