The location, within the walking distance vicinity of Times Square , St. Patrick’s Cathedral and 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center – The Rink, Radio City Music Hall and Top of the Rock Observation Deck is an easy place to lost time and be introduce to the city.
In fact, it is the very first place I visited in NYC, literally straight out of the airport after a twenty-hours flight and another four hours queue at the JFK Immigration counter, I tossed my bag at the hostel in Upper West Side and headed straight to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Formerly called the RCA Building and eventually the GE Building, the now 30 Rockefeller Plaza is an American Art Deco skyscraper and one of the most prominent building in the city. A well-known NBC headquarters and home to shows such as Saturday Night Live , The Tonight Show, and 30 Rock.
For a bird’s eye view of the city, there are a lot of observatories to ascend to, but what makes Top of the Rock an all time favorite for many is the commanding view of the Central Park and how it dissects Manhattan into the West and East side neighborhood.
Ascending the observation deck is pricey for $32 per person, however it is included in many city passes and maybe more economical if bought with a combination ticket for Tour at NBC studios or Museum of Modern Art.