About Empire State Building
Situated at the intersection of 5th avenue and West 34th street.
First To Review: Alex S.
Feb 14, 2009
Yes, it's "touristy", but like the Eiffel Tower, it's too awesome to miss. Afterall, this is one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World -- and the view from the 86th floor observation deck will take your breath away. (This is the only way to see New York City).
For the movie buffs, Sleepless in Seattle and (the better) An Affair to Remember both ended on the 86th floor.
Want more? Take a second (and somewhat spooky) elevator to the smaller 102nd floor observation deck. This is the very spot where King Kong spent his last moments raging against the cruel world. How cool is that?
The building is gorgeous. I first saw it from the Jersey shore from a train approaching the city one late afternoon. The exterior limestone facade caught the rays of the setting sun and glowed a magnificent orange.
At night the upper floors are illuminate in colors reflecting the season (Red and Green for Christmas) The interior of the building is immaculate -- it has to be since this is one of the most famous addresses in the world. It's stainless steel art deco style adds a sense of grace and beauty that cannot be found in the more modern world.
The downside of your visit could be the long lines of people waiting to go to the observation floor. There's an express elevator that takes you straight up at breath-taking speed, but still you might have to endure a long wait.
Want to get up quicker? You can pay to go to the front of the line! (Hey this is New York). The lines are much shorter in the late fall -- between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a great time to visit. (You can see the Christmas tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Center as a bonus)
You can't miss this one. Don't forget to pick up your King Kong toy and your fake bronze 6 inch Empire State replica.
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Feb 26, 2009
Any trip to NYC should include a trip to the Empire State Building. Aside from the breathtaking views available from the observation platform, it's just one of those things that EVERYONE should experience once in their life, just to say you did it! However, if you're expecting it to be like the last scene in "Sleepless in Seattle", think again. There's usually a very long, slow-moving line that you'll wait in for hours just to get up to the observation deck, and when you get there, it's very, very crowded. And the tickets are rather expensive, but what isn't in NYC?? I still say it's very much worth it, no matter how much time you're in New York.
Apr 30, 2009
First time I went to New York was in 1997, when I started my year as an Au Pair. First four days we had an orientation in New Jersey and one of these days we went to Manhatten. It was incredible and the moment we where at theEmpire State Building was the monemt I realised what was going on. Hey I´m in America and I´m going to stay for a year. So that is one of the reasons why this is one of my favourite spots in NYC. Also the view is great. Looking over Manhatten, seeing all the yellow cabs in the street like snakes going thru the streets.
You need to see it!!!
Sep 6, 2008
Going to the 102nd floor is a rare treat that shouldn't be missed- it's a piece of history. They build the needle on top of the ESB to be an airship docking port for International Travel Balloons. Imagine stepping out of the gondola of a Zeppelin and using a flexible catwalk 102 stories in the air to get into a 30 foot diameter room and go through Customs. They tried docking a small private airship once and realized that the vertical air currents would not allow safe docking. The rooms remain, and are much less crowded than the 86th floor Observation Deck.
Apr 11, 2009
I know it's the touristy thing to do. :) But you can't go to New York and not see it. In fact it was so high on my must do it made it into my 6 hour NY blitz-visit. I'm glad I went and it's a great view of the city, though I did feel really caged in with the really tall grills to prevent you from falling over the edge...at $18.45 USD it's about the same price as other towers / tall buildings I've been to.