rockefeller center views

Night view looking east of Midtown Manhattan skyline from Weehawken, New Jersey. Christmas, 1968. Avenue of the Americas skyscrapers and Rockefeller Center are visibles at left. Pan Am and Chrysler Building are at center, and the Empire State Building are at right, dominating the glittering skyline.

Photo: Gridley/FPG.

Source: Thomas Page. “New York”. Genéve. Minerva, 1976.

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“The rooftop observation deck is one of the city’s most distinctive architectural traditions. New York not only raised the world’s first modern skyline but pioneered a new way to see it: from a series of perches atop its highest peaks.”

In a portfolio in this week’s issue, James Sanders examines the long ascent to Manhattan’s observation decks, with accompanying photographs by Pari Dukovic.

See more views from the top of the town.