We had planned to catch the view from Empire State Building, NYC’s 3rd tallest building, but was advised to visit the 14th tallest building instead; the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Have you seen the iconic picture “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”? Well it was taken during construction of the Rock.


Rockefeller Center is located right smack in the Manhattan midtown, and consists of 19 commercial buildings. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller JR and was built on leased space belonging to Columbia University. The 14 building in the Art Deco style were completed and opened in 1939. Columbia University old the land upon which the buildings stood, to the Rockefeller Group in 1985.


At street level, 200 flagpoles line the plaza, displaying flags of the UN member countries, the US States and territories, or decorative and seasonal motifs. During national and state holidays, they fly the flag of the US on all of them.

In wintertime a skating rink is opened at the plaza, and they put up the tallest X-mas tree in the US here every year. I bet you have seen this on TV or in movies.


30 Rock is a nickname for 30 Rockefeller Plaza, an American Art Deco skyscraper in the center of Rockefeller Center. It was formerly called the RCA Building (1933-1988), the GE Building (1988-2015), and todays name is the Comcast Building.


From the observation deck at Top of the Rock, you get stunning views over Central Park and Manhattan. This is not for the faint hearted, so Sir Nerdalot kept well clear of the edge. Mind you, when you get up there in the elevator, there are still two more stories to go! The absolute top deck is by far the best for photography, as they have not put up those pesky plastic walls there. If you are on a Quest for a great view over NYC, this is the place to go!


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