I bet it's beautiful from a plane. It's funny for years I have passed by it and I know it's there, but its so much going on in those streets its actually easy to just walk by unless you look up for some reason.
I have been there, but it was about 40 years ago. I tried to go a few years ago, but the line was too long. I had someplace to be and couldn't waste that much time waiting. The last time I was in NYC we went to the "Top of the Rock", Rockefeller Center. It was great. I beautiful view of lower Manhattan and Central Park. It also included a tour of a museum/exhibit explaining how it was built.
My daughter & I got up to about the 82 floor but couldn't go any further as people were stuck in the lift higher up (SCARY STUFF ) so as we were leaving the next day we missed out . Hopefully will get to the top on our visit next year ! We loved looking out of the glass windows of the Statue of Liberty ! Brings back memories every time I see it .