New York cityscape is one of the most famous and breathtaking in the world.
Fewer things in New York are more iconic than the Empire State Building, so it holds a certain ‘magic’ for most of us. Besides, you can get an excellent view of the Chrysler and Flatiron buildings. On the other hand, for many, the best view of New York is the one you can get from Top of the Rock. There is an exceptional view of the Empire State Building, which provides wonderful photography opportunities.
So, which one is the best New York Cityscape?
New York Cityscape from Top of the Rock
Even though you’re 10 floors higher up on the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock is better located to offer unobstructed views of Central Park and a complete view looking south down Manhattan that includes both Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. Also, as I said, it offers one distinct advantage over the Empire State Building: views of the Empire State Building! Thanks to this – and its spacious 360-degree decks – Top of the Rock Observation Deck features what many consider to be the finest panoramic vistas of New York City.
New York Cityscape from Empire State Building
The Observation Deck of the Empire State Building is a stop on almost any tour because of its great view, which is higher than any other observation deck. The Observation Deck is open daily, making it easy to incorporate into plans. Late hours also allow tourists to view stunning sunsets and see the city come alive at night.
The Empire is on 34th Street at the southern end of Midtown Manhattan, so you have to look in one direction to see Midtown and the other direction for a view of Lower Manhattan.
The Empire State Building charges $25 for adults and $19 for children for the 86th floor observation deck only. If you also want to go up to the 102nd floor observatory it will cost $42 and $36 respectively. You can use the tickets at any time, but usually the line to the elevators to the observation areas is very long, so you might want a combo express ticket for $64.50.
The Top of the Rock charges $25 for adults, and $16 for children. The ticket gives you access to all three observation decks. Tickets for the Top of the Rock have a specific date and time, so once you’re in line, the wait isn’t long.