Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)

New York at my feet

  New York - May 2012

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Seeing New York from above is THE tourist thing to do... So, Rockefeller Center or Empire State Building? Both are better! One by day and one by night.

Two buildings to take height

I have to admit, during that week in New York at the end of May, I played the tourist. My main activity: walking! Like all those discovering New York for the first time, I walked all over Manhattan, discovering, smelling, absorbing the atmosphere of each neighborhood...

Of course, I did all the tourist stuff or almost. Starting with the Rockefeller Center. Because to see New York from above, anyway, huh, it's worth a visit ...

And then, as there is also the legendary Empire State Building to get high, make a small night climb on the last night of my stay, did not seem superfluous at all.

Manhattan and the Empire State Building. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. New York, May 2012.
Manhattan and the Empire State Building. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. New York, May 2012.
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)

Two buildings... like spectacular brackets to frame my first steps in the Big Apple. Two vertiginous visions of the city, which give only one desire: to plunge back into it!

Top of the Rock: The Rockefeller Center Observatory

At the top of Rockefeller CenterObservatory Top of the Rock offers a breathtaking view of Manhattan. I agree with my friend Marie Toumit, who has embarked on a comparison with the Empire State Building on his blog Further The top of Rockefeller Center is the best place to admire New York from above.

The observatory is vast, consisting of beautiful terraces, spread over three levels. So, we do not jostle with other tourists for photos. We enjoy quietly the view, at its own pace, as we rise from one level to another.

It's a little gray on the day I climb up there. But never mind. I'm so happy to be there, in the middle of the postcard! It's crazy, completely crazy! New York at my feet!

On the flip side, with the Empire State Building in our sights:

Manhattan and the Empire State Building. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
All New York at my feet, from the top of Rockefeller Center ...

Front side, overlooking Central Park:

Manhattan and the Empire State Building. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
The green rectangle of Central Park by a gray day, seen from a terrace of the Top of the Rock. (New York, May 2012.)

We never tire…

Manhattan. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan "in real life" sounds great...
Manhattan. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan... it's big, it's beautiful, it's high!
Manhattan and the Empire State Building. View from the top of Rockefeller Center. (New York, May 2012.)
The Rockefeller Center is the perfect place to contemplate Manhattan from above. 

Empire State Building: it's beautiful a city at night

Ah! Contemplating the city one last time from above, after spending the week walking from one end of Manhattan to the other... Doing it at night is worth all the fireworks in the world! Magnificent "finishing touch" to this New York stay. Heading for theEmpire State Building

The Empire State Buiding, like everyone else, I've known him since I was a kid. It is King Kong's building ! It would be a shame to deprive yourself of it.

But there are people who want to see the city like King Kong. You have to wait in several (and beautiful) halls before you can take the elevators. Then play a little elbows to fit his lens between the cameras of other tourists.

But OK. Once up there, we do not regret. As the other said, it's beautiful, a city, at night ...

Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
A bridge of light ...
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)

My favorite building is the Chrysler Tower, recognizable from all the others, even more elegant with the night lighting:

Manhattan. View of the Chrysler Tower from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
View of the Chrysler Tower from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)

There too, we do not get tired ...

Manhattan. Night view from the Empire State Building. (New York, May 2012.)
New York, New Yoooooork !!!!

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  New York - May 2012

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  1. Congratulations on your blog.
    Your articles are really cool and your photos make you want to escape.
    Continue to make us dream.
    Pierre-Yves

  2. New York, ça fait une parait une destination pour passer quelques jours, je garde ça de côté et te remercie d’avoir tranché en faveur de l’un ou l’autre des points de vue, même si voir les deux semble être le must 😉

    1. @Bruno: Well, to tell you the truth, I have not yet decided well, as you see ... I would have to go back to other times of the day - at dawn and before sunset - to to appreciate, still, the sight from the one and the other building. But it's true, if you can, it's worth it to offer the climb to both!
      8)

  3. Me too my favorite is the Chrysler, day and night! By cons, I had not climbed the top of the Rockefeller, but I'll have to fix it ... It costs how much climb up the Rockfeller?

    1. @Lucie: I do not remember exactly ... The best is to go to see the link of the official website: http://www.topoftherocknyc.com
      Here on the site, they say: 25 USD adult ticket, and 38 USD to offer both the sunrise and sunset (good idea that is what I will do next time, I think).
      🙂

    2. Merci pour toutes ces infos! Carrément, le combiné lever et coucher de soleil me parle 😉

    1. @Marie: yes, I count well ... Especially as I just discovered the existence of the ticket "sunrise-sunset".
      😉

  4. I have a preference for night photos. It reminds me of the photos taken during my stay in Singapore.
    The city changes completely when it takes on its clothes of light!

    1. @ Maïder: me too, I really like night shots. It makes me think that I have a night series on Singapore too (photos taken in 2009) and I've never posted them ... I'd have to go back inside!

  5. Always nice to come to your site!
    I keep many beautiful memories of the mythical NY, I would go back and rent a tiny room ... and take the time!

    NowMadNow

    1. @NowMadNow: merci miss, pareil pour ton site ! 😉 Je rêve moi aussi de retourner à NY et d’y passer davantage de temps.

    1. @Elyes: yes, I highly recommend the experience: affording the view from the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center, one day and the other night (or vice versa), we do not live the same thing, and in both cases it's spectacular ...
      🙂

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