Sunsets of NYC

NYC Sunset from the Highline

Whenever I thought of NYC, my mind wandered to the images I had experienced on my business trips to the big Apple: extremely polluted, overly crowded and never-ending avenues filled with busy stressed-out people.

I used to be one of them.

My trips to NYC were never as amazing as they seemed (after all, I spent most of my waking time inside hotels and office buildings). To this, I must add that my trips, though frequent, were always ridiculously short (mostly 2-3 days, arriving on a Sunday evening) and hardly ever allowed for “a day off“.

This was one of the reasons I made New York one of my priorities this summer: I really wanted to live the city. I wanted to spend enough time around to appreciate what makes NYC, well, NYC. What is it that makes people fall in love with this place?

Well, I think I found the answer: Sunsets.

And these are my all-time NYC favourites.

Grand Ferry Park (Brooklyn)

NYC Sunset from Grand Ferry Park

NYC Sunset from Grand Ferry Park

NYC Sunset from Grand Ferry Park

On my second day in New York, I returned back to Brooklyn late in the afternoon – right on time for the sunset. I was hoping to capture it on camera, but had no idea where to go. I followed to Hudson River up towards North Williamsburg until I came across a tiny green waterfront space offering an open view of the Manhattan skyline. I wasn’t alone, of course: roughly 20 people were spread across the park having a drink or snack while watching the sun disappear behind the skyscrapers.

Location: between Grand Street, West River Street and the East River (map)

The Highline (Manhattan)

NYC Sunset from the Highline

NYC Sunset from the Highline

If you are planning to visit New York, I highly recommend adding The Highline to your itinerary. But even better than walking through this exceptional park built on an elevated section of the NY Central Railroad is doing so on time to watch the sun set peek in-between the buildings.

I’m in love.

Location: The Highline runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues (map).

Williamsburg (Brooklyn)

NYC Sunset on the streets of Williamsburg

NYC Sunset on the streets of Williamsburg

NYC Sunset on the streets of Williamsburg

On a Saturday evening, the sunset caught me roaming the streets of Williamsburg (Brooklyn). There was no time left to rush down to the river. And there was no need for it, either. The golden hour swept through the green leafs – reflecting on parked cars, brick walls, pavements. It shone intensely – so much, that for a brief moment, I was blinded by its light!

This is proof that you really don’t have to go far to find beauty: just go outside and appreciate the moment. 

Location: Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact street I took these photos on – what I do know is that it was between Bedford Ave Station and Williamsburg Bridge (map). 

Wythe Hotel Rooftop (Brooklyn)

NYC Sunset from Wythe Hotel

NYC Sunset from Wythe Hotel

NYC Sunset from Wythe Hotel

If I had to pick one place, just one place, to go and watch the sun set over New York – this place would be the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). Because nothing really beats watching the skies change their colours over an iconic skyline while sipping rosé with friends (old and new).

Location: Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (map)

PS: An iPhone pic I took from the Wythe Hotel became my most liked Instagram shot so far! But, do you want to know what was actually happening behind the scenes…? 

Which is your favourite place to watch the sunset in NYC?

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31 thoughts on “Sunsets of NYC

  1. If you’re in the area again, I recommend a quick trip down to Philly. If you head out onto the Ben Franklin Bridge @sunset, you can catch some awesome shots. I mean, it doesn’t compare with the Sahara, but they’re beautiful nonetheless. 😉

  2. Coucou ! Si tu as envie de t’évader ou bien que tu as tout simplement d’aide pour tes futurs voyages, je t’intive à voir mon blog. Gros bisous ! 🙂

  3. NYC sunsets ground me as a New Yorker constantly running around. This post gave me butterflies because every word rang dear to me, I just went to the Wythe Hotel. I frequently hop in a taxi to the west side highway or walk to battery park city purely to catch the sunset. I just got back from Africa, where the sunsets were just as breathtaking but vastly different. Keep adventuring, Kate!

  4. The Highline is one of my favorite places- as I’m in love with Chelsea as well. Next time I’ll be sure to check out the Wythe hotel and spend some more time in Brooklyn!

  5. Many people love NYC. I have only driven past it. So far I am not convinced but we’ll see. Much nicer sunsets in Nova Scotia where I live. Sunrises too. I find they are nicer in places where there are not big cities. To each his own.

  6. I went to New York about a month ago and fell in love with the city. We were so busy that we never even thought to watch the sunset… Definitely something I would love to do the next time I go. Beautiful pictures!

  7. I’m glad of seeing you having fun in this awesome city, everybody dreams of “living” (not just passing days and days and days hahahaha), these photos are nice and they explore your hidden artistic talents, explode them because it’s great!

  8. Those are some spectacular sunsets! I took a really good sunset picture at the top of the Empire state building when I was there last in 2008. NYC is such a great city, it’s great that you got to actually take it in this time around.

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