by Chris Hale
22 May 2007

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   This fantastic observation deck offers the most inspiring views of the New York City skyline. The Top Of The Rock is located at the top of Rockefeller Center and offers three different observation deck levels that you can enjoy panoramic views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and dozens of more skyscrapers. On the first level, which is partially indoors, with super clear glass panels, you can observe a 360 degree view of the city that takes your breath away. The other two levels have the quarter binocular machines to get closer views of the city. The views of the city are far better than the Empire State buildings observation deck and not nearly as crowded. The ride to the top is also fast in the high-speed shuttle with a glass ceiling that takes you up 70 stories in no time. They even project some historic building images, within the shuttle, during your ride up.
   The Top Of The Rock is open year round from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. with the last elevator trip at 11:00 p.m. It’s an amazing site to see the sunset at this tourist attraction. We had purchased the combo Sunrise Sunset ticket and it was well worth the $30.00 (per ticket). We were allowed to visit twice to get both fantastic times of the day. Bring plenty of film! We took along a camcorder as well. We had one of the Top Of The Rock staff take our photo for an extra $10. as well since they insert it in a funny frame where we look like we were part of the classic 1930’s photo of the workmen sitting on the girder. We also purchased our combo tickets online at the Top Of The Rock website so we had no wait once we got there. Weekdays are a better time to visit to avoid crowds.

Photo: (c) Top Of The Rock Inc. 2008.