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Cruising in the Big Apple

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If you are in New York and are looking for a wonderful way to spend a few hours, consider taking a New York Circle Line Cruise.  These cruises provide an excellent opportunity to sit back and relax as you tour some of the most gorgeous sights in the city.  The New York skyline’s beauty is unparalleled, and it is one of the most recognizable in the world.  Just think of all the amazing structures you can name that are in New York: the Empire State Building, Trump Towers, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty…The list goes on and on.

There are several options to choose from when picking a Circle Line Cruise, so select the one that fits your schedule best.  You can take the 2-Hour Semicircle cruise, which runs twice daily, for an incredible view of the New York City skyline and a trip down the Hudson River.  The ship also sails around the Battery and up the East River before moving under the famous Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges on the way to the United Nations.  This cruise offers a thorough overview of the city’s highlights in the least amount of time.

Another option is the 3-Hour Full Island cruise.  In addition to the landmarks visited on the 2-hour cruise, you will see the other 2 rivers in New York as well as 4 other major bridges and all 5 boroughs.  Over 25 well-known landmarks are shown as well as an up close and personal view of the Statue of Liberty.  Food and drinks are offered on board for a fee, as are souvenirs of your trip.  This cruise departs from Pier 83 at 42nd street on the Hudson.

If a night tour is what you are looking for, the 2-Hour Harbor Lights Cruise is a perfect choice.  These cruises depart at 6 or 7 pm depending on the day, so they are early enough in the evening that they will not end too late but late enough so that you can see the magnificent city of New York under the setting sun.  The city is breathtaking especially at night when its lights are shining brightly.  This can be a romantic night out under the stars or simply an evening of enjoyable sightseeing for family and friends.

Cruises are also offered on the 4th of July as a unique way to celebrate.  These last between 5 and 5 and a half hours and provide an incredible display of fireworks, a DJ, dancing, and food and drinks for purchase.  What an amazing way to see the city as you celebrate American independence.  This cruise boards at 4:30 pm and runs on the 4th of July only.

All in all, a cruise around the city of New York, no matter which one you take, is a great way to orient yourself to the city if you have never visited before, or just to appreciate it in all its splendor.  Cruises are family-friendly and present an opportunity to take many gorgeous pictures to remember your trip.  To reserve your spot, and take advantage of convenient e-ticketing, visit and select the cruise that most interests you.

Top Of The Rock – New York Rockefeller Center Observation Deck

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Get tickets to the observation deck at the Rockefeller Center in New York and enjoy an amazing view of The City.

Top Of The Rock is an experience in history and scenery that culminates with unparalleled views of New York City from the newly renovated Observation Deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center.

There’s a certain peace at 70 stories above the city, and Top Of The Rock’s Observation Deck was conceived with the express purpose of keeping that peace uninterrupted.  Panels of fully transparent safety glass  are the only thing between our visitors and the city.  They are crystal clear for unobstructed, open-air viewing, and the reserved-ticket system is designed to ensure the deck is never overcrowded.

The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction.  It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan that can’t be found anywhere else.  New York’s other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.  It is, quite simply, the most spectacular view in New York City.

And because Top Of The Rock’s Observation Deck is open 365 days a year, it is the ideal perch to watch the seasons unfold or simply to take in an amazing sunset.

Top Of The Rock is more than just a pretty view.  It is designed for guests of all ages.  In addition to the interactive exhibits on the mezzanine level with its hands-on activities, the stunning views at the summit can be enjoyed by everyone.  To remember the trip, the Top Of The Rock shop features exclusive merchandise not found anywhere else.

To celebrate its partnership with Top Of The Rock, Swarovski has created two spectacular pieces of art that are as dazzling as the views from our Observation Deck: “Radiance”, a massive crystal geode wall on the first level of the Observation Deck, shimmers with 600 custom glass and crystal panels spanning a width of 180 feet; and “Joie”, a stunning crystal waterfall chandelier that is the centerpiece of Top Of The Rock’s entrance on West 50th Street.

Target® adds its own cool and imaginative style to the Observation Deck with the Target® Breezeway, a cutting edge, interactive multi-media experience that puts a human touch on motion-detection technology, using the movements of our visitors as its catalyst.  Target® has also designed a number of exclusive, Target®-branded products for the Top Of The Rock shops.  The Target® merchandise includes personal, business and travel accessories, as well as a collection of cashmere hats, gloves and scarves.

The story behind Top Of The Rock begins in 1933…John D. Rockefeller, Jr. first opened the Observation Deck atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza more than 70 years ago to give something back to New Yorkers and their guests from around the worlds a place to appreciate and celebrate the city.  The Observation Deck’s original design was inspired by the decks of the great ocean liners of the era, complete with deck chairs, gooseneck fixtures and vents inspired by a ship’s stacks.  A trip to the Observation Deck was like setting sail in the heart of the world’s most dynamic city.Now, for the first time in 20 years, this breathtaking vantage point is being re-introduced to the people of New York and the world.  As the steward of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s dream, Tishman Speyer is proud to present the new Top Of The Rock Observation Deck, as envisioned by the architect Michael Gabellini.  When Mr. Gabellini re-imagined the new Observation Deck that is now Top Of The Rock, he envisioned the same simple elegance and astonishing beauty of the original, amplified by modern materials and engineering.

Gabellini blended modern materials with the deck’s original elements. like the custom “shot-sawn” limestone and cast-aluminum fleurs-de-lis that are signatures of the original design.  The result is Art Deco grace combined with state-of-the-art technology and simplicity.

Rockefeller Center has been a New York City landmark for nearly 75 years.  The Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and houses broadcast studios, dozens of shops and restaurants, an outdoor ice-skating rink, Radio City Music Hall, and, of course, one of the most famous Christmas trees in the world.

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