Most apartments in NYC don't come with a view. If they do they're astronomically overpriced. My mom is really lucky in a way, although I hate the street level view of her East Village apartment, I love the sunsets and moon rises that I can see from her living room window.
What's even more rare is that she has a great view from the 12th floor of her apt from the bedroorm too.
I'm staying at her place for the next few nights and this will be my view for each. Couldn't resist sharing it.