Where to catch a fall sunset

'Tis the season for spectacular sunsets; hit these spots for the best views.

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  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge

    Sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Sunset from Gantry Plaza State Park

    Sunset from Gantry Plaza State Park

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Sunset from Riverside Park

    Sunset from Riverside Park

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge

Sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge

Riverside Park
Within this massive green space, there's an overlook where the pedestrian path goes under the Henry Hudson Parkway, near the 72nd Street dog run. It frames the descending orb perfectly. Hudson River at 72nd St (riversideparkfund.org)

Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier
Travel to the edge of Red Hook for an expansive view of the celestial body setting over New York Harbor, with Lady Liberty in the background. You'll also be able to spy Governors Island from this perch. Coffey St at Ferris St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (nycgovparks.org)

Gantry Plaza State Park
Though it faces the east side of Manhattan, this Queens space is among the best places to see the sun sink over midtown's skyscrapers. Stake out a spot on one of the park's numerous benches and soak in the glowing rays. 48th Ave at the East River, Long Island City, Queens (718-786-6385, nysparks.state.ny.us)

Historic Battery Park
From this point at Manhattan's southwest tip, you'll see a broad spectrum of colors stretching from New Jersey to New York Harbor. Head to Castle Clinton, at the expanse's southern end, for an unfettered perspective. West St at Battery Pl (212-417-2000, bpcparks.org)

Staten Island Ferry
Hop on an afternoon ferry from Manhattan and claim a spot on the boat's starboard (right) side, where the sunset is most visible. Whitehall Terminal, Whitehall St at the South Street Viaduct (718-876-8441, siferry.com)

Brooklyn Bridge
Walk from the Manhattan side of this massive landmark to its terminus in Brooklyn and watch dusk come on through the bridge's spiderweb of cables. Once you've debarked, stroll to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to gaze at the lights of lower Manhattan and the bridge itself. (nyc.gov)

Until standard time begins on Nov 6, sunsets will take place around 5:50pm; bank on an hour earlier once the time shift occurs.

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