Must See NYC: Top of the Rock

April 24, 2014

Must See NYC: Top of the Rock - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford] On Saturday night, I finally visited Top of the Rock, the GE Building’s observation deck, in NYC’s Rockefeller Center. Andy took these three photos (three of dozens, I assure you), and isn’t he a genius behind the camera?! I snapped a few with my lame seven-year-old Canon, but I was content to just gaze out in every direction at the lights that went on for miles. Must See NYC: Top of the Rock - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford] Top of the Rock costs $29 per person, or $26 if you have a AAA discount. Honestly, I would have paid full-price. This is such a spectacular view that you cannot get anywhere else in the city. You can see the Empire State Building from 70 stories up! You can see the Verrazzano Bridge, all of Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty. Must See NYC: Top of the Rock - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

My brother-in-law Ian compared seeing the city this way to staring at a Christmas tree. It’s such a great analogy: countless colorful lights all around you, all just asking to be looked at. The term feast for the eyes could not be more applicable.

Must See NYC: Top of the Rock - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Looking south, with the Empire State Building in the center and the Freedom Tower in the background. Click on the image to view larger!

Andy also shot this bit of video, starting with the trippy elevator ride up to the 67th floor and continuing out onto the observation deck. Enjoy!


This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April. Today’s theme is U for Up. I’ve also written about baking and family traditions, fears surrounding motherhood and mental illness, and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens up in Boothbay, Maine.

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  • Tamara April 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Definitely a feast for the eyes, and what gorgeous photos!
    I had never really heard of this. I used to be so NYC-savvy and now I’m not. Time to go back.

    • Christy April 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Yeah, one of our friends hadn’t heard of it, either. But I know what you mean- I used to be more Greenwich Village savvy, but the blog has helped me get back into everything that’s going on in the city. Sort of, haha.

  • Farin Vazquez April 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’ve only ever gone during the day, but at night suddenly looks so much better! Thanks for posting this, will be putting it on a list of things to do locally 🙂

    • Christy April 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

      We nearly did go during the day, but the wait was four hours, so nighttime it was! We were glad it worked out that way for sure.

  • Angelica April 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I’m headed out to NY for business in October, HAVE to take this list with me! 🙂

    • Christy April 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Yes, just remember to bring a sweater at least, especially in October!

  • Elizabeth April 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    What a fun idea. Blogging A-z. Beautiful views!!

    • Christy April 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

  • Kelly April 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Christy,
    I have always wondered about this…now I know it’s worth it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! 🙂


    • Christy April 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Yes, totally worth it, Kelly! Happy to share!

  • cantaloupe April 26, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I’ve never done the Rock, but I’ve done the Empire. And it is pretty amazing to be up so high and see so much. I particularly enjoy looking off to the burroughs or New Jersey and contemplating how close but how far they are. Definitely a worthwhile experience to see things from a totally different perspective than anything you see in your day to day.

    • Christy April 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Yes, exactly- how close and how far at the same time. Being up high does funny things to your perspective, doesn’t it?

  • Sophie Bowns April 26, 2014 at 6:36 am

    This looks amazing!

    • Christy April 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

      It’s just as amazing in person, I promise!

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