A trip to the southern tip of Lower Manhattan comes with a bonus. You don’t have to crane your neck in this part of the concrete jungle to gasp at some awesome views of the Statue of Liberty — without waiting in line or piling onto a ferry! The city is always packed with Lady Liberty fans, so it helps to know the tops spots to see her without getting stuck in a crowd. Check out these restaurants, a museum, the waterfront, and One World Observatory — amazing for many reasons — to find unbeatable views.
Battery Park City
Battery Park City’s Esplanade provides a first-rate — and free — spot to see Lady Liberty while chilling along the waterfront. Lined with gardens and dotted with cool and quirky public art, the Esplanade also has an upper walkway just for folks who are hoofing it. And did we mention free?
At restaurants like Gigino at Wagner Park on Battery Place and Pier A Harbor House, you get to chow down with Lady Liberty standing watch in the background. Kind of like a watchful mother — only much bigger. Gigino serves Tuscan eats and dishes up great views from the outdoor patio, while Pier A Harbor House is a 28,000-square-foot foodie hotspot with outdoor eating and killer sunset views. The balcony at Pier A Harbor House’s Commissioner’s Bar delivers a direct line of sight to Lady Liberty. Turns out, when Pier A was built in the late 19th century, it was designed to mirror the amazing lady.
The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park
Dream of waking up and falling asleep to views of Lady Liberty? Book a room at Lower Manhattan’s Ritz-Carlton Battery Park. Many of the hotel’s guest rooms give you to-die-for views of the harbor and Liberty Island and are even set up with telescopes to bring Lady Liberty in closer.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
If you plan to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage to take in the powerful exhibits paying tribute to Jewish history and those lost in the Holocaust, make time to stop at the large windows with views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — the gateway to safety for millions of Jews who fled persecution. Emma Lazarus, a Jewish-American poet from New York City, wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus” that appears on a plaque at the base of the statue. Not familiar with it? Think again! Describing Lady Liberty and what she stands for, the poem includes the famous lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and “I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” It’s fitting that the museum honors Lazarus with the exhibit “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles.”
One World Observatory
For high-octane wow factor, you can’t beat the skyscraping views of the Statue of Liberty from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. First, if you’re in the Big Apple, you have to take time to zoom up in a 60-second SkyPod elevator to One World Observatory on the 101st floor of One World Trade Center. It’s probably the best place in Manhattan to see the Lady Liberty — and even as far as 50 miles beyond it — and it’s for sure the most thrilling way to do it. This real birds-eye look stretches far and wide and all around.
Book your tickets in advance if you need a specific date and time. VIP entry at sunset is for you if you’re a thrill-seeker who is willing to splurge on a world-class view that packs a powerful punch.
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