New York City is home to over 8 million people. Additionally, more than 46 million tourist visit the city every year making New York one of the most visited cities in the world. Due to New York’s extreme popularity and vast territory, there are many services that cater to the act of sightseeing.
New York City is famous for its skyscrapers—many of which also have observation towers on or near the roofs. Hence, every day, thousands of people travel to the top of several of New York’s famous buildings in order to get an eagles-eye view of the city. Best of all, because each building is located at a different height and location, every view on every building is different.
The Statue of Liberty, arguably NYC’s most famous icon, also gives guests a chance to see the city from above. The Statue of Liberty once gave visitors the option of seeing the city from two locations—the crown and the torch. Unfortunately, by the 1960s the arm of the Statue of Liberty was weakening and the torch viewpoint was closed for safety purposes. However, visitors are still allowed to travel up to the crown.
Helicopter rides, buildings with scenic views, and even trips to upstate locations like Bear Mountain all give tourist the option to get a unique “above the ground” view of NYC. It is an excellent way to gain perspective of just how big and bustling the city really is. Furthermore, children will appreciate the chance to be able to see NY from such angles since it teaches them about both perspective and location.
Below is a slide show containing images of seven ways that people in New York can get a view of the city from above.