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The 3 Best Views of New York City

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The 3 Best Views of New York City

story by: Tom Ricketts

Instantly recognisable the world around, New York City is famed for its awesome skyline. Over 6000 highrise buildings of all shapes and sizes pierce the Manhattan sky. For those without the budget for a scenic flight, the next best thing is to visit an observation deck for a birds eye view of this amazing city. Note: This article intentionally contains the incorrect spelling of the word ‘centre’.


The two observation decks atop the iconic Empire State Building are easily the most popular in town. Situated in Midtown, the open air platforms have the best views of other iconic buildings such as the Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building and the buildings of Madison Square Park. The Art Deco building has grand marble floors, walls and pillars, as well as some beautiful Art Deco art and grandiose chandeliers. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the art, thanks to notorious queues. Over 100 million people visit the building annually and wait times often surpass an hour. However for an additional fee, an Express Pass can be bought which allows you to skip the queue. The decks are open until 2.00am, with the quietest time being 8.00am-11.00am.

The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings with its centrepiece being the 260 metre GE Building. Atop the GE Building is the observation deck affectionately known as ‘Top of the Rock’. It’s the second tallest observation deck in the city and often voted the best as it views of the Empire State Building from one side, and Central Park from the other. The Rockefeller Center is famously home to the NBC so keep that selfie stick handy incase you spot a celebrity! In winter it’s also home to an ice skating rink and a massive Christmas tree. Hours are 8.00am to midnight.

The supertall One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the US, and fourth tallest in the world! This brand spanking new tower was completed in 2014 and as the name suggests, is the built on the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The three storey observation platform is located on the 100th floor of the 526 metre tall building, making it easily the tallest in the city. The building is located in Lower Manhattan meaning you can look back up the island past the many skyscrapers between there and Central Park, as well as getting great views over the harbour and Statue of Liberty. Hours are 8.00am to 8.00pm or midnight depending on the season.


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