Top of the Rock situated at the top of the Rockefeller Centre this view spanning a block in the heart of Manhattan between 5th & 6th (avenue of america's) The centre is the home of NBC TV, Radio City musical centre and the NY christmas tree & ice rink in the holiday season. The observation deck is open between 8am and 11pm , a perfect place for watching the sunrise and set over the city, something I've tried to do every time I visit.
Why do I love this space, because to get to it you ride in an elevator that is lifted straight out of a Roald Dahl novel, climbing 102 floors in seconds and when you reach the top the views downtown over the Empire State Building and uptown to Central Park are breathtaking.
Empire State Building this is the most iconic height in New York, featured in countless movies my favourites being "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle", it is synonymous with romance and glamour. If you time your visit, queuing can be minimal, however be prepared to Q when visiting this beautiful old building. Its steeped in history and a must if you are lucky to visit NY at least once. The ESB website has pages featuring all the films the statue has appeared in, along with a lighting schedule of what colour the top will be for weekly occasions.
Roosevelt Island Tram - over on the East Side nestled between 2nd avenue & 60th street is the fabulous little cable car service which carries commuters and tourists over the East River to Roosevelt island where 16,000 people live & work. This little commuting secret was shared with the rest of the world world when it featured in a climatic scene in the 2002 Spiderman movie, when Spiderman rescues Mary-jane from the clutches of evil. The open space on the island gives you great views onto the east skyline of the city.... a fun, unique way of seeing the city... a must for movie buffs!
Helicopter ride above the city is one of the most magical ways to see the city. It is a special treat, but worth every penny if you get the chance to go. A trip by day or by night offer up 2 very different snapshots of the city, both spectacular in their own way. There are a number of heliports doted along the riverside and all offer packages to explore this fabulous city. If you don't get the chance to live this experience, then follow this fabulous team in instagram, who share some amazing shots of the city from up above. Here are a few of my favourites.
The Statue of Liberty is another height that you can climb to get panoramic views of the New York City skyline. The crown of the statue can only be accessed if pre-booked. (booking details in the link) Its not for people who don't like enclosed spaces buts it a cool & fun thing to do, especially if visiting with children.
The Statue of Liberty, along with the Top of the Rock & Empire State Building all have airport type security screenings prior to accessing the attractions, factor this in when planning times.
Next year I look forward to adding One World Trade centre to my heights list once the visitors observation decks open. I have watched this space grow and build over the years and look forward to honouring the lives lost in this amazing space.I hope that you have enjoyed by whirlwind tour of New York heights.... next week I plan to share my London equivalents.
If you missed the previous posts of my New York loves, then here they are... Cupcakes & Literary Loves.