November 07, 2005
Top of the Rock
Looking upwards it appears as if it's raining. Upon closer inspection you'll notice that it's a massive Swarovski crystal chandelier, surrounded by a three-story staircase...
After 19 years the Top of the Rock reopened November 1, thanks to Rockefeller Center's co-owners Tishman-Speyer, with Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Associates at the design reigns.
Originally inspired by the decks of ocean liners circa the 1930s, the observation deck was complete with chairs, gooseneck fixtures and vents similar to ship's stacks. Wanting to enhance the structure's retail character while maintaining the integrity of the existing landmarks, Gabellini proposed the integration of old and new elements, burnishing the history of the Art Deco building while looking ahead to the structure's role in the 21st century .
Visitors to the Top of the Rock will enjoy unobstructed views of not only Central Park, but of longtime competitor, the Empire State Building. And while riding the elevator to the observation area (floors 67, 69 and 70) will enjoy photos and film clips as they project on to the elevator's clear ceiling.
But where is the 68th floor? 67th is double the height - making it great for events, and making 68 obsolete. The edges of the 67th and 69th floors have non-reflective optical glass partitions instead of metal bars, and the deck of the 70th sits back and overlooks the lower decks.
A true must-see for first time visitors of NYC, Top of the Rock is open 365 days a year from 8:30am until midnight. More information
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If you are interested in some more information about Swarovski crystal lighting fixtures, you can read it at: http://www.europeanartglass.com/articles.php?ID=120
This is a Toronto showroom for European lighting fixtures post.
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