Each era has its special places, and New York is also adjusting to the new millennium. Of course it looks like a turtle if you think of Dubai, which goes a long way on the subject, but leveraging on history, the "old Apple" is also about to offer new attractions and moments of worship to tourists.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has just given the green light for a number of new attractions for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
On the 69th and 70th floors of the historic Manhattan building it will be possible to experience three brand new experiences: "Lunch atop a Skyscraper", "Skylift" and "Rooftop Beacon".
Packed lunch: indeed, to the beam
'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' will pay homage to the famous (and namesake) photograph, "Lunch atop a Skyscraper", which shows a group of workers having lunch seated on a steel beam suspended in the air. In this case the situation will be decidedly safer: of course, visitors will be tied to a movable beam, raised almost 3 meters (9 feet) and rotated to recreate the scene. At least they won't float in the void, though: just beautiful photos and memories to tell.
Skilift, telescopic roof to climb higher
The rooftop Skylift will extend over 9 meters (30 feet) into the air to provide visitors with panoramic views of New York. According to the Piani di Tishman speyer, the design studio that will create the attractions, the structure will take on a lens shape and the circular observation platform will be enclosed by a glass balustrade. Looks a bit like one of those old radio antennas, doesn't it?
Rooftop Beacon, another planet
The 70th floor of the skyscraper will finally feature the Rooftop Beacons: a globe-shaped lighthouse with orbiting "rings of light" and rotating panels made with LEDs and tempered glass. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the stunning, new mosaic floor inspired by the historic iconography of Rockefeller Center.
Without a doubt, when Top of the Rock's new devilry opens to the public (presumably at the end of 2022), it will quickly become one of New York's most popular destinations.