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. 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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Gorgeous pictures! I’m headed out to NY for business in October, HAVE to take this list with me! 🙂
Yes, just remember to bring a sweater at least, especially in October!
What a fun idea. Blogging A-z. Beautiful views!!
I have always wondered about this…now I know it’s worth it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! 🙂
Yes, totally worth it, Kelly! Happy to share!
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.
Yes, exactly- how close and how far at the same time. Being up high does funny things to your perspective, doesn’t it?
This looks amazing!
It’s just as amazing in person, I promise!