Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rockefeller Center

Latitude: 40°45'31.42"N
Longitude: 73°58'43.11"W

If there were an agora in Manhattan, The Rockefeller Center would be it. Defined by its logic, order and accessibility, the original complex of 14 buildings on 11 acres is a masterpiece of urban planning. The observation deck, called "The Top of the Rock", is far more accessible than the Empire State Building's (I waited less than 10 minutes in line), and was one of the highlights of the trip. There are (3) levels to the deck, and only the topmost offers an unobstructed panorama. I was fortunate to be among a crowd of extremely polite and courteous Asian tourists, who did not stake a claim to the best vantage points, thereby offering quite a few good shots. There is a kinetic led disco floor at the top as well, which served up some great fun for those inclined to boogie.

I made a video of the Willy Wonka styled glass top elevator 70 floor descent, which was amazing.

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