New York City Travel Guide

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Top of the Rock

  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50th St. entrance Map It
  • Midtown West
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/20/2005

Fodor's Review

Rockefeller Center's multifloor observation deck, the Top of the Rock, provides views that rival those from the Empire State Building. Arriving pre-sunset affords a view of the city that morphs into a dazzling wash of colors, with a bird's-eye view of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, and sweeping views northward to Central Park and south to the Statue of Liberty. Timed-entry ticketing eliminates long lines. Indoor exhibits include films of Rockefeller Center's history and a model of the building.

Rapid elevators lift you to the 67th-floor interior viewing area, and then an escalator leads to the outdoor deck on the 69th floor for sightseeing through nonreflective glass safety panels. Then, take another elevator or stairs to the 70th floor for a 360-degree outdoor panorama of New York City on a deck that is only 20 feet wide and nearly 200 feet long. Especially interesting is a Plexiglas screen on the floor with footage showing Rock Center construction workers dangling on beams high above the streets. A Sun & Stars ticket ($54) allows you to visit twice and see the city as it rises and sets in the same day.

  • Top of the Rock, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Top of the Rock; Rockefeller Center, Midtown West, New York City, New York, USA, North America

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Sight Information

Address:

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50th St. entrance, between 5th and 6th Aves., New York, New York, 10112, USA

Map It

Phone:

212-698–2000

Sight Details:

  • $36

Published 04/20/2005

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