The Empire State Building, May 2007. I felt like such a kid on my first trip to New York! Never before had one location boasted so much bucket-list stuff! I had over a dozen movie sites to check out, along with a pilgrimage to The Dakota Building to pay my respects to John Lennon, right on the spot he was so cruelly robbed of his life on December the 8th, 1980. Add to that the wonder of Central Park, the Bob Dylan inspired cafes and bars of Greenwich Village and a live gospel performance in a Harlem church. The Empire State Building meanwhile was so fantastic we scaled it twice, once for daytime views and then again in night mode. The journey up to the 86TH and 102nd floor decks begin 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.
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!
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.
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.