Sounds like you are going to spend the day avoiding seeing sights in NYC. You will go to the top of two tall buildings and take a boat ride. There are plenty of threads about each of your sites for you to read on this forum. You can look at subway maps at mta.info .
No one can really help you with your request because you have neglected to say where you are starting from and what you are doing at the end of your day.
Enjoy your trip.
To "see" the Statue of Liberty, you can take any cruise including the free Staten Island ferry where you'd see it at a distance. I agree with ztaks that for best advice, you need to tell us where you're starting and where you want to end. I also agree that going to both the ESB and TOTR in the same day is a bit much, I'd do one or the other. Most people prefer TOTR and you get a view of the ESB from it. .;) If you HAVE to go to ESB, buy tickets in advance online. Avoid the skyride and just go to the 86th floor.
We visited the statue of liberty by getting the first boat of the day, this saved loads of wasted time spent queuing. Likewise we visited the empire state building first thing in the morning, and top of the rock just before sunset the same day.
Just want to add, as for some reason my post wouldn't allow editing. Doing esb and totr in that way gave us great views of the esb and lower manhattan as the sun set and the lights came on. In no way was it 'too much' at all to do them both in one day.Edited: 11 September 2011, 16:20
It can be done, and no one has to know where this person is starting from or their motives in wanting to see those three sights to suggest an answer.
I too recommend the statue of liberty first in the morning. The staten island ferry doesn't get you close to the statue. I wouldn't suggest this as a way to see the statue at all. Once you decide if you want to ride over or not... or just look from battery park which I've seen people do.. From there you can take the subway to the empire state buildiing and then to top of the rock and space those sights out.
At new years time, I had to wait 30 minutes for the next available time at top of the rock... even though most report that there is little to no wait usually to get to the top.
The empire state building had a 2 hour wait to get through security, and even if you have purchased your tickets online in advance you'll still have to wait with everyone else to get through security. There may be better times of the day to avoid long lines at the ESB which others can advise you of.
Good luck and have fun on your trip.Edited: 11 September 2011, 18:33
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