New York, New York. Such a beautiful city and skyline, the question many visitors ask is – where do you go for the best views in New York?
Iconic skyscrapers with observation decks, The Top of The Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building, are soon to be joined by One World Trade Centre’s Observation Deck (expected to open in 2015, a date is yet to be announced).
The Top of The Rock Observation Deck is a wonderful destination for visitors looking for stunning panoramas of New York. There are unobstructed views thanks to the highest floor being recessed from the building’s edge and not needing safety protection, and timed ticketing makes visiting stress-free. To the south there’s a unique view of the Empire State Building with One World Trade Centre in the distance, and to the north, there’s an impressive view over Central Park and north Manhattan.
Be sure to see the gorgeous Swarovski crystal chandelier in the Top of The Rock’s entrance foyer, it’s tiered shape subtly mirrors the Rockefeller Centre building outline.
Since I last visited New York in 2001, many ‘summer season’ rooftop bars have opened for people to be able to enjoy the city’s views while relaxing with friends. My goal on visiting in 2014 was to visit as many rooftop bars as I could, to ensure Views On Top has a good selection for our users to explore.
With most bars only opening at 5pm and just four nights booked to stay in New York, visiting all of the places on my list and the few more I learned of whilst there was certainly a logistical challenge! Helped by a few taxi rides across town, it took endurance and determination to keep going whilst resisting the temptation for a drink or snack in each place. By 11pm on the fourth night I’d chalked up 18 rooftop and terrace bars with great views. I’ll look forward to visiting the few I unfortunately missed next time I visit!
So, here’s a short-list of my four favourite rooftop bars for their views, ordered from north to south in Manhattan … [Read more…]