Visible through Darkness

"The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  

I"v lived in Brooklyn for nearly two years, not that long, and spend a lot of time in the city (Manhattan). Some places, in the city, I avoid because tourist are never in as much a hurry as I'd like them to be. One day, I passed a group of tourist all looking and taking pictures in one direction. I pulled myself from a fierce determination to get to my destination with as little interference as possible and wondered what in the world could they be looking at. I turned and saw this:

and this
Nice views I would never have noticed if it hadn't been for those tourist. What's the point?... Does there have to be one?