The New York skyline has a new (literal) viewpoint called The Edge. Located at the west end of Manhattan, in the trendy Hudson Yards neighborhood, this ultra-modern observatory offers privileged and panoramic views of the entire island.
Landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the World Trade Center and even the Statue of Liberty. And places like Central Park, the Hudson River, Downtown and New Jersey. All this and much more, from an outdoor terrace of 700m2.
If you want to live an experience marked by vertigo and amazement, you can not miss this viewpoint. You will have the chance to see New York from a bird's eye view and take home a souvenir of all its attractions. This is what you will see from its 345 meters high.
1. The Empire State Building, a legend
New York is full of attractions, but one of the crown jewels and a must-see in every photo is the Empire State Building. The other great viewpoint of the city and the tallest in the world from 1931 to 1972.
While you have a coffee at the Edge and walk along its panoramic views, you will be able to observe this imposing architectural work of Art Deco style, 381 meters and 102 floors. It is also one of the must-see sights of the Big Apple that I recommend you not to miss. You can easily get advance tickets at Hellotickets from just over 35 €.
2. A skyscraper to fall in love with, the Chrysler Building
It is the favorite of New Yorkers and although it is not the tallest in the row, it is the one who steals the show in the photos. The exquisite Art Deco architecture of the Chrysler Building stands out in the skyline and makes it a visual icon.
Built in 1931, with a height of 319 meters, it was able to enjoy the podium of the tallest skyscrapers for a year. Unfortunately you can not visit inside, but from the terrace of The Edge, you will be able to admire this wonderful construction of the architect William van Alen.
3. Ground Zero with One World Observatory
Ground Zero is one of the most exciting and impressive places in Manhattan. It was the site of the famous Twin Towers, until their destruction by the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. After this tragedy, it was decided to undertake a reconstruction work that brought the area back to life, in honor of what happened.
From the 100th floor of The Edge you will be able to see another of the great New York viewpoints of recent times, the One World Observatory. Opened in 2014, initially under the name Freedom Tower, it is today one of the landmarks of the Big Apple.
And from its 100th floor, you're also going to have a stunning panoramic view of the city. You can secure your ticket from 35 € if you do not want to miss the skyline from another point of view.
4. The new Summit Observation Deck at One Vanderbilt
Also opening in 2020, the state-of-the-art Summit One Vanderbilt observation deck is part of the new construction that has revamped the skyscraper photo and you'll be able to see it from The Edge terrace.
It is located in the Grand Central area and is 427 meters high. Although its observation deck, The Summit, is not one of the highest in the city, it is the highest in the center and a sensory experience. It has an interior terrace, balconies, glass elevators and a sort of boxes suspended in the air overlooking Madison Avenue. One more experience worth adding to the list, right?
5. Downtown New York with the Financial District
If you decide to visit the Edge, you will be able to fully appreciate the Lower Manhattan area and its mythical neighborhoods such as the East Village, Lower East Side and the Financial District, to the essential Soho, Greenwich Village, Little Italy or Chinatown. Everything that you will surely visit on foot, you will also be able to enjoy from the air. The magic of Manhattan is in its streets, its diversity and its vibrant character wherever you go.
The 700 m2 outdoor terrace of the Edge Observatory will allow you to take home a souvenir of these dreamy panoramic views of one of the most visited cities in the world.
6. Hudson Yards, a neighborhood of luxury and modernity
The Edge is located in one of Manhattan's hippest and newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards. So the foreground views of all its buildings are worth it. This area was built from nothing, on a former train depot platform, and thanks to one of the most expensive private real estate investments in the United States.
If you have a little time to visit the viewpoint, I recommend walking around Hudson Yards and admire the myriad of skyscrapers that coexist there. In addition, Hudson Yards is directly connected to the High line, a must if you visit the Big Apple.
I recommend you to walk through this park along the Hudson River, bordering the city and enjoy its landscapes and all the entertainment options that you will find along the way.
7. The Vessel
You'll see it from the 100th floor of the Edge and it will leave you speechless when you visit. The Vessel is already an icon of New York City. A work of art and architecture of the most original and imposing, ideal for photography lovers. Shaped like a beehive, vase, corset or whatever your creativity inspires you, The Vessel is a labyrinth with 2500 steps and 16 floors that you can't miss when you go to Hudson Yards.
Keep in mind that it doesn't hold more than 700 people at a time, so make sure you get in beforehand (if you want to do so when you go up to The Edge).
Access is free at certain times of the day but if you want to avoid queues or prefer to directly secure a spot, get your ticket online at The Vessel.
8. On a clear day, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
One of the charms of The Edge observation deck is its proximity to the Hudson River. This allows us as visitors to appreciate the immense views of the metropolis, but also the scenery of the river and the city of New Jersey on the other side.
Also on the horizon, we will be able to see Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Both are must-sees when sightseeing and for which you can get tickets on Hellotickets and be assured of all the attractions that Manhattan has to offer.
9. Central Park
If we approach the northern point of the large outdoor terrace offered by The Edge, we will see from the sky the great green lung that Manhattan has, Central Park. One of the largest urban parks in the world, thanks to its 340 hectares. A New York symbol and a place for strolling, rest, entertainment and distraction for tourists and locals.
Central Park has it all. Forest, lakes, waterfalls and even a Zoo. It is ideal for walking, biking or hiring a carriage tour. The perfect plan to take a break from the vibrant routine of New York.
10. The Hudson and some of its bridges
One of the advantages of The Edge's location is how close it is to the Hudson River, on the west bank. From the top of the observation deck you can see the boats that ply its waters and some of the most popular bridges that connect the island of Manhattan with Brooklyn (such as the Williamsburg Bridge) and the rest of the city.
From here, if you go up at sunset, the Hudson will seem like a mirror or a huge silver sea and will help you to know much better the plan of the city and its enormous size. To do this, take a look at my article on the opening hours of The Edge and choose your favorite time of day to visit.