Fun fact: the sun sets in NYC as early as 4:28 pm in early December and as late as 8:31 pm in late June. No matter what the time of year, however, the big apple’s spectacular sunsets are a worthy excursion for solo travelers, starry-eyed couples, and family vacationers alike. If you plan things just right, you can depart from your New York luxury vacation rental in time to catch it in action. But where to?
Here are 5 of the best places to catch a stunning New York sunset:
Gantry Plaza State Park
Across the East River, Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside refuge that offers an incredible view of the midtown Manhattan skyline. Arrive early and enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers, or let the kids take advantage of spinning saucers, a rope spider web, and jungle gyms. Then head to Pier 3 (aka the sunning pier) and kick back on a wooden chaise to enjoy the show, while absorbing the view all the way to the Queensboro Bridge.
Staten Island Ferry
Salute Lady Liberty and Ellis Island against the backdrop of s sensational sunset from the upper deck of the Staten Island Ferry (New Jersey side) as it crosses from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. On the way back, switch to the Manhattan side for a panoramic view of New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. The trip is free and takes about 25 minutes each way.
Broad Channel was once a popular fishing area and is the only wildlife refuge in the National Park system. Although parts were damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, this tranquil neighbourhood still has a small town feel. This is one of the most unique places in the city to watch the sun go down, since its basically right on the ocean, and there are several great beaches to enjoy, pre and post-sunset.
The High Line
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated park and greenway, created on a former New York Central Railroad spur overlooking a 22-block stretch of Manhattan’s West Side. Reclining chairs are stationed for your sunset viewing pleasure. In the summer, cool your feet on the deck as the dipping sun shines off the Hudson River down below. On any Tuesday between April and October, enjoy a family stargazing session afterward with the Amateur Astronomer Association—telescopes provided!
South Cove Park
A romantic escape to Lower Manhattan’s South Cove Park is many couple’s favourite way to watch the sunset. Even though this small, beautiful park offers amazing views of Jersey City and the Statue of Liberty, there are very few crowds around. Expect refreshing foliage and a charming esplanade. Stroll beneath a grove of honey locusts on the upper level, or follow the main walk along the cove where it winds out over the Hudson River.