Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Travel | Top of the Rock | New York City

New York City is famous for its skyscrapers and one of the "must do" things while you're out there is to get yourself to the top of one of them to admire the view from above whether its with a cocktail in one hand or simply acting the tourist. I did the latter, and decided to see what New York has to offer from the Rockefeller Building, or as it's more known - Top of the Rock.
The most famous places to see NYC from above is either the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock (TotR). I didn't want a repeat of when I went to Paris and went to the Eiffel Tower - when I got to the top, all I really wanted to see in the Parisian skyline was the Eiffel Tower but it wasn't there because I was bloomin' on it! Not wanting to make the same kinda mistake again, I headed to TotR so my view included the Empire State and boy, I was in for a treat.
Just seeing the Rockefeller Centre from Ground Level knew that this was gonna be something special. Plus, I was going to walk the same halls (Tonight with) Jimmy Fallon has been! Man - I love that show, he's so funny! 
Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York USA
We were so fortunate to visit when the skies were blue, not a cloud in the sky. The weather was gorgeous, around 21C on a beautiful October morning. We hardly had to queue for a ticket on the day - Tip: if you can, use a debit/credit card and use the self service machine - so much quicker and from time of ticket purchase, our entry time was just in an hour's time. Super quick! 
To kill the hour, we heard there is a Nintendo store nearby and since the little one couldn't come, we decided to pay a visit and hopefully pick up some Pikachu items hence the hat featuring in this post. Once a 90s kid, always a 90s kid! 
Trying on the Pikachu hat in the store. It even comes with the ears! 
Also - sneaky OOTD photo here too... Pikachu hat - Nintendo store Cardigan - New Look Dress - Dorothy Perkins Necklace - Forever 21 Bag - Coach Pink Pom Pom on bag - Accessorize Shoes - Melissa
Done with the store and headed back to the Rockefeller. Easy enough when there are street signs guiding you
Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York USA street sign
The first view of the skyline we saw as we came up the elevator was this stunning image of Central Park. I was blown away. Mesmerised. Look how incredible this is!
Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York USA Central Park view
Turn 180 degrees and you're rewarded with this view - such an incredible contrast
Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York USA Empire State Building view
Got my view of the Empire State Building
A helpful mosaic compass. You know, just in case you lose your way :)
Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York USA compass mosaic
Family #selfie at TotR! 
What do you do when you're at TotR? Take even more photos of course! (I love this hat)

Wasn't even kidding about popping to the Nintendo store. Think Pikachu enjoy the NY skyline too

Totally got Pikachu's approval for Central Park too

Top of the Rock. You was fantastic!

Website: http://www.topoftherocknyc.com
Tickets: USD32 for adults
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 12 midnight - last elevator at 11pm
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (entrance on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue)
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