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A view in a million at Rockefeller Centre...

October 18 2005 at 05:58AM

New York - After 20 years, New York's renowned Rockefeller Centre skyscraper will re-open its observation deck next month, challenging the Empire State Building's lock on the best bird's eye view of the city.

Organisers are expecting around two million people a year to visit the renovated Top Of The Rock, which offers a panoramic view of Manhattan and beyond from a height of 260m.

First opened in 1933, the observation deck was originally designed to evoke the upper decks of a 1930s grand ocean liner, complete with deck chairs on the 70th and top floor, as well as large vents intended to look like the stacks on a ship's deck.

The attraction closed in 1986, after the celebrated Rainbow Room bar on the 65th floor expanded, cutting off direct access to the upper floors.

The renovated version includes two-metre-high transparent safety glass panels, which allow an unimpeded view of the Manhattan skyline, while thwarting potential suicides.

For Peter Dillon, director of marketing for the Rockefeller Centre, the new observation deck enjoys a built-in advantage over its long-established rival.

"The Empire State Building is an amazing building... a landmark," Dillon said. "The problem is that you can't see the building when you're standing on it. From here you get it in all its glory."

The deck opens to the public on November 1, with $14 the price of the view that boasts a visibility of around 130km on a clear day. - Sapa-AFP