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Empire State Building 

The Empire State Building is a dramatic sight

 

What would a trip to New York be without a visit to the Observatory at the Empire State Building?  With viewing platforms at the 86th and 102nd floors the Empire State Building offers marvelous views of Manhattan, the New York skyline and surrounding areas. 

Information on ticket prices (the higher you go, the more expensive it is) and other interesting information, see the official website of the Empire State Building. Opening Hours are usually  8 a.m. to 2 a.m. 365 days a year. Last elevators up are at 1:15 a.m.

Completed in 1931 and logging in at 1,250 feet tall, the Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world for approximately 40 years, when it was displaced in the rankings  by the towers at the World Trade Center. 

Although there are now a number of buildings that exceed the Empire State Building  in height, it continues to be regarded as one of the most famous buildings in the world.

Perhaps it is that vision of King Kong slapping  those pesky attacking planes while hanging from its radio tower, or is it the memories of Cary Grant  and Deborah Kerr in the love story "An Affair to Remember"  that helps make this building even more of an attraction than it would be otherwise?  Well, we guess there are a lot of different memories, since at last count the Empire State Building  has "starred" in over sixty movies.  Who knows, you could be the next great movie story, so don't miss that chance to see New York from the Observation Decks of the Empire State Building.

              View from the Observation Deck showing the skyline and the shadow of the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets.

Fifth Avenue 

Fifh Avenue at night brightens New YorkFifth Avenue starts in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and runs through Midtown Manhattan along the eastern side of Central Park.  It's helpful to know that Fifth Avenue divides "east" addresses from "west" addresses in Manhattan.

Between 49th Street and 60th Street, Fifth Avenue is a linear array of  some of the most expensive stores owned by the well-known brands of the world.  It's a fun area for shopping, looking, exploring and gawking.

Fifth Avenue is, also, the anchor street for New York's famous Saint Patrick's Day Parade.  The parade is held annually on March 17, except when the date falls on a Sunday and the parade is celebrated the day before.  See the official website of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade  for details on attending.

Further north on Fifth Avenue, starting at 82nd Street  and running  twenty-blocks, is an area so filled with Museums that it is called the "Museum Mile" by New Yorkers.   Along this amazing route you will find  the Met, the Guggenheim and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.  We cover these and MOMA in this section of our guide to New York.

 

Rockefeller Center 

The Rockefeller Center offers more to see and do than most visitors expect.   While the Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers spectacular views of the City (and the Empire State Building), the tour of Rockefeller center, which includes numerous works of art , is quite interesting. 

In addition, the lighting of Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree and the opening of the ice skating rink, which remains open until April, are among New York's most  celebrated winter traditions.

           The famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York

If you need more juice than that, well, perhaps a tour of the NBC Studios (National Broadcasting Company) and a chance to have your picture taken at the world-famous news desk might be of interest to you or your kids.

Or, how Radio City Music Hall is a world famous attraction at Rockefeller Centerabout a tour of the world famous Radio City Music Hall  and its spectacular show?

Rockefeller Center (also called Rockefeller Plaza) is a rectangular area comprised of a number of buildings bounded by the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), 51st Street, Fifth Avenue and 48th Street.

You can find detailed information about the buildings, events, opening hours and ticket prices  at the official website of Rockefeller Center . Just click on the Tour and Explore tab on the website to get started planning your visit. 

Just so you know, the TV show "30 Rock" is named after 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but the show is taped elsewhere in the city.

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