One of the main attractions in New York City is Top of the Rock, the roof of the tallest of this building complex, but not the only one. In the Center itself there are other well-known attractions, and more in the immediate vicinity, which will surely provide hours of entertainment in just a small area. It consists of 19 buildings built in Mid-North Midtown zone between the late 1920s and 1937, in Art Deco architectural style, by Rockefeller family between 5th and 6th avenues and streets 48-52.
TOP OF THE ROCK
One of the main attractions in the city is this viewpoint on the 70th floor of 30 Rock building, currently called Comcast Building, the tallest one. You enter through 50th Street.
Schedules and prices:
- Open from 8 am to midnight. The last ticket is sold at 11 pm and the last elevator is at 11:15 pm.
- Adult admission: $ 36. A $ 5 surcharge applies if you go up during sunset. It is included in the NYC Pass, although we discourage buying it.
- Rock Pass ticket (Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Tour): $ 50.
- “Sun & Stars” ticket, allows two admissions, to be able to see the view day and night, $ 54. This does not make much sense if we have time, it is advisable to go up before sunset and stay until it gets dark.
Although diverse opinions, in general it is considered the best viewpoint in Manhattan, surpassing that of the Empire State Building, precisely because from the Top of the Rock you can see the ESB, a mythical piece of the skyline of the city. It is absolutely recommended.
Another option, although probably the same or more expensive but that includes a drink, may be visiting Bar SixtyFive, on the 65th floor of the same building. The views are pretty similar, even has an outdoor terrace, but at all times after windows. Open from 5 pm to midnight (9 pm on Sundays), closed on Saturday. Casual clothing is not allowed and a table on the terrace costs at least $ 65 per person; the price of the drinks is not on its website.
TOUR AT THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER
- Price of adult ticket: $ 25.
It is a journey through the history of the construction of the Center. It can be interesting for those art deco fans.
THE PLAZA AND THE ICE RINK / BEER GARDEN
Famous for being the place where the giant spruce of the city is illuminated every Christmas, in this square there is a famous ice rink, which we will not recommend due to:
- Its small dimensions.
- And its unjustified high price: adults $ 25, skates rent another $ 12.
- It opens from 8:30 am to midnight from mid-October to mid-April.
In summer it becomes a beer garden with prices also quite expensive.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
A legendary concert space since its construction in the 30s. Besides being able to attend the show in progress, guided tours can be done from 9:30 am to 5 pm, cost $ 30.
THE NBC STUDIOS
The 30 Rock building is also the headquarters of NBC. Guided tours can be done for $ 33 from 8:20 to 2 pm (Monday to Friday) or 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday). At the base there is a very interesting merchandising store, highlighting TV shows products such as Friends, ER, Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Cheers, Fraser, Law and Order, or of course 30 Rock.
STORES AND RESTAURANTS
There are more than 100 restaurants and stores at the base of their buildings and underground. Most restaurants are simple and fast food, aimed at tourists and workers who want to eat something to get by. The stores are of many types, from first brands to small businesses, including a Lego store.
- ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL. Looks new after 200 million dollars of restoration in 2015, it is a magnificent example of Gothic art even if it is compared with some of the best of the same European genre, although it is obviously much less ancient; Construction began in 1858. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., free admission. To get there, you only have to cross 6th Avenue from the Rockefeller Center.
- THE MoMA. The main museum of modern art in Manhattan and one of the most popular in the city (see specific post) is also between 5th and 6th avenues but on 53rd street.
- The Statue of Prometheus, in front of the Cathedral, also has a certain fame.