Empire State Building Inspiration

Empire State Building

The view from the Empire State Building looking toward Central Park.

It’s a tower of history, an art deco treasure that has stood over Midtown Manhattan since its 1931 opening. The Empire State Building, at times in its history, has stood as the tallest building in the world. Today, it’s the second-tallest building in New York City. Its height is only one reason the Empire State Building is inspirational.

Empire State Building

The antenna on top of the Empire State Building, as seen from the observation deck.

Arguably, the Empire State Building provides the second-best views from up high over Midtown Manhattan. Many will argue that the views from atop the Rockefeller Center are better. I haven’t been to Top of the Rock to compare the views, but I’m sure there is merit to the argument considering views from atop Top of the Rock include the Empire State Building.

I don’t believe a visit to the top of the 103-story Empire State Building is necessary to take in its majesty. The building can be seen from all over New York City. It’s like a special beacon in the day …

Empire State Building

or at night.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building as seen at night from the West Village.

Views from down below are unique; it’s pretty much impossible to see the entire building and its antenna at the top unless you back away at least a few blocks. It’s even harder to dart out into the busy intersection to grab a quick photo, although I managed with this shot.

Empire State Building

On a clear day, the views from the top of the Empire State Building are solid. This picture was taken before the 104-story One World Trade Center tower, set to open this year, would dominate the Financial District skyline.

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I love the Chrysler Building to the east of the Empire State Building, located just to the right of the Met Life building below.

Empire State Building

And finally, a little pigeon friend I met on top of the Empire State Building. I’m not sure if he made his way from the ground or if the rooftop is his home. At any rate, I thought this was pretty cool.

Empire State Building

I really don’t think a visit to the Empire State Building is necessary to complete a fantastic visit to New York City. It is expensive at $27 for adults. But this art deco treasure plays such an important part in the architectural history of New York. If time permits, stop in for a visit. If it doesn’t, just enjoy the sight of the tower from throughout the city.

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