Bird’s Eye View from the Top of the Rock, NYC

There’s no doubt that going to the top of the Empire State Building is an incredible experience. From up there you can see the whole of New York City – and so much more besides – laid out below for your eyes to behold.

The only problem is your views are missing perhaps the most iconic piece of the NYC skyline: the Empire State Building itself!

Fortunately, there is another option if you want that Bird’s Eye View of Midtown Manhattan. And while the Rockefeller Center’s Observation Deck is admittedly a bit shorter than that of its slightly more famous counterpart, views from Top of the Rock are stunning nonetheless. And they have the big the advantage of including the Empire State Building, front and centre!

Lower Manhattan from the Top of the Rock, with the Empire State Building centre stage!

Lower Manhattan from the Top of the Rock, with the Empire State Building centre stage!

The star of the show!

The star of the show!

Being slightly further north, the Top of the Rock provides great views of Central Park...

Being slightly further north, the Top of the Rock provides great views of Central Park…

... As Rich and Sue's nephew, Charlie, will agree

… As Rich and Sue’s nephew, Charlie, will agree

Central Park, with the George Washington Bridge in the distance

Central Park, with the George Washington Bridge in the distance

Don't know the name of this building, but it's clearly going to be taller than the Rockefeller Center

Don’t know the name of this building, but it’s clearly going to be taller than the Rockefeller Center

Time's Square is down there somewhere among the canyons - you can make out the ball used on New Year's Eve

Times Square is down there somewhere among the canyons – you can make out the ball used on New Year’s Eve

The Lower East Side, with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges in the centre of the photo

The Lower East Side, with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges in the centre of the photo

The Hudson River and the USS Intrepid

The Hudson River and the USS Intrepid

The Empire State, The Freedom Tower and just visible in the distance, the Statue of Liberty

The Empire State, the Freedom Tower and just visible in the distance, the Statue of Liberty

Well, I couldn't go all the way up there and not have my picture taken, could I?

Well, I couldn’t go all the way up there and not have my picture taken, could I?

I’m lucky enough to have been to the Top of the Rock twice. All the photos above were taken on my second visit, this summer (2015). Those below were taken during my very first day in New York City back in 2008. Some of the differences are quite vivid.

Compare this photo to the previous one - can you spot the most obvious difference (beside the fact I was accompanied by some friends back in 2008)

Compare this photo to the previous one – can you spot the most obvious difference (beside the fact I was accompanied by some friends back in 2008)?

Long distance view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Long distance view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

For me, the only down side of the Top of the Rock is that you can't get a decent photo of the Chrysler Building, my favourite of all New York's skyscrapers

For me, the only down side of the Top of the Rock is that you can’t get a decent photo of the Chrysler Building, my favourite of all New York’s skyscrapers

This post was inspired by this week’s photo challenges of Eye Spy from Michelle of The Daily Post.

A fun view of the Empire State, taken through the decorative parapet of the Top of the Rock

A fun view of the Empire State, taken through the decorative parapet of the Top of the Rock

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8 Responses to Bird’s Eye View from the Top of the Rock, NYC

  1. Anisa says:

    I agree it is better to go to Top of the Rock. The other benefit is that they have the timed tickets.

    Have you gone to One World Observatory? I still need to go there.

  2. Going to NYC soon for the first time and looking forward to it

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  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful shots of the city!

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