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9 Selfie-Worthy Views Of NYC Skyline

What's a trip to the Big Apple without a photo of its iconic skyline? Check our guide to some of the best views you can get while at Interop New York.
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Manhattan's skyline ranks near the Grand Canyon and Old Faithful as an iconic image of America. Majestic in the daylight, it can be magical at night when "the city that never sleeps" lives up to its nickname and glows through the evening. When you come to New York, though, you may find that catching one of the trademark views can be challenging unless you know where to go. That's where we come in.

There are a number of ways to scratch your scenic itch and find a view worth whipping out your smartphone. We found nine selfie-worthy spots where you can go and take in the kind of view that just isn't available anywhere else. On our list you'll find places to eat, places to drink, two very moving locations, and two that are out of town. Each has something to recommend, but the list in its entirety comes with a caution: If you try to hit each and every one of these spots you might not have time to attend Interop New York. You have been warned.

First up on our list is your trip into the city. If you're flying into LaGuardia, you should abandon your standard aisle-seat practice and choose a window seat on the higher end of the alphabet. That should put you on the port side of the plane heading in and, assuming the weather cooperates just a little bit, provide you with an outstanding view of the city as you head toward your carrier-like landing in Queens. LaGuardia's location makes it the perfect airport for city watching on approach: Kennedy has its fans for modern convenience and international connections, but the city views when you're coming in from the rest of the continental US just can't compare with those of its northern neighbor.

Once you're on the ground, you can really get busy filling your skyline-viewing dance card. If you come in a day early (or stay a day after the conference), a small park across the East River could be your perfect choice. You also should check our list when setting up business meetings and dinners: There are choices here that will provide superb opportunities for business networking while allowing you to bask in the glow of city lights and colleague compliments on your ability to choose great locations for drinks.

With all our expertise, we know that it's a big city: What's your favorite spot for catching views of Manhattan? Take to the comments and let us know -- this list, like New York City, can simply keep getting bigger and better.

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soozyg,
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9/30/2014 | 2:59:48 PM
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@Curt, well, yes, if you pay out the nose for anything you're apt to get better service. : )
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9/9/2014 | 8:48:19 AM
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 <One of the things I've done with the state Master Naturalists is come up with "how-to" guides for walking on simple outdoor paths when there's no video screen telling you what to do.> If you succeed in getting the kids off screens even for a couple of hours, you've accomplished a great deal! We have paths like that on Long Island, but I don't recall ever hearing of a school trip to one of them. We visit them and the historic sites, as well as museums, as a family, but my kids' friends' outing tend to be more limited to malls, movies, nail salons, and restaurants. 
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9/8/2014 | 9:04:43 PM
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I think some selfie-worthy views include the pier by South Street Seaport, as well as the pier near the Hudson River in West Harlem. The ultimate place to take selfless is at the Madame Tussaudes. The pics look like real selfles with you and the celebrities. It's pretty hard to tell that the celebs are actually wax figures.
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Curt Franklin,
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9/8/2014 | 4:30:41 PM
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@Ariella, in our county here in Florida, the 5th grade "safety patrol" takes an annual trip to Washington, DC. It's a highlight of the grade school experience for most of them. Later, there are trips to Kennedy Space Center, various aquaria around the state, the state capitol, and St. Augustine. Primary school wraps up with grad nights at Disney World.

The thing that depresses me is the extent to which we have kids in this state who never -- never -- take a field trip or any other trip to a non-urban location. One of the things I've done with the state Master Naturalists is come up with "how-to" guides for walking on simple outdoor paths when there's no video screen telling you what to do.
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9/8/2014 | 3:35:18 PM
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@Ariella, I was alive for Kennedy's assassination, though I have only the vaguest of memories surrounding the event. It's truly amazing to look back and see which events are mileposts for our culture and which are mileposts for me. The two only sometimes coincide.
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9/8/2014 | 2:04:29 PM
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@Curtis that's something that my husband bemoans -- the schools don't take advantage of the historical places with reach. The school is just about a mile away from a historic house that predates the Revoluntionary War. While one of older kids did go on a school trip there in elementary school, the younder one did not. Currently, the 4th graders don't have any trips with historical value. They're much more likely to go to a place like an amusement park.  Junior high and older do go on longer trips to historic places in PA and DC, but the younger ones don't even take advantage of the history available closer to home in New York.
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9/8/2014 | 10:45:28 AM
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@Curt wow, and yes. For the generation before mine, it was the news of Kennedy's assasination for that kind of shock. 
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9/7/2014 | 10:40:21 PM
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@Gary_EL, I've been doing a bit of reading about Hamilton lately so I think the spot of the duel would be very interesting. It's fascinating to speculate about how we might have turned out to be a somewhat different nation had Hamilton not died at that point.

When it comes to pizza, I have to admit that my favorite isn't in NYC: I'm a fan of Pepe's in New Haven. And while I've enjoyed the stuff they sell in Chicago (especially from Gino's East), I'm not sure that "pizza" is the best label to apply.

Let the pizza wars begin.
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9/7/2014 | 10:35:52 PM
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@freespiritny, I agree: If you're going to go to the trouble of visiting the Statue of Liberty then you absolutely have to take the hike to the top!
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9/7/2014 | 10:35:43 PM
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It's been a very long time since I was there for anything other than business or a funeral. My experiences are so pre-Juliani that it would be like asking an Ancient Roman who just awoke from suspended animation about modern Italy. Even just passing through, I can confidantly state that one thing that hasn't changed is the pizza, and that's just from the luck of the draw near the Port Authority. Like most native New Yorkers, I'm totally uninterested in any of touristy stuff, but I have become an American History buff in my old age, and I'd like to see the site of the Burr-Hamilton duel in New Jersey.
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