The following two pictures were taken from the top of the "Rock" in the early evening. In our opinion this was far better value for money than the "Empire State Building" as there was no queue to get up there, the glass elevator ride to the top was kinda cool, there was plenty of space at the top with not many people in it and there were no metal grills disturbing the fantastic views.
When we started to go up the Empire State it was light but by the time we got to the top it was dark which I was very pleased about given the views. The queues to get up there were really really bad and you have to change lifts on the way up so at this point we lost patience and went up the remaining floors on foot which was not as easy as we first thought! The top of the Empire is a very small place considering the amount of visitors it has and they pack you in like sardines so you are getting pushed and elbowed about a lot. If you only have the time to go up one of these fantastic buildings then I would say 100% it has to be the "Rock".