The 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in NYC

Lara Dreux | November 6, 2020 | Lifestyle Travel culture

Where to Watch the Sunset in New York City

New York City is known for its exciting, frenetic lifestyle, but it also boasts incomparable sunsets. What better way to unwind than watching golden sunlight seeping through the skyline's silhouette?

Our carefully-compiled list will help you find the most memorable, photo-worthy sites in town. Hotel rooftops, ferry rides, piers and parks galore are well-situated to lend you a memorable view. Pair the sunset view with the iconic Statue of Liberty or have a glass of wine at the park as the sun majestically sets beneath the clouds. Browse our list of the best places to watch the sunset in NYC below and find your favorite spot in a borough near you.

See also: The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Miami


Marriott Marquis Hotel

West 46th Street, Broadway / Website

Put on your Sunday's best and make your way to the heart of the city. The Times Square-based hotel offers a view from New York's liveliest area, home to Broadway shows and towering video screens. Have a drink at the hotel's revolving lounge, ride up on futuristic elevators and enjoy the sky's evolution of colors as the sun sets on the city that never sleeps.

High Line Park

Ganservoot Street to 30th Street / Website

Escape the city's hustle and bustle at this iconic location. The High Line is a safe haven elevated above the crowds where you can take in a magical sunset while sitting beside the historic freight rail line.

INSIDER TIP Stick around after the sun sets for the High Line Park's "after dark" events.

North Cove

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Liberty Street & Vesey Street / Website

Grab a picnic lunch and come to one of the best vantage points in New York for an astounding vista of the Hudson. Come dog-watch, absorb the friendly conversation, and admire boats sailing by while enjoying the breathtaking maritime scenes at sunset.

Brooklyn Bridge

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East River / Website

One of the country's oldest suspension bridges spanning the East River, this perch is a 'must-see' for a reason. Its easily accessible by pedestrians, vehicles and conveniently situated close to several subway lines.


Hunter's Point South Park

Center Blvd. bet. 50 Ave. and 2 Street / Website

This park offers endless entertainment options, inclusing a bikeway, waterside promenade, picnic terraces and a 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform to marvel at the city's waterfront sunset. This spot is perfect for family outings, a cinematic run, or a romanantic rendezvous.

Astoria Park

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19th Street, bet. Astoria Park S. and Ditmars Blvd. / Website

Take a breath of fresh air while overlooking Queens from this popular park. Watch as boats drift along the East River while the sun sets beyond Randall's Island.

INSIDER TIP Settle near Hell Gate Bridge for a picturesque view worthy of fairytale illustrations.


Wave Hill

4900 Independence Ave. / Website

One of the more underrated parks in the city, Wave Hill offers a harmonious escape amid diverse flora and fauna. Boasting sweet-scented flower gardens, an alpine house and several greenhouses, this park can set the perfect scene for a peaceful sunset.


Sunset Park

41 Street & 44 Street, bet. 5 Ave. and 7 Ave. / Website

As the name suggests, Sunset Park is known for its impressive vista of Manhattan's urban skyline. This hidden treasure bears the name of its intimate Brooklyn neighborhood, offering views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn's intimate neighborhoods, Staten Island and New Jersey's greenery.

Valentino Pier

Ferris Street, bet. Coffey St. & Van Dyke Street / Website

Historically a bustling shipping port, the Red Hook district was originally settled by the Dutch. Today, this culturally rich location has become a popular gathering spot to enjoy a waterfont sunset panorama reminiscient of times past.


The Staten Island Ferry

St. George Ferry Terminal & Whitehall Ferry Terminal / Website

What better way to appreciate New York's beguiling sunsets than on a moving ferry? Abandon dry land and embark on Staten Island's ferry for an aquatic angle on the city's twilight hues.

Photography by: Jupiterimages


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