Andrea F

Day 92: City Lights from the Empire State Building

In Empire State Building, NYC, NYC Architecture, things to do in NYC on August 31, 2009 at 11:58 pm


Make it your reason for going to Midtown. Like they say, you haven’t visited New York City if you haven’t been to the top of the Empire State Building. Before you raise your hands in a fuss, stop and think—it is pretty extraordinary. From the ground, it’s known as the building with the nighttime light show in glowing colors, reminding everyone what season it is, but on the 86th floor, all that matters is the view below. Even for longtime New Yorkers, the vastness of the surrounding landscape, that includes not only the city, but local waterways and neighboring states as well, is in a word, breathtaking. Since its completion in 1931, the New York landmark building has welcomed thousands daily to snap shots against the luminescent backdrop, or study the grid of city streets that buzzes with traffic over a thousand feet down, maybe even daydream themselves into their own Hollywood Blockbuster (think King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle). Being part of the daily grind it’s easy to forget the expanse of the city, but from a quarter mile up in the sky, there’s absolutely no denying it.

  1. What a way to end the summer! The Empire State was the last thing we did on our trip before we flew back to the UK and Im so glad. The memory of looking out across a snow covered NY on a sunny day will stay with me forever.

  2. It is quite an amazing view. Even living here, it’s worth going every now and then cause you don’t really get the same feel of the city from down on the ground! It was a very spontaneous decision to go there that night and I think it did make for a perfect ending to the 92 days!

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