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Manhattan’s best observation decks
“There has never been a better time to give Gotham a fresh look,” said James Russell in The New York Times. New York City’s skyline has changed dramatically in the past 15 years, with glass skyscrapers popping up everywhere. To survey the new landscape, I recently revisited tourist viewing platforms at the top of One World Trade Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and the Empire State Building, which after a $165 million renovation has become “a must-see, even for jaded natives.” For excellent views of the Empire State Building itself, choose 30 Rock, another Art Deco gem, whose spacious, three-level observation deck offers multiple perspectives on midtown’s spires. The observatory at the new World Trade Center lacks an outdoor terrace, but the view of the river and harbor “impressively compensates.” Next spring, a new tower on midtown’s far west side, 30 Hudson Yards, will open a cantilevered, glass-walled platform at 1,100 feet.