Empire State Building: At Fifth Avenue and 34th Street stands New York City’s most famous fixture – starring in over 90 movies, a star of gigantic proportions.
The Empire State Building Your first stop is the 86th floor observatory.
Once again the world’s tallest skyscraper in NYC (it was for 40 years until they built the World Trade Center) the symbol of this city was constructed in only two years – 1930 to 31 and the 1,453 foot colossus instantly became a tourist magnet.
Even King Kong came to visit!
Entering the spacious Art Deco lobby lathed in 10,000 square feet of marble, we’ll head downstairs for our tickets to the observation levels.
A gift shop but the real fun comes when you step outside onto the city’s best wrap-around terrace.
That funny looking triangular building on 23rd Street where Broadway and Fifth Avenue cross is known as the Flatiron Building. It was built in 1892
The Chrysler Building seems close enough to touch
And right next door, there’s the Citicorp Building, with its slanted roof and the Met Life Building on Park Avenue
If we look uptown, there’s the GE Building at Rockefeller Center.
That black and white building is 9 West 57th Street (the one with the big red 9 on the sidewalk). Central Park lies behind.
There’s not too much to see facing west and the Hudson River but if you get close enough and look down, there’s Macy’s at Herald Square
Another elevator is going to take us up 16 floors to the 102nd floor observatory.
This is completely enclosed and much smaller. But you can get some interesting views from here.
Note: The 102nd Floor Observatory is often closed due to the increased volume of visitors.
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