New York City is famous for many things. With the most iconic skyline in the world the larger than life skyscrapers are only one of them, and the best way to see it is from the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center. The Empire State Building is the first place you think of when you want to see the city, but you miss one major view, and you’re standing right on top of it. From the Top of the Rock you get to see both uptown and midtown, complete with sights of Central Park, The Empire State building, Chrysler Building, and The Freedom Tower.
After security check, I got to take the famous photo falling off the cities ledge. But I was on a mission. I want to see this view. I was directed passed an opening video of Rockefeller Center and soon enter the elevator that takes you to the 67th floor. It was a memorable ride up where the ceilings lights turn into clear glass and you can see the floors above ascending. With a slight pop to my ears, the elevator doors opened up and I could see the Empire State right in front of me in its full glory.
The grandness of the New York City skyline is something so unforgettable and breathtaking, that it is not worth missing if you are here. The Top of the Rock is a three level observation deck that offers 360-degrees of NYC. Before I started taking any pictures, I had to take everything in. Let me just say that in the 15 years that I’ve lived in New York City, I have never been to the Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building (Shame on me!). However, I finally got to fulfill the tourist in me and check out this sight that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Stepping out into the first and second level of the observation deck, you get to see New York City through protective glass. It’s perfect for if you still want the views, but don’t want your fear of heights to get in the way. But if you are feeling brave, you can go up to the third level and see an unobstructed view of the most iconic skyline in the world. You can’t get a view like this from anywhere else.
After I got was I was looking for, I headed into the elevator where it drops you off at the lower level. Still filled with adrenaline and realizing how big everything around me is, I step back out into the urban jungle. From here you can take more pictures near the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, go ice skating in Rockefeller plaza, or get a cup of hot chocolate at Starbucks. But one thing for sure is that you should go the Top of the Rock and see that sight.