One of the many advantages of staying in the dynamic Financial District of NYC is its close proximity to some of the world’s best museums, monuments, parks, restaurants, and shops. Unsurprisingly, The Wagner’s neighborhood is one of the best in the city for jaw-dropping views. With skyscrapers, two bodies of water and the Brooklyn Bridge in its backyard, the Financial District is one of the most sought-after locations in the city for taking your soon-to-be favorite photo. Shutterbugs take heed of our favorite vistas listed below and get ready for the likes to roll in.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Straightforward or not, grabbing a pic of the iconic walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge is a must – especially since it’s just a twenty-minute walk from the Wagner. Wait until you’re halfway across the bridge to take a photo with the New York skyline in the background and another with Brooklyn’s (don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Statue of Liberty, too). Keep in mind that the bridge can get pretty crowded during the day, so going in the morning or early evening is recommended. Did someone say sunset on the bridge?
The 360° Views from One World Observatory
Even those familiar with the New York City skyline will appreciate the unprecedented views from the 360° viewing area at One World Observatory. Built 102 stories tall, this uniquely interactive observatory tower includes blazing fast SkyPod elevators, an audiovisual theater, a high-definition projection of the streets below and Skyline Concierges. Don’t forget to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with the never-ending views.
The River Views at Pier 25
The longest pier in Hudson River Park is an excellent stop for grabbing some great shots of the Hudson River. Take a scenic stroll up the Battery City Esplanade to see how the views change as you get closer to Pier 25. Once you get to the pier, expect sparkling views of the water, passing ships and New Jersey, especially at dusk.
Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty from Battery Park
One of the most coveted vistas in the area is just steps from The Wagner’s front door. A great spot for public art and outdoor dining, Battery Park boasts incredible views of the city’s most iconic statue and island. And since it’s just an eight-minute walk from the hotel, you can visit this spot multiple times to get just the right shot.
The Stunning Lines of The Oculus
While the World Trade Center’s Oculus might not provide external views of the city, it’s still a beloved destination for photography. As a centerpiece of the World Trade Center’s new transportation hub, The Oculus first opened to the public in 2016. Now a popular architectural attraction, The Oculus was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who was inspired by the flight of doves when planning its construction. The artist’s inspiration is stunningly apparent in the structure’s long white ribs that interlock above ground. Get some great design shots while taking advantage of the space’s superb people watching.