One of the most common questions for tourist visiting New York is to which observation deck must be visited to get the best view of the skyscraper city. After all, a visit to the Big Apple is incomplete without the classic panoramic shot of towering buildings.
In most cases, the choice is to either go to one of the two famous New York landmark- The Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center, but I’ve always been fascinated with overlooking view so for me the choice is an easy one, I visited both.
Never mind the long queues just to purchase the ticket, the numerous security checks to pass and the crowd going for the sunset view, despite being another touristy cliche thing to do, no one can deny that seeing New York or any other city from the above is definitely one of the best things to experience time and again.
Standing tall at 1,454 feet, a true American cultural icon partially thanks to King Kong, the Empire State Building is one of the most beautiful infrastructures in the world. With two observation decks at 86th floor and 102nd floor respectively, it is one of the most visited observatories as well.
The 86th floor open observatory alone provided a 360 degree view of the city; the skyscraper cluster of midtown and downtown financial district, including the One World Trade Center and certain places in Manhattan. I only visited the 86th floor observatory and that was enough for me.
What I like the most when visiting observatories more than the city bird’s eye view is pushing my camera to its farthermost zoom in an attempt to capture the happenings on the street corners, the layers of buildings with different heights and styles, the fire escapes and window facade- all taken to accompany my imagination on how it might feel to live in a mega-city such as New York.