Enjoy the View at Top of the Rock

Enjoy the View at Top of the Rock

High above midtown Manhattan, I got a panoramic view of New York City earlier this week at Top of the Rock. Before this week, I had written the building off as mere competition to the Empire State Building—whose top floor I had visited over a decade ago on a visit to the city. Still, when offered the opportunity, I jumped at the chance. Reaching the top floor, I realized how completely different the view compares to that of the ESB. It’s only about 15 blocks north of that other famously tall building, but Top of the Rock offers an unbeatable view of Central Park and northern Manhattan. Plus, you can see the ESB from it—and what view of the New York City skyline is complete without one of its most iconic features?

I ended up visiting Top of the Rock just after 5 p.m. Tuesday night: a perfect time to catch the late winter sunset. The wait on a weekday evening was surprisingly short. It only took a few minutes to pick up my will call ticket, pass through a brief security check and take a breathtaking ride in that long, long elevator to the 67th floor. On this floor and the 69th, you can step outside on terraces surrounded by safety glass or stay warm inside and look through the windows. Then you’re able to head up to the very top level where you’ll find a completely outdoor roof deck—which can be a little frightening if you’re afraid of heights.

Top of the Rock is open from 8 a.m. to midnight almost every day of the year, so there’s nothing stopping you from checking out an unparalleled view of the New York City skyline day or night. Visit topoftherocknyc.com to purchase tickets and find out more. 

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