9. Empire Hotel

Hotel Empire sign

Empire Hotel, New York City’s historic Upper West Side boutique hotel, is located in the heart of Lincoln Center. The building opened in 1923 with its iconic red neon sign displayed on its rooftop. Today, it’s one of the city’s oldest, and most well-known hotels — thanks, in part, to its role in CW’s show, Gossip Girl. 

According to Curbed NY, a copy of the original sign was made in the 1960s, and that’s what is on view today. You can enjoy a cocktail in the glow of the sign by visiting the hotel’s rooftop bar.