One way to really add allure to your New York City trip is by weaving in a few unforgettable views, seeing the New York attractions from up high, and really letting that NYC skyline sink in. Sometimes, these experiences also weave in craft cocktails and tasty tapas for another layer of delight.
Upstairs at the Kimberly
Waltz into the all-suite Kimberly Hotel, past doors flanked by gold and well-dressed doormen, and head straight to the carpeted marble elevator, pressing the button for the year-round rooftop. Once you’re on the 30th floor, take a seat beneath dangling bare bulbs and sink into the indoor/outdoor leather couches, gasping slightly as you realize the Chrysler Building, a true Art Deco treasure with its dazzling sunburst motif spiral, feels close enough to touch. Take in the famed General Electric Building and the East River while nibbling farm-to-fork pomegranate-laced duck cigars, and truffled mac and cheese so rich and earthy-fresh it transports you to the Italian countryside. The best way to experience the view: listening to the DJ spin lounge music while sipping the Chrysler, a Gatsyby-esque cocktail made boozy with cognac and a champagne topping, and enhanced with sweet honey and fresh citrus.
Pod 39 Rooftop
Pod hotels are known for their small yet functional size—they’re comfortable for sleeping and working, but they coax you to explore the rest of the property. At Pod 39, there is plenty to explore, especially if you head up to the 17th-story rooftop. While working hours provide a relaxed and private atmosphere amongst brick gowned in sprawling ivy, and columns crafted from terracotta, after dark is when Salvation Taco opens their food cart. Then, margaritas flow like water, and the after-work crowd sips away their worries while gazing out over a twinkling NYC skyline.
One World Observatory
While you can see many of the same iconic attractions from the top of the One World Observatory as from the others, the experience both en route to and atop the city’s newest skyscraper are unique. The elevator ride to the 102nd floor takes visitors through a mesmerizing time-lapse view of the evolution of New York City from the 1500s to present day, and the 360-degree views from the observatory deck allow you to contemplate the immensity of one of the world’s preeminent cities.
East River State Park
To really take in famed New York attractions and the skyline in its entirety, you’ll need to head to an outer borough, like Brooklyn. From this park, you can spy Big Apple highlights like One World Trade, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building, the tone taking on different forms as the seasons change. It’s best to visit spring through fall, when Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea set up shop here on weekends, adding vintage goods, local beer, and the smell of gourmet mac and cheese and fresh-baked cookies to the mix.