We went to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. The Statue of Liberty is actually closer to New Jersey than to New York -- you get a good view of her (albeit sideways or facing back) and historic Ellis Island where immigrants passed through from 1892 to 1954 (source:wikipedia.org).
But those are not what we came there for. We went there to take pictures of the NYC skyline and to reminisce because we lived close to the park and went there occasionally many years ago.
#1) Downtown Manhattan with Liberty State Park in the foreground.
#2) Stepping close to the railing this is what you see.
#3) Downtown Manhattan with dilapidated pier in the foreground.
#4) Liberty Walkway.
#5) Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ is 1,212 acres big according to wikipedia.org most of it landfill.
#6) But I don't think the Jersey side is what made you look into this thread so enough of that here's another shot of the New York City skyline. Despite the skyscraper structures of nearby Metlife and Chrysler Buildings, the Empire State Building still looks unnaturally big.
Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.