Top of the Rock: Still the TopsMay 10, 2017 - by Brad Everson
New York is a vertical city. Sometimes it’s hard to admire all of the grandeur from ground level. There’s certainly no place better to take it all in than the Top of the Rock, a stunning perch atop iconic Rockefeller Center.
The multi-level Top of the Rock offers state-of-the-art features such as reserved-time tickets (meaning you won’t need to spend hours standing in line), multimedia exhibits, an indoor viewing area (nice and cozy for colder days), and transparent safety-glass panels that allow wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Hudson and East Rivers and all of Central Park (the massive size of which can only truly be appreciated when viewed from above).
The observation deck was first opened to the public in 1933 and was reopened in 2005 after a 20-year closure. Exclusive attractions await at this crown jewel of New York sightseeing, including two crystal installations by Swarovski and the jaw-dropping Sky Shuttle elevators. Outfitted with transparent glass ceilings, the Sky Shuttles let riders view their own rapid acceleration through the building’s shaftway as they zip their way towards the light and open air above.
The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city to the east, west, north, and south, with visibility reaching some 30 miles on a clear day.
The 70th Floor, accessible by stairs or elevator, is the proverbial cherry on top, allowing visitors to experience a 360-degree panorama of Manhattan in all of its glory. This is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. It provides a vantage point unlike any other in the city...or the world.
Speaking of romance, the legendary Rainbow Room has kicked off LIVE! from the Rainbow Room, a series of intimate live performances inside one of New York’s most glamourous settings. On Friday, June 23rd, Emmy-nominated actress and singer Jane Krakowski will host a one-night-only performance for 250 guests.
Most every Sunday you’ll find the classic New York brunch taken to new heights at Rainbow Room. Decadent à la carte dining is complemented by dramatic chef stations featuring indulgent desserts, playful entrees, and award-winning brunch cocktails, all within New York City’s most glamorous setting.
It’s hard to imagine any other single place in New York that allows for as many cinematic moments as Rockefeller Center. No trip to New York is complete without a blockbuster bird’s eye view—an overhead shot if you will—of the greatest city in the world.
The Top of the Rock will give you a new perspective on the city, but be warned: the views just might take your breath away.
The Top of the Rock is open daily from 8am-midnight (last admission 11pm); $32 for adults, $30 for seniors above age 62, and $26 for children between ages 6 and 12. Kids 5 and under get in free.