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The last time we shared Lower Manhattan and Times Square with you. But today we gonna go up very high, we reach the New York Top of the Rock View, how the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center is called. After this we are going to visit the Central Park.
The observation decks of New York
This is in general a hot topic and often discussed. Which one is the best?
In general there are the Big 4:
- One World Trade Center
- Empire State Building
- Rockefeller Center
- Statue of Liberty
The One World Trade Center…
…is of course the youngest and with 381 meters also the highest platform.
With an entrance fee of $32 for adults also not that super cheap.
The Empire State Building,
built in the year 1931 has the highest open observation platform in a height of 320 meters.
Tickets are available starting from $34. Ideally you already order beforehand here at viator.
Then there is the Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock view).
Our choice was made on this platform. The height here is “just” 259 meters, but therefor you an amazing view to the Empire State Building and the Central Park.
Additionally to this it is not that highly frequented. To make good selfies… here’s your chance!
Tickets start at $29.
And last but not least we have the Statue of Liberty.
With a height of 83 meters the smallest height and built in 1886 also the oldest one.
Many visitors say, that they were a bit disappointed, since its getting really tight up there, long waiting times inclusive and then you are also WITHIN the motive, that you actually want to have ON your cam.
With price starting at $21 you have access to the crown.
Did you make experiences on your own? Please let us know in the comments.
New York Top of the Rock view
And here now finally some impressions from the cardinal points.
We have been there quite early, around 10 in the morning and indeed we were nearly the only ones.
Perfect for photo sessions!
In just some seconds we went up high in the 67th floor – spectacular!
From up there you really enjoy a breathtaking panorama 260 degree view.
The best time for visiting the New York Top of the Rock should be late afternoon. The changing of the light must be truly amazing then and you get an amazing Top of the Rock View…
And as a little bonus on top a short self made Walk around on the Top of the Rock…
After a long and good photo session on Top of the Rocks we went to Central Park.
Well, where to start when you talk about this Park?
The Central Park is with its size of 843 acres huge. With around 40 million visitors every year (!) it is the most visited city park of the USA.
The Central Park contains countless smaller and bigger attractions.
For example we have…
- Alice in Wonderland Statue
- an Obelisk
- the Zoo
- the Bethesda Statue
- Belvedere Castle
- Shakespeare Garden
- Conservatory Garden
- Wollman Rink (Ice skating)
- and countless more.
The park itself has quite an interesting history. Til the mid of the 70ies it was a place that you could not visit even during daytime.
Drastic clean ups, financial support and controls against crime were changing the Central Park from the ground and finally made it an oasis.
Nowadays the park is one of the most famous attractions of the city and mandatory for every New York visitor.
Here we have some interesting facts about the Central Park for you:
- the Central Park was the first official landscape garden in the USA
- The park is bigger than the principality of Monaco
- The Park can be seen in more than 240 movies!
- There has been used gun powder to building the 4 cross connections. It is said that there has been used more gun powder than in the Battle of Gettysburg.
- In the year 1975 the New York Marathon was happening the last time completely only inside the Park.
We ended this day with a visit in the evening in the wonderful Metropolitan Oper in Manhattan seeing Romeo & Julia.
The building is located west of Central Park, between 9th Ave and 10th Ave and 64th Street.
The Lincoln Center of Performing Arts is located directly next to it, as well as the New York Public Library.
This place truly has some very comfortable, relaxed, intellectual and artistic vibes.
With this visit our stay in New York ends. The impressions we have from the city, that never sleeps are truly intense.
Now our next destination was: Going to JFK Airport, get the rental car and heading south… next stop Philadelphia. Additional with some beautiful stops, for example in the charming “New Hope”.
So long – keep it short and see you on the streets of Philadelphia…
All our photos of Central Park and Rock – like always in the Gallery
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