The Big Apple, specifically the borough of Manhattan, has one of the most easily recognizable skylines in the world. Countless movies and television shows begin with shots of the skyline from across New York Harbor or from an aircraft's point of view, looking down over the rooftops.
If you are in Manhattan itself, a trip to the top of the famous Empire State Building will lead to some amazing views. This historic skyscraper has two observation decks, on the 86th floor and 102nd floor. Another famous landmark, Rockefeller Center, has its own observation area, which has both indoor and outdoor sections that sit more than 800 feet above street level. The major advantage of Rockefeller is that viewers can see the famous Empire State Building, as well as Central Park.
If you want food and drink to accompany the Big Apple panoramas, the View, a restaurant on the 47th floor of the Marriott Marquis, is a good option. The Brooklyn Bridge Park, meanwhile, offers some great views from ground level, while Liberty State Park is one of the best spots to see Manhattan from the Jersey side of the harbor.