Gone To The Empire State Building's Observation Deck

"The Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city."
--Terry McKay as played by
Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember

It's an important part of the New York skyline, and it's been in numerous movies, from King Kong to An Affair to Remember to Sleepless in Seattle. The silhouette of it has a distinctive and iconic shape, and it was once the largest building in the world. The Empire State Building is the first skyscraper to have three digit floors, and it was erected in an incredible fourteen months.

Today, J and I went to the 86th floor observatory of this iconic American structure. Even with all the incredibly tall buildings in Manhattan, it felt like we were still above nearly everything in sight.

We worked our way clockwise around the deck. As the sun was starting to set, we were on the east side of the building looking towards the East River.

Now facing south, we could see Lower Manhattan, and in the distance, the Financial District.

Still facing south but with a slightly different view, we could see the Statue of Liberty past the Freedom Tower.

In the west direction, the Chrysler Building stood out among a cluster of other tall skyscrapers.

When the sun had completely set, the lights of New York were just so gorgeous. It's an impressive sight to see.

After seeing the top of Chicago at the Willis Tower, it was great to see just as spectacular a view from the top of New York, especially at night. The Big Apple is sometimes called the City That Never Sleeps, and when it's all lit up at night, it shines from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
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