Imagine how first timers must feel taking the visual route. I remember years ago landing in JFK coming from Madrid, and there was an Indian family visiting. Must of been first timers, because you could barely make out the skyline, and I remember them crying in happiness. Now... had we taken this route, on a clear day like the picture, and I think they would've had a fatality on the plane. To much to handle!
The JFK landing is always boring though IMO (to many water towers and houses in Long Island). Never liked that approach, especially coming from Europe. Landing in Newark is okay. Depends on the rout though. Can sometimes have some nice scenery if you get the right side of the plane facing East)