Best unexpected skyline view - 2006
BQE between the Long Island Expressway interchange and the Kosciuszko Bridge
Residents of Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan coming home from LaGuardia Airport will know the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as that dreadful traffic-choked, potholed, serpentine thoroughfare they have to endure on their way to the bridge or the tunnel. The artery may seem like a bumpy welcome mat at the door to the concrete jungle, but there is a silver lining to this highway from hell. Observant users of the roadway know that the section of the BQE between the Long Island Expressway interchange and the Kosciuszko Bridge offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Suddenly able to peer over the guardrail, westbound motorists get an eyeful—the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, United Nations Secretariat, and other skyscrapers beyond the gentle slope of Calvary Cemetery (the resting place of more than 3 million people). If traffic is moving, the tableau lasts about two minutes before you're whisked across Newtown Creek into Brooklyn. But if it's not (which is often), you couldn't pick a more scenic spot for a bottleneck.