|Empire State Building at Dusk: seen from Top of Rockefeller Center|
Reservations are accepted. Wanting to be there for sunset, I planned my reservation 2 hours before the sun went down. There is a bit of time taken before you actually reach the top. You wait in line, you see a presentation, get assigned to an elevator and up you go.
On the top of the building, there are several platforms for viewing. The highest one has an unobstructed view. The middle platform has tall glass walls. Between these glass walls, there are gaps big enough for a camera lens. The lowest platform is inside. It is much warmer but the view is not as good. I found the highest platform extremely crowded. Photography was much easier on the middle platform. I put my lens in the gap and took several pictures without having to climb over a bunch of other tourists and photographers.
|Middle viewing platform of Rockefeller Center|
|Panorama looking north: building and Central Park extend out forever. To take this photo I stuck my lens through the gap and shifted my camera body to the left and right while the lens remained still.|
|Looking over Central Park from Rockefeller Center|