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Top of the Rock - Twilight Zone View

Rockefeller Center is one of my favorite stops on the Downtown Loop. Rock Center is a 10 minute walk from Times Square or a 2.5 to 3 hour ride on the Downtown Loop. 

One of the many things to do and see in and around Rockefeller Center is Top of the Rock. Top of the Rock is actually above Rock Center so it is a fabulous way to get a “high place” overview of Manhattan and its surroundings. It is also much “safer” (I’ll bring up safety someday in another post) than a Helicopter ride and usually less crowded than the Empire State Building.

The view in my picture is a Twilight Zone view. You can’t quite get it this good today some of the buildings between Rock Center and Central Park are a bit bigger these days.

Top of Rock back


If you are a movie lover, this is Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s (and points for the third member’s) view in On The Town with music by my favorite New York composer Leonard Bernstein.

The major visitor question is always Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building.  I love them both but in this post I’ll deal with the pluses of Top of the Rock.  

During the day, the view of Central Park is the GREATEST plus of all. There are shorter lines most of the time. The indoor-outdoor space is more varied. Top of the Rock is not as high as the Empire State Building so the view is clearer. There is a fabulous view of the Empire State building anytime day or night.  Sometimes there is music on Friday evenings that is free with your admission.  

Top of the Rock is a short walk from Times Square, Central Park , Bryant Park and Grand Central.  The Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue shops are right there.

The combo admission ticket with MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art, is a great deal.


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