Back in my junior year of high school, my family took a trip to NYC. We went up the Empire State Building, but I have no recollection of that experience. You’d think that by age 17 I’d remember things like that. But my own memory cannot be trusted. And this is why I take many pictures.
This time I made sure to do it right by taking about a million pics while standing 86 floors above the city. If you’ve never been up the Empire State Building, now you don’t have to! Just kidding, hope you’ll only be more inspired to go be a good tourist after seeing what it was like:
Did you know the Empire State Building is only the second tallest tower in NYC? The tallest one is – yep, you guessed it – the Freedom Tower. Though I think it’s kind of cheating when you consider the pointy stick to be part of the height…
Haha there’s my aunt rockin’ those headphones, listening to the audio guide in Chinese.
So the cool thing was all directions and four corners were accessible to viewing. Therefore, visitors could essentially get a 360 view of New York. I know Top of the Rock claims the same thing, but when I went last summer, I noticed that the corners views were obstructed (read more about that adventure here). So in my opinion, the Empire State gave an even greater view. However, if you want to get a shot of this building in it, go to Top of the Rock!
I am able to only identify three towers in the city: Freedom, Empire State, and Chrysler. If you are more knowledgeable than I, please share the power! For example, I’m forever wondering what’s that pointy building next to H&M?
And then we were back by the East River.
I was quite pleased with the way these pics turned out. Despite common belief, it’s a lot easier to take pictures in cloudy weather than in sunny. With less harsh shadows, the buildings’ true colors are able to come through. Have you been up the Empire State Building? Where do you like to admire NYC?
Where: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118
Other: no tripods
Thanks for reading!
P.S. See more views of NYC from Top of the Rock observation deck