My 5: The Empire State Building.

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1. The Empire State Building, May 2007. The Empire State Building proved so enchanting S and I scaled it twice, once for daytime views and then again in night mode. The journey up to the 86TH and 102nd floor decks begins in the lobby, a historic landmark in its own right after a staggering eighteen-month restoration project. Don’t miss the 24-karat gold aluminum wall-leaf and a striking depiction of the building itself behind the front desk, complete with beams of light radiating from the mast. Because they could.

2. The Empire State Building, May 2007. You’ve seen the views in your head a thousand times over, but nothing can possibly match up to the glorious reality. Take The Otis Elevator up and, as you rapidly ascend, observe how it keeps track of the rising altitude instead of counting the floors!  

3. The Empire State Building, May 2007. The 86th floor open-air observation deck wraps around the structure’s spire, offering three hundred and sixty degree views of NYC and beyond. Once you’ve caught your breath, it’s fun to pick out all those heavyweight NYC landmarks, from Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and The Flatiron Building, to Times Square, The Hudson River and The Statue of Liberty.

4. The Empire State Building, May 2007. Got a camera with a half decent zoom? If so, there’s tremendous fun to be had homing in on cool stuff that catches your eye. This photo of Macy’s turned out to be far more exciting than the store itself, which felt little more than just another soulless department store. Though it’s probably worth popping inside just for the wooden escalators, another wondrous feat of engineering from Otis Elevator Company. Made of sturdy oak and ash wood, they look and feel fantastic and there’s even the odd creak.

5. The Empire State Building, May 2007. I rarely do the black and white thing; so forgive me this one indulgence. This shot includes The Chrysler and MetLife buildings.

Like this? Then why not check out my other articles from around The Big Apple.

I’ve also written a whole bunch of 5s from around The USA.

 

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