After Times Square, we headed north in Manhattan and arrived at Rockefeller Plaza. You need to purchase your tickets to go to the top of the building, called Top of the Rock. So, we purchased them online (free for under 6 ages). On the second floor of the building, there is a briefing area about the history of Rockefeller Plaza, the Rockefeller family, and the Great Depression. It is said that the construction of the building started in 1931, and the first buildings opened in 1933. After the opening, it was used for a radio station and served for NBC.
Although it is not the tallest building in New York, it has the most magnificent view of New York. You can see all directions. One part is Empire State, World Trade Center, and Brooklyn and the other part is Central Park and Harlem. Similarly, you can see the Hudson River and Jersey City on the west part. Long Island is in the south part. We really enjoyed the view and spend more than one hour on the Top of the Rock. The observation deck is the top three stories of the building, with outdoor areas on all levels. So you can breathe the outdoor oxygen of the New York sky. I appreciate all the glass on the first level. It made me feel warm and cozy. The top levels have no glass and the area is much bigger. Upon arrival and leaving is very organized. Meanwhile, the elevator ride was cool as the top of the elevator turned see-through and they played cool animations as you rode all the way to the top.
Fun fact: The iconic photograph -Lunch atop a Skyscraper- was taken during the construction of Rockefeller Plaza, in 1932.