The 11 Best Places to Catch a Stunning Sunset (or Sunrise) in NYC
You’ll want to catch at least one spectacular New York sunset while you’re in town read on for the best sundown spots in the city.
When you think of a bustling cosmopolitan city like New York, it’s not likely that a picturesque sunset is the first thing that pops into your head. But once you witness the dramatic shadows cast by the Midtown skyscrapers as dusk turns to evening, you’ll agree it’s one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Check out our list of top spots for catching a New York City sunset.
1. The High Line, Chelsea
This elevated walkway on a disused railway track along the west side of Manhattan runs from the Meatpacking District to the West Village, offering views of the Hudson River on one side and the bustling avenues of the Lower West Side on the other. Laden with modern art and sculptures throughout, along with plenty of benches to relax on, this is the perfect place to take in the sight of beautiful red skies over New Jersey as the sun sets.
2. Valentino Pier, Red Hook
For striking views across the New York Upper Bay area, Valentino Pier in Red Hook can’t be beat. Make sure you stick around long enough for a lobster roll at this former shipping hub of the 19th century it doesn’t get much fresher than this. You can catch a ferry there and back from Pier 11 in Manhattan.
Valentino Pier is located at Ferris Street & Coffey Street in Brooklyn.
3. Brooklyn Bridge
If you don’t have time to stop and watch the sun go down, then kill two birds with one stone and catch the sunset as you traverse this NYC landmark. Stroll across the iconic 19th century bridge, starting from the Brooklyn side, and take in the downtown Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn Bridge is also featured on our list of the most romantic spots in the city see them all here.
4. Roosevelt Island Tram
This quaint aerial tram runs over the East River, connecting Midtown with Roosevelt Island. Time your ride right, and you’ll enjoy stunning views of the setting sun over Manhattan (if you’re an early riser, the sunrise is equally impressive).
The Roosevelt Island Tram is located at E 59th Street & 2nd Avenue.
5. Astoria Park, Queens
Located on the western shore of Queens, this park runs from the impressive Hellgate Bridge to the Triborough Bridge, and it offers unrivaled panoramic views of midtown Manhattan.
Astoria Park is located at 19 19th Street in Queens.
6. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo
With the Brooklyn Bridge looming above and the sun setting behind the downtown Manhattan skyline, this is the perfect spot for an evening picnic. And if you didn’t bring food with you, all the better: you have the perfect excuse to pop into Grimaldi’s on the edge of the park for some pizza.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is located at 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn.
7. Catch, Meatpacking District
Watch the sunset while sipping on a cocktail or enjoying some al fresco seafood dining at Catch’s rooftop restaurant. Catch is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, so head on up for some spectacular views and a quiet reprieve from the buzz of the Meatpacking District below.
Catch is located at 21 9th Avenue in Manhattan.
8. Sunset Park, Brooklyn
The name says it all! Head to this scenic park in Brooklyn and you’ll be rewarded with a picturesque hill, where you can catch a stunning NYC sunset.
Sunset Park is located at 7th Ave & 43rd St, Brooklyn.
9. Staten Island Ferry
This free ferry, which runs regularly from the Whitehall Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan, is a great option for sunset seekers who want a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline from the water. The highlight of the journey? Spectacular views of the sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty.
The Staten Island Ferry terminal is located at 4 South Street in Manhattan.
10. Top of the Rock, Midtown
Head to the top of the Rockefeller Center to see the sun drop behind the Empire State Building. If you’re not a fan of heights, have a drink at the Rainbow Room bar on the 65th Floor instead.
The Top of the Rock is located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza.
11. Fort Tryon Park, Hudson Heights
Last, but by no means least, Fort Tryon Park is located at the northernmost tip of Manhattan. With views of the Palisades and the Hudson River, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the five boroughs. Make a day of it and visit the nearby Cloisters museum before hitting the park.
Fort Tryon Park is located adjacent to the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Want some more inspiration on what to see in NYC? Check out these recommendations on how to see the city from a different angle. And if you’re looking to extend your stay to take in all of the unique sights the city has to offer, take advantage of Affinia’s Free Nights offer: the longer you stay, the more you save.