NYC Highs

New York City has a new place with a view.

Two weeks ago Hudson Yards opened to cheers from the developers and some jeers from the community. Here’s a clip from CBS New York aired the day before it opened.

The Escheresque whimsy of The Vessel captured the media’s attention at the opening, but the views from the observation deck called Edge will be the big draw after it opens in 2020. Here’s a clip from the Associated Press with more about the views up there.

Seeing the views from Hudson Yards inspired me to open my files and look for my notes about other clips with views of New York City posted online — they’re all 360° videos, so look around!

This first clip is from the Washington Post, and it takes you on a two minute stroll along the High Line which was mentioned in the Hudson Yards clip above (because you can access it from there). It’s a 1.45 mile long elevated walk way that ties together Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Midtown Manhattan. The views are nice, but more down to Earth than those at Hudson Yards.

Of course, no matter how many new views are generated by developers, there will never be a more iconic vista in New York than the one from the top of the Empire State Building. Here’s a quick half minute glimpse of that posted on Connected’s YouTube Channel.

A more adventuresome 360° experience was posted by the The New York Times. Here’s a two minute clip from the perspective of a guy who climbed the spire of World Trade Center.

Finally, The New York Times also published another great view from even greater heights. It’s entitled Take Flight, and it was featured in their 2015 edition of Great Performances. The piece lifts you up from a New York City street at night to take you on a mesmerizing flight of fancy towards the Moon. The soundtrack is fine, but I can’t help hearing Christopher Cross’s Arthur’s Theme when I watch it.

There’s also a non-360° version on The New York Time’s YouTube Channel that shows each of the individual performances up close, and here are some more stories about Take Flight.
Editor’s Letter: Take Flight With Virtual Reality (Jake Silverstein, New York Times Magazine)
Great Performers Take Flight (New York Times Magazine)
Behind the Scenes of ‘Take Flight’ (Kathy Ryan, New York Times Magazine)
The Art of Flying in the Movies: A cinematic history of going airborne (A. O. Scott, New York Times Magazine)

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