The Best Views in NYC: Top Of The Rock

I’m just going to admit it, Top Of The Rock was one of my favourite views ever. It was definitely my favourite view in New York City. Top Of The Rock had been at the very top of my NYC list of sights for as long as I can remember. With beautiful views of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Hudson River, the Rockerfeller Centre really offers you views of the whole city. The Rockerfeller Centre is an important point in NYC as it houses NBC Studios, the Rainbow Room and is the place where the giant Christmas Tree and ice-skating rink are found in the winter time. In summer it hosts a beautiful outdoor cafe.

The best thing about Top Of The Rock is that they control how many people are allowed up to the top at the one time with a timed entry system. This was so good, as it meant that it wasn’t crowded at all at the top and there was plenty of space for everyone to move around and take photos happily. The building has such an interesting history and story. You can find out more about it here.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.


  1. Haseeb Ayaz
    April 23, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    When is the best time of the day to take personal portraits up the tower taking the ESB in the background, considering the sunrise/sunset effects on the lens? I don't want to get dark photos because of the sun coming in front of the image.Regards

    • Emma
      May 24, 2016 / 6:28 am

      Hi Haseeb, I think it really depends on what kind of setting you want for your images. There are 360 views from Top Of The Rock, which makes the possibilities endless! For example if you were looking for a picture with the sunset you could have the sun right behind you, or change to a different angle to avoid the sun all together. We were there right in the middle of the day so the shadows were a little bit harsher on our faces, to avoid this I would probably recommend late afternoon before the sun has really started setting to get the best lighting for a portrait. Good luck! 🙂

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