This is one fabulous trip, and yes, do it at the end of the day for an experience you and your pax will never forget. My favorite timing is to get to the The Lady just a few minutes after the sun drops below the horizon, drag it on down to the Verrazano bridge, then a left 360. Ships in the bay, The Lady, Battery Park, Staten Island ferry boats crossing underneath, World Trade towers, Interpid aircraft carrier and the song “New York, New York” playing on the CD (passengers only). What more could you ask!
I know I,m repeating a couple things already submitted, but in the interest of putting it all in one place may I offer the following.
Common reporting points, north to south are:
Tappanzee Bridge (if you start that far north)
Alpine Tower, New Jersey side, iFollowing the river stay over water at all times.
Newark doesn’t like anyone to be on the West side of the Statue, so if you must circle it keep it tight on that side.
Stay high enough for the helicopters to get under you. Whatever you like between 800 and 1000 will work well.
Below the GW Bridge report your altitude as well as position and direction.
Try Flight Following if you wish but don’t be surprised if you are denied, they have a lot of traffic to handle. This is see, listen, talk and avoid country.
Common reporting points north to south are:
Tappanzee Bridge , if you start that far north.
Alpine Tower, on New Jersey side, on the chart.
Intrepid (aircraft carrier)
Starting 360 left turn northbound
Have a great flight.