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Where to Catch the Best Summer Sunsets in New York City

July 18 2022

Summer sunsets are often the best ones we see all year – especially in New York City. Apart from being beautiful, it’s been suggested that watching the sunset (and sunrise) can help you feel more refreshed and get a better night's sleep.

The Big Apple is the most photographed city in the world, and even those without photography experience can take some great shots with just a cell phone or basic digital camera. Adding a sunset into the mix can help even the most amateur photographers to produce a masterpiece.

Whether you’re hoping to snap the perfect family photo, take the ultimate selfie, or simply practice your photography skills – where are the best places in Manhattan to see summer sunsets?

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic locations to snap a photo, in fact, you might have to get in line and wait your turn to do so! The bridge is one of the most recognizable in the world, and the combination of the water and skyline backdrop can provide the perfect setup for your sunset photos.

Birds eye photo of Manhattan island at sunset

Sunset Park

Sunset Park – as the name suggests – is also a great sunset location in the city. Less crowded than some of the other places on the list, the park can be a much more relaxing experience. Rather than waiting in line and feeling rushed to take your photo, take a blanket and a picnic and make the most of a casual evening while you set up your tripod!

The High Line

The High Line is a unique way to see the city. The raised walkway was built on a disused line and has been regenerated to provide an elevated green space that offers views across the city. The High Line can get busy – however, there are plenty of places to stop, sit and snap a few photos along the length of the walkway.

Silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, with a sunset and the new york skyline in shadow in the background

Boat Tours

Boat tours are available all over Manhattan, and sunset sails are particularly popular in the summer months. The best – for most people – will take you to New York’s most famous monument, the Statue of Liberty. The SoL provides a great backdrop for your sunset photo, but remember to book in advance as they can sell out quickly in the warmer months.

If you’re visiting New York City in the coming months, The Hotel Beacon is conveniently located for making the most of what the city has to offer. Check out our site to learn more about our apartment-style suites.