The Best Places To Catch The Sunrise and Sunset In NYC

Who doesn’t love a sunrise and/or sunset…especially when it comes with a NYC skyline? New York City is known for having particularly amazing starts and ends to its days, but you have to be in the right place to catch the best views! Below, we’ve rounded up the best locations in the city to gaze at the sunrise (for you early birds) or sunset (for your night owls).

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Glenwood residents living in Downtown Manhattan are lucky enough to be in one of the prime spots for both sunrise and sunsets (it sure does pay to live at the bottom tip of the island sometimes!) Head to the North Cove of Battery Park, which is located on the Hudson River between Liberty Street and Vesey Street. You’ll be able to witness the sun peak (and sink) over the horizon. You’ll have the added bonuses of being able to take in the water views, Statue of Liberty, and boats galore. You can even go sail boating for free here through the good folks of North Cove Sailing, which is the perfect way to take in a glowing sunset! Just don’t forget your camera.

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Westsiders have an entire strip of island available for their sunset watching purposes: The Highline. The elevated walking path (which was once a railroad track) runs along the Westside of the island from Hudson Yards to the Meatpacking District. You’ll steal beautiful views of the Hudson River (ideal for catching that sunset to the west!), as well as loads of funky art, great people watching, live music, and all the other fantastic activities the Highline offers! Nestle into one of the many benches or sun chaises along the walkway and watch the sun slip below the horizon, disappearing into Jersey.

Or, if watching the sunset with a refreshing cold beverage in your hand is more your speed, head on over to a rooftop restaurant in the Meatpacking District–STK and Catch are two of our go-tos. They’re famous for their steak and seafood, as well as the amazing sunsets they both capture from the roof. A perfect place for a summertime date or evening out with your best girls!

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Midtown East

For a really special way to take in a sunrise (or set, for that matter), consider an aerial view from the Roosevelt Island Tram! Located in Midtown East (quite near The Bamford and The Bristol), the Tram takes you from the eastside to Roosevelt Island in just a few minutes–but the entire time you are suspended in air over the East River. It’s a pretty incredible experience!

For an even higher sunset view of Manhattan, head a few blocks south to Rockefeller Center, where you’ll shoot to the Top of the Rock via elevator. Sunset views from this special NYC spot are legendary, with many a marriage proposal happening during a NYC sunset! It makes for a great date night, a wonderful place to bring out of town visitors, or just a place to remind yourself (once again) why you love NYC so very much.

Your Own Glenwood Apartment

If you live in a Glenwood building, chances are you don’t have to go far to take in a gorgeous sunrise or sunset view! Not only are Glenwood buildings notorious for their sundrenched apartments with windows aplenty, but most have sweeping roof decks with views for days–the perfect spot to go with your first cup of coffee or after-work drink to appreciate the sun rising and setting over Manhattan.

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