After Dark Tours Bring Nights to Life
New York becomes a different place when the sun goes down. Here are some great options for viewing the city by night.
New York is a city that comes fully to life after nightfall, glowing with light cast by soaring skyscrapers, stories-high billboards and twinkling bridges. While Midtown is a-bustle during daylight hours with locals and tourists pounding the pavement, at night the concrete cools off as the action heats up.
For a change of pace, why not take a guided city tour by night? The views are lovely no matter the vantage point – from aboard a motorcoach cruising through Times Squares’ electric city-within-a-city; from the elevated High Line, a very New York mix of industrial and cutting-edge architecture; from afloat the Hudson River, taking in one of the world’s most famous skylines. They say Paris is the City of Light, but our vote is for NYC.
This after-dark bus tour from CitySights NY starts off in Times Square, brilliant at night with stories-high billboards, blinking lights and glowing LCD screens. Along with hitting classic sights like the Chrysler, Flatiron and twinkling Empire State Building, this escorted tour continues over the Manhattan Bridge, treating passengers to a spectacular, photo-op-worthy skyline view from Brooklyn.
Enjoy a complimentary beverage while being escorted to your seat in the 210-foot Infinity’s dining room, with its wraparound wall of windows framing panoramic views of New York’s harbor. Dig into a four-course meal with New York landmarks like the Intrepid, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty serving as a backdrop. Need some fresh air? Get a photo on one of the ship’s outdoor decks, or better yet, head up to the Skydeck, which sits 65 feet off the water, allowing for prime vistas of the city.
Head south on a comfy air-conditioned motorcoach through Times Square and the Garment District, followed by a sunset stroll along Chelsea’s High Line, two miles of elevated train tracks that have been turned into a winding park overlooking the Hudson River. Before the sun goes down, you’ll hop on a cruise through New York Harbor that stops in front of Liberty Island, providing spectacular views of Battery Park and the Financial District, along with the glowing figure of the Statue of Liberty and the truly spectacular-by-night Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.
Step aboard the yellow Water Taxi to a glass of complimentary prosecco, and choose from upstairs open-deck seating or indoors in the main cabin. The hour-long tour dips around lower Manhattan and then eases its way north, up the Hudson and past the World Trade Center site, then turns and heads towards Ellis Island, its Beaux-Arts flourishes especially beautiful in the fading light. Then it’s on to the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll stop for photo ops and a rousing rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”