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Top Of The Rock observation deck, Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA


Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

The observation deck atop the skyscraper, dubbed "Top of the Rock", reopened to the public on November 1, 2005, after undergoing a $75 million renovation. It had been closed since 1986 to accommodate the renovation of the Rainbow Room. The deck, which is built to resemble the deck of an ocean liner, offers sightseers a bird's eye view of the city, competing with the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.

The "Top of the Rock" had also been co-opted for NBC's Sunday Night Football during the 2006-07 season, with the top player/MVP in that night's game according to John Madden and Al Michaels receiving the honor of being that night's "Rock Star" in the form of a glass trophy display on the observation deck; this was a replacement for the Horse Trailer Award formerly awarded on ABC's Monday Night Football. The Horse Trailer honor was restored for the 2007-08 season.




The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.

The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. The building is owned and managed by W&H Properties.

The Empire State Building is the second tallest skyscraper in the Americas (surpassed only by Chicago's Willis Tower) and the 11th tallest in the world. It is also the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State building is currently undergoing a $120 million renovation in an effort to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.


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  1. Tro Choi 46 months ago | reply

    Very Nice! I like it!

    Joey Jeux Ben 10

  2. Qestiuor 46 months ago | reply

    Congrats for this photo! We love it a lot. Once again congrats to you. Sir jeux flash

  3. cabby dave 45 months ago | reply

    I love your interpretation of one of my favorite views. Must admit that it never occurred to me to include the binoculars but I will be back soon I hope and will have another go perhaps from a different angle..

    Same spot by me.

  4. PaulRoberts89 45 months ago | reply

    Love the texture on the binoculars. Great shot!

  5. Kryddor 45 months ago | reply

    Very nice photo

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Roger_T 41 months ago | reply

    Stark!! Tolle Tiefenschärfe!! Schön wie man die Umrisse der Skyline erkennt.

  7. Aina Sebastia 41 months ago | reply

    just gorgeous!

  8. CeleMax21 36 months ago | reply

    Your fantastic black and white picture is my winner!
    Black and White Photo Award
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  9. baerli08ww 34 months ago | reply

    I have seen this photo at:

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  10. Suppafreak 29 months ago | reply

    Great image,

    I like this one though.

    Looks like this one was taken back in 2007.

  11. HannahLHarrop 29 months ago | reply

    Good job on the black and white! It has a great clarity to the photo and I love how you blurred out the background just enough so you can tell where it is.

  12. TG | Photography 28 months ago | reply

    Very Nice capture ! I like the light and details on field glasses !

    I shot here myself too :

    Eyes on the Empire

  13. JoeCow 22 months ago | reply

    I definitely love all your pix! :) <3

  14. C H W 20 months ago | reply

    new-york new-yo8

  15. C H W 20 months ago | reply

    new-york new-york !
    very good shot :-)

  16. KaufmanTrailers [deleted] 13 months ago | reply

    I want to have a look.

  17. ep_jhu 13 months ago | reply

    I like the sky!

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