Views From The Rock

Actually, the views from atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza are arguably far more impressive than those from the more famous Empire State Building‘s observation decks. Renovated and redesigned about 20 years ago, Top of the Rock offers 360 degree panoramas from tiered decks located on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. While these are far lower than the ESB’s 86th/ 102nd floor decks, the views from the Rock are far less steep, far less restrictive and, thus, far more panoptic.

My British in-laws, even though they love the Empire State Building, absolutely adore Top of The Rock; they can’t get enough of it and invariably drag along this dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker with them.

30 Rockefeller Plaza‘s observation deck (circa 1940)