At over 30 miles from 1WTC, you'll need something better than a rudimentary rabbit ears & loop combo to receive all the major NYC TV stations. You may need a moderate sized antenna at that distance. No way a basement antenna of any size will do anything. An attic installation would be better than blocking a window with an antenna, though. If your house is wood frame, you won't lose much signal strength if the antenna could be placed there.I'm looking to cut the cord, and definitely don't want finicky (especially when DVR'ing to come back and find it didn't record).
Go here: www.rabbitears.info and use the "Signal Search Map" tool. Remember to input the correct antenna height AGL. Post the results to this thread so we can make suggestions.