When the observation deck atop the GE Building opened to the public in 1933, it looked like a cross between the deck of an ocean liner and the veranda of a grand summer resort. Brightly painted air-conditioning stacks and utility funnels at either end framed two long rows of Adirondack chairs. Uniformed guides stood by to answer visitors’ questions. One memorable query: General Charles de Gaulle, visiting in 1944, wanted to know, “Où est Coney Island?”
The original deck closed in 1986, reopening 19 years later following a $75 million renovation. Among its most popular features is the rocketing ride to the top of the building in a glass-ceilinged elevator.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
(Entrance on 50th Street)
New York, NY 10112
Monday - Sunday 8am - 12 Midnight (last elevator goes up at 11pm)