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The Beam.

The Beam

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New York, New York

Among the famous photos of the 1930s is a vertigo-inducing shot of a group of ironworkers casually eating lunch on a skyscraper beam suspended in mid-air high above New York City. The idea that you might one day have a photo of yourself in a similar spot seemed both terrifying and impossible -- until 2024. That's when "The Beam" photo-op opened atop the 70th floor viewing deck of Rockefeller Center.

This particular beam comes with seat belts (which you're required to wear) and is mounted on a large piston. The beam can hold up to ten tourists, and after you've all climbed on and buckled up, the piston raises the beam above the plexiglass walls at the edge of the viewing deck. This enables a perfect camera view -- a least for the attraction's paid camera -- of you, apparently suspended in dizzying mid-air, over midtown Manhattan.

The Beam

Rockefeller Center

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
Rockefeller Center, at the Top of the Rock observation deck. Enter the building on 50th St. between 5th and 6th Aves.
Purchase tickets in advance. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $40.
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