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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.
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:
Front side, overlooking Central Park:
We never tire…
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 ...
My favorite building is the Chrysler Tower, recognizable from all the others, even more elegant with the night lighting: