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Viewpoints or towers to climb?

by dredarin Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

In a city with so many skyscrapers, are Top of the Rock and Empire State Building really the only viewpoint options? I would love to find a cute, lesser-known tower to go up.

Also, is there any tower you can actually climb, be it short or tall? I would love to challenge myself to a climb.

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by xymmot Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Try going to roof top bars and restaurants, here are a few of them.

    cheers tommy x

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by Donna_in_India Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    You can climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty (don't know when you are visiting - but it's currently closed) nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/f... or
    you can do the run-up of the ESB - themmrf.org/donate-now-take-....

    Not sure of any lesser-known...!

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by acloud Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I like the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The views are nice and if you are already planning a trip there, you can kill 2 birds with one stone. There is a little cafe there to grab a drink or snack. If you only want to pop up there and not visit the actual museum, remember the entry fee is only a suggested donation. Pay a dollar and head on up.

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by 10028 Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The view from the city's bridges is fabulous! The Brooklyn Bridge is the most popular, and the most crowded. If you want a challenge, try the George Washington Bridge:
    panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/g...

    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine offers a "vertical tour" --
    stjohndivine.org/pe_forthcom...

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    by mexine33 Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Dredarin - last time I was in NY I walked across the Brooklyn bridge. Beautiful views, free and healthy: here's a link - but you can Google it - there are many alternatives:

    everytrail.com/guide/brookly...

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by TexasDave Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Not a building either, but the Promenade Park in Brooklyn Heights is a great spot, especially at night.
    Also Gantry State Park in Queens.
    I have tips on both in my NYC pages.

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    by ter1413 Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I 2nd the Promenade in Brooklyn. Great views of the city. You can combine that with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and see both on the same day.

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    by QuigleyM Online Now Mar 12, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    I agree about the Brooklyn Promenade and the Met. Someone mentioned a rooftop bar, and there is a great one is 230 Fifth.

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by 10028 Online Now Mar 13, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    The River Cafe's web site's last posting was March 5:

    "The private dining room and lobby are in their final stages of renovations and we look forward to hosting private events soon. We are still unable to accept any dining room reservations, even those in the far future."

    Here's a link to the page:
    rivercafe.com/closure-inform...

    I wish them all the luck. It's such a wonderful restaurant, and I'm glad they're coming back.

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    Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by clareabee Online Now Mar 15, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Hi,

    I would agree what others have said - the view from the brooklyn bridge is outstanding - particularly at dusk - amazing!
    230 on 5th also gives fabulous views of the city - particularly good are the views of the ESB.
    I prefered top of the rock to ESB for views
    Another place I would recommend is the Highline - amazing (and different) views of the city http://www.thehighline.org/ we visited Feb 2012 and it was still amazing in the winter. Check out their website for a map and also events etc.

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  • Re: Viewpoints or towers to climb?

    by dredarin Online Now Mar 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Thanks! I was thinking of doing that. Is there a long wait to re-board on the other side? Do you know how long the trip takes?

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