Getting above it all and seeing great views from the top is one of my favourite things to do in a new city, I love to get incredible views over places and I started this little series on my blog over a year ago showing all of the wonderful views I have seen from around the world. View from the top is now back after a little hiatus with a New York edition. View from the top of the Rockafella Centre was one of the most incredible and iconic views I’ve ever seen.
Top of the Rock was part of our CityPASS booklet of attractions in New York. We went there on a pretty blustery December afternoon just after Christmas. It was super busy and we found it really difficult to get a timeslot whilst using our CityPASS and the staff at the Rockafella were pretty short with us and also totally ill informed. One told us there was no time slots until 9pm that night whilst the machine where we exchanged our tickets told us we got get up within 2 hours so it was all a little confusing. After all that drama we got our tickets for our allotted time slot.
We came back for our time slot and headed up the famous building to get the most epic view over New York City.
There are three different terraces at ‘Top of the Rock’, the first two are larger viewing decks with glass walls which makes for fantastic viewing. You get that iconic view over Central Park that you always see in those helicopter shots in the movies, it really is as big as it looks. New York is one lucky city to have such a huge green space.
I went up to the second level to get an even better view over this amazing city. So some history on the famous building, the art deco structure began taking shape in the 1930’s. It has been used for various things – in WW2 it was the primary location for British Intelligence, Bank of America, Nintendo and most famously now used for NBC in particular The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
After seeing the view from the two terraced viewing platforms it was time to take it right to the top of the rock. There is a smaller viewing platform with no glass barriers blocking your view. It was pretty busy up there, plenty of people and their selfie sticks.
The view was beyond magnificent up there, the Empire State building stands proudly in front, the Chrysler Building hangs back in its shadow, the Freedom Tower is seen in the distance, Lady Liberty stands proudly and the Hudson River dividing Manhattan with the rest of New York.
Great views also make great photos, it was the best place to use my GoPro for some pretty awesome selfies!
I highly recommend going up the Top of the Rock as one of the best things about the New York skyline you can see from he Top of the Rock – The Empire State Building. We spent about an hour taking in the view before reluctantly leaving due to the weather being a little too chilly to be hanging at the top of New York buildings.
Top of the Rock is open from 8am – Midnight daily, it is $32USD for entry. It is best to book ahead rather than queue up on the day.
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