Sweeping views from Top of the Rock
I have not had the chance to write in a while as I am trying to finish my dissertation, but I was in need of a break. So here I am sharing one of the most jaw-dropping city views I have ever seen - from the Top of the Rock in New York City at night. Also, I felt it fitting to write about this as we will be moving to the Big Apple towards the end of this year!
I have visited New York multiple times now, and to me, the city that lays their trash out on the sidewalks could never compare to the beauty that is Chicago. But perhaps I just wasn't looking from the right places. (Or maybe I was always too focused on what this city has to offer in terms of gastronomy.) In any case, when I visited this past October, we decided to visit Top of the Rock with some friends, and I was a bit speechless when we got to the top.
The lights lit up the city in hues of yellow, orange, purple and blue. The lights glittered in the night while Central Park looked as if that 1.3 square miles had a massive blackout. For once, I was removed from the bustling taxis and people below, and I could finally understand how the world has a fantastical view of New York City.
I'm pretty sure no camera can capture what you see in person up here. Even long exposure shots that make planes look like shooting stars don't do this view justice.
I wish we could have stayed longer, but at around 45 degrees with a wind chill, we were going to turn into popsicles if we stayed put. But I'll definitely be back up here another time.
- They have all sorts of ticket combos that combine Top of the Rock with other NYC attractions. They even have have tickets where you can go twice in 24 hours - it would be pretty amazing to see the difference between day and night!
- Bring a tripod at night.
- Dress warmly as the viewing area is outdoors! And don't forget it's significantly more windy up here than down at street level.