On Wednesday evening about 8 PM, I took a walk down to the Greenwich Village waterfront, and went out on the Charles Street pier. It was a beautiful night. The sun had just set.
Looking Northeast, you can see the excellent park along the water, with multiple new condos just behind it (as well as the very large subsidized Westbeth project). The building with a spire lit up in white at the center is the Empire State Building. It's about 2 miles away. It seems much closer in person than it does in this photograph. The cranes at the left are part of the new Hudson Yards construction project in the West 30s, about 1.5 miles away.
Looking South, you can see some of the towers of the Financial District, again about 1.5 miles away. The big one in the middle is the new One World Trade Center. Just to its right, only about half as tall but very brightly lit, is the headquarters of Goldman Sachs.
Looking West, you see the waterfront of Hoboken, New Jersey. The Hudson River (actually an estuary rather than a river) is well more than a mile wide at this point. Again, Hoboken seems much closer in person than it does in the photo. The brightly lit clock tower is the Hoboken Terminal of NJ Transit. Check out the crescent moon in the upper left!
Next time you are in New York, I highly recommend a walk in this area. When you get tired, there are many good restaurants a couple of blocks inland.