Top of the Rock in New York City

Everyone who goes to New York City wants to visit the Empire State Building to check out the view of the city. Whilst the Empire State is New York’s most famous building, and to visit is really a must, there is another alternative at the Rockefeller Center which guarantees its own special experience too.

Top of the Rock is the name of the Rockefeller Center’s historic observation deck – and it presents an incomparable place from which to understand and celebrate New York City.

Situated in midtown Manhattan, Top of the Rock provides visitors with an opportunity to appreciate the architecture of Rockefeller Center and its significance to the growth of New York City.

The Center, is home to over one million square feet of retail space, including spacious flagship stores and unique specialty shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous public exhibits and events, including annual installations of public art and live broadcast of sports championships. Each day an estimated 350,000 people walk through the Rockefeller Plaza complex, which is home to New York’s most famous Christmas Tree.

The observation deck includes three lower levels and three upper levels housed in the 70-story architectural heart of Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The observation deck was first opened to the public in 1933 but closed in 1985 and was reopened to the public after 20 years on November 1, 2005.

This facility offers numerous exclusive features to create an enjoyable visit, including two crystal installations by Swarovski; the Top of the Rock breezeway, a space that showcases state-of-the-art motion-detection technology; the sky shuttle elevators, where participants observe their own rapid acceleration up the elevator shaft, and the “Weather Room,” a triple-height premier special event space on the 67th floor.

The multi-level Top of the Rock offers an indoor viewing area, and transparent, safety glass panels to allow completely unobstructed, open-air views encompassing some of the city’s most prominent landmarks, from the Chrysler Building to the Statue of Liberty to all of Central Park and the Hudson and East Rivers.

The “Grand Viewing Deck” on the 69th floor offers full views of Manhattan to the east, west, north and south, with visibility approximately 80 miles on clear days. The 70th floor, accessible by stairs or elevator, crowns the building, allowing visitors to experience a 360- degree panorama of New York City. Only 20 feet wide and nearly 200 feet long, the top level provides a vantage point unlike any other found in New York.

Top of the Rock is open daily 8:00 AM to midnight, with the sky shuttle making a final run at 11:00 PM.

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