When I went to New York everyone I talked to had an opinion of Things I Should Definitely Do. Everyone tends to have a bucket list when it comes to NYC, and that list normally includes Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, all of which were recommended to me numerous times. One thing I was told that was contrary to everything I’d been told though, was to not climb the Empire State building. Instead, I was to try the Rockefeller.
And after coming home from NYC, guess what ended up being my favourite memory?
Going to the top of the Rockefeller at sunset is now the first thing I recommend to my friends who visit New York. It’s a super touristy thing to do, but the view you get is unbelievable. You can see many of the famous sites, such as Central Park, the bridge, Times Square, and yes, going up the Rockefeller means you get a really good view of the Empire State building.
You can get a ‘Sun and Stars’ ticket where you pay an extra $15 to go up twice in one day (once in the day and once at night) but why pay extra when you can do it all at once for the standard ticket price? If you’re lucky and time it correctly, you get to see a 360 degree panoramic of NYC, witness a stunning sunset, then see one of the best cities in the world all lit up at night within an hour.
Admittedly, this will take a bit of research on your part, as you have to book the specific time you plan to take the lift up to the roof. This means you need to leave enough time to go up in the lift and escalator to the 70th floor Observation Deck and get a good view (and picture!) of the city in the day time before the sun gets too low. Unfortunately I can’t be much help here, as it all depends on the time of year you go, the weather and more. It may take a bit of work on your part, and even then the weather may let you down.
But if you can get it right, friends, it’s spectacular.