Panoramic view of New York from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center

The Empire State Building has already been superseded by the Freedom Tower, the latest among the skyscrapers of New York City, to fill the hole left by the Twin Towers. But this has not stopped being one of the most iconic images of the Big Apple because it never fails to “get noticed” with its constant and spectacular light shows.

Empire state bulding by day
Empire state bulding by day

Problem: From where can you take a good photograph of the Empire building? Waiting for the next observatory, which surely will open on Freedome Tower, the best point is the observation of the GE Building, also known as Top of the Rock where the Rock stands for the granite mass of Rockefeller Center. The GE Building, formerly RCA Building, is the main building of the Rockefeller Center with its 70 stores reaching 259 meters. It is at the 70th floor of that tower which is the Top of The Rock and is always full of visitors because of the exceptional 360 ° view of the city, including the Empire State Building.

Panoramic view of New York from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
Panoramic view of New York from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building

The observatory, designed for the bridge of an ocean liner, opened in 1993. For about twenty years it was closed to the public and reopened in 2005 and for many people it is the best vantage point of the city. The entrance is on west 50th street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, and is open 365 days a year, from 8:30 pm till 24. The ticket can also be purchased on-line, it costs $ 25 for adults adn $ 16 for children from 6 to 12 years.

Lightning in New York City
Lightning in New York City
The Empire state building and the Moon
The Empire state building and the Moon

New York photos: Justin in SD, Stefano Viola, Michael Adamek, Richard Susanto, Michael Randazzo

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