When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?
Well, while I doubt many New Yorkers regularly pay a hefty fee just to have the privilege of seeing their own metropolis from high up, I just couldn’t help myself. I happily jumped on the tourist bandwagon, and I never looked backed. Seeing the thousands of skyscrapers from street level is an experience in itself, quite a suffocating one at times, in fact. But I can now attest than nothing compares to looking down on every single one of them in a glance.
The Top of the Rock is just one of those once-in-a-lifetime-tourist-trap things, not unlike the Eiffel Tower or the London Eye.
Luckily for us, there are ample inexpensive accommodation in New York City, thanks to HostelBookers.com* – because these types of tourist traps don’t come cheap, and, well, a girl’s gotta eat and have a few cosmos, too!
Photos from Top Of The Rock
This silly debate has been going for what seems to be forever: which is best…
Top of the Rock or the Empire State?
I say silly, because to me, there really isn’t much of a choice to make. Why would you go on top of the Empire State when it’s one of New York’s most important icons? Why would you want to miss out on Central Park? Could you imagine these photos without their core element? Could you imagine a skyline view of New York sans the Empire State? I can’t. It’s such intricately part of the city’s identity!
And this urban view is just part of the fun… because there is a lot to see on the other side of the observatory, too! Quite a different scenery, but just as breathtaking (especially if you’re prone to vertigo!) From the north-side platform you can admire the size of Central Park, the busy streets of Harlem and the Bronx, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the highly unattainable apartment buildings that border the park.
With views like that, I say chuck the attitude, and just do it. Yes, it’s touristy, and yes, it’s overpriced. But where else in the world can you get such fantastic vistas? There is only one New York, and only one Top of the Rock.
Top Of The Rock: Good To Know
- Don’t do like I did – don’t go at noon. Light is too harsh!
- You can get a Stars & Sun ticket for just $40, which grants you two entries at different times of the day.
- Regular tickets are $27.
- There are three different observatories spread on three floors. Some are indoors, some are outdoors.
- If weather is inclement on your schedule day/time of visit, Top of the Rock will reissue a ticket for a future time and date.
Have you been at the Top Of The Rock or the Empire State? Which was your favourite?
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