Night walk through Manhattan

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On this route we are going to take a night walk of about four kilometers through Manhattan, visiting the best night viewpoints in New York or the most interesting places in Manhattan at night. The proposed walk is quite ambitious and covers many points of New York, but we can help the subway to shorten or divide it to be able to do it several nights.

Watching the sunset from a viewpoint

The route starts at any of the four viewpoints proposed in our guide to have a global view of Manhattan at night:

  • Top of the Rock: The views of Uptown and Midtown at night from this viewpoint are spectacular, with the Empire State Building in the foreground and the rest of Manhattan in the background.
  • Empire State Building: The views over Manhattan at night are spectacular, without doubt the best views of the Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, Downtown and Financial District.
  • Gantry Plaza State Park: Located at the height of 42 Street, its views over the entire island of Manhattan, especially the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, are well worth it. A person fond of photography will love the game that can be taken to the cranes of the old loading dock or the old Pepsi sign with Manhattan in the background.
  • Ferry to Staten Island: From here you have a great view of Manhattan, New Jersey and the Statue of Liberty from the bay, especially Downtown, Financial District and the Brooklyn Bridge.

We're going to Grand Central Terminal

Once visited one of these viewpoints, we go to our first point of the tour: Grand Central Terminal. If the daytime view is already appealing, this train station illuminated at night is spectacular. The best view of this station is obtained in the central courtyard, where we can take a few pictures of it from any of the stairs (they will not let you take a tripod, but you can take advantage of the staircase to support the camera and that way the photo does not leave you moved). When we finished, we left 42 and, if we walked towards Bryant Park, as soon as we crossed under a bridge we had a beautiful view of the Chrysler building, Grand Central Terminal and the Metlife building.

Turn of Bryant Park

If we continue walking towards Bryant Park we are getting a better view of the Chrysler building, and arriving at this park we can sit in one of its chairs and tables to enjoy the view and take a beautiful picture of it and the new skyscraper of the city, Bank of America Tower, which is currently the third tallest building in the city after the Empire State Building. This park in winter has a skating rink mounted, and Christmas is celebrated here one of the best Christmas markets in New York.

Grand Central Lobby
Grand Central Lobby

The lights of Times Square

We continue our walk along the 42 street and soon after arrived at the place preferred by many tourists from New York at night, Times Square, with spectacular games of lights and neons. To have a good view of the whole, the town hall has mounted some steps at the end of the square that allow you to gain height and have a more spectacular view of the whole.

Times Square at night
Times Square at night

Discovering Flatiron Building

When we have already been ecstatic with Times Square, we walk down Broadway Street to 23 Street, where Flatiron Building is located, and if we continue downhill we reach Union Square (for those who want to shorten the walking distance, you can take the N lines). or Metro R in Times Square and get off at 23 Street Broadway, to see Flatiron Building, or on 14 street - Union Square, if we want to go directly to Union Square)

We continue through Union Square

A very popular Christmas market is also set up in Union Square, although it is still best known for the fruit and vegetable market that is assembled here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening throughout the year. . The best night view of Union Square we find it from the first floor of the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, a store located at the back of the square on 14 Street, because not only do we see the entire square from a little height, but at the back we can see the buildings Majestic silhouette of the Empire State Building.

Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo at night
Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo at night

Two plans to end our night walk through Manhattan

To finish our walk, we propose two alternatives that are not mutually exclusive:

  • For those who are tired, we can stay for dinner in this area of ​​Manhattan, which has good restaurants and a good atmosphere, or go to dinner at other places nearby, such as Chinatown or Little Italy. I recommend going to Greenwich Village to enjoy a good dinner and then have a drink listening to live music at legendary New York sites like the Wha Café? Or the Blue Note.
  • Take the subway and go to cross the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Here we are presented again three other alternatives:
    • Take the R line again in Union Square, and get off at Court Street-Borough Hall, already in Brooklyn, to do the ride the Brooklyn Promenade and cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
    • Go to the corner of 14 Street with Sixth Avenue and take the subway line F to the York Street stop, already in Brooklyn, to make a Walk through DUMBO and cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
    • Take the subway line R again in Union Square and get off at City Hall, which is where the Brooklyn Bridge begins, cross about half the Brooklyn Bridge to see a good view of the skyscrapers and Pier 17 and Then we go back to Manhattan.

Map of the route

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