Where do you go for the best view of New York: The Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building?
It’s a perennial question and one to which there is no right or wrong answer. Ask around and you will find that everyone has a reason for preferring one over the other but better still, visit both and then you can decide!
Me…I love heading to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, better known as the Top of the Rock, for the fabulous views of Central Park and the Empire State Building.
This unobstructed view of Central Park is one of the reasons I prefer the view from the Top of the Rock.
You finally realise how much of New York the park covers. The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is clearly visible at the northern end of the park with the Metropolitan Museum of Art just below it on the right.The Dakota Building is on the left and the George Washington Bridge can be seen crossing the Hudson River in the top left hand corner.
Turning towards the east, you get a glimpse of the wonderful Chrysler Building peeking out from behind the Metlife Building with the East River behind.
Reason Number 2! The Empire State Building takes pride of place in the view to the south.
Just to the right in the distance, the new One World Trade Center Building already making its mark on the landscape by being the tallest building in New York. Once completed it will be the tallest building in Western Hemisphere and the 3rd tallest building in the world.
That small dot in the distance in the middle of the water is, believe it or not, the Statue of Liberty!
If you look carefully in this view to the west over the Hudson River, you can see the Times Square Ball just above the date.
Don’t forget to look down for another view of the city.
Next time I’m going back at sunset!
Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
The main entrance to the Top of the Rock is on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8am to midnight.
The New York City Pass can be used for entrance to the Top of the Rock
You can book tickets online at Top of the Rock. Highly recommended!
There are viewing platforms on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors.
There’s also a fabulous free app called Top of the Rock available from the App Store that provides information about the landmarks around the city that you will see.
Which view over New York do you prefer?