New York City Public Observatory Deck – Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center is located at 6th Avenue and 50 street, the heart of midtown Manhattan. Due to its close proximity with a handful of landmark areas such as the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Times Square, the observation deck (Top of the Rock) has stunning unique view. If you are looking for very ‘New York’ shots, this is the one you must not miss.

This observation deck has quite unbeatable view although it does not have 360 degree vista with only north and south visible. Outdoor platform allows crispy sharp images as no trouble from window glass. Tripod is not allowed. Again, the magic bean bag is a big help for night shots. The check-in time is only 30 minutes to 1 hour as most tourists rush to the more famous Empire State Building.

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
GPS: 40°45’31.92″N  73°58’45.63″W
Waiting time to reach the deck: 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Recommendation: 4 stars out of 5.

A perfect view of the whole Central Park from above

The Empire State Building is surrounded by hundreds of skyscrapers.

The Empire State Building and skyscrapers of Times Square

Skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan

The Empire State Building and binocular. The new One World Trade Center in far distance (Completed in 2014)

If the cold air is too much to you, walk inside to enjoy the nice view through windows.


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