Midtown Manhattan has many delights and wonderful sights. I thought it best to start with the iconic Empire State Building, this one is important for so many reasons. It would not be a trip to New York City without a visit to the top of this building, however, it comes at a price. The 86th floor (main deck) costs $29 per adult and a visit to both the 86th and 102nd floor will cost you $46. A fee that is worth every cent, the view is breathtaking, spectacular and purely indescribable. You are also likely to see a celebrity or two. The wait, on the other hand, is a nightmare. Be prepared to wait like you have never waited before. Making the journey to the trip all the more worthwhile. As I suggested last time pre purchasing a New York City Pass will do you justice in this situation as you can cut SOME of the line. A link has been provided below.
Home to NBC studios, an ice rink in winter and an equally spectacular view is the Rockefeller Centre, however, less spoilt by crowds. A trip to the top of this building (80 floors) will cost an adult $29, but what I love most about the Rockefeller Centre is you are closer to Central Park, making for some purely remarkable photos, you can also capture a shot of the magnificent Empire State Building too. Due to this being the less popular view point there is less of a wait (almost instantaneous) and less of a crow to battle for that perfect picture.
As with any city I love a good free attraction, and the High Line in the Meatpacking District offers something for everyone. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Its opening hours are 7am to 10pm daily and entry is free. There are seldom market stalls set up by avid opportunists, cafés, sun baking beds and beautiful gardens and street art. An oasis among the concrete jungle, and even wheelchair accessible.
Lastly for this post, while you are in the Meatpacking District visiting the High Line or any of its other features and you find yourself suddenly hungry, then Chelsea Markets is the place to head. Open 7 days a week and offering a large variety of food and fashion stores it is well worth a visit. You are bound to find a hidden gem among this popular market place.