USA 2016 Travel Diary: Empire State Building VS Top of the Rock

Title - USA 2016 Travel Diary: Empire State Building VS Top of the Rock

If there was any doubt as to what the most iconic building in New York City is, Jay-Z probably erased all that with his song. It’s a song that has been used a gazillion times to pertain to NYC so I’m not going to jump into that bandwagon. No sir. Doesn’t change the fact that when most people think about New York, they think about the Empire State Building.

If you ever find yourself planning your visit to New York City, I think it’s a good experience to go up high and get a feel of how massive and jam-packed New York really is. It’s a different feeling seeing NYC from thousands of feet high. There’s this certain buzzing energy even as you watch all the small movement below that leaves you both at peace and raring to go and explore some more.

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I managed to squeeze in a visit to both Top of the Rock and The Empire State Building during my visit to New York since they were included in my New York Pass. Both were brief visits, and both were regrettably nowhere near sunset. My Dad booked a lot of Broadway shows which coincidentally started at the same time as the sunset, or 8PM.

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During my next trip back, whenever that may be, one of my missions is to go and plant myself at one of the upper decks to take pictures of the gorgeous New York skyline during the Golden Hour. I reckon my dilemma during that time will be choosing between Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building, which I figured could be a legitimate concern for some people who have very limited time in this big city.

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This post isn’t really about pitting the two against each other, but talking about the Empire State Building and Top of The Rock side by side could maybe give you a little idea about the differences between the two.

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