A view from the top: Top of the Rock – New York, USA

View of The Empire State Building from The Top of the Rock

Remember when I said that if I ever went back to New York City I would definitely go back up the Empire State Building?

Well, I lied.

I was fortunate enough to return to NYC this summer and chose to visit the Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center instead.

Top of the Rock New York City

The Rockefeller Center is where the famous photo Lunch atop a Skyscraper was taken. I didn’t actually realise this until I read some of the educational content while in the center. It is also home to tv and radio studios and is currently where they film The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Pros – From the Top of the Rock you get to see some iconic landmarks of the city. On one side you can see the view towards Central Park and beyond. On the other side you get the view OF the Empire State Building, which you obviously wouldn’t get if you were UP the Empire State!

Another positive about this view from the top is that compared to some others I’ve visited elsewhere, it is relatively spacious to move around without feeling crowded out by people.

View of The Empire State Building from The Top of the Rock

Cons – It’s not cheap. You’re looking at $40 per person (before tax) for a basic ticket. It’s even more expensive if you want to visit at sunset!

Surprises – It surprised me just how much goes on at The Rockefeller – you can even get married there! We actually attended a private event at the 620 Loft & Garden while in NYC, which was really cool.

Private event at the 620 Loft and Garden and Rockefeller Center NYC
620 Loft & Garden

Verdict – It may be because it’s fresh in my memory but Top of the Rock beats the Empire State hands down!

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