Skip to main content

Top of the Rock

One of the most popular tourist attractions is undoubtedly the beautiful Top of the Rock observatory, located in the Rockefeller Center complex located in the Theater District of Manhattan, a few blocks from Times Square.

The Top of The Rock is located in a very central position in New York, exactly in the Rockefeller Center complex. And it was built in the 30s at the behest of the Rockefeller magnate himself.

Manhattan is known for offering a breathtaking skyline from any perspective you look at it and offers numerous views from various vantage points. But we have no doubts, the Rockefeller Center observatory is currently the best view from the other that a New York skyscraper can offer.

The Top of the Rock has two fierce competitors: the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center.

It is probably the least famous of the three, but it is the one that offers the best view.

Although the observation point is located lower than that of the other well-known observatory, the Empire State Building, the view that can be admired is absolutely surprising since the building is located in an excellent area

The best view will surely be at sunset, like all places that offer breathtaking views and exciting and fantastic views.

The Top of the Rock is an observatory in New York, housed in the skyscraper of the GE Building (General Electric), has a height of about 270 meters and the observatory is spread over 3 floors. The top floor is open-air with transparent barriers that open up a wonderful view of the New York skyline and Central Park which is nearby.

The works began in 1931 and were inaugurated in 1933; The Top of the Rock hosted the headquarters of the Radio Corporation of America and is now home to NBC television.

The Top of the Rock, with its 259.1 meters, is the 14th tallest building in New York; it has 60 Schindler elevators inside; on the 65th floor it houses the Rainbow Room restaurant, the first to be housed in a skyscraper, back in 1934. After being closed due to an economic crisis after 2007, it reopened in October 2014 in a renovated guise, with a ballroom and for cocktails.

Once inside the finished building, queue up to take the elevators that will take you to the 67th floor; before the climb there is time to watch a video that tells the story of the Rockefeller Center.

On the 67th and 69th floors the terraces have transparent protective glass, while on the 70th floor you have a 360 degree view of the city, completely outdoors. The latter has a shape inspired by the large decks of the transatlantic liners very in vogue at the time of the inauguration and, in fact, initially housed deckchairs and sunbeds to be able to better admire the panorama, on which the Empire State Building clearly stands out.

The skyscraper that houses the Top of the Rock, is called GE Building and is also known by the names of The Slab and 30 Rock and is located in Midtown Manhattan, the main entrance is on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

See more places