This town looks pretty wonderful from most angles (hey, we said "most"), but there's something about seeing the city from a high vantage point, stretching out majestically on all sides and disappearing far off into the distance, that really knocks your socks off. That's why virtually every tourist who's ever set (soon-to-be-sockless) foot in New York City has made the pilgrimage to the tops of either the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty or Rockefeller Center (it also, of course, explains why we like to spend so much of our time drinking on rooftops).
If you want to get a really great aerial view of the city, take a look at this fantastic interactive panoramic shot taken by Digital Design & Imaging Service, Inc., to display the views that will be visible from their planned new building. The sights themselves are spectacular, but the real joy comes in the ability to zoom in and out while panning around at will, giving the delightful perspective of flying around the cityscape like a drunk Superman. According to The New York Times, the tethered balloon—named Lucy, after its seamstress—has gone as high as One World Trade Center's observation deck (1,376 feet, to be precise).