…Hidden Secrets, Best Photos Ops and Tips

What a treat to get a private tour of the Top of the Rock NYC!!! I honestly didn’t think I was going to be impressed, but WOW, was I surprised. John, TOTR Senior Customer Care Representative, gave us some real NYC Insider tips about the TOTR and Rockefeller Center.

Top of the Rock NYC Night View


Top of the Rock Tour

Just as you walk in to TOTR, there is a huge, hanging crystal chandelier, which looks like a suspended waterfall. Now look at it closely…

It is actually an inverted model of the building, also known as 30 Rockefeller Center (30 Rock).

Top of the Rock NYC
Top of the Rock NYC

Top of the Rock Swarovski Crystal Chandelier
Swarovski Crystal Chandelier

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This iconic image, known as “Men on Beam,” was taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Center. Ask 10 New Yorkers, and I’ll bet, like me, 9 of them thought it was taken at the Empire State Building.

During the tour, sit on the beam and look down through the glass floor to get a virtual sense of what it was like to have lunch at 70 stories high.

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TOTR – Men on Beam 1932

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Rockefeller Center – Depression

The tour includes three very interesting 5-minute films about the history of Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes and NBC Studios.

Rockefeller Center was originally intended to house the Metropolitan Opera, but when the Depression hit in 1929, John D. Rockefeller changed direction and chose to create over 70,000 much needed jobs in New York City by building Rockefeller Plaza.


NYC Insider Tip

Pay attention – this is truly insider information given to NYCIG by the Manager of TOTR….

“In addition to our two Swarovski crystal installations, the Joie chandelier and Radiance crystal geode wall, Swarovski also hid several of their crystal animal figurines inside Radiance.”

Can you find all the hidden crystals?


Top of The Rock Discount Passes

CityPASS
Choose between TOTR
or Guggenheim Museum
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
TOTR and Rock Center Tour attraction choices
New York City Explorer Pass and Go Select Card

New York Pass
Includes TOTR admission and Rock Center Tour
The New York Pass


When to Visit Top of the Rock

Sunset is the most popular (ie, busiest) time of day. Watching the sunset over The Empire State Building is breathtaking.

The best time to propose at TOTR is in the morning, the least crowded time. If you’re really, really lucky, you will feel like you have a whole outdoor floor, and all of New York City, to yourself for a short time.

The all glass elevator takes 43 seconds to go from Floor 2 to Floor 67. There is no 13th Floor at 30 Rockefeller Center.

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TOTR at Sunset
View of Empire State Building

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Hiddens Secrets at TOTR

Watch for the hidden Swarovski crystal animals along the walls of the 67th floor. See if you can find the Cat eating the Mouse or the Rabbit hidden in the wall.


The huge, open space on the 67th Floor of 30 Rock was Don King’s office, before the Observation Deck re-opened in 2005, after a 20 year hiatus.

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67th Floor – Don King’s Office

Top of the Rock Observation Deck 1930'S
TOTR Observation Deck 1930’S

The Observation Deck was originally modeled after the lounge deck of a cruise ship, such as the Titanic, complete with wood Adirondeck Chairs and waiters serving cocktails. In the 1930’s, during the Depression, a trip to the Observation Deck of the Top of the Rock NYC was designed to simulate setting sail in the heart of New York City.


At the Top of the Rock NYC gift shop, there is a smaller model of the Swarovski Crystal Star that is always on the Top of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. You can even purchase a replica to take home and put on your Christmas Tree.

NYC Insider Guide Tip – don’t waste your time taking pictures from inside the glass, as I did.

Head straight to the 70th floor, the very top of the outside observation deck, for completely unobstructed, no glass, 360 degree, unbelievable views of Manhattan.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree Star
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Star

TOTR - North View Central Park
TOTR – North View Central Park

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Top of the Rock NYC Tickets

  • Reserved Times – Adults $30, Child (6-12) $20.00, Senior (62+) $28.00
  • Sun & Stars (Sunrise/ Sunset – two visits in one day) – Adults $45, Child $30
  • Rock Pass – $42 for Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center Tour

Top of The Rock Discount Passes

CityPASS
Choose between TOTR
or Guggenheim Museum
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
TOTR and Rock Center Tour attraction choices
New York City Explorer Pass and Go Select Card

New York Pass
Includes TOTR admission and Rock Center Tour
The New York Pass


Hotels Near Top of the Rock

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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Restaurants Near Top of the Rock

Del Frisco’s Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille is a casual destination offering wood oven-baked flatbreads with toppings like pulled rosemary chicken and goat cheese, hearty salads, “two fisted” sandwiches such as the Pastrami & Swiss Reuben, fresh seafood classics ranging from Cioppino to Ahi Tuna Steak and, of course, a range of signature steaks and chops.

Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor
Restaurateur Peter Poulakakos and award winning pizza Chef Nick Angelis have brought a spinoff of their downtown favorite, Harry’s Italian, to Rockefeller Center. Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor will offer their old fashioned square pizzas by the slice or pie, as well as salads, Italian ices and hero sandwiches. Visit Harry’s in the Rockefeller Concourse for a delicious meal.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Potbelly, the raved-about sub chain that originated in Chicago, continues to make inroads into Manhattan’s lunch scene. Located in the Concourse, Potbelly is a renowned sandwich shop famous for its toasted subs, freshly-blended milkshakes and folksy décor.

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Annual Events at Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Starlight Music Series

Almost every February and September, TOTR offers us a special treat with wine, this spectacular view and live jazz music! Visit the 67th floor observation deck at Top of the Rock and enjoy the city at sunset with wine and champagne (for purchase) provided by Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe.

Starlight Music Series | Top of the Rock

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Halloween Spooktacular at Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock at Dusk
Top of the Rock at Dusk
Photo by mcgervey

Some years, TOTR hosts a "Spooktacular," where children can enjoy face painting, magic shows, crafts and sweet treats while the whole family will enjoy the stunning, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Activities are free with admission. See more: Halloween Spooktacular at Top of the Rock

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Rockefeller Center More Info


Top of the Rock NYC More Info

  • Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112
  • Website: topoftherocknyc.com
  • Main entrance is at 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Top of the Rock NYC is fully ADA compliant and open 365 days per year.
  • 8:00am to midnight, 7 days a week. The first elevator goes up at 8:00am, the last one at 11:00pm. Hours of operation may vary on holidays.
  • Neighborhood Guides: Midtown East and Midtown West
  • Nearby Attractions: Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, The Today Show, Nintendo World, American Girl Place.

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