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GE Building – Best View of New York City

Posted by Jae on April 22, 2009

GE Building

GE Building

The GE Building is a 259 m, 70 storey, Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. The building is sometimes referred to as 30 Rock, a reference to its address at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

The GE Building is one of the most famous and recognized skyscrapers in New York City. Unlike most other tall Art Deco buildings constructed in the 1930s, the GE Building has no spire on its roof (allowing visitors to go to the absolute top of the building for a spectacular view of all five boroughs of New York City.)

The observation deck atop the skyscraper, dubbed “Top of the Rock”, reopened to the public on November 1, 2005 (it had been closed since 1986), after undergoing a $75 million renovation. The deck, which is built to resemble the deck of an ocean liner, offers sightseers a bird’s eye view of the city, competing with the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.

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