To get this kind of picture, the best way to do is to take Staten Island ferry from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. the best part is, it is FREE :)
Whenever my friends visit me or when I am feeling blue, I always go there, just to see the Statue of Liberty, our beacon of hope.
I took three Bay Area teenagers to NYC for ten days. Each morning we parted ways after a bagel or spinach souffle and coffee from Heidi's House in the Lower East Village, meeting up again in the early eve at ápizz for a cheap eats. While the kids wandered the streets of NYC, I did the same. Walking for 8 hours a day, I got a great workout and was inspired by the architecture and street art, beyond my expectations. The kids swore they saw Patti Smith who gave them a sympathetic smile when they told her they were thrown out of the Chelsea Hotel lobby for no good reason. We all wandered the city without a plan, took hundreds of photos and can't wait to visit again.
Take the 7 train heading Flushing Queens, and stop at Vernon-Jackson station. Head to East River which is a short 10 minute walk and you'll see the beautiful skyline of midtown Manhattan from Long Island City in Queens.
By AFAR Traveler
The greatest city in the world
Your life will not be complete until you visit the greatest city in the world - NYC. There is so much to do there that you'll have to go back over and over again, unless you're lucky enough to live there or just across the river.