It's pretty much impossible to visit New York without spending half your time on the streets with your head angled up toward all the incredible architecture. It really defines the city. And as a first-timer, I absolutely walked around craning my neck to take in all the soaring buildings around me.
To give you a taste of what it's like, I picked out a handful of pictures that try to capture the city's architecture. It is by no means definitive, but it is reflective of my own experience in NYC.