Go an hour or two before sunset. That way you see New York’s spectacular transition from day to night
30 Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. It forms part of the Rockefeller Center, one of the grandest plazas in New York. Rockefeller financed the Center personally as the country teetered on the verge of the Great Depression. At the time, it was the largest private building project in history.
Coming in at 260 metres tall, 30 Rockefeller Centre is the commanding centrepiece of the plaza. To appreciate the scale, you need only recall the famous, vertigo-inspiring photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” of eleven men cheerfully eating lunch on a suspended iron girder — legs dangling over hundreds of metres of open air. Charles Ebbets took that photograph on the 69th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center.
In fact, you can enjoy the same panorama from somewhere even higher — and a little safer. The Rockefeller Center Observation Deck reopened to the public in 2005 after extensive renovations. The deck is built to resemble that of an ocean liner, and it offers an extraordinary view of the New York — perhaps even better than that from the Empire State Building. Although this may be because you can see the Empire State Building from here!
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