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Going up the Empire State

We just got back from New York City, and we had an amazing amazing visit! We managed to do a lot in only 4 days and we’re very excited to start sharing some of our adventures soon. There are thousands of things to do in New York, and you will never see it all in one trip. While in New York, we wanted to go up one of the buildings to get the view. New York has three options for high altitude viewing platforms; the World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. This was Norma’s first trip to the city, so we left it up to her to choose; based on the title of this post, you can guess which one we went up.

From 1931-1970 (nearly 50 years!) the Empire State Building was the tallest in New York City and the world! The Empire State is still the 4th tallest building in New York, despite being nearly 90 years old. The building is designed in the Art Deco style famous from the 30’s, and is still an impressive building that stands out against the sea of Manhattan Skyscrapers. It always has been and always will be an impressive building, especially once you get on top and have one of the best views of the city around you.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go all the way to the top – the 108th floor viewing platform is closed until July for renovations – so we had to settle for the 86th floor instead, which still does a pretty good job of showing off the view. This outdoor viewing platform offers up amazing views in all directions; north towards Midtown Manhattan, east towards Brooklyn and Queens, south towards downtown and Lower Manhattan and west towards Madison Square Garden and New Jersey.

This was one of the bigger attractions we did during our recent trip to New York, and its not cheap either. It will cost you $36 a person to go to the top. It’s a high price to pay, but honestly, it was worth it. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and something you will never forget. Despite being 86 stories above the streets below, you don’t feel like you’re about to fall off. Neither of us have a fear of heights, but assuming you don’t start climbing the walls, it’s not somewhere that is going to freak you out.

To really get a sense of how big everything is in New York, you have to go up to see everything from above, as it really puts the city into perspective. It’s really fun to try and pick out landmarks on the ground that you’ve already been to, or are planning to visit later. We had a blast and totally recommend the Empire State to anyone who’s visiting New York. We made a short video to show off our experience (and of the best views in the city). We hope you enjoy.

Reflection of the Empire State from street level. 2019.

Going up the Empire State:

Since this was Norma’s first trip to New York, we decided to go up the Empire State Building. It is one of the most iconic buildings in the city, and from 1931-1971, it was the tallest building in the world. The best way to experience a tall building is to go up. So we traveled to the 86th floor and took in the view from the (almost) top; normally you can visit a viewing platform on the 104th floor, but it was closed for maintenance until July.

To really get a feel for how big New York City really is, you need to go up to one of the viewing platforms. The views of the sprawling city below will really blow your mind, and its fun to try and pick out the landmarks in a sea of concrete. Definitely a must see attraction in New York City!

Going up the Empire State. 2019

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