Top of the Rock

Viewpoint in Midtown

Designed in homage to ocean liners and opened in 1933, this 70th-floor open-air observation deck sits atop the GE Building, the tallest skyscraper at the Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock beats the Empire State Building on several levels: it’s less crowded, has wider observation decks (both outdoor and indoor) and offers a view of the Empire State Building itself. Before ascending, a fascinating 2nd-floor exhibition gives an insight into the legendary philanthropist behind the art deco complex.

If you don't have under-21s in tow, note that similar views can be had from the Rockefeller's 65th-floor Bar SixtyFive…and you don't need a ticket to Top of the Rock to get in.