I've been to New York a few times over the past 15 years and definitely knew I wanted to visit it again when I created my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list, so I added it with the caveat that I see it from the top of the Empire State Building (something I had not done before!). This past summer I had the chance to check this item off my list! [I'm just now getting around to processing the photos!]
My sweet teenage friend Summer graduated from high school in May, and my friend Kim (Summer's mom) and I took her to New York to celebrate. As I was planning the trip, we each picked the number one thing we wanted to see or do during our four days there. Summer, whose grandmother is Korean, wanted to visit, shop and dine in Koreatown - which we did twice. Kim wanted to see a Broadway show - we saw She Loves Me at the Studio 54 theater and the Rockettes' New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I, of course, wanted to visit the top of the Empire State Building. (We also toured the New York Public Library and MOMA, and I ventured out to Grand Central Station and Madame Tussand's while they were sleeping in one morning.)
I had read that it was best to arrive at the Empire State Building early in the day to avoid long lines, so we arrived before 8:30am and were rewarded by not having to wait at all to purchase our tickets and board the elevator for the 86th floor. The views were fabulous! Here's the view looking toward Central Park.
This view looking toward New York Harbor shows the tip of Manhattan island.
And zooming in on the harbor reveals the Statue of Liberty.
It was a beautiful morning to spend on the outdoor observation deck.
We splurged on our tickets so that we could also visit the 102nd floor in-door observatory accessed by a ride in a manually operated Otis elevator. It was amazing!
So excited to have another item checked off my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list!
Have you seen New York from the top of the Empire State Building? I highly recommend it!