It is an ideal spot to take in many New York icons.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre area that spans about a mile along the East River waterfront of Brooklyn Heights, particularly the revitalized Pier 1, where I took most of the accompanying sunset photos, affords some of the most spectacular views of the city.
As its name indicates, the park lies in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge, with its distinctive Gothic arches and web of suspension cables. Across the river is a panoramic view of the lower half of the world’s most famous skyline on Manhattan Island.
Among the more standout skyscrapers from this vantage point are the Woolworth Building, once the city’s tallest building when it opened in 1913; 8 Spruce Street, a 76-story residential tower that sports a rippled, stainless steel exterior; and One World Trade Center, the lone 1,776-foot building that replaced the Twin Towers.
To the north is the Manhattan Bridge, and beyond it the top floors and antenna spire of the Empire State Building soar above a foreground of lesser buildings. Turn south to see, in the distance and standing in profile as the centerpiece of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, who holds her torch aloft to enlighten the world.