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While not as high as the one in the Empire State Building or One World Observatory, Top of the Rock gives them a run for the money with its own striking views (you have a much better vista of Central Park from here, a grand bumpy green blanket laid at your feet). Like One World it uses timed tickets, which eliminate the painful waits that can sour the experience at the Empire State Building. The Rock re-creates very closely the cruise-ship-themed look of the deck from the 1930s, when it was first constructed.