Empire State Building
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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.
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.