Last week the GE Building reopened its 1930s-era observation deck for the first time since 1986. How does it stack up against other landmark views? A comparison.
Empire State Bldg.
350 Fifth Avenue
Elevation: 1,050 feet
Admission: Adults, $16 in advance at esbnyc.com. Or $14 at the door.
The view: Panoramic, but the lines are torture and the deck is cramped
Statue of Liberty
New York Harbor
Elevation: 145 feet
Admission: Adults, $11.50; book ahead at 1-866-STATUE4
The view: The crown is closed, but the pedestal offers sweeping views of New York Harbor
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Elevation: 850 feet
Admission: Adults, $14; book your time at topoftherocknyc.com
The view: Central Park and the Empire State Building look spectacular from up here
490 Riverside Drive
Elevation: 392 feet
Admission: Adults, $10. Call ahead at 212-870-6838.
The view: Its top floor is closed, but the bell tower still offers a great Hudson lookout