Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen this renowned space time and time again but that doesn’t make it less magical. I wanted to give you guys not only a taste of one of my favorite places in the city but also an inside look at how to prepare for your visit, ticket info & equipment suggestions to bring!
WHEN TO GO
so first things first, SUNSET is in fact the best time to go. I will preface that you’ll have to deal with crowds, selfie sticks, screaming children and alike. BUT if you are courteous, respectful and assert yourself with confidence, you’ll be able to snag a spot to capture the breathtaking views pictured above. During the winter months (especially around winter solstice – DEC 21-) you’re going to want to purchase your ticket for a 3:30pm time slot so you’ll witness golden hour and Civil Twilight. Please note that in the winter they often shut down the top decks due to ice conditions or excess snow.
The summer months are much more enjoyable and highly recommended! Summer Solstice -JUN 20- the sun sets at a wonderful 8:30PM giving you plenty of time to finish your daily explorations & errands. You’ll want to get to Rockefeller Center by 7:15-7:30pm & BOOK AHEAD OF TIME due to high demand. If you stick with this then you’ll be able to see all phases of sunset and capture the best photos. Again, please be kind to individuals around you and ask politely for space to take a photo. Some people love to park themselves against the glass with phones clutched in-hand and personally I think its very disrespectful, so please refrain from this yourselves. Give everyone a chance to capture the scene.
Please note that I only covered the earliest winter and summer months so if you visit anytime between those, please check your weather apps to properly determine when it’s best to go. Always get there 1 HOUR before hand. It’ll give you time to relax, find plenty of photo opportunities & witness one of the best cityscape-sunsets around.
general admission for ADULTS is $32
children are $26
& Seniors $20
see more tickets on the menu HERE
make reservation HERE
WHAT TO BRING
1)Camera – obviously! Highly recommend a DSLR if you’re trying to capture a quality similar to those above. I shoot with a Nikon D600, 35mm f2.0
(point and shoot cameras are fine just make sure it has a wide lens, for example, anything below 50mm) I’ve heard Iphones shoot at 40mm but don’t hold me to that.
2)Quarters – just in case you’d like to use one of the coin-operated binoculars.
3)Dress the part– Check your weather apps and be prepared! especially the winter months
4)PATIENCE– see above.
I’ve lived in manhattan for 3 years now and it is still my favorite city in the WHOLE WORLD. Spots like top of the rock make it even more magical, I hope once day soon you can experience it for yourself if you haven’t already 🙂
photos: Nick Pierce & Myself