Which Skyscrapers Are the Best in New York City

During my time in New York City, I went up three different skyscrapers. The Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center and the One World Trade Center. The 1st, 5th and 39th tallest buildings in the United States. They all have amazing views, amazing technology and an amazing feeling as you stand above the city that never sleeps. But what you want to know, is which one is better?

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Views

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Imperial Rays

During my time up each of the buildings, I took a lot of photos. I mean, I was looking over the city of New York! There was a lot to see. But what we want to know, is which one is better.

One World Trade Center

The tallest building in the western world, the One World is also a magnificent building. And being the tallest building in the western world, you are practically above the whole of America! That means the views are amazing. You can see the Empire State, the Hudson, Brooklyn. Basically any building in New York! But the problem is, that although you can see everything, you can’t see everything well.

You don’t get that striking view of the Empire State or looking out over the Statue. So this one doesn’t win for views.

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One World Trade Center

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is practically the symbol of New York. What used to be the tallest building in the world is now one of the most visited. Bringing in 4 million visitors annually and 85 million dollars, it’s good for business, but not so much for views.

ESB is facing increasing competition from the observatory at Rockefeller Center and an observatory being built at One World Trade Center, but it’s position as the preeminent New York City icon remains.

Rafat Ali

The views at the Empire State are less than satisfactory, and although I can now say I went up the Empire State Building, I would not go again.

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Empire State Building

Rockefeller Center

My personal favorite for views, you get both views towards the Empire State, and Central Park from the Top of the Rock. It is more affordable and less busy than the Empire State, and gives you the most for your money. I highly reccomend going up the Top of the Rock for the best views in town.

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Imperial Rays

Experience

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One World

As you go up the gigantic buildings of NYC, you don’t just care about the views! You care about the lines and the general experience you have going up.

Empire State Building

Falling short yet again, the Empire State Building has long lines, an uncomfortable lobby and just doesn’t get that full NYC experience in! Of course, it was built in the 1930’s, so the technology may be a bit older. Nonetheless, it just doesn’t hand the full appeal to you like the other buildings do.

 

Rockefeller Center

Although the lines may be a bit shorter, the technology may be a bit newer (only by 8 years,) and the staff may be a bit kinder, this building still doesn’t cut it. When you go up, you would expect moving screens in the elevator, 360 views and information regarding what you’re seeing! Nope.

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Rockefeller Center

One World Trade Center

Well guess what. This one takes it away. In 2011, the One World debuted as the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and being that new, that means it has technology that the others don’t. First off, very little lines. When there are lines, they distract you with movies and views. As you go up the elevator, the elevator walls are all screens, and it plays an animation to you. Then, as you get up there, there is a sky window (to look underneath you,) and a restaurant. It fits everything in there!

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One World Trade Center

Openness

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Reflection

Notice the reflection on the right side. If you have to shoot through windows, then it’s practically unavoidable. Make it so you don’t have to shoot through windows, by going up the skyscrapers that don’t have windows.

One World Trade Center

Guess what? The tallest building in the entire Americas does not have windows! What a bad idea. I mean seriously, it completely destroys the views. For openness, One World is a no go.

Rockefeller Center

This one, which has the best views, also allows you to go outside. To shoot through windows. Yes, they put a window between you and a gorgeous Instagram photo. It’s not too bad, since the reflection isn’t as distracting. But it’s nonetheless not cool.

Empire State Building

Going up the Empire State, you get full 360 views and no windows! It’s a great idea, and it sucks the other buildings didn’t think of it. However, it’s also the building with the worst views. So, you may just have to pick and choose. Views? Or no windows.

Overall

Overall, combining views, experience and openness, the winner is:

The Rockefeller Center!

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Rockefeller Center

You will be greatly rewarded when you get up here. It has the top views, with you able to look out over all of the city. Although it doesn’t make #1 for experience or openness, it does make it to second place, and sometimes you just have to compromise. If only someone would build a building that has all three!

 

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