Top of the Rock

Our first day in New York is a real tick list of iconic sights. We stop off to check out the famous Radio City onroute to Top of the Rock.


Then we’re up the first of our high rise hotspots – the Top of the Rock and our first glimpse of Manhattan spread out like a concrete blanket beneath us.

The green oblong of Central Park provides a focal point amongst the myriad of grey and glass.

One of the best things about the view from here is that you get to actually see the icon that is the Empire State building within the skyline. When you’re actually up it you can’t see it!

So lots of pictures of the grande dame of the Big Apple – from all angles!

There are three levels to check out at the rock – the first deck includes the Radiance Wall. The second, featuring the Breezeway, is entirely outdoors.

The third observation deck, located on the 70th floor open-air roof deck, is completely outdoors and free of a glass enclosure so gives you uninterrupted views of Manhattan.

Top of the Rock sits on top of the Art Deco 30 Rockefeller Plaza and its upper decks are 850 feet above street level.

The stunning views include some of the city’s most prominent landmarks from the Chrysler Building to the Brooklyn Bridge; from Central Park to the Hudson and East Rivers

The observatory was originally designed to look like the upper decks of a 1930s grand ocean liner and it still retains that feel today.


Published by Derbyshire Gal

World traveller, proud auntie, bit of a liability.

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