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New York has one of the most famous and distinctive skylines in the world. Among its many iconic landmark buildings is the Empire State Building, one of the city’s major tourist attractions.
The city’s skyline is best viewed from above – and preferably from the observation platform of the Empire State Building. This art deco giant stands 1,050 fee tall and is one of New York’s tallest structures. Enjoy a breath-taking 360 degree view of the pulsating, vibrant, multi-cultural hubbub below.
The observation deck is located on the 86th floor and opens at 08.00 am in the morning so that visitors can catch a glimpse of their favourite city waking up to a brand new day. The Empire State Building can be found at 350 5th Avenue, the nearest subway is 34 Street – Herald Square, lines N, Q and R.
For a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building one can go up to the 67th, 69th and also the 70th floor of the neighbouring 30 Rockefeller Plaza building, which is home to the famous NBC Studios. Dubbed Top of the Rock, the observation stations stay open until 02.00 am at night – just like the Empire State Building itself, so that visitors can enjoy the amazing night-time views over the Big Apple.
The Rockefeller Plaza is located at 50 Street. It is possible to buy a combined ticket for the observation decks and the Rockefeller Center, which offers among its many attractions a skating rink, the Radio City Music Hall, the NBC Studios, the lush and tropical Channel Gardens, which are named after the English Channel and also restaurants, bars, art galleries, exhibitions and much, much more.
Visitors can join several different tours of this famous landmark building, according to their own tastes and interests. There are numerous pieces of art deco art displayed on the concourse and on each floor, as well as boasting one of the world’s foremost art collections and museum’s in the same building!
Some of the floors are dedicated to different themes: no 30 Rockefeller Plaza is showcasing Wisdom, Sound and Light, American Progress, Time and Spirit of Dance, while no 10 Rockefeller Plaza is dedicated to The History of Transportation, a tripartite mural that’s 54 feet wide and 10 feet high and was painted by Dean Cornwell in 1946.
The Rockefeller Plaza is also famous for its shopping facilities, from stores that sell mobile phones to exclusive fashion outlets and stores selling electronic equipment to Language Schools, Banks, hairdressers and the Metropolitan Museum’s Art Store.
From John F Kennedy Airport visitors should take the AirTrain from terminal 4 and head for Jamaica Station, disembarking at Sutphin/Jamaica Station. From this station passengers should take the E train from Sutphin Blvd towards Archer Avenue station, which is heading Downtown towards the World Trade Centre location. Passengers should get off the E train at 5th Avenue and use the exit near the intersection of W 53RD Street and E 53RD Street. From there one should head in a south-westerly direction on 5th Avenue, then turn right onto W 49th Street, where 30 Rockefeller Plaza is located.