Of course when you tell people you are going to New York City, they always ask if you will be going up the Empire State Building to view the magnificent skyline. Although I did that as well, I found a much better vantage point could be found at the top of the Rockefeller Centre.
The Rockefeller Centre is one of New York City’s biggest landmarks, with its main building standing at around 260 metres tall. This is now known as the GE building and is most famous for the photograph “Lunch atop a skyscraper” from 1932. This was taken during the construction of the Rockefeller Centre and the building of the entire complex was completed in 1939. From the bottom, standing in Rockefeller Plaza, the building simply looms in front of you and just looks big, very big. It is not until you step away from it a bit that you realise the beautiful art-deco style it is built in and really begin to appreciate it.
When you go into this building, it is grand and majestic and just as lovely as the exterior. The ceilings are like something from the Sistine Chapel, full of ornate and detailed paintings. Unfortunately, due to my lack of a tripod I do not have any photos of the ceiling but there are some great shots that you can see on Flickr.
Once you get to the observation deck, called The Top of The Rock – first you get to the photo area, where you have your chance to recreate the classic “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” pose on a metal girder with the skyline painted behind you. Then it is out to the deck where you get a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. The day we went was slightly overcast but even then, the views were breathtaking and I would recommend to anyone visiting The Big Apple to make a trip here. It is nice as well because you actually get a great view of the famous Empire State Building, which of course, when you are climbing to the top of that, you miss out on.