Empire State Building

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View to the south with the Flatiron Building, One World Trade Center, Ellis and Liberty Islands

When I was in elementary school, a long time ago, the father of one of my friends was on a business trip to a city far away called New York. He sent his family a post card of a very high tower in that city, the Empire State Building. The building was one of the tallest buildings in the world. I was fascinated about it and wanted to visit it ever since.

It took me several decades before I could see the magnificent tower in real life when I visited New York myself in the 2000s. Yet at that moment I decided to visit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Later when I started living in New York it never came to an actual visit, until today! Yes, today I finally visited the Empire State Building!

With its 443 meters (1454 ft) it had been the tallest building in the world for 40 year.

View to the north with the Rockefeller (Top of the Rock) Center
Today not anymore, yet it still ranks as the 6th in the world, and the second tallest building in the city. The newly constructed One World Trade Center building (541 meter / 1776 ft) has taken that position back once again just like the old WTC, which was destroyed, did in 1971.

Sana and I decided to just visit the observatory, which is located at the 86th floor. Visitors can go higher to the smaller 102nd floor observatory. The prices the building charges for this level are way higher than the whole building itself. Understandable that the building earns more money from ticket sales for the observatory than from renting out office space.

We were very fortunate to hardly be in the infamous queues. We only had to deal with two of the regular five of them, and arrived upstairs around 7pm. Just in time to see the view with daylight, twilight, sunset, and after dark. Although many New Yorkers state that the Top of The Rock (Rockefeller Center) is nicer, which I agree with, the visit to the Empire State Building was still very nice too. Especially after waiting for about 40 years.... ;)

More pictures below. 

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View to the south with the Flatiro…
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View to the north with the Rockefe…
View to the north with the Rockef…
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View to the south with the Willia…
View to the south with the Flatiro…
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View to the south east with the Wi…
View to the south east with the W…
The tip of the Empire State Buildi…
The tip of the Empire State Build…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View to the north east with the Ch…
View to the north east with the C…
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View to the north with in the dis…
View to the north east with the Ch…
View to the north east with the C…
View to the north with the Rockefe…
View to the north with the Rockef…
View to the north from Hudson to E…
View to the north from Hudson to …
View to the north east with the Ch…
View to the north east with the C…
View to the north west with the Ba…
View to the north west with the B…
View to the north east
View to the north east
View down, 373 meters (1224 ft) be…
View down, 373 meters (1224 ft) b…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View to the south with the Flatiro…
View to the south with the Flatir…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View to the west with towards Hobo…
View to the west with towards Hob…
View down, 373 meters (1224 ft) be…
View down, 373 meters (1224 ft) b…
View to the north east with the Ch…
View to the north east with the C…
View to the north west with the Ba…
View to the north west with the B…
View to the east with Queens
View to the east with Queens
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