Taking It to the Top of the Rock
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Address: 10 Rockefeller Plz.
The out-of-towners can keep the Empire State Building. The too-costly, too-crowded observatory can't compete with the Top of the Rock's panoramic views of the city's classic landmarks. The view from the 70th floor is particularly stunning in the winter, looking down on the bundled masses milling about in the snow below. Skip the canned photos they encourage you to take, and talk a tourist into snapping a shot of you at the top.