Empire State Building vs Top of the Rock Observatory Deck

May 14, 2016
empire state building


New York has many landmarks that make you instantly recognize the city if seen on a postcard or picture. Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center are not the only ones, but certainly among the most recognizable attractions of  the “Big Apple”.  Visited by millions of people, the world – famous stone giants exhibit such impressive views of the city and beyond (if the weather allows) that makes you hold your breath.

While being in New York I was lucky to visit both real estates. Even though the weather was not on my side, I still appreciated the landscape that I was able to view from their rooftops. Despite the unfavorable climate, The Empire State Building was much more crowded and the wait to get on the 86th floor was way longer averaging 45 min to 1 hour. Once up there, the wind was piercing the air with such an incredible force and speed that I could feel it in my bones. Because so many people visit the attraction it’s almost impossible to take a picture without capturing any strangers in your photographs. But if you wait patiently in one spot at some point you might get a few seconds gap to take your best shot, or not. Nonetheless, the incredible city panorama that opens from the height of the deck is awe-inspiring, and assuredly deserves to be experienced if you visit New York.

On the other hand, The Top of the Rock Observatory was more quiet and there was almost no line on the way up. Featuring an extraordinary view over the city and Central Park, the Rockefeller rooftop is another “must visit” place in New York City. As you can see from the pictures below, the visibility was reduced by the weather; anyhow, the landscape was no less imposing. Also, from the Rockefeller’s terrace you can spot the Empire State Building standing tall and proud in the center of Midtown Manhattan.

Albeit I had a great pleasure visiting both landmarks, I give preference to the deck at The Top of the Rock. I guess it has to do with the fact that the deck itself is larger at the Rock, and it doesn’t seem to be so populous compared to The Empire State Building’s one. Also, the waiting time is less so you get some extra time to walk around the city after the visit is complete. Still, both constructions have unique architecture, and I would definitely recommend to visit one and the other while you are in New York.

See you soon, 
Victoria V.


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  • tots2travel May 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I miss New York! Great views.

    • Victoria May 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      NYC is an amazing city, I definitely want to go back sometime. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Salman Khan October 5, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Nice article. And great views from both. I personally feel Top of the Rock has got better views of the city.

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