"ANY Point of View" says one of the many advertising boards across 6 blocks around surrounding Rockefeller center. If you haven't been to the top of the deck you haven't see New York. You do not begin with this view but you end your visit here. I have been here 6 times and I find a different view always.
A quick visit to the top, a few pictures clicked, a stare at the Empire state building and a peek at the back yard that stretches almost ~60 blocks isn't enough. Rather come here a few hours before sunset, look around pick your spot and wait patiently.
The deck at Rockefeller Center is famous. Thousands of tourists visit this landmark in New York every single day and it gets pretty crowded especially when the sun is going down. Once you pick your spot you want to wait for a chance to get as close as possible to the balcony. Tripods are not allowed but the balcony is perfect to get some steady shots (you can sneak in a minim tripod in your bag though).
When on top, the Empire State building is stunning. But look around, there is a reason why they call it "ANY point of view". New York is beautiful all around. Straight ahead is the Empire State Building, look past it and you get to see the Freedom Tower. Look around to the left to view the Verrazano Bridge, the Rockaways and Brooklyn in its miniature glory. A bit more to the left its the Chrysler building but the disappointing MetLife building blocks your view of this magnificent building. Here is an interesting story about the rivalry between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building - A beautiful podcast by 99% Invisible.
One of my favorite building is the Citigroup building - there is nothing great about the right angle triangle top building, but when you have to consider the history about this building, you will appreciate the design and structural engineering genius behind this building.
Not only the views from the top are amazing, but look around you, I am sure you would find interesting frames right there as well.
You can view all my pictures from the top in my gallery.